And it Can’t Come Quickly Enough…

Levy awoke before dawn. He put his boots on. He snapped the key to the ancient trophy cabinet. And he sloped on down Tottenham High Road…

So yet another season ends at yet another crossroads, following more lows than highs and leaving more questions than answers. Like just about every club on the planet, ever, we’ve been here before and we’ll be here again, but it does seem to have been an over-common and over-recurring theme in all the years I’ve been enduring an allegiance to Spurs.

The first season I started going, Shreeves had just inherited Burkinshaw’s multi-cup winning team. Despite Burkinshaw quitting and Archibald being sold, we had a great season, came third, but Shreeves couldn’t follow it up and was sacked at the end of the next season, a particular low being a crowd of 10,801 turning up to watch a First Division match against West Brom at three o’clock on a snowy but sunny Saturday afternoon in March. I got on the train to go to that one but ended up wandering around Carnaby Street instead. We won that game 5-0.

From third to tenth and Pleat came in from ninth placed Luton Town. Another great season, third again, League Cup semi-final heartbreak, FA Cup final heartbreak (the only times I’ve been to see us in League Cup semi-finals or FA Cup finals; sorry), Hoddle left, Pleat got caught kerb-crawling, another poor season, and Venables came in. A particular low point was going out of the FA Cup away to Port Vale. I went to this one as well. Sorry for that. And for sharing.

I always feel Venables’ time managing the club was like two separate spells. There was the Gazza / Lineker / Paul Stewart team that won the 91 Cup Final ahead of El Tel disappearing upstairs and these three mainstays disappearing by the end of the following season, then there was the Sheringham / Anderton / Barmby / Ruddock team that seemed to form out of nowhere during the winter of 92 /93 and suddenly look so promising. Yet again, we won nothing, but we followed up that horrible FA Cup Semi-Final 0-1 to Arsenal when Anderton had a stonewall penalty waved away by thumping Norwich at The Lane. Norwich came third that season. The future looked bright for Tottenham again.

Venables fell out with Sugar that summer, Ruddock used the fall-out to engineer a move to Liverpool. The following season under Ardiles was yet another waste of space disaster, coming 15th beneath West Ham and Chelsea back in the days before West Ham had that genius Moyes in their dugout and Chelsea were financially doped. I was almost 100% disenfranchised with the club by this time, yet can still remember traipsing around behind Mrs Wasdan in a clothes store one summer’s Saturday afternoon and falling instantly back in love with all things Tottenham Hotspur when a news-bulletin over the in-store radio announced we’d just signed Jurgen Klinsmann.

1994-95 was probably our last ‘great’ season before ENIC arrived. We were docked twelve points and banned from the FA Cup but Sugar fought the FA and got the ban and the deduction changed to an increased fine of £1.5m. We went out of the League Cup to Notts County. We sacked Ardiles. We brought in Francis. We rallied. We did this away to Southampton in an FA Cup fifth round replay after drawing the first game 1-1 (the only time I ever saw this team in the flesh was in the first game; a Southampton season-ticket holder got me a ticket in the away end at The Lane; that was a weird, weird, weird ninety minutes, not helped by the fact I think it was the first time I ever experienced White Hart Lane as an all-seater – I felt like crying looking across at what little remained of The Shelf):

Obviously we lost the FA Cup Semi-Final 1-4 to Everton (we had a great chance to come back to 2-2 after again going 2-0 down but Stuart Nethercott’s shot was blocked and Everton went straight up the other end and scored (I think it was Nethercott’s shot anyway; probably explains why he wasn’t back where he should have been when Everton scored…)). Klinsmann left. Barmby left. Popescu left. Dumitrescu left. Anderton stayed. Injured. Sheringham, eventually left. Francis was replaced by Christian Gross. Gross was replaced by George Graham. Sporadically, we still made exciting signings such as Ginola, Ferdinand, Rebrov, or what seemed like sensible or promising signings such as Tim Sherwood and Steffen Iversen. We won a trophy. ENIC took over. Under Graham, the football was rarely pretty and Rebrov was more miss than hit. But then out of nowhere in those first days of Levy, we did this:

And that was pretty much George Graham’s last game in charge of the club. By the time we faced Arsenal in the Semi-Final that followed this game, Levy had sacked him and brought Hoddle in. I was at that Old Trafford semi-final against Arsenal. As much as it pains me to say it, we were lucky not to lose by four or five. But Hoddle was back at his spiritual home. And Sugar was gone. We’d be alright moving forwards…

