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You've got to hand it to Spurs haven't you. New season, new
players but you've guessed it we're at the bottom !
Of course, no one is
panicking, unlike last season when the board panicked and sacked a
perfectly good manager and replaced him with someone whose record so
far is on a par with some perfectly average managers that we've had
in the past.
Just what is going on ?
We're now down to our last striker who last season was fourth choice
but is now first choice. We've lost our most consistent midfielder,
Malbranque and in Tainio the only one who could actually tackle.
We've brought in players, who like last season, are completely
untested and who will need time and patience to settle and who
should be be brought in to a winning side. Every year we do
this, what is happening ?
We've got a striker
in the reserves who scores for fun and who must be worth a punt, but
is off loaded to Southampton and will probably never be seen again.
No wonder Keane left and as for Berbatov just who is running the
Ramos must have known
Berbatov was unhappy last season, so why sell Defoe ? It
doesn't add up. The side that beat Arsenal and Chelsea has
been ripped apart but why ?
I don't know what is
happening, all I do know is that there is something either very
stupid going on or something a bit odd ?
Just depressing and so
Maybe I am completely
stupid, but it does appear that the latest speculation over MJ is
gut wrenchingly bad. It does little credit to the club to have
Jurgen Klinsman pontificating about his terms regarding his
managerial aspirations at Spurs.
Klinsman was clearly a
great boon to the club when he came and teamed up with Sheri,
however - let's deal with the here and now.
Jol has moulded a squad
that has clearly great potential as always - we are just couple of
players short of something really special ("aren't we always" I hear
the cries) - No we really are.
Jol is a decent man
who has stood by his squad with a loyalty comparable only to Fergie
when let's face it we all know that at times they have been truly
embarrassing in spells this season.
But lads, let's just
stand by a manger for once. He is clearly capable of taking us
on. This futile speculation about Ramos, the special one and
now Jurgen is only destroying the season for us.
1. Has anyone
actually bothered to look how the wondrous Seville are faring in the
Spanish League this year ?? Just check it out on the BBC
2. Klinsmann gave us
undoubtedly great memories at Spurs, but he is really untried at
management at club level ... and he didn't show great loyalty or
commitment to his own country at international level; training
sessions via the internet don't inspire me.
3. The special one ?
Interesting, but I am not convinced that the style he created at
Chelsea when he had an open cheque book is really what we want at
Spurs. Let's face it our ££'s may not match Josie's
No, let's stick with
Martin and let's kill this speculation. It is bound to be
depressing to the young players in the squad and creating untold
additional pressure as they seek to battle their way out of this
....... Let's hope
at least for hope at the minute is all we have
- Valid points in the lack of morality in circling over a man in a job
already, but who said the game was about morals. The board have
shown that by seeking a replacement for a man they hadn't actually told
anyone was up for the chop.
Klinsmann would want to be his own man, as would Mourinho. Whether
either of them would contemplate working with Comolli or appreciate the
chairman putting his two pennyworth in is doubtful.
Like you, Jol should be there at least until the end of the season and I
would like to see him in the same place next season. Why invest in
the side if you intend to get rid of a manager a few months into the
The players support him, the fans support him, so that only leaves the
board who don't !! What makes you think this is about money then
watching Spurs two first games of the season live here in Sweden, I
wonder if it already is time for us to talk about NEXT SEASON ?!
say that I am disappointed is an understatement!
Scales, Kevin Scott, Ramon Vega, Paolo Tramezzani, Stuart Nethercott
and other skilful defenders, please come back ! Everything is
will this end ? I can not believe that so many good (?) and
well earning players can create so little for 180 minutes.
What is your opinion, is Jol already on the way out or what ?
Ed : - Ola, don't jump on
the Jol Out bandwagon just yet !!!! And is it a Norwegian type
commentator rant "John Scales, Kevin Scott, Ramon
Vega, Paolo Tramezzani, Stuart Nethercott ... your boys took a hell of a
beating" ?? Seriously, the team will be fine when they settle and
get some points under their belt. We have faced a team just up
from the Championship, who, yes, we all think we should beat, but they
were keen (no pun intended) to put down a marker in their first game.
Then Everton, who are the sort of annoying side Tottenham do not like to
play, but Osman came out and said it is the best they have played in
three years !! It is early days and things might pick up sooner
than you think, especially when we have some injured players back.
I hope you don't mind
hearing from a silly American. But I AM a Spurs fan, or supporter I
should say, from way back. Not all of us are paying attention to the
D**** B****** soap opera (but I have to ask, who is David Beck, and
why does he have a Ham Academy?)
I've been reading your stuff for a while now. I agree that the
anti-Darren Bent stuff is hugely overplayed. I think he's going to
be great for us. However, there's an issue with the team that I
don't feel has been addressed adequately.
Spurs allowed FIFTY-FOUR GOALS last season. Tied for thirteenth in
the league. TWICE AS MANY as Man Utd. That's terrible, terrible.
Our goal-scoring was actually quite respectable -- 57, same as
Liverpool, just 7 fewer than Chelsea. We need to do better, but
really it's not goal scoring that's keeping us out of the Champions
League. It's defence. 57 scored is respectable; 54 allowed is
We're not very many goals away (for or against). Just a few goals
difference scattered here and there -- we could have taken an extra
four points from those two draws against Fulham (huh?) with just two
goals. When your goal difference is 57-54, it's probably easier to
find those goals on defence than offence. I'd hate to see Darren
Bent have a magnificent season here only to have it lost to another
Ed : - Hello to you in
the US, Steve. The defence has been a problem
in the last season and missing Ledley King for long periods was a big
loss. With injuries to the full backs too, it resulted in players
being employed there who do not usually play in those positions ...
including Hossam Ghaly and Didier Zokora. There should be a big
enough squad to cover the injuries this season, but defence starts from
the front and Bent will chase down opposition defenders and the midfield
will need to shut down space to stop the other side playing through.
As for the Ham Academy, let's face it, Hollywood BECKons the ham
A request going out to all Spurs fans is not to call in to the
Patrick Kinghorn talk show on Talksport on a Sunday.
The man's a complete muppet !
He constantly calls for the head of Martin Jol (THE BEST THING TO
HAPPEN TO THE CLUB IN YEARS) and bad mouth the Spurs faithful.
I don't know if it's because his cousin (Tim Sherwood) was not the
greatest of successes at the club or he's just a Gooner, even though
he insists he isn't and is just a true football fan.
So please don't fuel his poison and ignore his pitiful show even
if Gab and Ray are worth listening to.
Cheers and keep the faith,
Ed : - Thanks VRock.
I thought it was just me that noticed that many of the TalkSport
presenters are anti-Spurs (Paul Hawksbee excepted). Adrian Durham
is as bad, even though he strangely was sticking up for the bloke who
ran onto the pitch by saying the Chelsea players had some responsibility
not to incite the crowd (even though he said that running onto the pitch
was wrong !!).
One thing you have to
remember is that they have to wind people up to get the m to phone in
otherwise they don't have a show. Having said that, we can always
turn over or turn off !!
I'm new to your website.
I am a member of the Swindon Spurs Supporters Club and I'm in
constant debate every week with my mates about this season.
I know last season was
very encouraging, but people keep saying, "We beat Chelsea, so that
should be a platform to build on. If it's a one off (which I
think it was), we lose twice to a Scum second team (although they
looked good I have to say).
I think Spurs fans
should take this season as a learning curve. We have never
played so many games, like sometimes three in a week We are
five points off sixth in the league, the UEFA cup is our best shout
for glory and if we can get our away form better and get back on
track with our home form, Europe is a must.
One thing that gets
on my nerves is Jol saying every week, "We have to learn for this
and our mistakes." I think he has qualities, but his
selections and tactics are sometimes strange.
Do you agree about
anything in this ?
- There are "fans" who call the phone-in shows, who are an embarrassment
to the supporters of Tottenham Hotspur. These people represent
only their own view and the need to be controversial seems to me to
overcome their rationale about all things Tottenham.
Martin Jol is the best manager we have had in quite a while. He is
not perfect, but he has a young squad, who are learning as he is
learning. Mistakes are how you learn sometimes and however painful
that might be there are only a limited number of teams who can go for
long periods without something going wrong. Look at Chelsea this
season ... crisis. Look at Arsenal earlier this season ... crisis.
Look at Real Madrid ... crisis for three years now. All bigger
clubs in terms of money and winning things than Spurs in the last ten
years, but no divine right to win every game.
There are positives to be taken from a lot of games this season.
The away games, not so many, but the lessons need to be learned fast if
we are to make the jump into the top six on a regular basis.
We still cannot beat the top four consistently. We cannot beat
lowly teams away from White Hart Lane. We fail to show the
attacking flair of the top sides which says, " We will play the game our
way and you will have to deal with us", rather than try to stop the
other side playing and hoping for a draw.
It will come with experience and with confidence.
Whether all the "fans" are willing to wait that long, who knows ??
Here's a new terrace chant (to the tune of "Hips Don't Lie" by
"Whhooa, the ball don't lie,
When he hits it right, you know it's gonna fly,
So let's go,
He ain't slow,
And just keep on repeating until the Gooners get annoyed that he
picked us over them.
Carl (the yid) Mercer
Ed : - Looks like Didier
is finally giving us Spurs fans something to sing about.
In light of Zakora choosing us
over Arsenal, to welcome him how about, to the tune of Arsenal's "Viera"
... here goes ...
"Zakora ... Zakora ..., he's lethal on the ball, he turned down Arsenal"
Ed : - Nice one. It might
just catch on !!
After watching the Ingerland
game, I'm not sure if I heard right but did I hear Alan S***rer on BBC
say all hurt and offended, in reference to Ronaldo pressuring the ref,
'we never do that in this country' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm
pretty sure that's what he said and it was almost worth the previous
2.5 hours to hear that.
Have a good summer
P.S. Irony or what, earlier in
the day I was reading Greavsie's autobiog. and the bit where he was
ashamed at being sent of in 1963 - the first Spurs player since 1928.
Ed : - No contest when comparing
Greaves and Rooney, but She-Ra also said that Rooney should get back
on the training ground and smack Ronaldo in the mouth. Oh, how I
look forward to him being involved in the England set-up.
Am I being cynical or just realistic
when I look at the imminent transfer of Carrick to Mau U ?
Let’s face it the entire premiership
are just feeder clubs to the top four. As much as we hate to admit
it, the chances of us breaking into the CL places this year are not that
great, I can’t see the arse having such a bad season again and although
we can improve on our performances last year, we will be lucky to finish
higher than last season.
