The most powerful move Tottenham can make now is to hire Ryan Mason

By Seb Stafford-Bloor, The Athletic

What even is the criteria for becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s new head coach?

There are no clues to be found in the shortlist, which increasingly resembles some kind of abstract riddle: What connects Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso?

Beyond being cast members in this summer’s north London melodrama, very little.

The Gattuso episode might be the low point of this saga. Within hours of it being announced that he wouldn’t be coaching Fiorentina next season after all, an agreement to join Spurs instead was reported to be close. Fonseca had been dumped at the altar and the club were preparing to run off into the sunset with… who even knew?

Nobody, apparently.

It turns out Gattuso was a far better footballer than he is a person. His archaic views about same-sex marriage and the role of women in football and his soft stance on racial abuse make it impossible for him to coach Tottenham. Today, tomorrow, or ever.

And yet the club didn’t see this coming. They were either unaware of Gattuso’s past – which is completely unforgivable — or they knew about his various attitudes and chose to ignore them, which is also completely unforgivable.

It’s only a month since chairman Daniel Levy wrote in the match-day programme that he is “acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club”, yet nothing that’s happened since supports that in any way.

Gattuso is just the latest contradiction. He’s the worst, but he’s only the most recent.

In the past month, from the coaches they’ve engaged with, Tottenham have shown that they’re not really tethered to style or ideology and that they’re not really chasing anyone of fixed definition. Either in the footballing sense or the social, and that’s a serious mistake.

Why? Because the last few years have proven the way a football club behave and what they represent are as important as ever. Winning will always matter and the game will forever be a muddle of injustice and heartbreak, annoyance and joy. But those aren’t really the determining factors behind supporter morale. They’re moods, not states, and the fluctuations between them don’t really affect what a fan feels. Not deep down, not really.

Instead, that connection is sustained by people and behaviour.

Does a club furlough staff when they don’t have to?

Do they try to join a new Super League behind your back?

Do they appoint a head coach you can not just admire but like?

These are the issues that matter. Yes, not turning up in a north London derby is awful, but losing your affection for your club is truly devastating — and Spurs are flirting with that disaster.

So, where to now with this endless search for a new coach and a new era?

A starting point would be to recognise just how much the person matters. That’s not to say that recruitment and performance and results don’t, because that’s obviously not true, but there has never been a greater need for a unifying move. The perfect appointment is one that would jolt the first team immediately into gear, restore the players’ lost confidence and, within the same introductory press conference, heal the warring factions in the fanbase.

On the basis that there is no such candidate, Ryan Mason should now be part of the conversation.

The obvious rebuttal is that he lacks experience.

He’s young, his CV is extremely thin at senior level and his brief spell in interim charge at the end of last season was proof of nothing in particular. Beyond the match days, however, there was plenty of substance.

Mason’s effect on the squad he took over was substantial. He inherited a group short on fitness and players who’d had their egos bruised. But rather than seeing him simply as an anti-Jose Mourinho, senior players were highly impressed by the technical standard of his training and welcomed its intensity. Similarly, while Mourinho’s tension had left the squad fractured and divided, Mason’s approach was more inclusive, more aimed towards a meritocracy.

At the time, the results he achieved seemed hit-and-miss. On reflection, though, aren’t they always when a new manager arrives — especially in the middle of a season and into such an acrid and uncertain atmosphere. Actually, he did quite well. The wins over Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United were as good as the defeats to Aston Villa and Leeds United were bad, and he probably shot something close to par.

Not that those few weeks were without contention. His decision to use Tanguy Ndombele only sparingly was a source of frustration but, viewed from a different perspective, perhaps that described a single-minded character – someone without convictions, but with definitive ideas which won’t just be compromised for the sake of playing to the gallery.

Maybe Mason was right about Ndombele. Or maybe he was wrong. What seems to matter, at this moment at least, is that he was willing to make that decision. He wasn’t being contrary or self-serving, he just evidently felt the most expensive signing in the club’s history didn’t suit his vision for what the Spurs team should be. That wasn’t an easy decision. It certainly wasn’t a crowd-pleaser, or one that would have endeared him to his employers.