This situation we’re in now reminds me a little bit of when Hoddle’s reign ran out of steam. Sacked on 21st September, Pleat back in a caretaker role, that same old rudderless feeling, long streaks of losses and then we’d go and beat someone like Liverpool or ‘treat’ our fans to a mad-crazy result like 4-4 against Leicester, or romp into a 3-0 half-time lead against Keegan’s Manchester City in the FA Cup at home… which we followed up straight after with this:

Santini came in with Arnesen as Levy tried a Director of Football out for the first time. You couldn’t walk around a clothes-store that summer without another new Spurs signing being announced over the in-store radio. We signed ten between 14th May and 25 August. I went to our season-opener against Liverpool on 14th August and even some of the season ticket holders sitting around me were scratching their heads trying to work out who was who. In typical Tottenham under Levy fashion, the combined cost of the six players who made their debuts that day amounted to little more than half of the £14m fee Liverpool had paid for Djibril Cisse. Our 1-1 draw was well deserved. And another bright new dawn was a-dawning.

It lasted thirteen games under Santini. But that was okay. In came Jol and for the first time in a long time, being a Spurs fan felt fun. No, he couldn’t break the top-four. No, we couldn’t keep hold of the likes of Carrick or Berbatov. No, we didn’t win anything. But it was fun. I went to the Quarter Final Second Leg against Ramos’s Sevilla when we were 2-1 down from the First Leg and Malbranque scored a third minute own-goal then our old-boy Kanoute scored in the 8th minute to essentially finish the tie. When the teams came out for the second-half, the atmosphere in The Lane was somehow electric, and even more so when Defoe and Lennon scored in the 65th and 66th minutes to give us half a chance. Obviously, we never took it, and I was sad when it ended for Jol, but then the League Cup run under Ramos the following season was fun, winning 0-2 against Manchester City with ten men for 70 minutes in the quarters, walloping Arsenal in the semis and doing Chelsea in the Final.

Then Redknapp was fun as well. Some great football. Some great results. Some great players. Some awful decisions. Some terrible results. Personally, although I’ll always find it hard to forgive Redknapp and / or Levy for the Nelson and Saha window and subsequent slide into fourth place, I still think Levy should have given Redknapp another season to see what he could do with his court case over and the England job gone. Other than Bale’s performances, the following season under AVB wasn’t as much fun. And the following season, although the arrival of the Bale Seven was exciting, watching them mis-managed by AVB and then Sherwood – well, there were times when it was so perverse it was funny, but, no, it was never much fun.

Again, the end of that season feels similar to the end of this one. Yet another crossroads. Yet another sense of having to start over again.

And then came Pochettino.

A lot of that was fun, though it wasn’t always perfect. I was there when Sherwood’s Aston Villa beat us 0-1 at The Lane in a truly awful game towards the end of his first season, but I was there when we cruised past Norwich on Boxing Day the next season and then at Three Quarters Lane a few times the following season to see some of the most comprehensive performances I’ve ever seen from a Spurs team – West Brom, Watford and Bournemouth all trounced 4-0. The following season I saw us take Liverpool and Real Madrid apart at Wembley.

If you’d had to pick a Champions League finalist out of those three teams, you’d have wanted to know who we’d be playing, and you wouldn’t have fancied their chances. How on earth did it end up being them?

If you had to pick a sliding-doors moment between us and Liverpool with the benefit of hindsight, it’s probably that Barcelona fancied Coutinho over Eriksen considering they fulfilled similar roles and Eriksen had superior stats at the time. We’d have been distraught and Levy would have been pilloried, but given the way Eriksen’s form ultimately fell off a cliff after the Christmas of the following season, how protracted and painful his last year with us was and how little we got for him in the end, Barcelona or Real Madrid coming in with a Coutinho style offer at that time might really have led us down a different path.

But, still, we beat each of that season’s Champion’s League finalists with Davison Sanchez in the heart of defence for both games, Trippier and Ben Davies (Aurier played in Davies’ position in the Liverpool game) as wing-backs and Harry Winks in central midfield.

The following season, I was at Wembley to see us dismantle Dortmund in the Round of 16. Again, we had Davinson Sanchez in the heart of defence. Foyth played right-back with Aurier in front of him. Vertonghen played left wing-back. Our central midfield consisted of Sissoko and Winks. No Alli. No Kane. I can honestly say I’ve never felt prouder of a Spurs team as I did that night. I think it’s the only Spurs game I’ve ever been to where I’ve come away wanting to try harder at life.