Good players want to play CL football
and although we don’t like to think about it , we have four players who
should be playing in this competition (Robbo, Ledley, Lennon and
Dawson), the question is how long will they hang around. They are all on
long contracts, but if the offers of £15m+ came in, the club would be
hard pressed to refuse.
We are not the only victims of big
clubs plundering our stars, we have done our fair share of pillaging of
the smaller clubs.
The frustration for us fans is that we
see some improvement and hope to build on it next year, only for our
play maker to be tempted away. If we fans ran the club, we would
lock MC in a dark room and horse whip him till he signed a new contract,
unfortunately I don’t run the club, and the people who do want to see a
profit first and trophies second.
You wait, this season we will teach
Aaron Lennon to cross a ball and next year he’ll be gone to one of the
- The signing of Zokora has brought the papers out in a rash of
headlines spouting that this means Carrick will be on his way, but he
might actually benefit from the arrival of the Ivory Coast midfielder.
With Zokora sitting behind him, he is freer to get forward and score
more than he has this season. With Zokora there, it will be more
of an advantage if we can keep Carrick than him playing behind a pile of
£15 million notes.
With Davids' age meaning he will not be able to play all the games in
the coming season, the need for a sitting midfielder is utmost and
Davids on the left, Zokora at the back of a diamond, Carrick at it's
point and Lennon on the right, there is enough attacking intent to make
a go of it.
BUT, if Carrick is sold, then who do we replace him with for £15 million
? Anyone who we might go for would be more than likely to catch
Chelsea's eye and they can outbid anyone for a player. In my view,
it would be better to keep Carrick unless he says he won't sign a new
contract. Then we would be forced to sell him.
I hope all spurs fans will
join me in congratulating Sergei Rebrov for doing so well and scoring
a great goal in the Ukraine's game against Saudi Arabia. I believe
that he deserves our good wishes after the shameful way he was treated
by our club and manager at the time. Apart from anything else, it
seemed a very stupid policy at the time (or lack of policy) - a waste
of his talent and our resources. (Sorry it pains me to criticise such
a hero of the club but surely many fans like me were not impressed by
his management style and judgement).
Anyway - good luck Sergie
(as long as you're not playing England!)
Ed. : - Rebrov scored a
cracker and then did little else ... so similar to his Spurs career !!
He wasn't treated particularly well, but isn't that the way it goes when
one manager inherits another's players. Spurs never played to his
strengths and he did not relish the physical side of the English game,
so it looked like the partnership with Shevchenko was the main strength.
I wish him well, but we had better not meet Dynamo Kiev in European
action any time soon !!
I've never contacted you
before, but now find myself very concerned about Man Utd's reported £10m
bid for Carrick.
BBC are reporting (
that Spurs have rejected a £10m bid & have told MUFC they'll need to
double their offer.
I think this is a mistake. We shouldn't sell him for any price -
particularly to a team we hope to be challenging soon. Do you think
they'd sell us Wayne Rooney if we offered any amount of money. I expect
most fans feel the same. Man Utd have a history of going to any length
to get their man, i.e. getting Ruud Van Nistelrooy to kick up a
row when he was at PSV and MUFC wanted him.
So, perhaps you could put something on your website urging fans to
contact the club to let them know we don't want to sell Carrick at any
price. I have already done this, and any fan can too at
Ed. : - I think the club
had no immediate need to sell Carrick, but the opportunity to make £17
million on a player they have had for two years might be too great to
pass up. However, what the club then have to think about is how
much it will cost to replace him with a similar or better player.
Jol seems keen on Carrick and with others having signed longer
contracts, it might be possible to talk him around to staying. It
would have been a whole lot easier with Champions League football on
offer, but that is another argument !!
Hi again MEHSTG,
I read with interest the
situation with regard to Ledley's new contract offer. Of course, nobody
really knows the 'ins and outs' of it all and all we get is paper talk,
which is as reliable as Michael Owen's fitness.
However, I'd like to make an
observation. Ledley king has been a colossus since
S.Cumball's exodus. To my mind he is the best centre
half in England and I include Terry and Ferdinand in that. Of
course, we can't let any player hold us to ransom and a wage structure
is important to any club. But for me, no Spurs player is more
deserving of the best deal this club can afford.
He is so consistent it is
unreal. His distribution, his passing and tackling, his composure and
his leadership are all outstanding. More recently he seems to be
finding the net with greater regularity and I think that there is
more potential that area. In short, along with Robbo, he is
the most indispensable player we have. We should be bending
over backwards to keep him. Do we really want to be turning to
Davenport or Gardner ? Our side needs Ledley King to lead it to
greatness. Let's not see another Sol episode ... please !
Ed : - Ledley is not S.Cumball. He is Spurs through and through and can probably see
the writing on the wall at Arsenal. Why leave a team on the up for
a team on the way down ? As the club captain and someone who knows
what the team are capable of, I cannot foresee Ledley leaving Tottenham
for a long while.
Ok. I agree that we
should never boo our own and there is no excuse for that.
The guy tries hard, but is quite simply a fish out of the proverbial and
needs to be put out of his misery and loaned out to Grimsby or somewhere
equally remote. I respect Martin Jol enormously, but I just don't
get it. How does this guy manage to fit into our young exciting
side. He's simply isn't good enough. I have seen very little
of Lee Barnard, but surely he's got to be better than this.
Bringing Sheri back would have been better than this.
The Pole, who lives up to
that name, he is sooooooo static it is unbelievable. Please,
somebody tell me what he has contributed in the matches he's played in
this season. He looks slow, rigid and clumsy. He is crap in
the air and he cannot seem to hold the ball up. Most notably, he hasn't
come close to scoring. We sold Freddie for this fella.
Now, whatever anyone thought of Kanoute, he did give us something
different and won the ball in the air occasionally.
I have a terrible feeling
that we are going to blow the promise of this season, if Raziak is the
best we can play up front supporting Keane or Defoe for any period.
On the plus side, he really does emphasise just how good Mido has been
this season. Hurry back soon !
Ed : - Not every
manager has a 100% record in the transfer market, but Jol has a better
record than others. Rasiak might be one of his blind spots, but
like you, I find it hard to imagine that he is playing him because he
believes that he gives us something different. I rate Barnard, Jol
might not. He picks the team not me, but at the very least Barney
might be worth a spot on the bench to provide a different option.
With another big striker not arriving during January, perhaps the
youngster might (or might have to be) called upon.
Is it just me or does
Gooner Alan Smith seem to be on every time we are on Sky TV these days
? Like that woman in "Man Stroke Woman", he "just
can't say we look nice" can he ?
The way we are performing
is much more entertaining than the boring Gooner machine he was part of
that was so successful, but now things have to be done differently to
that ... according to him.
Every other club seem to
get an old boy reviewing the match, but not us, we get Smith and Gooner
Graham in the studio. Only the defection of Jamie Redknapp to Sky
helps us out.
I am all for balance, but
the unbalanced coverage of our games is really pissing me off.
Ed. : - I don't know why
Sky do it. A Gooner in the production team perhaps ? Someone
who doesn't like Spurs definitely, but why not give Gooner games to
ex-Spurs players then ? Perhaps our old boys have more sense !!
Can I have a general moan
I watched the Boro game
on Sky and was mortified when my viewing pleasure was interrupted by Sky
showing the Arse coach arriving at Highbury and all the graffiti on the
wall ... So what?
Well when Charlton take
on the Arse on Sky will we watch the Villa team bus arrive at Villa Park
? No, I don't think so.
The beautiful game played
by the beautiful team live on the box on a Sunday afternoon is a wondrous
thing and I don't need it interrupted by some second rate has been team
arriving ready for the slaughter.
Apart from that life is
Merry Chrimbo etc
PS Copy of this has gone
Ed. : - I know what
you mean. It was all "Well, because of all the injury time,
we will be going straight to Highbury at the final whistle" and
banging on and on about an inconsequential club who are in eighth
place. So what, the Spurs game was a much more action packed event
and although it didn't feature the top side, there are other teams in
the Premier League and this is what Sky forgets sometimes.
I've seen some graffiti on their wall that was better than the nits they
kept showing ;0)
For more Sky gripes, see above.
Have to say, I'm a little
torn on the Jenas issue. He sometimes looks so pacy and strong and
seems to glide past opponents. Then he'll have 10 mins when he'll
give the ball away so badly, it beggars belief. We need to give
him time and remember that Martin Jol has improved the individual
performances of almost all the side in his short tenure.
I think JJ will come good if he is given the chance. Mind you,
we've seen what happens when Martin loses faith (see Kelly, Reid and
I think Stalteri has
improved, but he is never gonna go past players in the way we need him
to. Kelly will get his chance.
I don't get the animosity
that Pyo-Young Lee seems to attract. He's not that bad. Our
expectations have gone through the roof and everyone seems to expect
perfection. He's so much better than what we've had to deal with
in the past and he's still adjusting. I wish he was more left
footed, but there ain't many great left backs out there that we can
afford. After all those years of Treacle running about like
a nutter, I'd take the South Korean every time (though I too was
mystified by Edman's exit).
Keane is great and we all
love him. Bit does anyone really think he should be in ahead of
Defoe ? Jermain will be class once he learns to watch the line more.
He gets caught offside too much, but his class is there for all to see.
He conjures things up out of nowhere and when he came on against
Portsmouth, you just knew he'd do something.
Edgar is pure class.
End of story.
Finally, can I just
reserve some praise for Michael Dawson, who has been overlooked
because of Ledley's superb form this year. The two of them are
just a different class, but in Dawson's case he has only been in the
Premiership a few short months. How good is he going to be in 3-4
years ? He looks every inch an England centre half of the future.
The future looks so
bright, and all we need now is the silverware (and the capacity to let a
few more fans watch the boys kick Arsenal's arse).
Best wishes and Merry
Ed. : - I think
Jenas is class, but needs to get involved in the game for a greater
percentage of the time. He is still settling, but has shown enough
to promise more for the future. I bet the Gooners would have loved
someone like him in their midfield at the moment !!
Stalteri has the edge over Kelly in experience at the moment, but needs
to improve his crossing, the same with Lee really. Skillful and
with a bit of pace, but needs to find the better final ball.