So, Mason is tougher than assumed; he has managerial qualities. Of course, that’s not the same as saying he is now a fully-formed manager or that – added up – these tiny anecdotes make any kind of compelling case. But this is not a hobbyist ex-player filling his time, nor is this just a likeable character existing on goodwill alone.

Mason has spent three years completing his qualifications and preparing himself for a new career after a forced early retirement as a player. He’s well thought of for a reason and, while there remains distance between where he is now and where he may want to go in the future, it’s not a surprise that interest in him is being piqued beyond Tottenham.

Would it be such a bad move to give him the job full-time? In normal times, it would be too soon for a man who only turned 30 last weekend. It would be bold and reckless and impulsive. But these are not normal times and, in any case, the club are already compromising on their ambition and their values, and continue to entertain candidates who are far less compelling.

Fonseca? Gattuso? Jurgen Klinsmann, who threw his hat into the ring live on BBC television on Friday evening? These are hardly coaches from the top of the game and it’s not ridiculous to suggest that, over time, Mason could at least become their equal.

So why not find out?

The most powerful move Tottenham can make is to install a head coach everyone, without exception, would want to succeed.

Mason would be that appointment. And he might even be more than that.

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Matt
Matt
2 months ago

I’m in the “injury prone and inconsistent “
camp. In fairness He’s Lamela lite IMO.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
2 months ago

New bloeug incoming…

MiT
MiT
2 months ago

I expect a new article within the hour

resist, please.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

take a breath, and resist. resist.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago

You fellas.

You are the most enlightening, the most personally enrichening group that I have ever run across.

I will listen to the things that this group has to say, always. I have grown, as a person, due to you. All of you.

Just by reading your words, your wisdom.

This does not come from a political direction. Screw that. We all know better.

F*CK politics.

We are all hurt by our political ideals every. freakin. day.

to the point of saying let’s discuss to any points of reason.

Let’s discuss Spurs. yeah?

MiT
MiT
2 months ago

There is a consistent message being fed in this most fun of windows.

What is that message?

“YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL.”

If you deny that message, you are part of the problem.

I am your friend, to the end, and I do rest my case.

It doesn’t work until YOU see it.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I suppose I am riding this wave, rather shamelessly.

Please look at it for what it is. What do I have to gain ?

MiT
MiT
2 months ago

Aight, fellas and felines. 140m for Kane. Take it, or leave it ? in the current state of Spurs.

Me ? TAKE IT. Along with the 80m for Son. This club has ridden the ride of that luck for too. fuckin. long.

Do not be a Pollyanna. look at the age. the return. the real picture.

COME ON. You know the right answer to this question. You know it. Say it. Please.

Last edited 2 months ago by MiT
MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

it is not like Spurs cannot get back to this place again.

I will even give the Daniel the credit.

He has not done everything wrong.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

140M? Fuck yeah. But spend it wisely. If we sell Sonny too that feels like major rebuild mode. Which I guess we are at

Last edited 2 months ago by GDawg
MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

We are, my friend. We are there.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I have absolutely no confidence that we can spend it wisely. We can’t attract the kind of players that would be needed to replace those two, so it’s a no from me.

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Clubs would also raise transfer fees in the knowledge that Spurs had the Kane money, so the players we could attract would be overpriced.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

Yep. We’ve been here before.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

I feel like Eminem in 8 mile

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

on me birthday was this one

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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Doesn’t time.fly

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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I re member sticking a tenner on 3-2 spurs and when Ronaldo got a late chance to make it 3-2 from Ireland 3-0 I wanted him.to score then slapped messlf. I think i would have won 320 squids.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

From dreamland

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Got some shit from a Chelsea fan that night till I held a dart and threatend to shove it up his arse

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I was playing darts at the time

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

No respect for a good time

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

On his birthday

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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Crouchy

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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Final game of the season

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Hairs on end from.that night . COYS

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Done em a few times in their backyard eh.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Good innit

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Theoretically

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Oops.

Liverpool under threat to lose UNESCO World Heritage Status (the planned new Everton stadium will be the final straw in destroying the historic waterfront).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-57556884.amp

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

Top Euros finals assisters. Our man Hojbjerg is on 3 alreadies.