In another sliding-doors moment, Pochettino rushed Harry Kane straight back into the team the weekend after this game. Although Kane scored our only goal, we played terribly and went down 2-1 to Burnley. Other than in the Champions League for the rest of that season, we rarely saw Pochettino’s Tottenham play like a Pochettino Tottenham team again.

And while I don’t agree that we got through against City and Ajax on luck alone – we had plenty of chances in both games and played more than our part in two of the greatest knock-out Champions League games there have ever been – they weren’t Pochettinoesque performances.

But they were fun. And even under Mourinho, there was some fun. Leicester at home last season, Southampton and Manchester United away this season. Beating Manchester City and Arsenal at home while top of the league. The excitement of some of our pre-season signings was fun.

Sacking him and sending Ryan Mason into a Wembley final against Pep and City was more odd than fun, and here we are rudderless again, possibly about to see Harry Kane play his last ever game for the club.

After his interview, I’m torn over whether I even wanted him to be picked today. Like some other posters on here, I’ve got increasingly bored of every single Spurs game being turned into a reason to discuss where he needs to go in order to fulfill his potential. The fact he’s given this interview with one of the chief perpetrators of this circus really sticks in the throat.

I’m also torn over what I want from this afternoon’s game.

I don’t want us to be in next season’s Conference, and given we always seem to end up playing a gazillion games in the Europa only to embarrass ourselves in one of the early knock-out rounds, I’m not that fussed about making sixth either.

It would be nice to finish above West Ham, but only in the way it’s nice not to get poked in the eye.

I definitely don’t want Arsenal to finish above us, but they’re playing Brighton at home, and they’ve form for faffing their lines against Brighton at home.

Arsenal fans tell Freddie Ljungberg exactly what they don't want to see against  Brighton - football.london
Scenes of elation at The Emirates as they go above Spurs in the race for Champions League football in their last home game of the season against Brighton in 2018/19… oh…

And even if they do finish above us, blimey, well done Arsenal. You came seventh. What a behemoth of a club. Enjoy next season’s Conference.

I guess what I really want is for whoever it’s going to hurt most in the long-term to miss out on Champions League football between Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester is for whatever we do this afternoon to bring that about. If we can put in a decent performance and score a few goals as well, that would be nice. I mean, we had little riding on this late season trip to The King Power, either, but it sure was a lot of fun:

Then I’d like whatever’s going to happen with a new manager and any departing players to happen very, very quickly. Personally, I’d like a return to the early Pochettino model where the club was honest about its salary structure and the fact it wasn’t going to be paying silly transfer fees. That’s how the peak Pochettino squad was put together. It took a long time. It took a lot of misses. It took a lot of luck. And, as it could be now, a lot of the key performers from that team were viewed as waste-of-space underachievers at the time Pochettino arrived at the club. I really loved Tottenham then in a way I don’t love Tottenham today. We seemed to stand for something I could believe in. No oil money. No stupid spending like Liverpool and United. But from the moment in April 2018 when it was revealed Levy was earning twice as much as any other Premier League chief executive and more than any of our players, it seems to have started to unravel. I guess its the fundamental rule of leadership. You have to practice what you preach. Since then, we seem to have become the same as the rest of the big six, just nowhere near as good at it. It’s not been pretty and it’s not been fun.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be again.

Come on you Spurs!

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Chauveljn
4 months ago

My reservations on Poch as these: if he’d stayed, Winks and Sissoko would have been ever present this past season, I know some would be happy with that but not me.

Skipp and Sessegnon would not have gone out on loan and would have spent a meaningless year in the reserves with an occasional few minutes here and there, and basically not developed. This stubbornness is a major problem with Poch in actually developing young players. It’s a deal breaker for me.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

On the other hand he got us playing some of the best football I’ve ever seen us play in the 40 odd years I’ve been a fan.

Spursy
Spursy
4 months ago

Hearing the news of possible Poch return. All I can say is YESSSS!

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Spursy

Best out of who’s avaailable!

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Spursy

Too soon. The players who stopped listening to Poch are still there, only older, richer and less likely to want to double train. Didn’t some of them go to Levy behind his back?