Agree on Defoe and Davids, with Dawson being enormous since establishing
himself in the side.
note to Martin Jol ... if he drops Jenas,
Stalteri and Keane to be replaced by Lennon, Kelly and Defoe who
then can stop us ?
said, I still have total belief in the Dutchman and lets face it
"he knows the coup."
Plus does anyone agree that Edgar is here for the easy money ?
Funny way to earn your easy money ehh ?
We deserve something this year for his attitude alone.
JJ - watch and learn young man and be aware of the legend that is
Kelly, by e-mail
: - Not sure if you mean Edgar is or isn’t here for the easy money.
His work-rate in phenomenal and I think this is what you mean
with your reference
to Jenas. JJ
does get through a lot of work and although not all of it is channelled
at the moment. He
has shown he can do it, he just needs the consistency.
About the changes, I would hope we don’t let Kelly go and now Defoe
has hi goal against Pompey, I hope he comes good again.
I feel Lennon and Routledge might share the wide right role from
now on and that is no bad thing, as it keeps them both fresh to take on
just wanted to share my pleasure at the praise Ledley is receiving
following his excellent performances for
this week. We’ve seen him grow from a boy into a man and now
leader of men. Not only is he a wonderful player, he comes over as
genuinely unassuming, as thoughtful and modest in his comments and
behaviour off the pitch as he is decisive and commanding on
a refreshing contrast with the rent-a-quote, over-hyped so-called media
friendly players, grabbing every once of media attention in order to
improve their profile and advertising potential. Its wonderful to
see the rest of the country giving him the recognition he richly
one of ours!
Ed : - Ledley is Spurs
through and through and hopefully, his loyalty to the club will be
rewarded with a place in Champions League heaven ... unlike other
players who have left to join big clubs or those which will pay them
I watched AFC Newbury,
where Martin Keown is beginning his coaching career, at Wimborne in
the Wessex league on Saturday. His team lost - see if you can guess the
final score. Was it a) 0-1 b) nil-one or c) zero-one.
All the best
P.S. I thought about
cracking a joke about the fact that there's a theme park called
Monkeyworld near here. But then I thought that would be a cheap shot so
decided not to mention it.
Ed : - A home from home
then for old "Chimp".
Spurs win the Peace Cup,
beat the French champions 3-1. Spurs go to Grimsby. Three
players from the Peace Cup game played in that game. Where were
the rest ?
What's the point of
pre-season games ? OK, to get mach fit. Also to get a
settled side. Yes, there are injuries, but to buy new players and
put them straight into the side. Why ? We needed a proven
goal-scorer; a tall man, but a last minute panic buy from derby
!?! Last year's Goal of the Season ... the player gone. The
player who scored the winning goal against Man U at Old Trafford frozen
out. Edgar is a great buy but how many games will he play when he
is not injured or banned ?
We are the greatest club
in the world bar none.
There's a few questions that need looking at.
Spurs for fifty years.
L T Walters
Ed : - Well ,a lot of
people are asking where Mendes is, but his story in the papers last week
that said he wanted to leave might not endear him to Martin Jol,
although we might need him with Carrick's injury. The striker
situation had to be resolved and I am sure Rasiak might only be a short
term buy, but the side have lacked the fluency they showed in Korea and
it might be that the injuries to Routledge and now Carrick will upset
that pattern of play further. We ill find out in the next two
weeks until Carrick is back.
As Wyart knows from the past, I am one Spurs fan who always has problems
and looks to his favourite club for a brief escape, a distraction.
I've fallen head over heels in love with a girl at work, we've been out
and had a lot of fun. However, she's a flirt and is in the process
of driving me insane. I quit drinking a year ago and so I've tried
hard, but am really depressed again.
I've paid great attention
to Spurs last season and again this pre-season, with so many exciting
signings in addition to an already strong squad. I was
particularly buoyed by the arrival of Davids, but it's fast become clear
that he's well over the hill. That bubble burst against Chelsea.
We've had bad luck with
Routledge, losing him so soon to injury but little Lennon really looks
the business, every bit as dangerous going forward with that pace.
I think that Jol
blundered all over on Tuesday but especially with Lennon, who should've
been on for fatboy Reid at half-time. Carrick should've been
rested instead of being risked and now he misses the Fulham game.
I felt that Davis was better suited to that type of opposition and did
well, until that headed mis-clearance.
I was shocked that the
hopeless Michael Brown got the nod over Mendes and Tainio. He did
what he's always done; ran, ran and ran around like a headless chicken,
to no effect. Almost every pass of his went back to Grimsby and
put them right back on the counter, which they did surprisingly well
throughout the 90 minutes. I said to the boys at work that we'd
have been better with 10-men, cos our best attacks didn't involve Brown
at all. Bloody useless and hope that Jol has finally realised
Reid wasn't much better
and I'm really beginning to worry about us letting Ziegler go out on
loan, as we've now only got Halfredsson as a direct replacement with no
experience. Davids is no winger and should only feature in a holding
role as he's no longer an attacking force.
Reid still looks unfit,
overweight and increasingly out of his depth, despite having all summer
to get himself sorted. He's struggling and, at £4m, it is a big
worry. There are other Spurs fans losing faith in the Irish fatboy.
As for all this b******s
about Defoe and Keane not gelling, at £7m each, they should both have
the individual skills to undo League Two opposition, so maybe one or
both need to be dropped, as a lesson.
I don't rate Lee Barnard
but maybe he deserves a chance at the top level.
Our defence. This
is where we should be water-tight, with all the differing talents.
King is still unfit, so I'll forgive his horror show and Naybet is 36,
but made vital interceptions all night.
Lee Young-Pyo is decent
but, like Jenas, needs time to integrate with the squad, having missed
our well-oiled pre-season.
However, there is another
man who's gonna get his ass caned now and that is Paul Stalteri.
I'm not convinced and we are missing Kelly's rampaging runs down the
right flank. I feel sorry for Kelly as he didn't do much wrong
last season to be dumped for Stalteri, the new Pamarot.
The one man that has
never let us down is Robbo, the E.N.O, and we are very lucky that he is
ours. I have rambled on for too long so I'll finish with my
starting 11 and prediction for the Fulham game.
The formation is 4-4-2 and the team is:
Robinson, Kelly, King, Huddlestone, Pyo, Lennon, Davis, Davids, Reid,
Mido and Keane, with Defoe, Cerny, Barnard, Tainio and Naybet, warming
the bench. No place for Rasiak, who I find a little too static and
no room for Mendes, who might be sulking and is already resigned to
As we know, Jol has
stuffed a rocket up each of his players asses and everyone, especially
Reid, knows that anything less than 100% won't get us the 3 points. I
take Spurs to win this 2-0.
Thank you for your time and patience, I feel a lot better now.
Ed : - What more can I
say than I hope the romance goes better than Spurs did on Tuesday !!
Here we go again -
another season of promise melting like snow on a hot stove - and not
even into October.
Has big Jol lost the plot
or become mesmerised by the wealth of mediocre talent he has assembled.
Is Stalteri really better
than Kelly or Lee better than Edman? Not in my book.
Can Jenas play on the right side? Again not in my book.
The partnership of Keane
and Mido devastated Olympic Lyon but surprisingly not chosen to tackle
Next Monday will be the
acid test. If we cannot beat Fulham we have no chance of claiming
a Euro spot.
Ed : - It is hard to see
what has changed that much. Yes, Mido and Keane are not tried at
Premiership level, but it appears that Defoe will always be first
choice. Has the introduction of Davids altered the team structure
that much ? You would have thought he would have added to
it. I think some of the problem id the constant change in the team
and the lack of a settled midfield. With that might come the
creation of more chances, which will surely lead to more goals ... or am
I just a hopeless (rather than a new) romantic ??
As a true and loyal Spur,
it is difficult to admit that anything red should be admired or
congratulated, but I must admit that the new stadium being built for the
Gooners appears to be very nice. Whilst admitting that it is
nice, I must point out that we are mispronouncing the name of the
The spelling is EMIRATES,
but the pronunciation of the word is HAEMMORHOIDS stadium. This
must be correct as Haemorrhoids are naturally associated with the
Therefore from now on could all loyal Spurs fans try hard to suppress
their dislike of all things red and show a little respect for the men
from the Emirates stadium and pronounce the name correctly,
Thank you for your attention.
Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur
Ed : - Let's hope this
deal doesn't provide them with piles of cash !!
anyone explain why Spurs seem to be (over the last ten years and still
continuing) the most injury prone club in the Premiership.
it the training, medical staff or what ?
: - If we could explain that we would be rich !! With the fitness
staff, the physio staff and the medical staff all having changed a
number of times over the recent past, I am not sure it is them.
With the management and coaching staff having changed, it can't be
that. So it must just be a curse !!
But seriously, it does appear that the club have had more than their
fair share of injuries, but with improved rigour in pre-signing
medicals, you would hope that only the fittest specimens turn out for
THFC, but it still seems that injury strikes. Perhaps a
sponsorship with a cotton wool manufacturer might help !!
In my 35 years as a
regular at the Lane I can’t remember possessing a greater sense of
anticipation as a season approaches. For the first time in a long while
we have quality in every position and strength in depth throughout the
Our attacking traditions
have often been used in the past as an excuse for an inability to
defend, but Robinson, King and a hard working midfield form a solid
base, around which creativity from Carrick, Defoe and Keane can flourish
and prosper. Davids, Mendes and Stalteri bring experience, and I
have high hopes for the highly promising Dawson and Kelly, as well as
newcomers like Routledge and Lennon.
This optimism and
motivation emanates from the club as well as the fans, and it feels more
substantial than the usual pre-season platitudes. For the vast
majority of the squad, coming to Spurs is a step up, as opposed to the
policy of, say, Middlesboro, Newcastle and Birmingham who are prepared
to invest heavily in players unwanted by their previous employers.
Even Keano has forsaken his career goal of achieving a hefty signing on
fee every two years. Perhaps most significantly, the same can be
said for our manager. Whether he got there by accident or design,
as head coach Jol presents as a determined, able leader, intent on
proving himself through his young team.