8 Karel Poborský (Czech Republic)
6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
5 David Beckham (England)
5 Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
5 Luís Figo (Portugal)
5 Cesc Fàbregas (Spain)
5 Bastian Schweinstiger (Germany)

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Eden Hazard (Belgium), João Moutinho (Portugal), Mesut Özil (Germany) and Nani (Portugal) are among 12 players with four EURO assists.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

He plays in centre midfield , he’s better than Ozil (almost)

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

In Euro qualifications he’s got 2 goals in 17 games .
1 goal and 1 assist in 13 friendlies
UEFA Nations League 1 assist in 6 games
1 goal and 1 assist in 5 World Cup Qualifiers

3 assists in 3 games of Euro Finals

Someone sign him up

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

31.5 M market value , Daniels squids in.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Nani. Cheating little see you next Tuesday…

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Paul Scholes asked him to do it .

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

The ref should have booked them both for unsporting behaviour.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

The ref was always on their side.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Yep.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Crouchie got us the qualification against city for afters 😁

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Or was it CE. They both got us important goals city .crouched was the final game I think

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

V city crouchy definitely did but was CE another year?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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Qualification to champions league

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

This is why I find it hard to stomach those against us on our own team , we have enough of it from the rest.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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Had a funny conversation with a dad , one of the so-called coaches in me some team , said nothing before and his son is the boy me son laid him out after calling him.a spastic , retard, and kicke d him after saying with a ring round me son saying im.the best , I’ve scored more than you blah blah blah. Me son warned him, he went for another and my son his him twice and he didn’t do it again . Anyways his dad before this was banging on about too many fattys in the team and our ‘engine in MF’ is lacking for this reason . The fattys in the team were the sons of my friends fathers wh o weren’t there i asked him.about Maradona and Gazza. MAaradona was a cheat he said straight face d despite not realising his son dives around all over the place . I asked about his thoughts on diving . Hahaha that’s not cheating he said , until he changed his tune as I was smiling ‘maybe it is’ anyways im.now banned from the group chat of the footy team for long story putting him.in his place nicely 😁

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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Me son is being ignored in the team by half because of the father , I’ve asked him to meet me over a beer and talk but he don’t want to. He’s been lying to everyone saying my son is a bully and I watched hia son getting beaten up. I’ve proven to him that’s not the case and he would rather my son is out of the team. Hahaha for another day. I toldnhim.I want peace but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Me boy and i have done nothing wrong .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Again a side order excuse me 😁

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Im crying over me spilt vino, please as you were .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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The other half love me btw ✊😁

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
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His son is a Watford fan, I asked him how happy he would be playing for Watford , his old man said (straight faced ) he only wants Barca or Madrid . Hahahaaaaaa. Without even a stopgap.Watford gap. 😁

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Forgot this one , me boy was asked who he thinks who will win the Euros , he said England , Spain and France . The kids alongside the son lar fed their arse off about spain. Me boy was confused . I said to me boy of he needs to , after saying I’m Spanish , is don’t let Barca and Madrid see you larfing.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Mind you Clattenberg acted like a twat. Scared of Fergie.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Reggie (the scot) encouraged this .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

fergie.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago

I see Christian was discharged from hospital several days ago and went to visit his team during the week. Must have been a nice morale boost. Looks like he could return to football soon but will need a special dispensation from serie A to play with an internal defibrillator

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Amazing. The team and fans were super emotional tonight.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

They were fortunate to be playing their group games at home

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Like England.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

They can play the final at home too 😐🤣

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Theoretically…. 🤔 🙄💥

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Ridiculously soft penalty. This is the joy of football,

‘Mama said [football] is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get’

Chauveljn
2 months ago

The two results mean England have qualified as a best 3rd place even if they lose tomorrow.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

That’s the kind of positive thinking that will see them knocked out quick 😉

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Southgate lucks out! 😅

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Just in time to start work in N17 😱🥺

Chauveljn
2 months ago
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That prospect is so pathetic I’d drive Martinez to N17 first.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Definitely take Roberto first second and third over Southgate

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago

Didn’t realise Chadhli was playing for Denmark. Has he won anything since leaving Spurs?