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

It’s a fair point and my head say know. On the other hand my heart ♥ says, WOOOHOO!
The votes are in and its null points for head and 100 points for ♥.
Bring it on! 😁

Last edited 4 months ago by SpurAndy🍒🥧
Chauveljn
4 months ago

In that case, this summer the painful rebuild would need to be done and Levy has to agree to ship out whosoever Poch says, even at a loss. Oh, and Daniel has to buy de Ligt and de Jong…. 🤔

Spursy
Spursy
4 months ago

Yesss, our Andy! Head null points and 100 for heart!!!

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Very excited if we can get to play Honka of Finland. Great name.

DAVID
DAVID
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

We will Tonka Honka.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago

I like the new home shirt. Very classic, harks back to the 1970s home strip. Now if the club could put out a team for next season whose play can do it justice we’ll be sweet!!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Nice kit, love the goalie one too.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Me boy has been awaiting a colour like that for ages , he’s gonna run around in hugos kit.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Short sleeved

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

The home shirt is right up there with my other recent fav, the home shirt from the last season at WHL which echoed the 1960s shirt

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

😀 we should have a rainbow next time , was so fitting. A wonderful and emotional day that 😀

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Nope, not for me. Looks like a cheap T shirt. Shouldn’t be a tight round neck, ought to have a v neck with some blue piping detail to stand out.

Looks cheap and easy to manufacture. Will be easy to counterfeit.

And why have a picture of the kit with ‘Bale’ demonstrated? There’s no news he’s staying for next season.

What a half arsed operation.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

spurs site still have Kane donning the shirt

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

The neckline for me is a goodun .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Pearls and rainbows would finish it off nicely

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I much prefer the neckline of this season’s kit. This one looks like a default template.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Levy: “That’ll do. Hardly matters they’ll still buy it…”

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

It’s nice , always preferred that neck.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Just the feeling!!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Less.to be choked on.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

This one says all it needs to.

WE ARE TOTTENHAM!!

Classic.

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Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Blue and white armeee!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Seen them down chapel.market , 2 for a nicker😀

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Ossie ossie ossie

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Is that yours chauvs?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

The shirt I’ve seen down the market , easy to replicate , but the signed pic, is that yours?

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Sadly no. Never met a Spurs player.

I’ve got a signed photo by Ken Dodd and another by Elkie Brooks…

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I saw Ken dodd in the palladuim , very funny

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

About 12 yrs old or so, with the school

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Yes he was tremendous. I was in the front row with my lad and Ken had a conversation with me. Ripped the p*ss out of me and my lad was in hysterics. Great evening.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Hahaha brilliant 😀

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

So next meet up you coming boys ?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I ain’t been but next one I’m there.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Which player would you like to meet ?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

RYAN MASONS BLUE N WHITE ARMY!!!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

If I was Harry id have a larf like that. Woohooo

GDawg
Reply to  GDawg

I don’t know why that image doubled up?

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

They were all simple kits back then.

And different prices. You can bet they won’t charge the equivalent of 1963 prices…

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I dunno. A $120 shirt in 2021 would be about $16 in 1970…

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Dollars? You’re in the colonies, forgot that.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

For an adults shirt is a oner for the elite version , 70 for the standard and 55 for kids

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Can get so for 15 off the dark web. Not kosher but look great before 3 washes

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Don’t wash it then! 😅

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Never had the urge to get the latest shirt. Only one I can remember having was when I was a kid. Plain white and my mum sewed the chicken badge on it.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
4 months ago

Oddschecker: 3-1 Nuno, Favourite for manager.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

I’m thinking I’m leaning towards hoping Chelsea win the Champions League.

Why, you ask? Because Cheatski have won it before anyway, and the shady sheikh is desperate to win it for a first time, and Pep hasn’t fulfilled his brief until he does. If Tuchel rolls up just weeks ago (and from PSG of all clubs) and wins before Pep who has tried and failed with shitty for 5 years it would be facky hilarious.

Plus Harry Kane would suddenly see City aren’t nailed on to guarantee the big prize despite all their noise.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Nurse!

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

No, no, if City fail – again- they might be willing to pay up what Levy wants for Harry. If he has to go, let’s get what he is worth.
Anyway, one of the blooming doped clubs is winning it.

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

NURSE!!!

Last edited 4 months ago by Oh no, not Nuno!
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Up the Blues…🤪

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ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Full Metal Straight Jacket

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

In this case Full Mental Gillet.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

It’s a festival of minnows in the Europa Conference League, but a few biggish ones are in there.

Union Berlin, Renne, Rubin Kazan, Villarreal (unless they win the Ropey final), Feyenoord.

And, inevitably, Jose’s Roma.

You know we will face them at some point, with Jose scraping a shithouse 1-nil win to knock us out.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

Looking at some others, we could have away days at BK Hacken, Cukaricki, Osijek, Gorica, IF Elfsborg, BK Dunajska Streda, or Inter Yergran.

OK, maybe not that last one.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

Quarabang on!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago

We sang it Elfsborg , we sang it in Yergran, we sang it in hacken and we sang in the rain…They tried to stop us but look what it did? The thing I luv most is being a Yid…..

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Oh interyergran, missed that one 😆

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Yergran Klinsmann

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Hahahahaa

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Diver !!!!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

With panache at least, vardy is rubbish.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Sanchez harried him to theoutside and did well , that’s why the bastard dropped. Vardy is lightning quick and still couldn’t do it without cheating , says it all .✊😀

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I’d agree with that but also Sanchez wasn’t clever enough

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

What should he have done ? For a 34 yr old he can move , he would most likely would have scored of he didn’t chase him down .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

He blocked Harley from tackling , blocking by grabbing his arm, that was bad enough , then twisted into a half pike. That was embarrassing and it worked

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Shame on the officials and the pundits who didn’t out him.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

And the BBC

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Nearly cost us a place in the conference league and my main man Sanchez,s rep. Toby is cool , he don’t count ,and harry staying.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Imagine dele doing that 😯 across the front pages.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

A sending off quicker than cantona quit.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

If we won 4-0 away to a CL chasing side , vardy would have looked shi t and we would have looked great. Something like that.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Bale did another version of the CL final. BAYOOL BAYOOL BAYOOL

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago

A chance for a good runout for the likes of winks, sissy, sanchez, serge, bale and co.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Hart, doc, dier, sanchez, sissy, winks, bergs, sess, bale , vinny, that team can bring the cup home , another first.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Davies

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

And hopefully a last.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Maybe Danny rose for one last blast

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Get our monies worth.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Carabao cup team to be announced when I find my pen. Where’s John Moss?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Doc did good the last game , replace with serge and bale for son.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Eurovision news.

No, not the Italian winning entry Foreskins (is that their band name?) passing the drug test.

It’s that Bill Bailey, the musical comedian, has offered to be the UK’s entry for next year. THAT I WOULD DEFINITELY WATCH. If this ‘contest’ needs anything, it’s to be treated with utter derision…

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago

I think it’s Ten Hag. I reckon the deal was sold to Ajax by them giving him an extension which means they’ll get more compo.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

I saw a story a couple weeks back saying Ajax triggered an option year in Ten Hag’s contract to fend off Levy’s interest. Don’t know if that’s true. There weren’t even unnamed sources in the article.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

I’d advise any managerial candidate goes in to the meeting with Levy wearing a bodycam to record the promises made….

“Yeah, it’s all on tape Danny boy. If you want the fans to have the proof I’ll oblige.”

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

How do you know he makes promises he doesn’t keep?
In my estimation he wouldn’t, maybe discuss possibilities
No more than managers promise trophies,maybe they discuss success

Last edited 4 months ago by ronwol196061
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

If Levy isn’t making big promises to land the next manager, then buckle up for Ryan Mason to learn on the job next season.

Is there a ‘Dummies for Soccer Manager.’

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Guaranteed there is 150,000 of us

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

I’m going to bid on something on eBay.
If any of youz lot gazump me, I won’t be happy..

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Messi?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Yep, too messi for moi.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Messipotania

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago

My choice.
1) Flick
2) Ten Hag
3) Potter

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

I don’t have a preference, what will be, will be.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Fat Sam?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
4 months ago

That will be dreadful.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

Thought he was Bruxie’s preferred choice, or was it Colin? 🤪

Last edited 4 months ago by Oh no, not Nuno!
Syd
Syd
4 months ago

zidane ???? 🤫

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Syd

Zydinsane!!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

Utd Makeweights in Kane deal:
Anthony Martial..🤣
Jesse Lingard..🤣🤣
Daniel James..🤣🤣🤣
No, no, no, and that’s final!

Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I actually don’t mind those plus 80mill

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Syd

Not for me Syd, all 3 have proved to be, shall we say (being polite), inconsistent.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

I see parts of the tittle tattle are suggesting that some at Spurs would be open to resigning Poch.
Not for me, not yet anyway, Poch needs to achieve more elsewhere first, there’s also no point returning until the squad has been overhauled.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Has Levy learned his lesson and to give Poch what he needs even though he expects rather than pushes? I don’t think so.
I think Levy needs a DOF next to him that he can trust and that he should be strong enough and respected
This before even a manager

I’m not saying it will happen but its the answer otherwise uts the same tune over and over again, a loop.