That said, there is
plenty of work ahead. The team needs time to gel and to play as a
unit, rather than a group of disparate individuals, and about the only
time I agree with the interminable droning of TV pundits is when they
say there is no substitute for experience. The tactics have to be
right, in particular how we get the ball to our excellent
strikers. Last season I felt Defoe and Keane were poorly served in
this respect. They like the ball to feet in and around the box and
there were a lack of through balls into the channels. Also, it’s
pointless having wingers if Kanoute and the midfielders hang around the
edge of the area instead of driving through to get on the end of
Above all, this team
feels like it is ours. I know many have been brought in,
but the crowd’s encouragement has apparently been genuinely
appreciated amongst the players and manager; witness Robinson and
Jol’s comments at the end of the season. We’ll be around to
see this team develop and learn, but in the process don’t forget that
the growing pains will inevitably lead to setbacks. There will be
pressure on players during the game, because the wealth of talent on the
bench will cause the crowd to call for substitutions if games don’t go
according to plan early on. We must be patient, but if we are I
believe we will be rewarded, if not this season then in the years to
come. My excitement and anticipation extends beyond
this season into the future. We
could be in at the start of something special.
to everyone at MEHSTG for such a consistently entertaining and
informative site. Have a good season!
: - Your views are echoed by many Spurs fans and as a supporter of a
similar vintage, I am also buoyed by the team's construction.
Solid foundations to build from and some flying buttresses to provide
support for the uppermost parts. Jol is building a future and that
includes some current completions, with the elements of the whole coming
And most of all it will be a joint effort between the fans and the
players, as we are all in this together. That will make the
success all the more enjoyable when it arrives.
I'm quite pleased by the signing of a great player such as Edgar Davids.
I do feel sorry for Sean Davis, who's only just won back his fitness,
and also for dear Michael Brown, who always tried his best but simply
wasn't classy enough. I'd say that Carrick is slightly ahead of Mendes
at the moment but I feel that anyone of Davis, Carrick, Tainio and
Mendes could partner Davids in midfield. I reckon that we just might
nick fourth spot.
Ed : - That would be
nice, but once more, I think an improvement on last season will be
viewed as success and Davids will be a major factor in our progress in
the 2005-06 season.
Just wanted to say that
Spurs were bloody terrific today against the French league champions and
European Cup regulars, Lyon.
We won 3-1 and a big
reason for that was that man Mido, someone who really should be
attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and the big
Instead, he's on loan at
Spurs and seems to be enjoying it. I'd strongly urge Jol to sign
him permanently before the other teams start to notice a fantastic
Mido's passing was 100%
and his crossing was first-class, as Keano will tell you.
Whichever small man gets
the nod, they should always be paired with Mido. I say get rid of
Kanoute. He doesn't score enough and simply doesn't care either
and had his chance to impress last season.
He failed. I think
that El Hamdaoui could be the fourth striker and Yeates is also in the
running. Whatever happens, I think that we can challenge for fourth
because we have better strikers than Liverpool, Everton, Boro, Bolton
and Newcastle, not to mention the best keeper and defence of the
lot. All it takes is for our midfield to keep doing the business
and we're in the money.
Ed : - Jol seems to be
pairing Mido/Defoe and Kanoute/Keane. All have been scoring in
pre-season and, as you say, this is in no small way attributable to the
midfield providing the ammo. Mido looks better now he has slimmed
down and he has asked to be judged on a full season, so let's see what
happens. Roma need the money, but might want to auction him to the
with regard to queries on this, the game at Loftus Road was played on a
bone-hard pitch, 15 February 1969. I was there as a chilled-to-the-marra
thirteen year old.
I'm right in saying that Spurs no.9 shirt that day was worn by an
ex-Gooner winger called David Jenkins. I used to bump
into him in the mid-80s at a local hostelry, and funnily
enough this game came up in conversation. Jimmy Greaves did
indeed equalize, in dubious circumstances. When asked for a quote about
it afterwards, JG said 'the referee gave a goal; I
never argue with the referee's decision.'
Gibbens, Radstock near Bath
Dear Wyart and Jon from
The Greavesie equaliser
came quite late on I think. I was eleven at the time and did not go to
the game. Being young and living in south west London my White Hart Lane
season ticket was still a few years away, but I remember this because my
mate who idolized Greavesie was taken to the game by his Dad, also a
Spurs supporter. Being 0-1 down they did that puzzling thing whatever
the score, left before the end. As they were crossing the car park they
heard a roar and found out that the equaliser had been scored by JG when
they got home.
All the best
can indeed confirm that you are right Jon. I too was at that game (Jimmy
was my hero). Indeed, QPR also had Les Allen playing for
them! In the return at Spurs, which we won 3-2, Philip Beal scored his
one and only goal FOR Spurs (all his others were own goals !).
started going to Spurs in 1962, missing only 2 Home matches in 23
years between 1964 and 1987. In fact in those years I also
attended every Spurs match in Great Britain from 2nd September 1967
(Burnley 5 Spurs 1) to 1st January 1974 away to Leeds. That
included every League, Cup and friendly match.
anyone remember being at Dunfermline and Motherwell in the Texaco Cup in
1970 ? If anyone else is interested about reminiscing about those
days, I'm your man.
still went to most away games after that as well until 1987.
the way I also followed Spurs everywhere in the UEFA Cup 1971-1972,
including a trip to Iceland!
is my first visit to the site after reading an old copy of MEHSTG from
Sportspages in London. Feeling slightly nostalgic, and, having
listened to an old Spurs fan on the local London radio I am moved to ask
other like minded souls out there if they can back up my recollections
of an away match back in the 60s, We were playing QPR away and had just
signed Roger Morgan from the Rs. Now, a one Danny Kelly - former
editor of NME - claims that this match ended as an away victory for the
super soaraway Spurs (as we were then...well sort of..), but, I claim
that it did indeed end as a 1-1 draw.
anybody settle this ?
we could just get some statistics going here, but where's the fun in
in that match we were much outplayed by Rangers and only a very
dubious 'goal' from the sublime James Greaves saved us. I recall that he
actually pulled a high cross down with his hand and slotted it in. I
waited for the ref to blow for a free, but, bless him he signalled for a
wore those dark blue shirts that made the officials change their kit
that day but the precise colour is something I cannot pin down. But
then, do we care? Probably not. Am I right or am I right?
Jon from Streatham.
: - Can anyone help Jon out with their memories of the game ??
Am I the only one to
notice the striking resemblance between the new away shirt (worn by
Ledley on the official website) and that of his hero and one-time mentor
- the one that left on a free?
The yellow and dark
blue/black looks suspiciously like that of the team from North London
known for playing the offside trap all the time and relying on their
defensive strengths to counteract a lack of goals away from home! I am
VERY concerned that we are becoming everything I grew up hating - what's
next, are we going to sign a big-nosed donkey in central defence?
Ed : - The third kit
looks well washed out already !! Not sure about a Gooner kit ...
more like our old adidas one we lost the Blackburn Worthington Cup final
in. I hope that the club stays true to it's traditions and stays
blue and white. The away kit (modelled by Dawson) is an odd shade
of blue for Spurs. I am hoping it is more "electric"
blue than the Wimbledon blue it appears to be !! Now that would be
following in one South London club's footsteps after another !!
So, we've finally acquired Routledge. Speedy, tricky and a good crosser
of the ball, although not quite as good as Pennant and nowhere near the
class of Wright-Phillips. I suspect that SWP may have joined had we
finished in 7th place. Anyhow, Routledge has the potential to be
our SWP but will have to be worked very hard by Jol, particularly on
I don't know much about Lennon other than seeing him being shoved around
by Deano Richards in 2003/04. That day he played as a striker but is now
touted as a winger. We've already got Ziegler, Reid, Yeates,
Marney and Routledge, so I don't know where Lennon will fit in. I say
good luck to him though.
Finally, we come to Scott Parker (a Spurs supporter apparently), who
chose the damp North-east, despite our interest (obviously!) and is now
set to follow in the footsteps of Alan Sierra by winning absolutely
nothing (definitely). It's a shame, as we need to get Brown out of
the club and Parker was the solution.
Now, we'll have to go back in for Tomas Rosicky, who'll cost a fortune.
I've heard a figure of £10m mentioned and we do have the money, but can
we convince him to leave a club that is in Europe next year?
I'm not so sure. See you in seven.
Ed : - I'm not sure SWP
would have come to Spurs, as I think he wants to move elsewhere despite
being a big mate of Jermain's. Rosicky, I would love to have at
Spurs, but the price tag might be too big now Borussia are safe
financially (for the time being). With Lennon and Routledge coming
in and van Bommel going off to Barca, I am hoping that the management
are able to pull a rabbit out of a hat to galvanize our midfield for the
have just read an interview with Paul Robinson on the official Tottenham
it is as reported (i.e. at its face value), then I find the views
expressed by Paul delightful and refreshing. Here
we have a true rarity in this avaricious money driven no
principles football world (most of it generated by grasping greedy
have a player appreciating the faith the club placed in signing him and
wanting to play and return something to the club the chairman and
old fashioned loyalty (copy to Arnesen).
luck Paul, you are a true rarity ... a loyal player who has Tottenham in
his heart. Long may you have an illustrious career with the club.
for another 20 like you !!
Paul, please congratulate your agent
Ed : - "(Copy to
Arnesen)" ... isn't that how all this started in the first place
!! It is great that Robbo is willing to pledge his immediate
future to THFC, but having interviewed him a couple of months back, I
was in no doubt that he would stay. He is a top man.
My quick appraisal on the
We NEARLY beat Liverpool
We NEARLY beat Newcastle
We NEARLY qualified for Europe
but best of all
We didn't NEARLY get relegated !
Ed : - Not quite yet
Steve, as the Fair Play draw still leaves us a slight chance of getting
into Europe !!
year I will celebrate( by the grace of God), 60 years supporting the
am going to upset a lot of people by saying I hope they do not get into
Europe this year on today's results. This team is simply not good
season it has lost away without much of a fight to Southampton,
Portsmouth Fulham Crystal Palace Charlton (I could cite other
wretched performances and results). The team drew away with WBA
and struggled to come from behind to draw with WBA at home (a few days
later Boro beat them 4-0). The team then capitulated to our main
rivals for a Europe place (Boro). The
team were lucky to avoid defeat at home to Notts Forest in the FA Cup
! (Commons missed an opportunity for an easy winning goal).
any of my fellow supporters think that these failures against very
inferior teams bode well for a campaign in Europe ?
by chance, we were to get in this year (as in 1999), they will probably last
I would like to see a much improved team next year and for Jol to build
on the base he has started so well. I would then look forward to
entry into Europe with some chance of success.
these kind of results mentioned above have to be eliminated and the team
must learn to get points and results from these much inferior sides.