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
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Wandered about, nomad player. Made most of his coin doing underwear commercials. Good-looking fella.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
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Yup. I’m sure he didn’t have to work overly hard to find playmates over the years

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
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How does he make that squad? Surely they must have more talented players?

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Belgium man, Belgium.

He won the Dutch Cup when at Twente before joining Spurs.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Shit sorry. Channel flicking. Belgium is what I meant. Just wondering if he was part of the group of ex spurs players who won after leaving

Last edited 2 months ago by GDawg
PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Yeah, yeah, you say that now…

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

He’s barely aged a day since he was at Spurs

Chauveljn
2 months ago
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“Belgium man, Belgium” is a line from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (said by Zaphod Beeblebrox).

Belgium is the greatest insult a galactic sentient being can utter.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Nice reference. Been a long time since I read that book. Don’t even know where I left my babelfish

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Heh. Very useful critter. I’d stick one in my ear.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Loves a goal against the goonies did Nacer, his chant to the tune of Paparazzi: “I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you around the country, Nacer, Nacer Chadli” 

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Brentford player on for Denmark.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago

SPURANDY –

Nuno, defensive like Mourinho but without the trophy record. No thank you very much. Next.
https://www.football.london/tottenham-hotspur-fc/news/nuno-espirito-santo-tottenham-experts-20865164?utm_source=football_london_newsletter&utm_campaign=tottenham_hotspur_newsletter2&utm_medium=email

This did not sound right to me at all – I recall Wolves to be solid at getting forward in numbers, and very much being a front-foot squad when not overwhelmed by a dominant possessing squad.

Found pretty much the same here.

https://footballdna.co.uk/features/wolves-3-4-3-attacking-style-analysis/

Espirito Santo is not the worst choice out there by any stretch, and knows how to coach a good attack. I think your article came out well after Liverpool raided for Diogo Jota – which absolutely crippled the thin Wolves’ ability to play any competent 343.

However, with good players, Espirito Santo is well capable of an attacking mindset. His 47.4% winning percentage across both Championship and Premier League play is certainly not to be sniffed at.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Four goals!!

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Another assist for Højbjerg I believe.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

And Belgium have 2 as well

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Settles it. Finland were fortunate to beat Denmark in the first place.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yup. Denmark not fit to play after Eriksen went down.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Hojbjerg fluffed his penalty. Finland had a single shot to win it.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Made up for that today.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

It would appear that Denmark has played itself right back into the knockouts. Hojbjerg’s match needs to be studied well to see how to best use him.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Our manager should definitely watch the film, oh wait…..

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

LoL !

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Laughter is the best medicine

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

This is very true.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Great goal!! Get in!!

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Rocket boots. That’s what a Sissoko goal would look like if he could keep them down.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

A CE special that one .

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Header comes off the post, hits the Finnish goalie and over the line. This one counts.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

All tense. Belgium have goal disallowed for Lukaku offside by a toenail. Now this penalty after Dolberg spurns a chance to score to make it three.

GDawg
GDawg
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

VAR at its worst. Even photo finishes in sprint races don’t look at feet

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

Come on boys doit for CE.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Piiiiieeeere Hoj Hoj Bjerg he’s our no 23

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

That’s right. We are Christian’s Armeeeee!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

✊ 😁

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago

That’s wun helluva soft penalty decision.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Ref doesn’t send off Russian for committing a second yellow card offence. Lenient.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Russian super brain fart. Back pass – doesn’t see Danish striker behind him.

Danes two up!!

DAVID
DAVID
2 months ago

Russia commit suicide.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Kool Aid moment.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Hojbjerg really stepping up as the driving force in the absence of Eriksen. If he had a specialist defensive midfielder at Spurs he really could play further forward as a CM. Skipp?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago

The Telegraph report that Sterling is not interested in moving to Tottenham, nor are the club capable of affording the wages that he earns at Man City.

I imagine it would be similar with Laporte, Jesus and any of the rest.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago

