Delicious Dele by Shelfy

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Dedicated to Dele

Spurs don’t play for a couple of days so its a bit early for the pre match bloeug and with so many great comments post match on the last bloeug it hardly seemed worth recapping the foxes game, though an away victory against recent Premier League Champs and nouveaux bitter rivals surely does deserve some crowing by the Cockerel that out foxed the foxes.

However today’s offering is dedicated to Dele to mark the occasion of his fiftieth (yes 50th) goal for the mighty Totteringhams of Hotspurland. He’s the best player called Jermaine that we’ve had at Spurs since…. well he’s the best player called Jermaine we had and we’ve had some good runs and some not so good!

One of the greatest managers of all time (well certainly recent time) Sir Alex Ferguson said of Dele, in March 2016 and I quote:

“He is probably the best young midfielder I have seen in many years, probably going back as far as Gascoigne”

and more recently he reiterated his point by saying,

“This guy can be one of the best midfielders in Europe”,

I believe SAF had a good eye for young talent and his opinion on such matters should be highly valued.

The story of Dele as it is unfolding before our very eyes bares testimony to SAF’s prophecy. The landmark fiftieth goal in not much over 100 starts for Spurs speaks for itself in terms of goal scoring prowess but I think there is so much more to this young man than goal scoring.

Yesterday for example in the absence of Eriksen I watched as Dele produced a command performance. He seemed to take on more responsibility for bringing teammates into play, more passing and less flicks (though his little cameo in the box where he tricked his way through the foxes defense was sublime). Similarly against MK Dons when he was given the armband he produced a more mature performance than usual. In fact I think his trajectory has been toward more solid team play than previous seasons, hard graft as well as fancy footwork.

The game against Chelsea was a masterclass of man marking one of the best passers of the ball out of the game. It will hardly show up in stats and isn’t what he is known for but it was a huge part of why we won and something none of us (to my knowledge) had ever expected from him based on our comments and banter.

He is fast becoming a team leader and I think that shows more when he is the main man. Without Kane and Eriksen yesterday, Dele stepped up, showed leadership and maturity, took responsibility and was in my mind the key difference maker. He still was able to showcase some of his outrageous abilities, he still scored, he still made a number of penetrating darts into the box but in addition he involved his teammates more than usual and drove the side forward, in my opinion it was a more rounded performance than normal and more productive.

I love his attitude, I love that he cried in the locker room when he got sent off, I love some of his quotes, especially about competitiveness:

“I’d love to play for Spurs and play at White Hart Lane. It won’t be easy, and I’ll have fight for my place in the team, but I’ll work hard to do that”

“I have always had confidence in my ability; I knew I’d get a chance coming here. That’s one of the main reasons why I signed for Tottenham”.

“Steven Gerrard was someone I looked up to massively. I’d always try to copy him, right down to the boots he was wearing. It was his attitude on the pitch that stood out – you could really see how much he hated losing”

“Do you need an aggressive streak to thrive? You could say that. A lot of the great players have that mentality”.

“I’m not going to lie: I’m a competitive player. I think there’s no point playing football if you’re not competitive and you don’t want to win games”.

“Aggression is something that is a part of me, and I’m never going to take that out of my game”.

“I have made a few mistakes with my temper, I know. But I have learned from that”.

Of course its not all about aggression and competitiveness:

“I like to enjoy the game and to have fun and express myself as much as I can”

Sure we missed CE’s vision and range of incisive passing to a certain extent yesterday, and boy would I hate to see him leave, but in Dele I see a creative successor and/or complement to CE and as Dele’s game evolves and if the unthinkable should happen that CE decides the lure of the Spanish lucre is just too much to resist I think Dele will be able to fill the void.

A final thought: My daughter was a little disappointed in me, when I went to Wembley last month because I was supposed to take a sign saying ‘Dele, please marry my daughter’. She doesn’t know much about football other than:

Spurs are the greatest team in the world,

Harry Kane #10 the greatest striker on Earth plays for Spurs and England,

Son – he’s so cute he always looks happy,

Harry Winks he’s cute too, and

Dele – he’s my boyfriend, he just doesn’t know it yet.

What else does she need to know? What more does a father need to teach his girl?!

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

Comments
  • Fatty B 18/12/2018 at 9:01 pm

    Spurs u21s betting their bottoms slapped by Oxford Utd. Feckin’ useless academy.

    • Shelfy 18/12/2018 at 9:07 pm

      Betting their bottoms. Ooh err mrs!

      • Fatty B 18/12/2018 at 9:09 pm

        Hehehe. Oops.

  • Sexy Beast 18/12/2018 at 9:02 pm

    This will be a campaign in the press to unsettle Tottenham, and it won’t end until they appoint someone else.

  • HD 🇺🇸 18/12/2018 at 9:06 pm

    Just peeked in at ManC vs. Leicester City. Guardiola fielded a fairly strong team, currently up 1-0. I wonder what Poch will do?

    • Shelfy 18/12/2018 at 9:08 pm

      The academy team playing tonight is short of a few regulars. I suspect a few may. E at least on the bench tomorrow

      • SeattleSpursGuy 18/12/2018 at 9:13 pm

        Same with Arse, I reckon. Neither manager is probably much bothered over the league cup, but fan expectation will mean reasonably strong line-ups.

        • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:14 pm

          Arsenal care. They’ll want to beat us again.

          • Shelfy 18/12/2018 at 9:16 pm

            I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t care if he comes around here.

            • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:17 pm

              Please do not take offensive bananas to the Emirates. It’s a prison term if caught smuggling them in.

              • Shelfy 18/12/2018 at 9:23 pm

                Sir, is that a banana in your pocket? ……

    • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:13 pm

      He no longer cares. He’s cleared his desk and told Levy he’s off back to Argentina until he moves into Old Trafford. Bye suckers!

      • Ronwol196061 18/12/2018 at 9:17 pm

        Is this a joke?

        Did you here the one where the bloke goes into the bar wringing Fergusons’s neck?

        • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:21 pm

          It’s a joke Ron. If Pochettino wants to go to Old Trafford I’ll be most disappointed. He would need all sorts of guarantees of autonomy to clean out the disruptive influences, lay down the rules (you are here to train and impress me) and no Director of Football over him.

          • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:21 pm

            Just can’t see he’d get that.

          • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 18/12/2018 at 9:26 pm

            I heard the Paul Mitchell was being touted as Director of Football?

            • Fatty B 18/12/2018 at 9:29 pm

              The bloke off Eastenders?! Can’t see it, meself.

              • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:40 pm

                Oi! You’re barred from the Queen Vic.

      • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:19 pm

        Time fo a vote of no confidence. I’m not sure for who though. Probably me. I’m not very confident. Especially in crowded places.

    • SeattleSpursGuy 18/12/2018 at 9:17 pm

      HD, with the money City have spent they can’t field anything but a strong team.

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 18/12/2018 at 9:15 pm

    1-1

    • Sexy Beast 18/12/2018 at 9:16 pm

      Super goal.

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 18/12/2018 at 9:17 pm

        Twas that.

  • Goatboy333 18/12/2018 at 9:17 pm

    No extra time either, straight to pens if necessary. Come on Foxes.

  • Sexy Beast 18/12/2018 at 9:18 pm

    Burton winning also….

    • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:22 pm

      What a prize in the semis.

      • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:26 pm

        You can’t beat a semi…..think about it.

        • Fatty B 18/12/2018 at 9:30 pm

          Rude.

          • Shelfy 18/12/2018 at 9:32 pm

            Why aren’t you asleep yet. HD tucked you in half an hour ago so turn off the light and close your eyes

          • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:32 pm

            I’m still thinking about it.

            • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 9:39 pm

              Aww go on then..

              • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:41 pm

                Small house.

                • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:41 pm

                  No garage?

                  • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:42 pm

                    Persimmon crap?

                    • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 9:43 pm

                      Bingo!

                  • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:43 pm

                    Off-road parking is fine, so long as it’s not in FoF’s space. He’ll ‘av yer.

                  • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:43 pm

                    Unheard of prior ‘91.

                    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:46 pm

                      The trouble is the bigger the garage the more crap you keep in it. I have a lot of crap.

                    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 18/12/2018 at 9:47 pm

                      I need a lot of garages.

                    • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:48 pm

                      And house

          • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:36 pm

            Buoys. Easy now ! COOOOYS. Let’s root some batties tomorras .

        • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:38 pm

          Shocked and appalled SteveO.

          • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:39 pm

            Poch turn to drop the mug this time 😮

  • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:38 pm

    “Let’s root some batties tomorras .” I tried this with google translate but I’m none the wiser.

    • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 9:41 pm

      Thought you woz bilingual blud!?

      • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:43 pm

        I am. In English and rubbish. I don’t stretch to bollocks.

        • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:45 pm

          Hey man it’s not bollocks , just aaaaaarse and holes

          • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:53 pm

            Hey Stevo rooting a batty tomorras means ‘shaggin an arse tomorrow’ . They’re getting pummeled 🍻

          • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:56 pm

            Aaaaarseeeennnnallllls. Oh god I feel sick.

  • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:40 pm

    Hahahaha

  • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:40 pm

    Steveeeeee-000000

    • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:41 pm

      Fuck some aaaaaaaassssss

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 18/12/2018 at 9:42 pm

    Fuchs sake!

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 18/12/2018 at 9:43 pm

    Sterling effort! Hahaha!

  • Shelfy 18/12/2018 at 9:43 pm

    Wow. Burton through to the semifinals

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 18/12/2018 at 9:44 pm

      Foxes doing their best to go out.

    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:44 pm

      Gone for a burton.

  • Hartley 18/12/2018 at 9:44 pm

    Watching professional footballers taking penalties is like watching professional chefs lay carpets.

    • Ronwol196061 18/12/2018 at 10:10 pm

      Ruggattoie

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 18/12/2018 at 9:45 pm

    Mangey fox twats.

    • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:47 pm


      Fox fur gilet.

      • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:57 pm

        i prefer my gilet jaune…

  • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:45 pm

    Caspurs
    Aww go on then..
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    Can’t see an electric vehicle charging port. Tsk!

    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:49 pm

      It’s round the back hooked up to the lampost. Standard chav electric supply.

      • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 9:51 pm

        Do Persimmon bother to install lampposts?

        • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 9:53 pm

          Interesting comment cecause I read that in some new developments in Norfolk (as agreed with Norfolk County Council) they are not installing any street lighting. wtf….

          • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 9:59 pm

            After the bonuses Persimmon handed out, I don’t think they can afford them.

  • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 9:59 pm

    Good point Stevo. Should be a minimum requirement to be able to see your front door

    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:01 pm

      They turn our streetlights where I live at midnight (I think). Have done so for a a couple of years. Council tax never goes down though.

      • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:03 pm

        Turn ’em off. Brain types faster than my fingers!!

        • Ronwol196061 18/12/2018 at 10:12 pm

          Don’t know it’s my eyes or not but fucking dark here at night these days specially driving…. People running across roads wearing all black… Think the Led lights don’t help

          • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:18 pm

            I think as you get older driving in the dark becomes more difficult. I find the worst time is twilight. When it’s properly dark it’s not so bad.

  • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:10 pm

    Same round ere , pitch black and potholes. Ended up in someone’s garden hitting 60kmph on bicycle downhill, I know cause I was looking at the speedometer on hadlebars as I hit the brick wall and went over the top. The lighting was fucked but I’ll ever recover …from the shame 😎

  • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:13 pm

    Backs permantly fucked. Struggle to tie me laces at times. My boy says it ok dad Einstein couldn’t do up his laces 🤣

    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:14 pm

      How old are you?

      • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:16 pm

        Oops sorry that sounds like an insult. I meant n the context of having a bad back.

      • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:17 pm

        No probs man I’m 40

        • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:19 pm

          Young man…there’s no need to feel down. I’d love to be 40 again. If your back is playing up you should see a doc.

        • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 10:21 pm

          If only you were living in Norfolk at the time Ant, there aren’t any hills there..

          • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:24 pm

            Haha i remember , but there’s aren’t any lights

            • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:25 pm

              They have eyes though 👀

          • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:27 pm

            Correct to a point. The landscape is mostly gently undulating. The Fens though is dead flat. A small part of Norfolk is in the Fens which covers to a greater extent parts of Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. It’s also a place I f*cking detest…..

            • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 10:29 pm

              I conker (the fens), I’ve worked there.

              • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:33 pm

                It’s a scary shit place.

              • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:34 pm

                Whereabouts?

                • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 10:37 pm

                  Mainly Cambridgeshire doing tree work, but it wasn’t too often thankfully.
                  *Never talk to the locals*

                  • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:48 pm

                    It certainly is a strange place.

            • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:32 pm

              You got me googling now Stevo – undulating

  • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:23 pm

    I’m fucked but not down (yet) ok a bit down but not out (yet) cheers Stevo. Broke a rib at same time and stopped gym. Its ok. My best mate is paralysed neck down so what can I worry about seeing that. You have back problems yerself – we sound like a couple of old timers 🤣

    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:36 pm

      No, my back is not too bad. I have arthritis. The reason for it is well documented on here. 🙂

      • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:50 pm

        Just been doing some stretching since our talks and for 10 mins or so I’ve benn able to get from a couple of inches away, to reaching the floor. Still can’t touch the ceiling despite being 6ft 4 and man mountain thighs. Thanks though, I got a bit of inspo being called a young man. Fuck yeah too right 👍🏻

        • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:59 pm

          From my age 55 – 40 is young. And it is.

  • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:37 pm

    Just got back from picking my lad up from uni in Bournemouth. Nasty bloody journey, torrential rain all the way there and all the way back. Good to have my boy back for Xmas, makes me very happy 😁

    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:38 pm

      Picking up. No trains from Bournemouth?

      • Caspurs 18/12/2018 at 10:39 pm

        Probably due to the wrong leaves on the line..

      • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:39 pm

        Not with all his bloody washing.

        • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:47 pm

          ha ha. Number 1 student arrived back from Warwick Saturday. Nightmare on the train for him. We had to pick him up from a station in The Fens in the end as his train broke down. (See my earlier post re: The Fens) . The jourrney takes 5 hours or more. I can drive it in 2 and a half. Student 2 arrives tomorrow from Surrey (Guildford) picky up from Norwich by Mrs Stevo. I’ll be at work.

          • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:51 pm

            Bloody love Warwick, had a pal there years ago.
            Good to have them back though, eh?

            • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:53 pm

              Yes, great. The eldest is 23 now (PHD student) He rents a flat in Warwick. We don’t see him quite as often now.

              • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:57 pm

                Congrats, that’s fantastic. The PHD bit, not the not seeing him bit, of course.

                • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 11:05 pm

                  I remember you mentioning your lad on here once before. I think from what you said he has some stuff in common with mine. Apologies if I got that wrong.

                  • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 11:09 pm

                    No, that’s right mate, but not the one I collected today!
                    Jay (the oldest) goes to college in Shoreditch.

                    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 11:12 pm

                      Aha. Not quite so far from Chelmsford. (I think that’s right)

                    • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 11:15 pm

                      That’s it mate. Train straight in to Liverpool Street, then a 10 min walk, so not too bad.

    • Sexy Beast 18/12/2018 at 10:46 pm

      That’s a bitch of a drive living in your ends.

      • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:48 pm

        I don’t mind driving at all. Get some peace!

        • Sexy Beast 18/12/2018 at 10:51 pm

          No radio?

          • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:52 pm

            Tunes all the way, dude.

            • Sexy Beast 18/12/2018 at 10:54 pm

              Whats your thang?

              • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 11:02 pm

                See below, but I like all sorts. Only rule is it must be played very loud!

        • HD 🇺🇸 18/12/2018 at 10:52 pm

          Times two. We are hitting the road Thursday to Western Wyoming to have an early Christmas with our son and his family. Then back to the Heartland for the special day with our family here.

          • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:54 pm

            How many miles is that HD?

            • HD 🇺🇸 18/12/2018 at 11:12 pm

              350 each way, 5 1/2 hour drive.

              • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 11:14 pm

                Quiet roads? My trip to Lancaster was about 250 but busy. Just getting out of Norfolk takes ages.

                • HD 🇺🇸 18/12/2018 at 11:22 pm

                  Usually uneventful. Wyoming is small towns and long roads. If the weather is OK, which it is supposed to be, it is fairly peaceful.

                  • MiT 19/12/2018 at 3:48 am

                    and high speed limits 😉

                    Gotta love that 80 mph. I actually love Wyoming’s landscape as well.

          • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:57 pm

            Enjoy big man 👍👍

          • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 11:04 pm

            Sweet home Alabama – Happy Crimbo big Dawgs 🥂

      • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:51 pm

        When No 1 student was at Lancaster we used to take him and all his shit up there and drive back the same day. That’s getting on for 5 hours there and 5 back. Painful.

        • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:54 pm

          How many you got Stevo? We could do with a number 6.

          • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 10:57 pm

            Kids? I have three.

    • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:47 pm

      Bootyful Fofs , is the author extraordinaire or another one of your creations ? pearl jam for the journey ?

      • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 10:52 pm

        Not the little one you swam with the dolphins.

      • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:55 pm

        No, another one! On the way there I had some LCD Soundsystem, Idles and Dylan, he loves drum and bass so on the way back we alternate between my 90’s stuff and his latest stuff.

        • AntSpurs 18/12/2018 at 11:02 pm

          Nice sounds , good times, driving home for Christmas yeah 🤘

    • HD 🇺🇸 18/12/2018 at 10:50 pm

      Sweet, nothing like having as much family as possible at home for Christmas. 👍

      • Freund or Foe 18/12/2018 at 10:55 pm

        Damn right Dawg.

        • Sexy Beast 18/12/2018 at 11:06 pm

          🙂

  • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 11:20 pm

    Oh, well time for bed. Hopefully no disturbances as I am still on call until Friday morning.

  • Chauvelin 18/12/2018 at 11:44 pm

    Wyoming looks beautiful HD.

    • stevo1987 18/12/2018 at 11:48 pm

      Big place and not many people.

  • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:15 am

    Dortmund’s unbeaten Bundesliga run was just ended by lowly Düsseldorf

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 12:56 am

      The curse of the strutting cockerel strikes.

  • mystic arnold 19/12/2018 at 8:51 am

    Yep how long will it take for the commentator on to nights game to say he should go to Utd preferably before the end of this match

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 9:27 am

    Solskjaer appointed caretaker with Mike Phelan as assistant.

    Olé!😁

  • Goatboy333 19/12/2018 at 10:04 am

    Blimey, one look at this morning’s papers and you’d think Poch is already on his way.

    Really do hope it’s all bullsh*t and he stays. Not only would would my love for Poch reach levels where frankly my wife should be worried but it would confirm a massive sea change – no matter who dangles the carrot we are no longer a selling club.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 10:09 am

      It’s raising new levels of disgust in me for the virtually every press outlet who are propagating the idea that it’s ok to tap up other clubs staff when they have just signed new long term contracts.
      Fuckem all.

      • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 10:22 am

        I completely and wholeheartedly agree with your position on this matter.

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 10:31 am

        Erm sorry Nut can’t get the same levels of disgust you’re attaining. It’s just lazy journalism is all. If they weren’t reporting it I’d be very surprised.

        • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 10:37 am

          Try harder man, try harder!

          • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 10:53 am

            Warp factor 3,the engines canna take it cap’n!

            • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 10:55 am

              To keep the merry Star Trek theme going:
              “Football journalists are life Jim, but not as we know it.”

              • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 11:27 am

                “They’re dead to me, Jim”.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 10:44 am

      The reason Pochettino is the focus, is who else is out there? Simeone possibly? Zidane, maybe Laurent Blanc. MoPo is the one with PL experience, he will be on the shortlist because he’s good.

      • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 10:50 am

        Whoever United get, will be second best to the one and only Mauricio Pochettino, because he’s staying.

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 11:01 am

          I think Mopo is their fav but they’ve got to deal with levy. I can’t think of one person who they’d least like to deal with than him. He’s the first line of defence which will be difficult to breach.
          Second line is Mopo himself who I think has very strict standards and who I think wants to carry on with the currant project.
          No where near a done deal imo.

          • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 11:09 am

            Talking current, Levy needs to put a 10,000 volt electric fence around Pochettino.

            • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 11:17 am

              I’ve got a few spare AAAs if he needs ’em.

  • Spursy 19/12/2018 at 10:59 am

    Please stay, Pochie.
    On TalkSport they’re saying why would he leave from the great team he’s built?

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 11:06 am

      Funny. 😀

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 11:11 am

      Verry good, proper journalism 😁

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 12:51 pm

      Splendid. Another fan speaks.

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 11:02 am

    Sweet.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 11:07 am

      Exterior LED displays now activated with ‘Welcome’ and changing piccies of the team.

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 11:19 am

        I am not disappointed.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 11:15 am

    Beeb:
    _______________________________________________
    The loan of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not come for free for Manchester United.
    The Mirror report that United will pay his Norwegian employers Molde £1.8m to borrow his services until the end of the season.
    “In the event that United wanted to appoint Solskjaer on a permanent basis, United would have to splash out a further £8m” the Mirror adds.
    _______________________________________________

    So a total of nearly 10m to Molde, Molde FFS! to snatch their manager permanently. No disrespect to Molde or Ole, but 10m, really? I ain’t falling for it, nope, never, not now, not next week, never.

  • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 11:25 am

    What is needed is a statementfrom Poch that he is staying. Until that happens we’ll have this crap til seasons end.

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 11:33 am

      I don’t think he will Bruxie as nice as that would be. In a way I could understand it. Nobody wants to nail their colours to the wall when you’re a PL manager. It’s the most precarious job at the best of times. If he did and then suddenly the wheels fell off, as unlikely that is, he could be out and then any statement he’d made previously would be dragged up to vilify him. He’s got a good relationship with levy but that doesn’t mean it will last forever so he has to play a straight bat as he has so far which is positivety about Tottenham.

    • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 11:45 am

      That would be great but, Poch can also use this situation to focus the minds of Levy and Lewis. What do they want, and are they prepared to match Poch’s ambitions for our club.
      I’m sure Poch understands the position Levy takes regarding finances, but Levy and Lewis will have to seriously consider where their priorities lie. They either back Poch and acknowledge what he has done for the club (including greatly increased revenue), or they continue to run the club in the manner they have up until now.
      Poch isn’t stupid, and I doubt he wants us to do a Leeds (none of us want that), but the more he has proved his worth to the club, it’s only right that Lewis and Levy recognise this and back Poch by releasing the purse strings, certainly more so than they have done so far.

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 11:51 am

        I think L&L will realise it and make some movement. The reality is though that Manure can blow us out of the water whatever we do.

        • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 12:02 pm

          I’m not sure about any of this. I think the silence causes more probs than ever. The club is being dragged tgrough the mire and L&L and Poch sit quiet merely to help preserve their individual interests.
          The club is bigger than any of them and the fans are the club. This cannot continue for half a season across four different competitions!
          I believe a statement is the only way.
          I don’t want to be singing “we want you to stay…” for the rest of the season.

        • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 12:13 pm

          That’s true although I do feel Poch would like to realise his project with us, and I don’t get the impression he just wants to buy players. I don’t think the club would need to drastically change it’s policy, just adjust it accordingly, i.e. comparable wages and not shying away from signing 1 or 2 players a year because Levy feels the fee is prohibitive.
          There are times I feel Levy has been over cautious with the clubs finances. Spending money can work in favour of clubs (financially), Perhaps the club needs less speculative bargain bucket deals i.e. Njie, No’cluedo and Janssen (£40m), and go after less but better players (maybe only one) for a similar amount.
          There are clubs across Europe that follow these policies, and they do it very well.

          • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:16 pm

            I think player wages is the key issue.
            We know pre Pochettiino spurs missed out on Hazard and Willian due to wages
            In Pochettiino’s time he missed out on Marne.
            It seems we now pay our best players a lot more than we used to but is it enough because it is still below what a few others splash out

            • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 12:31 pm

              Like other clubs, including ‘super clubs’ like RM, wages are on a pay scale where only the top players are on big wages.
              The club are bound by financial constraints including remaining in good health in order to satisfy the loan conditions of the banks, as well as being in a good position to strike a favourable deal when the club seeks to refinance the debt in 5yrs time.
              I don’t think that precludes Spurs from being more positive regarding player acquisition and wages, especially as we have earned £150m in CL revenue over the last 3yrs, way above the clubs own estimates in that time.
              Maintaining a frugal policy, sometimes overly so, only helps to reinforce the narrative (from the press) that we cannot afford to maintain our lofty position, and therefor our players, and manager are there for the taking.
              This doesn’t require the club doing ‘a Leeds’, I’m sure we can show greater ambition whilst maintaining the clubs positive financial position.

  • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 12:02 pm

    The bottom line is that, for all his undoubted qualities, Pochettino has not yet won anything as a manager.

    If he jumps ship now to join a Man U club clearly in need of a top-to-bottom restructuring, he’ll be running the risk of not winning anything for at least two or three years. Three years without a trophy for Man U is unacceptable and he’d be under enormous pressure to start delivering. If that doesn’t happen they’ll happily jettison him and he’ll then find it very difficult indeed to nail a high profile job.

    This is just one of the myriad of reasons why Utd will be looking elsewhere for their next manager.