: - Having seen Spurs over the length of time you mentioned must make
every team appear lacking compared to some of the great Spurs teams of
For many Spurs fans, Europe has been something they have heard about but
never experienced. I am one of the lucky ones who saw the team
perform admirably in the 1970s and 1980s, winning the UEFA Cup
I understand your concerns about the side being thrust into the European
spotlight next season. Personally, Europe or not, this has been a
great improvement on last season and as you say, a base for further
development of the side. If European football was achieved, then
it would have pros and cons.
For it, would be the attraction of better players, as some will be
coming in this summer and if they are of higher quality, this should
improve the League form as well. It would also give our young
players experience of the different type of game played in European
On the downside, many clubs have struggled in the League when they now
also have a European campaign to wage. This is usually down to the
size of the squad and the number of games that have to be played shortly
after returning from some far flung destination. I know they used
to be able to cope with this in the old days, but it doesn't seem
possible nowadays for some reason.
I don't want to see Spurs humbled in Europe, as I am not used to it
(Kaiserslautern apart). Whenever it comes, I believe that Jol is
shrewd and smart enough to cope with it.
It beggars belief that
Mr. Jol persists with Kanoute up front at the expense of Robbie Keane.
One decent game in twenty and a goal tally only one third as good as
Keane's is not an argument for his continued inclusion. No wonder Robbie
is exasperated. He must have the highest goals per minute on the
pitch ratio of any player in the Premiership.
Furthermore have you
noticed since Reid plays every game, that his attack play improves
beyond all recognition when, inevitably, Keane comes on as sub.
Like many I suspect Keane will leave at the end of the season, and I
can't say I blame him. Our bad luck is probably Everton's gain.
Martin Jol has done some
good work so far but his selection policy, statistically and form-wise,
PS. Atouba - is he a
Ed : - The Defoe/Keane
partnership has failed to show that it can work. Jol obviously
likes the big man/little man partnership, so it will be one of Defoe and
Keane with one of Mido or Kanoute. Robbie is the player in form at
the moment, while Jermain has looked a little lack-lustre, but I think
Jol has ideas about who should play at home and who should play away for
the best of the team. He has set ideas about certain aspects
of the team's play and this might change next season. For example,
how often have we seen Kanoute and Mido on together ?
Selling Keane would be
folly for the player and our club. Where will he get the money he
gets now and if he moves to Villa or Everton, apart from the fact that
they will be in the Champions League next season, where would be better
off in the long term ? Maybe he won't see it that way, but to sell
him to one of our rivals would be very short sighted ... unless they pay
well over the odds.
Jol has had just over
half a season to settle into English football, so come next season, he
can have a run at a whole campaign. Then perhaps we will truly
know what he is capable of.
Now before you say I am
being negative, can I say I think Martin Jol is doing a good job, and he
is definitely the right man for the job, but the best since Bill Nick
can wait a little.
We have under achieved
this season, we have spent a lot money on a lot of good players and we
are probably going to finish 8th or 9th.
Compare that to Everton, Bolton and Man City who have spent next to
nothing and probably only 2/3 of their players would get into our
side. Away from home we seem too nice and desperately need a
Roberts figure when the going gets tough. I believe we are seen as
a soft touch and if you look at our team, who would you be scared of
? No one. We need a tough midfielder who can score goals and
although I thought Davis could do this job, maybe he is not quite good
enough, so I would go for Scott Parker and try to off-load Mendes and
Davis and keep Brown as a back up. Parker is young, English and
has a lot to prove and would be someone who is good enough to play in
the Champions League which in a poor Premiership outside the top 3 teams
is what we should be aiming for.
Also up front we are
lacking someone to really put defenders on alert. I thought after Mido's
debut he would be the man, but he has not seemed fit, so probably needs
a pre-season. Now, deep breath, but I think we need a John Hartson
type. Someone who defenders don’t like and if we are being
honest he would do more than Kanoute, who away from home is a
liability. Left back is another area that is weak where Edman and
Atouba fail to convince.
Yes we have bought a lot
of players, but a lot of them are of similar stature. Good enough
to play in a team in the top 8 in the Premiership, but hand on heart
would Davis, Reid, Kanoute, Edman, etc be good enough to take the step
up ? I doubt it.
King, Defoe, Robinson
definitely; Dawson, Carrick, Keane probably; but other than that, not
I feel this summer we
need to bring some aggression into the side to make us a team with an
edge who can mix it as well as playing the football that makes us the
envy of many.
I am generally positive
and feel that the management are taking the club forward, but will we
take the next step or next year will we be playing for the UEFA spots
with Bolton, Charlton and the like or going head to head with Liverpool
And the Spurs go marching on
Ed : - I think that
the amount of new players Spurs have brought in since this time last
year ahs meant that there has been a lot of learning to do and that has
had to be done on the pitch. With Santini jumping ship, the
management style changed (for the better) and that Martin Jol is the
best man for the job. What will happen in the summer, I predict,
will be a few players brought in, probably a mix of experience and
youth, with a few of players from the first team squad going. A
van Bommel type of midfielder would be great, but how many of them are
there out there ? A striker who puts the fear of God into
defenders would also be welcomed, but who is there available
I think that if better players than the ones we have come on the market,
we can now sell a club to them that has the potential to be a European
entrant next season. Top four would be nice, but I think after the
massive jump the side have made this season, a UEFA Cup place might be
the attainable target for 2005-06.
A refreshing aspect
of Sunday's match which I watched courtesy of that nice Mr. Murdoch down
the pub. After years of millionaire players strutting their stuff
like automatons in front of the TV cameras, the aftermath of the Robinson/King
mix-up on Sunday provided an all too rare spot of light
relief. Play carried on for a few minutes and ended with the ball
being safely gathered by the goalkeeper.
At this point I took a
pull at my courtesy pint but hastily returned my gaze to the screen
when the other patrons started laughing. Robbo was grinning all
over his face having apparently yelled panic-stricken at Ledley and
caused him to turn round a bit sharpish.
Having been responsible
for halting the team and letting the unfortunate Ledders run out alone
for the second half of the Palace game, a bit of a character seems
to be in evidence on the pitch, surely an aspect that will put him out
of the running for any move to Man Utd. or Arse and something that
should add millions to any valuation for its rarity value.
P.S. Of course the
incident wasn't shown on the Beeb, as they had a professional comedian -
Ed : - The incident was
funny after Milner's excuse for a chip. Imagine Defoe being given
a chance like that from a goalkeeper ?? Having interviewed the man
a little while back, I believe that he will be staying at Spurs.
He seems to love the relationship with the fans at the Park Lane end and
seems pleased that Spurs came in for him at the end of last season,
making him feel wanted. A place in Europe might clinch it for
Hi ... I was wondering
where (if anywhere) spurs fans meet on the web to discuss new chants
etc, or where I can send an idea???
Me and my mates went to
the Pompey game and by the time we got the train home after a fair few
beers we were singing "Feed the Mido, do they know he's David
Blaine ?" to the tune of "Do they know its Xmas" by Band
Aid due to drunkenness and also the players remarkable resemblance and
magical qualities to the said magician.
Any help would be
Ed : - Well, Robbie has
had a go and I know there are one or two songs that haven't quite caught
on about Mido, so what is your favourite ???
Some really good
observations from Richard. I agree entirely with his views on
who will leave, although I'd prefer to see Kanoute stay. I never really
thought Jackson or Bunje would make it (too wooden), but Ricketts
has been more disappointing as he doesn't appear to have developed as
well as we would have liked.
I'm interested in your
comments about the central defensive partnership Wyart. If the eventual
combination is to be Davenport/Huddlestone, then where does this
leave Dawson? I did wonder if we bought Dawson as a sweetener
to get Reid and that we'll be selling him on quickly. That
would be some gamble though on the part of Frank Arnesen.
I watched the U-21
match last night and although England were disappointing, I can see
what you mean about Huddlestone. Is he really only 18?? He
looked much bigger and stronger than the other England players and his
positioning and distribution was excellent for the most part. He gave
the ball away in silly places a couple of times, but he'll learn with
experience. Very promising indeed !
I'm taking my eldest
daughter (8) to her first match at the Lane this Saturday and she's
really excited. I chose this match because I wanted her to see the
boys winning under lights without getting her home at midnight.
DON'T LET HER (or me) DOWN SPURS!!!
Ed : - The way that the
club have been talking about Dawson's leadership qualities indicate that
they see him taking over from Ledley (later rather than sooner I hope
!!). With Huddlestone also able to operate in midfield, where
again we are blessed with a number of players and van Bommel if rumours
are true, it may be that Davenport/King will be the pairing, with some
of the leavers making space in the squad. Dawson might be one who
is swapped with Davenport depending on the opponent. Davenport =
height and ball-playing; Dawson = strong and tough. It gives Jol
more options to mix and match.
There is still the development team for players to progress in, while
some will make the jump to the first team quicker than others, like
Hope you and your daughter enjoy the game and that there might be might
more hours of joy spent at the Lane in the future for all of you !!
good win against Pompey at the weekend, and looking at the games coming
up, it looks like a period when we could go on another little winning
streak and then a losing streak before an end of season charge.
mainly just writing in to put my point of view across about our transfer
policy. I read an interesting article about Arnesen's transfer policy in
the Evening Standard. He is building two squads, one a development one,
with the likes of Davenport, Limbersky, Defendi etc. which is great
for the future, and we are building up a pool of some of the best
youngsters in the UK and abroad, which in the long run can only be good
for the club.
is then building a squad for Martin Jol in the here and now, with the
likes of Reid, Mido etc. Now a lot of people will question the
intelligence of this huge influx of players onto the wage bill, as the Evening
Standard argued, but I think if you look at the wider picture, take the
left side. In the summer Christian Ziege left us, he was on a reputed £40,000
a week, and we have replaced him with Atouba, Edman, Ziegler and Reid
whose total wages together add up to much more than those of Christian.
So if you look at the squad as a whole and look at the higher
earners that have left and the more numerous lower earners that have
come in, I don't think you would have seen a huge rise in the wage
we come to the summer, with two players already signed and Arnesen
promising more, I think we are going to see a higher turnover of players
in and out. In January from what I can recall we only released two
players Kasey and Jamie. Now if we look at the squad now I can see
quite a few of the Pleat/Hoddle era being moved on to make way for
Arnesen's army of players I'm just going to list the players I can see
Along with lots of our homegrown players being out on loan.
think a lot of people would have expected Richards and Bunje to be on
their way, but in Gardner I think you will find with the amount of
youngsters we have brought in, for that position, he would be better
being given a chance somewhere else. Then Ricketts and Jackson are both
players that I don't think quite make the grade good and could be used
as makeweights. Then Kanoute, I personally like him, but looking
at the impact Mido has made, maybe he is a player we could use to bring
in some money, what were the rumours Barcelona in the hunt for him.
hope you are able to digest that and come on you Spurs.