Last edited 4 months ago by ronwol196061
Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I think it would be unwise for Poch to return and manage a squad which is largely unchanged from when he was last at Spurs.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Conker.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Not suggesting any manager

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

You mean let the players run the show?
That’s Ronolutionary!

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Yes they are getting on board,on the board,across the board can you imagine the people and players getting to run things.
Top 6 teams go in the C.H.A.O.S. Super league

Last edited 4 months ago by ronwol196061
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Possibly the squad needs to be keelhauled.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

I look at the odds of all the managers possible and the prices are great starting off with Ryan Mason 33/1,Rangnick 20-1 ,Pochettino 25-1 how’s that possibility.
Nuno Nuno 3-1″well he is looking for a job
In the end I figure I’ll bet all of the candidates . I might not net a profit but I will be guaranteed a win which is more…..

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

If Ally Gold is right I’d forget Rangnick. He’s not at any club so nothing to sort out in terms of compo.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

Levy is playing his cards tight so I don’t there is new info
The fact that somebody told Ally that they have to negotiate yet (with a club may not be a club at all)
Rangnick is probably not going to happen as a DOF
I can’t see them.nentioning anything its rumours
How would Ryan feel even if the word was out according to him he is open for it as per yesterday or the day before

Syd
Syd
4 months ago

I am slowly coming around to giving a young up and coming UK manager the Spurs job. I would be happy if Potter was given a chance. He seems to be able to organise a squad, tactically sound, attack minded, get the most out of players and remains calm without any theatrics.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Syd

I’m always quite impressed with Brighton when I see them and yet they hovered around at the bottom end of the table. Potter wouldn’t be my worse pick.

Syd
Syd
4 months ago

Andy, he did very well with the squad he had and some of his players came on in leaps and bounds

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Syd

Agree with that Syd, I think he has got as much as he can out of them. They also play some quite exciting footy at times. I’m warming to him 😏

Syd
Syd
4 months ago

I actually never thought when I saw the weekly fixtures any team was a certain win against Brighton

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
4 months ago

Managerial roulette is the next big topic of interest. Who’s it going to be? To be or not to be the next Spurs manager. Whoever it is better have thick skin and be patient as hell.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

He should have thick skin Before and During any talk with Levy

cavey
cavey
4 months ago

Enjoyed the match yesterday albeit that cheating bastard Vardy almost ruined it.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  cavey

Congrats Cavey on smashing the FFL again! Do you work in the VAR office by chance?

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago

Just finished watching the game. Entertaining and open, we were stodgy in the first half, I agree that the introduction of Moura and Bale made a critical difference.

Looks like we have rehabilitated Bale and he gave us a going away present. A real shame we didn’t get to see more of him and I don’t expect him back. Just don’t play for the gooners!

So many question marks on almost every aspect of our squad going forward. I’d like to see some serious changes in the squad. That is all up to DL now, and I’m not holding my breath.

I expect we will hire our manager late, do our business late, and start on the back foot next season. But I hope to be pleasantly surprised

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
Chauveljn
4 months ago

Thankfully the penalties weren’t decisive. We’ve conceded three to Leicester this season and a own goal. They haven’t scored
against us from open play.

Not convinced by Rodgers. And Leicester fans are as divided by Maddison as Spurs fans are by Dele. ‘The highlights reel doesn’t tell the truth’ was one comment I saw.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

Thats what thought I saw

20210524_064729.jpg
Last edited 4 months ago by ronwol196061
GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Marginal at best. But Sanchez got caught looking

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I think he was shocked that Vardy moved that way and half turned into Vardy as Vardy turned into him
Sanchez forgot about the ball

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

If we have a chance to onsell, I’d upgrade Toby, Dier and Sanchez as starting CBs

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I think Toby reclaimed some focus during this season l,plus his passing long has been exceptional
The other 2 yes

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

He will need younger quicker partners to help him. Rodon has potential. We need one of those bastards that JM used to talk about

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Why Mason didn’t use Rodon in any game is a mystery

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Beats me. Based on the current squad, Toby Rodon and Japhet form the base of the backline next year

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Not an old mate…

Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I can’t fathom it, so far Rodon has not let us down and starting Winks placed us on a slow burner every game.

Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Agree

Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I would absolutely/definitely keep Toby.
We could probably get Ake in any potential deal with City

Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

absolutely correct Ronnie. For some reason he actually runs away from the ball

Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

You are right Dawg. Firstly and mostly importantly, Vardy dived and I would go so far to say he cheated on this one. Secondly, Sanchez would have easily been the first to the ball if he watched and played the ball instead of chasing Vardy and ending up on the wrong side of him.
Finally, what is absoluately wrong with referees and VAR. This was so obvious – are they so scared to make a mistake.
So what should have been a clear yellow card for simulation ended up being a potential knockout blow for spurs affecting potentially millions of pounds in revenue (given the Europe aspects).

In regards to the Spurs goal, I have now watched it several times and I am still yet to be convinced it hit Kane’s hand.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Good to see you here again Ron

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

Thanks Jan! Nice to be back@
Hope you are doing ok !

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

It was the theatrical little leap like a salmon that shouted ‘dive’. It wasn’t the kind of fall that happens when it’s real.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Looked like simulation to me. But Sanchez made it easy for the ref

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

But VAR didn’t ask the ref to look. I’m pretty certain Vardy would see yellow if he had.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Thats true it should have been a VAR look

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yes thats probable that he dived but Sanchez turned into him

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

It was a canny CFs trick. Harry got a name for those for a while

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I think its impossible to get this pic without Sanchez at least moving into Vardys path

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

He definitely exposed himself to the mercy of the ref and was punished accordingly

DAVID
DAVID
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

His decision making is very poor, always a calamity just around the corner.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Yes, this is undoubted. He’s not a youngster anymore. Six seasons experience as a professional.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Look at the picture its impossible for Vardy to get in that position if Sanchez didnt move into him

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Vardy swung on Sanchez’s arm to achieve that position. Oh it was cunning (and looked practiced) but not a pen for me.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Sanchez turned back into Vardy as Vardy leaned into him
Sanchez was trying to stop Vardy instead if chasing the ball

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

Is it me, or is everyone posting twice this morning. 🧐

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Its me

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

It won’t let you post twice ,I just tried it

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

GDawg made me do it sir.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Guilty of cutting and pasting my lord

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago

Is it me or are we severely lacking in pace? Leicester are not the first team to beat us down our flanks at will, and Vardy seemed to be a step ahead of our defenders for much of the game

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I was surprised how Bergwijn struggled to get away from Thomas. I thought Bergy was supposed to be quick but he didn’t look it yesterday. Moura did when he came on, he made an impact.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I wouldn’t say Bergwjin is quick

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I definitely want to see us play with more pace next season. Our version of tiki taka football is not easy on the eye, and doesn’t put opposition defences under enough pressure

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

To play with pace you have to be able to get the ball out of your own half
A lot ifvyimes we couldn’t his season

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Yes. We need a manager who can make sense of our MF options because I’m still not sure what our best combo is. We need that Modric/Eriksen type who can ping it forward and launch our attack. Decisions on Ndombele, LoCell, Dele need to be made

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I think Vardy was and us always like that he is very quick in spurts. He also doesn’t run a straight line he is clever bobbing and weaving.
I think as well we had both wing backs (not that Doherty got forward much) but there was space behind Regullion

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

They pick 5 or 6 prospects managers ,then whittle ut found to 2 then one.Then they talk to them,find out its too much money or whatever then do they start again with another 5????

Last edited 4 months ago by ronwol196061
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I am reminded of the credits in Spike Milligan’s Q8. Some cash is put on a table and you see a hesitant hand stretch out to grab it, but then a heavy mallet smacks down on the hand!

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Have we seen the last of Aurier in a Spurs shirt I wonder?

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

He could still order one

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Yeah but we won’t see him wearing it.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Rumours abound, but suggestions Ten Hag has been interviewed despite his one year extension for Ajax. Ally Gold mentioned it would cost to get their main target, let’s see Levy do it.

DAVID
DAVID
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Doesn’t matter who comes in if the squad doesn’t change.
Poch tried to be their buddy, Jose was brought in to wield the big stick, the players in the end wouldn’t play for either.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

A stick isn’t required now. A shotgun to put half a dozen out of their misery and as an example to the rest. (A few spikes with heads on by the entrance to Hotspur Way…)

So it’s Bielsa!

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Potter has a current contract!!!