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 12:07 pm

      You haven’t convinced me…but I get what you are saying.
      Manure are effectively writing off two seasons by appointing a temp.
      Thay have employed Moyes who hadn’t won anything of note.

      • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:09 pm

        So they won’t make that mistake again. (See below 😉)

        • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 12:11 pm

          So who is their alternative?
          ZZ can win things with a ready made team and a big budget. Lowe is available.

          • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:13 pm

            I was being toniin cheek. I have no doubt that they would consider Pochettino to be a top contender for their vacancy

      • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 12:11 pm

        Sorry, I should have made my final comment clearer: they’ll be looking elsewhere for their next manager because Pochettino’s not daft enough to take the job on. He’ll know that he needs to win something with us before he even thinks about moving elsewhere (not that I think he has any intention of doing that for a while yet).

        • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:12 pm

          My thoughts and hope are the same

  • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:07 pm

    Pochettino is just an average manager. He’s an average coach with average players like Eriksen under his tutelage. He is leading (if you can even describe what he does as leadership) a bang average team that never wins anything and is never likely to either.
    He is not the caliber that Man U need. So nothing to see here.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 12:10 pm

      Yes, I concur. Man U need s proven winner, like, er, José Mourinho..

      • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:11 pm

        Or Antonio Conte

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 12:15 pm

    Hasn’t Pochettino made a statement? He said it was none of his business to comment on what is happening at Man United, his business is to do the best for Spurs.
    It’s all he can reasonably say in his position. I dont expect him to make any kind of statement about the vacancy. This is between Man Utd and THFC in the first instance if United are interested.

  • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 12:16 pm

    My money’s on Carlo Ancelotti. Napoli didn’t qualify for the knockout stages of the CL (going out very limply against Liverpool in the final game) and it doesn’t look like they’ll be challenging for the Italian title this year. His services could well be available come the summer.

    He’s a proven winner and just the sort of coach Utd should be looking at to steady the ship whilst they formulate a long-term plan.

    • cavey 19/12/2018 at 12:19 pm

      Or the Spanish Waiter!!

    • stevo1987 19/12/2018 at 12:21 pm

      The King of the Jungle is available to save ’em from relegation.

      • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 12:35 pm

        Good call. 👍

  • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:21 pm

    A public announcement is one thing. A quiet word in the locker room to ensure the players and coaches are not unsettled is another.
    Poch has built his reputation in part on team spirit and a big part of that is trust in each other (loyalty to each other)
    It would be hard for him to replicate that elsewhere if he walked out on Spurs now.

    • foeorfreund 19/12/2018 at 12:33 pm

      “I am happy here at Tottenham and I have four-and-a-half years left on my contract,” he said.

      “The players don’t care too much about the rumours. We are focused on our job and we are very professional.

      “In football no one can guarantee you are going to be here tomorrow. The most important is to enjoy the journey. I’m so happy here.

      “What is going to happen is not in our hands — the decision is at another club. We don’t know. That is not my business and then I will not waste time or energy because my focus and energy is in Tottenham. It’s not a problem and the players are not going to lose their focus.”

      Now lets compare that to his words around the time the press were insisting he was going to RM back in June:

      “I live in the present, there is nothing more important than this. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be, will be,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.

      “[Former coach] Jorge Griffa told me once that I have to let football take me wherever, to not get bogged down in trying to change my own destiny.“

      “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them. Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me. I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here,” he added.

      “I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together. Right now I want to focus on planning for next season and keep out of all the things that are being said. There will be lots of rumours, lots of things said, but I have no news from Real Madrid.

      “I’m working very comfortably at Tottenham and it’s my obligation to focus on that. I do not want, nor can I, comment on Zidane going but what he has done is undoubtedly very big: no one has won three Champions Leagues in a row recently.”

  • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 12:30 pm

    I can’t get my head round this Solskjaer appointment. He was out of his depth at Cardiff, for crying out loud. Their supporters are pissing themselves with laughter right now.

    I’ll be very surprised indeed if he makes it through to the end of the season.

    • Shelfy 19/12/2018 at 12:36 pm

      Winter break in Norway ends in March
      My bet is he and his club expect him back then
      Gives ManU a few weeks (10 or so) to get the next guy in.

      • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 12:47 pm

        Could well be.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 12:57 pm

      Mike Phelan will be the real decision maker. Solskjaer is the front man, the ex-player “who understands the United way” to quieten the baying hounds.

  • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 12:39 pm

    Give it a few hours and an unfavourable result this evening and half of us will be begging him to take the Man U job…

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 12:50 pm

      Give ’em a sound thrashing and he’ll be gone by 9am anyway!

      • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 12:54 pm

        Is that GMT?

    • Sexy Beast 19/12/2018 at 12:50 pm

      Nope

  • merrance 19/12/2018 at 12:55 pm

    This is all part of the bald weirdos plan hatched up years ago when he failed to get maureen here after leaving the racists.Him and Mo hatched out a plan for Mo to end up at the mancs and Mo to screw them by overspending and ruining the dressing room thus getting fired with a big pay off.This is baldys revenge for stealing our best players.the pay off being shared between themselves. Poch the patsy who has never won nuffink will be allowed to go to the mancs at a yuge premium and we will get Mo on the cheap .We have all the players here that Mo wants as he said himself the mancs cant get kane dele eriksen son etc.When Mo arrives here he can just park the bus with what we have got and the prem will be delivered to the fans in the New best stadium in THE WORLD and the patsy will be just a fond memory and Mo will get what he wants and the Bald weirdo will go down as the GREATEST CHAIRPERSON THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. He will then continue on his revenge mission on RM which he has in place and is already bringing them down.
    The revenge of the BALD WEIRDO.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 12:58 pm

      “Nurse, he’s out of bed again.”

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 1:03 pm

    I gather the Carabao Cup highlights are being shown on Quest (Freeview 37) at 22:30 GMT tonight.
    That’s a weird place to watch footie. What’s that all about?

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:03 pm

    Pochettino is clever but I dont think he would have made any decision yet.There is still room for negotiation wherever it is including at Tottenham. And on Tottenhams end this is important stuff,Levy and Joe Lewis would need a bit of time to figure it out too. Madrid could be an option for Poch too so I dont think he is rushing anywhere, He must be feeling prety good today though.

    My concern now is not Poch but the players. They have to be focused

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:04 pm

      Joe and Levy should make Poch a partner or risk starting from scratch

      • Sexy Beast 19/12/2018 at 1:05 pm

        That will cost them money.

        • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:22 pm

          They spent 800 mil of the stadium
          They have some of the best players they can expect with spending hardly anything
          Its not about what they have to spend its what they can lose

          • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 1:28 pm

            Levy and Poch both refer to The Project, if Daniel is fully supportive of a genuine plan to first prioritise of progress into the stadium and then to prioritise winning titles and cups, then Poch will know what happens next in terms of new player recruitment to achieve this.

            • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:31 pm

              Im not sure but it seems Poch has been aligned with Levy the whole way

              • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 1:45 pm

                This is my best hope. I think Pochettino would place great store by a measured plan, rather than swap it for the utter chaos and confusion, however well funded, at Old Trafford. Who, for example, is calling the shots? Woodward, Charlton, Fergie?

                • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:49 pm

                  Poch now has leverage so he can get what he wants.Cant see him running to United just like that and Madrid are close by but the other side of the coin is the great leverage he will have. This is negotiating power

        • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:24 pm

          to say nothing about the outlays to find a manager who can bring them CL football and what it would cost in new players

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 1:14 pm

    If they upped his money again to 10 million p.a.and gave him a new 10 year contract it would thereby cost United 100 million to buy him out for starters…

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:27 pm

    Its funny the biggest voice apart from Redknapp giving positive comments is the Arsenal manager

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 1:51 pm

    Here’s a thing: a certain other blog denigrates Daniel Levy for being a micro-manager who controls all decisions at THFC.
    Would Pochettino rather swap a good working relationship with a chairman in full control of the club, to the riotous chaos which seems to characterise Old Trafford these days. Good grief, they can’t even get their team buses to arrive on time !!🤣

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 2:17 pm

      Manure are also recruiting Director of Football.

      • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 2:26 pm

        …rumoured to be Paul Mitchell, formerly of this parish.

        • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 2:38 pm

          They might be to our advantage, I don’t think MP would want to revert to being a coach under a DoF…

          • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 2:50 pm

            I don’t think Pochettino wanted Mitchell at the club in the first place and I’m pretty sure he was instrumental in getting rid of him. If Utd appoint Mitchell it’s as good an admission as any that they’ve given up any hope of recruiting our man in my view.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 1:57 pm

    Id have a flutter in Giggs for the job

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 2:03 pm

      I would have thought Giggs would drop Wales in a shot for Old Trafford. He did often enough as a player.

      • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 2:13 pm

        I’m sure they’re looking at Giggs long-term — they’d just like to see what he makes of the Wales job first. Which is why I think they have half an eye on a two- or three-year appointment to steady the ship in the meantime.

        I’m also sure they’re thrilled by the media focus on Pochettino as it could have the potential benefit (from their perspective) of unsettling a top-four rival.

        • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 2:27 pm

          Let’s hope Poch is less unsettled than a certain red faced manager who totally lost it waiting for England to call him.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 19/12/2018 at 2:14 pm

        Giggs is perfect for it,a welsh Gareth Southgate….wait and maybe Gareth Southgate

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 2:16 pm

          Giggsy hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with Wales. If I were a Manure supporter I’d be very wary of giving it to him yet.

          • Ronwol196061 19/12/2018 at 2:27 pm

            I think with Ferguson behind him it will be totally different.

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 2:04 pm

    Apols for going off topic, which I’m sure probably doesn’t apply to the peeps who frequent this bleoug, but just want to give a reminder about the need to shop around for insurance.
    Concerns 86 year old in laws who have various ailments and incapacitations. Their boiler, plumbing, wiring home cover with British Gas about to automatically renew, gone up from over £500 a year to £712 next year. Same level of cover with BG as new customer available for about £250/year. I phoned and they said they might be able to ‘negotiate’ that down but can’t talk to me cos they need policy holder permission, fair enough. Policy holder has some dimentia and is unable to hold conversation because of strokes. Stalemate unless we write a letter. I have gone on to a comparison site and got the same level of cover for £260/yr a saving of £450.
    Herein endeth the lesson, never trust a large conglomerate to do the right thing.

    • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 2:09 pm

      Quick question:
      If aforementioned family member has difficulty communicating due to dementia, doesn’t anyone have the power of attorney to act on their behalf?

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 2:14 pm

        Good question Cas, MiL is Compos Mentis but very hard of hearing so most of the time we can get round it. However we will be getting the PoA sorted in the new year.

        • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 2:23 pm

          Essential. Saves an awful lot of bother with said faceless bureaucratic companies.

        • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 2:24 pm

          The sooner you do it the less amount for the local authority to assess against care costs in the future. My brother & I have PoA over our dad. We own the house so the council cannot use it and its value in any assessment. If the elders have more than 23.5k in savings they will have to pay for care.
          You’ve got my number.

          • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 2:29 pm

            How did you transfer the property over to you and your brother? As I was under the impression you had to have it in your name for a period of 10yrs before it couldn’t be considered as an asset, or is that just for tax purposes?

            • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 2:36 pm

              Can’t even lose it in a game of cards with your children, not like the good old days.

            • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 2:36 pm

              Its a shorter period than ten years…as is gifting to family members to reduce savings.
              My dad signed his house to us when mum died and he was fit & well. Complications arise if your relative is deemed unfit when the transaction takes place.
              Ask a specialist solicitor for “Estates” if you are in doubt.
              It’s expensive…but worth it if done properly.

              • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 2:38 pm

                Cheers Bruxie, sadly it doesn’t apply to me anymore, I was just curious tizzall. 👍

          • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 2:30 pm

            Thanks Bruxie, they have funded carers themselves up to recently as there savings are over that threshold at the moment. But will def sort the PoA soon.

            • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 2:38 pm

              See above.

              • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 2:38 pm

                👍

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 2:31 pm

    Solskjaer will be operated by remote control from Ferguson via his old mucker Phelan. Be interesting to know the dynamics there. Moyes, van Gaal and Mourinho were independent, but Solskjaer, how much will he defer to ole red nose?

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 2:39 pm

      Anda DoF!

      • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 2:43 pm

        And they are recruiting one as we speak. Prob the reason for an explosion from Jose and his sacking.
        Would Poch work for a DoF?

        • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 2:49 pm

          I doubt Poch would have an issue with a DoF, even now (including Spurs) transfer decisions are taken by a committee.

          • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 2:52 pm

            Yes, but as it stands he’s the most important part of that committee. I doubt he’d relish the prospect of playing second fiddle to a DoF.

            Even less so if that DoF were Paul Mitchell.

  • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve just seen that Olskjaer’s first game in charge of Utd is away at Cardiff.

    I’m sure they’ll give him a very warm reception there.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 4:17 pm

      Ha ha ha!
      Yep, football’s a funny old game.

  • Ronwol196061 19/12/2018 at 3:15 pm

    I would hope the players will be even more focused today.
    I mean when Redknapp was talked about relative to the England job we did destroy Newcastle was it 7 goal.. Can’t remember

  • foeorfreund 19/12/2018 at 3:27 pm

    Day one of post Jose Poch to Manure stuff. Only around 170 odd days to go!

    • foeorfreund 19/12/2018 at 3:32 pm

      According to my calculations, Manure have enough ex-players and staff to roll out maybe 3-4 media comments per day about Poch being the right man for the job.

      And Alex Ferguson has gone from someone Poch met for lunch to someone that is Poch’s idol, whom he shares regular text messages with. Why have the media been holding this information back until now? It’s unlike them to keep such an amazing scoop back.

      Cave wanted. Part exchange considered. Must have private parking space.

      • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 3:38 pm

        A cave you say, will a grotto do? It doesn’t come with a private parking space, but you do get an endless supply of permanent markers..

        • foeorfreund 19/12/2018 at 3:56 pm

          It’s not one of these pop-up grotto’s, is it? I need it for around 6 months.

  • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 3:44 pm

    Sat here in gentrfied Islington. Biding my time.
    Twats all over the place. Must have taken the a’noon off.
    3rd pint bought.
    No badges or colours showing.

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 3:45 pm

      And no bananas.

  • merrance 19/12/2018 at 3:47 pm

    you will be steamed up by KO and watch out for Corbyn

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 3:49 pm

      Doubt it
      I’ve heard he’s on his bike.

  • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:03 pm

    Lots of police & sirons!
    Wonder if Nilly is here.

  • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:04 pm

    Just seen Danny Bakaer.
    A Millwall man.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 4:05 pm

    I directly reached out to Matt Hughes of the Times and asked him as Poch doesn’t have a manager or spokesman to leak out stories, how is it possible for him to know that Poch is open to moving to ManU? Was he suggesting that Poch said this himself?

    To my surprise, I haven’t received a reply.

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:07 pm

      He’ll now repoet that Spurs fans are livid and requesting answers!

  • Merrance 19/12/2018 at 4:08 pm

    Yep watch out for him

  • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve just taken delivery of my last Sainsbury’s order of the year.

    Talisker, check.

    Laphroaig, check.

    Glenmorangie, check*.

    Right. That’s me sorted for the next fortnight.

    * Other items were included.

    • foeorfreund 19/12/2018 at 4:09 pm

      Limes?

      • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 4:10 pm

        Lemons (for the tofu cheesecake and whisky sours). But no lemon wannabes.

    • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 4:10 pm

      Ice?

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:10 pm

      Try Laguvulin sometime. Peaty and special.

      • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 4:14 pm

        Oh, I have. Very nice.

        Best whisky I’ve had so far is a Macallan — but I’ve never seen it at a sensible price. At least with the whiskies I’ve named they’re discounted every once in awhile (which is when I like to stock up).

        • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:17 pm

          Good taste! Caoil Isla is another.

        • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 4:19 pm

          A friend turned me on Japanese Whiskies. White Oak Akashi is my current go-to.

          • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 4:23 pm

            I’ve been meaning to sample a Japanese whisky for years. I’ve heard they’re very good indeed.

            • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:26 pm

              The pub I’m in are doing Laguvulin @ 3.70…a double would be £5.70 on promotion. Tempted but want to see the match!

              • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 4:27 pm

                Save it for a post-match celebration.

                • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:28 pm

                  Yep!

  • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 4:12 pm

    From Jose’s official post-sacking statement: “I know that you are all aware of my professional principles. Each time a chapter is closed I show my deepest respect and I don’t make any comments about my former colleagues.”

    Get ready for plenty of comments about his former colleagues.

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:16 pm

      NDA.

      • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 4:20 pm

        Wait for his book

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 4:20 pm

    Bruxie
    And no bananas.

    Can you throw an empty cup of banana milkshake at Aubameyang, or just strawberry or vanilla?

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 4:22 pm

    Bruxie
    Doubt it
    I’ve heard he’s on his bike.

    He’s sitting in the Commons as I watch live. You’re quite safe.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 4:25 pm

      Oh no, he’s just left. Beware!

  • UnkleTaff 19/12/2018 at 4:28 pm

    A leek the size of a spring onion.

    So that’s at least one trip into town I didn’t want to make.

    🙁

    • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:31 pm

      That’s not very Welsh!

      • Hartley 19/12/2018 at 4:36 pm

        Nid yw hynny na hynny !

        • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:36 pm

          Geordie?

          • Hartley 19/12/2018 at 4:39 pm

            Where’s me scran, I’m clamming, Howay man.

          • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:39 pm

            Hoy a hamma oer ere hinny.
            I say old bean pass me the hammer.

            • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:42 pm

              Dunna drop yer doddle on t cuddy mat.
              Please refrain from flicking ash on the hearth rug.

              • Hartley 19/12/2018 at 4:43 pm

                All good but it’s not proper English.
                Ear all, see all, say nowt. Eat all, sup all, pay nowt. And if ever thou does owt fer nowt – allus do it fer thissen

                • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:46 pm

                  Brill!

              • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:45 pm

                Mike Neville…BBC Look North presenter.
                Larn yerself Geordie.
                Great little book.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 4:57 pm

      Outrageous.

  • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:49 pm

    Now
    Do I go into Wetherspoons @ Highbury & Islington and shout COYS?

    • Hartley 19/12/2018 at 4:52 pm

      If you want to see a load of Gooners run for their lives..

      • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 4:56 pm

        OK I won’t do it then.

        • Hartley 19/12/2018 at 4:59 pm

          Have a good un Bruxie, enjoy the win.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 4:59 pm

      Can you stand the smell of fear?

      • Hartley 19/12/2018 at 5:00 pm

        💩💩💩

  • Bruxie 19/12/2018 at 5:03 pm

    Big lads have just arrived.
    I’m staying here.
    At least they know where the ground is!
    More like Millwall than Gooners!

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 5:28 pm

      Like this?

  • Ronwol196061 19/12/2018 at 5:12 pm

    Bruxie
    Sat here in gentrfied Islington. Biding my time.
    Twats all over the place. Must have taken the a’noon off.
    3rd pint bought.
    No badges or colours showing.

    There used to be a great fish and chip restaurant in Islington. Previous owner of the Sea shell which was good at one time

  • foeorfreund 19/12/2018 at 5:39 pm

    Although I mentioned previously that I found Poch’s relationship with Guillem Balague concerning, I find myself reassured by his take on Poch to Manure….

    via tweet:
    “United’s favorite coach is Pochettino. But they will have to negotiate with Levy. Then they would have to convince Pochettino too. Neither of the two things are guaranteed”.

    via article on AS (You will have to Google translate):
    https://as.com/futbol/2018/12/18/internacional/1545135249_956515.html

    The most important bits being:

    “In 48 hours there will be a provisional coach while they try to convince Pochettino to be it in the future. He will not take care of that call until he agrees with Levy a starting price, which may never exist. It does not have a termination clause. Therefore, if all parties agree, it would be the most expensive transfer of a coach in the history of football.”

    and…

    “Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, reaffirmed his commitment to the London entity when asked about the rumors that relate to him as one of the favorites to occupy the bench of the recently fired Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
    The Argentine was asked about these speculations and said he could not respond to this type of questions derived from news that occurs in this business.”

    Does he have less inside info than Matt Hughes?

  • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 5:48 pm

    Bale with a 10-minute hat trick in the World Club Cup.

  • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 5:51 pm

    The Mirror had a far better take. He ain’t going to United. And one big reason is, at Spurs, he is allowed to get on with his work unhindered. No one looking over his shoulder, no ghost of Fergie and his dozens of trophies. No director of football, no Roy Keane, no Nevilles. And that’s the way he likes it.

    • Chauvelin 19/12/2018 at 5:56 pm

      I liked this quote from the Mirror concerning the army of opinion:
      ’11 months of the year Pochettino is overrated, overhyped and trophyless, but when arguably the biggest job in football becomes available, he’s the man for the job.’

  • Spursy 19/12/2018 at 6:03 pm

    I always thought Poch wanted to be the new Bill Nicholson. I’m sure he’s quoted as saying he aspires to be as good as him at Spurs.

    Is he someone who goes after a big pot of gold? He seems loyal. He’s working with one of the best strikers in the world. He’s got a megastar in the making in Dele. He has wonderful players in Christian, Jan, Hugo etc. I can’t see him walking away.

    In his book, he said he only left Southampton because the ownership changed and the guy who brought him in left. He seems like a control freak with a need for stability and a desire to know everyone and everything about what is surrounding his team.

    He’s spent four years getting us into shape. I can’t see him moving on because he wants to win with us.

    • AntSpurs 19/12/2018 at 6:33 pm

      Snap

  • Superspoz 🏆 19/12/2018 at 6:26 pm

    Can’t wait for the footie, what a shit filled couple of days this has been!

    • Superspoz 🏆 19/12/2018 at 6:32 pm

      ..besides, my “Poch,it’s Utd” tweet only got 1 like. ONE FCKN LIKE!

      • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 6:37 pm

        Well you won’t get any here…

        • Superspoz 🏆 19/12/2018 at 6:54 pm

          👎

          • Caspurs 19/12/2018 at 7:00 pm

            👍

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 6:50 pm

        I like your tweet.

        • Superspoz 🏆 19/12/2018 at 6:54 pm

          👍

      • Freund or Foe 19/12/2018 at 6:57 pm

        Two, dude. I’ll always be there for you, we’ll get through this.

        • Fatty B 19/12/2018 at 7:01 pm

          I just voted it down one. I haven’t read the thing but I like to manage expectations. The answers -no- what’s the question?

    • Freund or Foe 19/12/2018 at 6:45 pm

      Likey likey Spursy 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Fatty B 19/12/2018 at 6:45 pm

    On way home now for the zoccer

  • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 6:45 pm

    • AntSpurs 19/12/2018 at 6:56 pm

      Poch’s not messing about tonight. The thrashing is on. It’s the Sissy and Winksy show.

  • Fatty B 19/12/2018 at 6:47 pm

    Spursy! Gissa 👋
    Spursy Spursy Gissa 👋

    • Spursy 19/12/2018 at 6:48 pm

      👋👋👋👋👋👌

      • AntSpurs 19/12/2018 at 6:52 pm

        Yaaaay – We luv ya Spursy we do, we luv ya Spursy we do….ooooo Spursy we love you.

        • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 6:58 pm

          We’ve got Spursy, Spursy … er … Spursy
          I just don’t think you understand
          She’s only got one name
          It really ain’t a shame
          We’ve got Spursy … er … Spursy

          • AntSpurs 19/12/2018 at 7:03 pm

            Ole Ole Ole Ole Spursay, Spursay
            Oooooole…

  • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 6:49 pm

    Arsenal XI vs. Tottenham: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Xhaka, Monreal; Torreira, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi; Aubameyang.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 19/12/2018 at 6:51 pm

    We’re going for it tonight.

    • Spursy 19/12/2018 at 6:52 pm

      Yep.

    • HD 🇺🇸 19/12/2018 at 6:53 pm

      We have to, it’s the Arse. Blood match.

    • Ronwol196061 19/12/2018 at 6:56 pm

      Lads should be fired up after all the stories

  • Fatty B 19/12/2018 at 6:56 pm

    I find it amazing that Levy has managed to build a squad of players who’re all the same height / hieght.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 19/12/2018 at 6:56 pm

    Rose has the arm band.

  • Fatty B 19/12/2018 at 6:59 pm

    I hate it when we are over optimistic. Why we can’t jus’ cool, I don’t know.

  • Flat Oeuf 19/12/2018 at 6:59 pm

    We’re live bloeug:

    https://flatoeuf.com/coys/

  • Superspoz 🏆 19/12/2018 at 7:00 pm

    Wahey, 2 likes!
    You shouldn’t have FoFty.
    Tenks man.

  • Syd 19/12/2018 at 7:47 pm

    Gidday lads… COYS
    So what’s Sanchez’s injury and how long is he out for?

    • Spursy 19/12/2018 at 8:18 pm

      Think it was a hamstring. He’s back in training so expect we’ll see him in a few matches.

  • Syd 19/12/2018 at 7:48 pm

    Monreal whinging already….can’t stand that guy

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 19/12/2018 at 9:38 pm

    THAT WAS FANBLAHDYTASTIC! I LOVE EM ONE AND ALLLLLLLLL!

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