The futures bright the futures Tottenham.
Ed : -
A fair review of the squad and with more players due in the summer
something has to give. Therefore, it will not be a surprise to see
some of the named players depart. Most are on sizeable wages, so
will make room for those arriving. The "two teams"
theory is currently running at three teams, as there are 32 player sin
the first team squad just now, albeit some away on loan.
It's been a while since I
wrote, but so much has been going on at the Lane that I felt compelled
to say a few words.
The transfer activity has
been so intense recently, that it is starting to border on the bizarre.
Now I'm not one to complain about exciting new players joining the club,
but one has to consider how Martin Jol is going to keep all of these
players happy. If a few of the long-standing players were moving
on, you could understand the policy, but the squad must keeps getting
bigger and bigger. It makes me wonder if there are a few players
who will be exiting this summer (King? Defoe?) and Jol is getting
replacements in early.
Well ... let's not look a
gift horse etc ...
The signings of Andy Reid
and Tom Huddlestone are very exciting. I have only seen Reid
play a handful of times, but he does look the real deal.
He's played well at international level as well and so the step up might
not be as problematic as people think.
Huddlestone comes very
highly regarded by George Burley, who has said that he is the most
talented young player he's ever worked with (didn't Ossie say something
like that about Jason Dozzell a few years back ??). It has
to be hoped that he gets the chance to develop and doesn't just languish
in the reserves for three years, before being shipped off to Hull or
Grimsby, like so may other 'starlets' of the past - I'm thinking of
Scott Houghton, Darren Caskey, Alton Thelwell etc.
I know very little about
Mounir, although I hear he played well against Northampton the other
night. I've watched some downloads of Mido and he looks like an
excellent player. Let's hope he's right when he says he's matured
and that he'll settle in. As much as I love King Kanoute when he's
up for it, he's proved how unreliable he can be (with regard to injury, international
commitment and form swings) and a great side cannot
be built around him.
I'd be interested in your
views on these players and the other signings we've made.
Ps. Isn't it great to see
the 'invincible' Arse falling on their arses......maybe we'll start
catching up at last!
Ed : - I think that
the EL Ham/Mido players are to replace Fredi at some stage, but I am not
sure when that will be. Without seeing them play yet, it is hard
to comment, but the aerial threat and the ability to hold the ball up is
one that we need to pair with Defoe.
Reid has been one Spurs have looked at for a year now. A tricky
wide man (yes, he might need to shift a bit of timber), he will provide
the wing play that Jol has been seeking and if Simon Davies can
recapture his best form, then we can attack on both flanks.
Huddlestone is one I am really pleased about. With Davenport, he
will probably form part of the central defence of the future at
THFC. A classy passer and a tough, energetic tackler, he looks
like the player Rio Ferdinand should be. His Development will not
be rushed, but with 80 games under his belt in the Championship, he
might be ready sooner than we think.
Now keeping three team's worth of talent happy might not be easy, but
loans and rotation might make sure that everyone gets a fair crack of
the whip. There will no doubt be some movement out in the summer
and you can probably put some names to that yourself and this will make
way for a few more signings then.
Just a quick question on
the recent transfer activity that has been going on.
Where has all the money come from and is this all sustainable ? I
also beginning to believe that with the squad we have now we really have
no excuse for under achievement, another centre back, as Naybet is
getting on and I (personally) feel that Gardener is not world class, and
I think we should be in contention for a top five finish next year,
whether it'll happen I don't know.
Could you shed some light?
Ed : - With Defendi
developing in the reserves, Davenport and Huddlestone to come (as a
defensive midfielder, who has been playing at the back for Derby), and
King already a permanent fixture, the central defence is well sorted I
would think. I would not think that Anthony Gardner is not
progressing as the club would like. He was always a ball-playing
central defender and is being given his opportunity there, but his
concentration seems to wander and he needs to improve his decision
making (i.e. hoof the ball out when it needs it). I am not sure
how much longer the management might give him to show he can be the
player they want him to be.
The question of where the money has come from is an interesting
one. Little spent in the summer probably meant that they could
splurge in the January sales. Again, the amount that has been
spent this transfer window is not huge, with the £8 million for Reid
and Dawson the bulk of it. Cerny (nominal), El Hamdaoui (£500k),
Halfredsson (minimal), Limbersky (loan) and Mido (loan) have not cost a
lot. The wages might, but then moving out some of the bigger
earners (Redknapp and Keller) might cover much of that and we can expect
some others to leave in the summer to make space for a couple more (at
least) to arrive.
What the hell is going
We put a decent run together, and get a few good results and the rumour
mill starts with news that Ledley and Jermain are leaving in January.
Most of my fellow season ticket holders in the North Upper seem resigned
to losing one or even both of these stars.
But why ? Defoe has 5 years left on his contract and Ledley also
has a few years left so why sell. If we can build on the positives
from this season, surely we can start to challenge for honours next
year. These players should be encouraged to stay. OK, if a
player has less than 18 months left and won't sign, sell him, but why
sell our number 18 now (unless Frank knows someone better) when Robbie
and Fred's' scoring records are sporadic at best.
Please Mr. Levy you can't build a team if we keep selling our best
I don't want to be singing " You can stick Sol Campbell and Ledley
King up your arse 'cos we've got Calum at the back."
A frightening thought don't you think?
Merry Christmas to you all
Ed : - Defoe would only
move for the money if he went to Chelsea, as he is better off getting a
regular game at Tottenham and showing what he can do for Sven to see and
pick him for England. King looked shaky yesterday and although he
has been solid for most of the season, he still has some lapses, which
might put off any potential purchaser. Transfer windows bring
agents spreading stories trying to destabilise players, so I wouldn't
worry too much until it is signed and sealed.
Levy has said that the players are not going to be sold and the club
does not want to sell it's best players, but I suppose if a big enough
bid comes in, then they might consider it. £30 million each
should be the price tag to put off most buyers (except Chelsea and we
can double it for them !).
these rumours about Glenn Hoddle's friend's consortium trying to buy
Spurs are really starting to concern me.
Glenn was such a fantastic player, but is a shockingly bad
manager. He obviously is one day hoping to find himself in the hot seat
at the Lane. Le’s
organsise, for the good of the club, a petition to tell Glenn not only
how good a player he was, but how bad a manager he was and how we really
do not want him back at the club ! Please, please help me to achieve
this end. This is the best
we have had our club in a long, long time.
We have great players, a really promising manager and arguably an
: - Well, Jamie, there are
some issues in your mail that may people might agree with, but also some
that they might not go along with your view.
Hoddle came out on TV and said that he had “never spoken to
nobody” about a consortium or coming back to Tottenham and if the
comments that were attributed to him were true, he would have shot
himself in the foot and would not have the Spurs fans on his side.
A petition at this time would not be a good idea, as there is no
story there, but should things change you might have a reason to get
some signatures together.
It's been almost a year
since I last dropped you a line, but I am writing about our current
I think that we're well
shot of Santini and Jol will get it right if given time. I'd like
to see Ricketts and Davenport back in the team and also for Yeates to be
given more opportunity.
Spurs need to sign Parker
or Van Bommel, Routledge and possibly Darren Bent in January.
C'mon you Spurs !
S J Wightman
Ed : - Good to have you
back !! With Ricketts and Davenport now back since you wrote,
perhaps your predictions for the January transfer window might come true
... although I hear that van Bommel is off to Real Madrid.
I have been telling
anyone who will listen about the best attacking midfielder l have seen
The really good news is
he is Argentinian and so we have a history there, the bad news is we
failed to sign him when he was still with River Plate. He now
plays in Germany with the less than fashionable Wolfsburg, carrying a
value of around 9 million euros. He is only 23 years old and goes
by the name of Andres D'Alessandro. A friend who knows and
regularly meets with Steve Perryman's brother has been told about him in
the hope that the word might get through to the club, but so far nothing
seems to have happened.
Please use any means you
have at your disposal to bring him to the attention of someone who could
do something about bringing him to Spurs as l truly believe he is what
Ed : - Jeff, you are not
alone as if you are a long time MEHSTG reader, we were touting his name
even before he came to Europe. As an Argentinian Under-21 he stole
the show against England U21 at Craven Cottage and has progressed since
moving to Wolfsburg. I can't believe that he wouldn't rather be
playing for Tottenham, but the move for him wasn't made when he left
River Plate and doesn't seem likely now. A talented midfielder who
can score and make goals, he would be like a mini-Ossie, but it might
not ever be at Spurs ... more's the pity. I am sure that Arnesen
knows about him, as his contacts in South America and Europe would have
kept him in touch with Andres' success.
I might have had a go at
Kneecap the other day but I think that it's a long time since we had a
captain so committed to the cause. I feel that Jamie realises that
his playing days are becoming party pieces rather than applications for
international duty and therefore wish him all the best for the
season ahead. You deserve a cup or two and I hope that this year
is one for you to celebrate.
Here's to the Spurs
putting one (or five) over Kneecap's dad on Monday.
Ed : - Jamie looks like
first pick if he is fit, so we will have to get used to him being there,
but an interesting situation will arise when Sean Davis is fit again.
I just wanted to comment
on our fixtures in March and April. Maybe I'm being a bit
premature at this point but, can anyone see the sense in playing two
games in March and six in April. It seems to me that all our good
work could be undone by a massive fixture pile up in April. This
is even without my expected good showing of us in the F. A. Cup.
All you need is one or
two injuries, six games in a month, I think four of them against the
Scum, Newcastle, Villa etc (i.e. teams we are competing against for the
vital 4th to 6th spot) and our whole season could go pear shaped at the
final hurdle !
Surely it must make more
sense to play four games in March and four games in April. If
anyone can influence the powers that be, please sort this out as it
would be a tragedy for us to enjoy possibly our best season in 7 years
for it all to fall flat in the penultimate month of the season.
If I talked about all the
positives so far this season, I'd be here all day, but suffice to say I
look forward to Mr. Santini's "offensive organisation" (we are Spurs
after all !) and congratulations to all the staff involved in our
transformation and in particular Mr. Chairman.
Long may it continue and
come on the Spurs!
Regards, Tunde N16.