DAVID
DAVID
4 months ago

Levy has offered the managers job to Fergie, obviously knocking on a bit but still has a fabulous record.
Unfortunately he got the wrong Fergie, Prince Andrew is not amused.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

I just hope Levy isn’t trying to prise Rodgers away from Leicester for silly money.. The guy really isn’t worth it. Leicester aren’t all that despite being praised to the skies by pundits. Remember how they couldn’t beat ten man Saints a few weeks ago (from the 10th minute), then lost to Newcastle 2-4. Even their 2-0 win at Spurs last December was purely down to Aurier’s damn stupid barge on the edge of the penalty area and a very unfortunate Toby own goal. They beat United, but only because United had 3 games in 4 days and rotated most of their team.

Rodgers = vastly overrated.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Who’s your pick then, Chauv?

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Lopetegui at Seville. I’d be willing to give Potter a go, just like we did a certain young guy at Saints called Pochettino. Look, he’s even got Po e tt in his name!

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

A Poett and I didn’t even know it.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Potterino, he magic you know…

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago

BBC voting for Player of the Year…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/football/57225278

Get voting!

Should be HK but you know the Mancs will gang up…

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Has anyone previously won the Golden Boot AND the Assist Trophy?

Complete forward.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Plus easily the most goals from open play. Kane 19, Son 16, Salad 16, and the two cheating divers Fernándes 9, Vardy just 7 🙄 .

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

His best ever season. Hopefully not his last wearing the chicken badge. We owe it to him to build a team that deserves him.

Is it me or are we severely lacking in pace? Leicester are not the first team to beat us down our flanks at will, and Vardy seemed to be a step ahead of our defenders for much of the game

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I was surprised how Bergwijn struggled to get away from Thomas. I thought Bergy was supposed to be quick but he didn’t look it yesterday. Moura did when he came on.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Leicester’s front line were all over us

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Never heard of him but voted for Other. Strange name.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Tut. It’s O’Ther.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
4 months ago

Just got an e mail from the club saying the 2O21/2O22 shirt is now available .The shirt is worn by South Korea s finest (Harry Wotsit must have been busy) It is made of re-cycled plastic bottles (add own joke)

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Every picture tells a story…

DAVID
DAVID
4 months ago

Lille came close to relegation in 2017, won the league yesterday on a quarter of PSG budget.

Their manager is apparently leaving the club this Summer but believed to be staying in France.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Galtier is off to a Nice club.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
4 months ago

VARDY = DYVAR

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago

Well done in the FFL, Nutster!

A creditable 4th just ahead of Flatster!

I tried…but wasted my free hits etc.

Next season…

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Funny they had no time to analyse Vardy cheating on MOTD.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
4 months ago

He must have been laughing his socks off about getting away with that.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
4 months ago

*those

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

Just ‘that’ imo. 🤔

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Yes, Toby was silly. Sanchez just a patsy for a well versed cheat at diving. How odd that VAR didn’t advise Taylor to have a closer look at the second penalty. They were quick enough on the first incident when it wasn’t given….

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago

Alisdair Gold says we have settled on our top managerial candidate and are in talks with their current club regarding obtaining a release. The club wants the manager to be appointed within 10 days….

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

In other words, the search goes on, and on, and on..

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I won’t believe it until he’s pictured holding the chicken badge shirt

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

They talk about targets it seems a bit crazy.They pick 5 or 6 whittle it down to 2 ,then pick one and then talk to them?????
What happens if it doesnt work out ,do they find 5 more?

MiT
MiT
4 months ago

It is touching to see Guardiola so emotional over Sergio Aguero’s deparrure. That is a side of him rarely seen.

https://youtu.be/aIXLuofJkmM

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago

On watched the Eurovision , the two rock anthems , Italy which won it was no way close to Finland’s , also a great guy from Norway with toutreettes, with tix on his headband , I thought Graham was being cruel at first when he said wait till he takes his glasses off and you will see his facial ticks , he wanted to show how he can sing despite the condition , me boy loved it but this was his face regardless, and mine .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

This is Norway’s , his eyes represent what is my boy when he sings, no distractions .

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I though the Norway song was great even voted for it

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
4 months ago

Well done Phil the thrill 🙌

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago

Wotcha sexy

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Who 2 who 2 be , who not 2 beya gooner!!!

merrance
merrance
4 months ago

the last 20 mins was a great way to end the season.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  merrance

Griffin brilliant 😀

Matt
Matt