P.S. If we can end the
Scum's unbeaten record at the Lane next month, that would just be the
icing on the cake. Now that's not too much to ask for is it ... ?
Ed : - The Christmas and
Easter periods have always been heavy on fixtures because of the games
played on Bank Holidays and therefore they become very important periods
in the football calendar - logic never comes into it
unfortunately. With Easter a moveable holiday, it looks like we
will be busy in April (and even busier with a good cup run), but then
all successful teams have to cope with that. And wouldn't it be
great to be successful !!
I've been watching our
climb and subsequent foot hold in the league with growing excitement
since the start of the season. We've had some great results this
season (ignoring the Man U game) and everything is looking on the up,
except, it doesn't feel like watching Spurs.
Maybe I'm nit-picking a
bit, but the whole side (as it is) seems far too defensive. The
only Spurs like performance of the season was at Oldham and our side
comprised largely of last season's team ! I understand that Mr. Santini
has to set out his own "rules" for how the side play and
conduct themselves, but I really feel he that he will cause himself
problems with the faithful if the side continue to be as defensive as
they are, which is a shame because he has already proved how good a
manager he is.
Come on Spurs, yank the
iron out of the fire and lets see some good ole' suicidal attacking!!!
Ed : - The style of the
team will develop as the pints rack up in the league table. I am
sure that once there are enough to ensure Premiership safety, then the
full backs will be released to go forward, rather than being held back
inside their own half and we will find a few more creative players
providing service to the front two. A couple of singings in the
January window will also spruce up the squad to increase competition and
add some more attacking options.
Oh Dear! Look at
what young Jamie has gone and done now ...
There cannot be any
defence for his challenge on Tim Cahill. He took more time than he
had - what's new about that? - and then well and truly 'did him'.
I have always had respect for Kneecap - likening him a little in looks
to Captain Scarlet - think about it before you shout me down - but this
was the act of a Mysteron. The only silver lining is now he will
face a layoff, perhaps one but most likely four games, and we can try
someone else out alongside Mendes.
More worrying is the
reputation we are earning in the blue half of Merseyside for fouls and
dirty challenges. Will some of ours come to regret Jamie and
Jermain's actions come the return match ? To be fair to Defoe, he
went for the ball, but it was more the manner of the challenge rather
than the physical harm that resulted in him being rightly booked.
Another scary aspect is
the way in which are achievements are being underplayed - great defence,
teamwork, etc, sneaking away points, but we top the Foul Play League
just like another side from North London once did back in the day.
There the similarities must end.
Ed : - The looks
are where the similarity with Captain Scarlet ends, as the Gerry
Anderson character was indestructable !!
As for the foul, it was a bad one and I don't think anyone could have
complained had Redknapp been dismissed. Agree about Defoe's tackle
and if he had made contact he would definitely been off.
The team are playing solidly and we all know that ... if nobody else
does ... GOOD. It will be more of a surprise for them when they
Noted that prior to games
kicking off tonight - 20th September - we now lead the foul play league
with 13 yellow cards working out at an average of 2.17 a game. Our
bad boy ? None other than Jamie Kneecap with four cards to
his name. Man U have the fewest bookings - we are yet to see Young
Wayne in action remember ... while Arsenal have a pretty respectable
eight. I wonder if we might try to set a record ...
P.S. I don't think
we will get relegated this year. Do you?
Ed : - The amazing thing
was that Ledley King hadn't been booked until the Chelsea game and with
his first foul of the season picked up a yellow. Redknapp's record
does not surprise me as he sometimes flies into the tackle. The
cautions are probably a result of the new defensive resolve.
As for getting relegated,
until we get forty points, I never take anything for granted !!
have heard the reason why ENIC are reluctant to increase
the capacity at WHL ,by expanding the ground, is because they think
that with increasing sky matches shown on TV this will keep the fans at
home rather then at WHL.
thanks for nothing ENIC. We, the supporters of Tottenham, have
been keeping maximum attendances for the past 20 years and longer, while
we have been served up with some of the most dire of team
performances. In 20 odd years, apart from the Klinsmann era and
the Ginola days, one FA Cup and one League Cup triumph, we
have had some really mind-numbing football to witness, but we have
persevered and followed Tottenham with great loyalty. It is
now time to reward us and give us what we deserve. A 50,000
plus stadium so we can truly call ourselves a big league player and show
that we want to compete with the big clubs, we deserve it.
a THFC member. If I can't book a ticket within the first few
hours, I might as well give up trying to get a decent seat ... is that
the way to treat a supporter.
at the Brum game last Saturday and the atmosphere was terrific.
Imagine that, but with 50,000 plus .. it's got to be worth a goal start.
I firmly believe we have the most loyal of support in the Premiership,
but ENIC's belief in us is a big slap in the face.
a big club you need to maximise your support, just look at the 50,000
plus support of the clubs that are really big in Europe ... that's where
we want to be and where I believe we should be.
think Levy has done a great job with the management and coaching
structure, after the initial mistakes and the players brought in
are of genuine quality, but the job is only half started. WHL with
less then 50,000 is not as intimidating as WHL with 50,000 plus.
We deserve better then the plastic support the Arse and Chelscum
get. Do we see ourselves as the 3rd club in London ? Because
that is how we are behaving.
Come on ENIC ... we are the biggest club in the biggest city in England
... lets do it ... bring it on.
- I understand that the club have planning permission to develop the
ground with the East Stand being the first stage to make a 50,000
capacity. With a bit of tinkering the club appear to want to stay
at WHL and with some development around the ground to make a "Spurs
Village", it might be the impetus to get the transport sorted out
and for the club to make the Lane a bigger and better place .
A bit like shooting
rabbits in a barrel, but another headline from the Bournemouth Daily
Echo (the paper that makes the Daily Mail look like the Socialist
Worker) and a candidate for the Basil Fawlty Bleedin' Obvious prize:
'We're a Laughing Stock' (by Lawrie McMenemy re: the chairman). And just
to think 26 years ago we were sweating on getting a point from them for
All the best,
Ed : - It is wicked to
mock the afflicted and I wouldn't inflict Wupie Baby on anyone.
Does he really think anyone will be willing to take on his poison
chalice now ? It's a big club you know !! They are even
putting a continental management structure in place !! How
innovative of them.
You never know we might need that point this season when we play them in
March ... for a place in Europe !!
Having watched the game
at Newcastle on TV I was very disappointed to see the reception that
Stephen Carr was given by the Spurs fans.
I liked Carr as a player
and when with us, he always gave 100% so did not deserve the treatment
he received. So he left us...its happens. ( I'll make a little
prediction that if the likes of Arsenal or Man Utd come in for Defoe he
will be off like a greyhound out of a trap).
Carr has made a mistake
because Newcastle are an overrated side and have been for
sometime. Our future is far brighter than theirs (as the result
shows). The loss of Carr in any case is not as great as it
may once have been. He is simply not the same player he was 3
years ago prior to injury. Then he was the best attacking full
back in the country, but nowadays he rarely gets over the halfway
The fact is Carr had
gone stale at Spurs and the move may re-ignite him as a player. I
for one wish him well. At least he did not go to Arsenal.
The Spurs fans should show a bit of dignity and let the result and
league position send out a message to Carr.
Save the abuse for
Campbell who really deserves everything he gets!
PS Naybet looks an
excellent short term signing although it is still early days. I
said Jacques needed to sign a leader at the back. Does he read
Ed : -
There are a number of
views about Carr and his final days at the Lane, but what will probably
ensure him a poor reception when he comes back is the gesture to the
Tottenham fans at the end of the game.
As for Santini, he might
have the French translated version of MEHSTG !!
Your a great site for
checking out all things Spurs. And I use you daily to check out
transfer rumours etc, but so far you have been really crap with your
match predictions. As far as your concerned we should be propping
up the Premiership with no points below Crystal Palace !!
I think a little bit of optimism
is due on your part. Admittedly most people shared your views but
what they don't know is with actually got a decent manager and a decent
set up. With got just the start we want, confidence is good,
competition for places, dead wood and whingers gone, decent match
tactics, its all good.
I think we will be the
surprise team this year and really compete for that sixth place.
Come on the SPURS
Ed : - We at MEHSTG have never
been noted for the accuracy of our predictions and frankly, we try to be
optimistic, but mostly we plump for realistic. The pre-season
programme showed little of what Santini and Jol have turned out in the first
two matches and not knowing that we have a tactical genius in our ranks
rather than some of the old duffers who were in post previously, has
been a real shock. A nice one though !! I think that
whichever way it went (and with all the new players coming in, we
thought it might take some time for them to settle), Xmas would be a
better time to assess what the management had achieved. We still
stand by that and we are always hopeful, but unlike some fans who will
have us in the top six at the end of May, MEHSTG has been there before
and when it happens we will be as happy as anyone else !!
I was looking through some stats for Ledley King over the past three
seasons and the beginning of this one ... Including his England games
and substitute appearances since the 2001/02 season he has appeared in
116 games (112 Starts and 4 Subs Appearances).
He has only been booked TWICE - in the league (ONCE) in 2003/04 and the
Carling Cup (ONCE) in 2002/03.
Not only is he a great DEFENDER (Mr. Pleat !!!), but a clean one too.
Long live the KING !!!!!
Marc Trainis, Park Lane - Upper Tier Season Ticket Holder
: - Nice stats work Marc. Always a sign of a good defender that he
can do so well without getting yellow carded all the time. A bit
like someone else before he left for pastures redder, where he seems to
suffer the fate of all Gooners in seeing red.
Louise and Jamie Redknapp
are celebrating the birth of their new child. Apparently Jamie is
considering asking his employers THFC for nine months paternity leave to
look after the baby. Well about the norm for this time of the season.
Ed : - I know Jacques
said he had a new role in mind for Jamie ... gives a new meaning to
"sitting" just behind the midfield !!
I did not attend the
match against Cagliari , but was disappointed to read this morning of
the "booing" in the second half, particularly of Doherty.
Surely no-one should booing players in a pre-season friendly ?
It generally only makes a player more nervous and one could never accuse
Doh of not trying , he's just not real premiership quality, but he is a
squad player and one of "our" squad players. Looking at
the current injury situation he is likely to be in the squad for
Liverpool next week.
Our first seven games look really tough, a real baptism of fire for the
new management team. It's going to be a really tough couple of months.
Getting behind the team at home (and away), particularly when the going
is getting tough, is all we can do. Booing and negativity is
unproductive and unacceptable.
GET BEHIND OUR TEAM THIS SATURDAY AND EVERY MATCH THIS SEASON.
Ed : - Hopefully Martin,
there will be a different clientele for the rest of the matches this
season. Having been there yesterday, it was every much a pantomime
crowd, who paid reduced prices and felt they should have their say
because Spurs did not win. I do not expect they will be there next
week. Mind you there are still regulars who think it has a
galvinising effect on the players if they express their displeasure that
each of them is not (the real) Pele.
As we near the start of
another season like all Spurs fans I am gripped by the usual hopeless
optimism. This year it must be top six ... mustn't it ? However
none of the new signings really excite me. Except for Robinson I
wouldn't go out of my way to watch any of them play unlike Hoddle,
Gazza, Ginola etc. Where is our flair and creativity in midfield
going to come from ? We have a great forward line, but if we don't
create chances and get the ball to them their ability is irrelevant.
What concerns me the most
is our defence, or rather lack of it. Don't get me wrong I
love Carr, Gardner and King. As individuals they are potentially
very good, but they are not a tight defensive unit. We need a
leader at the heart of the back four and we should have signed one in
the summer, but haven't. I fear that this is going to cost us dear
and it will be another season of nervously holding onto (or
losing) leads. I suspect Dean Richards is finished and may not play for
us regularly again and Gary Doherty is a joke. With a strong
confident centre half to play next to and learn from Ledley King could
be a world beater. Without it, I suspect his confidence will drain
away as Gardner's has started to do.
I am glad the squad has
had a major overhaul and we've lost some of the deadwood who just
went through the motions. I hope some of the new players
are hungry for success and prepared to battle. I'm delighted the
coaching set up has been changed.
However much as I hate to
say it we haven't signed any really classy outfield players. Sorry
but it's true. Still as Porto and Greece showed team spirit and
hard work does bring success but like all true Spurs fans I want to be
For me the jury is
out. My prediction is a slight improvement on last year, but
nothing dramatic and let's face it any worse and we're relegated.
Please Jacques ... sign
an experienced centre half who can lead the defence and then we
will leap up the table.
Ed : - With Atouba signed
up, there is another defender in the mix, but I don't think he plays
centrally ... mainly on the left of defence or midfield. The
natural leader doesn't appear to be any of those the management have
brought in so far, but there still might be signings before the
deadline. We might even have to wait until January, but there is a
"better than we have got" element about the new
arrivals. Davis could become our new midfield runner if things go
well and the others will add to the team in their own ways.
I agree that slight improvement is what we will achieve this season and
then we will need to kick on from that.
In defence, it is a worry, but again, we will have to hope that King and
Gardner strike up an understanding if no-one new is coming in.
Forgive me if I'm wrong,
but weren't we supposed to sign Jay Jay Okocha post season ? I know
we've been linked with many, many names recently, but I was under the
impression that this was a done deal.
Personally I think he's a
born Spurs player and would be an ideal addition to the Tottenham squad.
Doesn't appear likely at the moment though - anyone have any news
Ed : - Okocha has signed
another contract at Bolton and will not be coming to Tottenham in the
foreseeable future. A talented and exciting player agreed, but I
am not sure he would fit into Santini's plans for the team now.
haven't been here long, but even I thought that Ted was a spur as a kid
... not a hamster ?!?!?
Is this true?
What next... Hod the Gooner?
Saint Jacques de la Lane
Ed : - He
reckons that he was always a Spurs fan, but someone told me that he wore
a West Ham scarf at school. There is apparently a bit in his book
that says he got taken to WHL and after that Tottenham were always
another class to West Ham, but his comments about finally playing for
this great club come straight out of the Matthew Etherington "How
to suck up to your new fans" phrase book.
And then there was that time when Hoddle was at Highbury with his son,
who was wearing a Gooner shirt and the latest rumour that Hod will be
coaching with the Arse soon. Stranger things have happened, but not a
lot stranger !!
It's that time of the
year again. Pre season just started, a few new signings, checking Planet
Football, MEHSTG (brilliant), Spurs, BBC and any other websites
you can. Reading the Evening Standard every night then wondering
why you bothered ! And trying to suppress that totally irrational
feeling that "this could be our year !!"
Do you lot remember this
time in the last couple of years. Postiga, Morientes, Keane, Rivaldo
(still makes me laugh) !! and in all honesty having crap/mediocre
seasons afterwards. What are we masochists. Where does this
insane optimism come from. I have been talking about "top
6" every pre season for the last ten years and what did we have to
show for it. So have I learned my lesson, have I b*****ks !!
I just can't help feeling
really positive about this season ahead. I think the top 3 Man U,
the Scum and Chelski are sorted, but what about the rest of them.
Personally I think Sir Bobby is passed it (Magpies), the new man at
Anfield may need a couple of seasons to get going and then there's the
surprise teams, e.g. Villa (good manager). Middlesbrough good
signings (e.g. Hasselbaink, Viduka; that makes seven strikers they
have !!). But I
think with the complete overhaul of how coaching set up, and three heads
being better than one, I can only see good things for Spurs. All
the coaches have something to prove. All the players are playing
for their contracts. The lazy golf playing mentality of the
players and their dressing room cliques will disappear overnight and it
all looks good !!
I think a lot will depend
on how we handle our tough start to the season. We've got to play
Liverpool, Newcastle, Man U and Chelski in our first seven games.
And also how the new coaching set up reacts after the inevitable run of
bad results at some point which happens to all teams. Will they
pull together or self combust ? The experience, talent and
knowledge within our coaching set up leaves me to fill that we are in
good hands and the chairman is also ready and willing to use his
cheque-book for emergencies.
So what can go wrong
? "Top 6" and Europe here we come !! Even my best
mate who's glass is not just half empty, he hasn't got a glass !
Was raving about signing Davis from Fulham. It looks very good, well
done Mr. Chairman. We are all in the same boat and can only wait
But me I'm going to put a
fiver on Spurs qualifying for the Champions League ! What the hell, we
are THE SPURS after all.
Onwards and Upwards
Ed : - All things coming
out of the club so far are very positive. The new management, the
new medical set-up, the new players and the new attitude and regime
should pay dividends. Still reckon we need a couple more players,
but the squad is young, talented and if determined and fit to go with
it, they might go far. Maybe I am being cautious, but I would
think anywhere above tenth will be progress this season, with Europe a
possibility if it all clicks quickly.
wanted to share my disgust at the 2005 Kappa strip (Home especially!!)
In my opinion, its absolute shite and by far, the worst strip we have
EVER had. Kappa has GOT TO GO!!
The world's No. 1 Tottenham Hotspur fan !
Ed : - The kit we
have now emulates the ones we had back in the late Sixties and early
Seventies, which were classics in my honest opinion. For a long
time, I personally have been yearning for an uncomplicated kit that does
not suffer from having the flashes, stripes, splodges and whatever else
designers think look good on shirts. This is simple, clean and
cool. Yes, the red Thomson is still there, but on the whole I
think it is one of the nicest we have had in a while.
Why is it that Spurs are
always linked to big name players pre-season ?
When I heard about Davids I was chuffed to bits but it appears that he
is now going to Inter.
Are we doomed to another
season of mediocrity ?
Without new, proven
players I'm afraid that we are. I live and breathe Spurs, but it's
difficult to believe that we'll achieve anything higher than 11th this
season without some big name players. I think we'll survive with
our strike base but our midfield and defence are seriously
suspect. Come on Santini, get the cheque book out !!!
Ed : - I am sure that
there will be some more incoming, even though the boys are due back to
pre-season training on Thursday. With a few shrewd additions, the
team could challenge at a higher level than last season. Not quite
challenging for the title just yet, but a considerable improvement on
seems to be much talk of many new player's joining Spurs, one thing I
seem to be noticing is that many of these players being mentioned are on
the other side of thirty, plus many I fear could be looking to make some
big bucks, finishing their career at a newly rejuvenated, fairly well
concerned about the effort these names being mentioned with our club
will put in, plus how many hard games they can keep putting in week
after week, without getting injured. I just don't want it all to start
again with us, you know that endless injury list full of thirty
something star names.
Santini knows players better than many of us "or should do"
but one player I've watched a few times is a little known Swedish
midfielder called Kim Kallstrom who I believe will turn into an
incredible player. He's already a fantastic player, creative, fast,
hardworking and young, being 22 or 23 I think. Forget Van Der Vaart he's
too unpredictable, too pricey, too lazy, too sensitive.
out for Kim Kallstrom in Portugal he will shine I promise.
: - Some of the players he is bringing in are older than our recent
policy dictates, but are they better than what we have might be a
crucial question. We don't want to get into the Hoddle situation
of having too many old timers, but a modicum of experience might get
Santini to where he wants to be a bit quicker than without.
agree about Kallstrom and we could have had him two seasons back if
anyone had had an idea about talented youngsters from overseas.
Am I alone in wondering
what the hell Levy is doing ? Two months ago he announces that
he has received applications from some of the best managers in Europe
for 'our' job. Why open his mouth as he obviously got none of
them ? Also why go for 8 months of a 9 month season without a
manager and then start looking for a new person ? Isn't that
Furthermore today he
denies meeting Ranieri and then Ranieri admits meeting with him.
What this club needs
more than anything is someone to galvanise it again ... I thought
DL had seen the light ... but I think I was sadly mistaken.
Unless a major appointment is made in the next week I am happy to lead
the cries for "Sack ENIC"
Ed : - Martin, we were all
in the queue to pillory ENIC, but it looks as though Daniel has picked
a plum for the job. We will have to see how he fares in club management
again, but compared to some of the names being mentioned, he is a
prize catch. Levy tries to play the "red herring"
card, but gets caught out sometimes, although he did well as few
papers seriously linked Tottenham with Santini.
I sincerely hope that the
new manager/coach/football director or whatever their title is someone
worth waiting for. I know the club should steer clear of a
knee-jerk appointment but the wait is very frustrating. Does
anyone remember the excitement and positive vibes when we signed
Klinsmann ? I couldn't wait for the season to start, it seemed to
give the whole club a lift. That is what we need now an
inspirational choice of manager.
Ed : - The wait might not
be too long now Ranieri has been give the old heave-ho. As for an
"inspirational choice", I am not sure our recent status allows
us to have the pick of managers (i.e. Mourinho going to Chelsea and
O'Neill choosing to stay at Celtic). With a couple of good solid
signings to go with the new boss, we might still have more to look
forward to than in recent years.
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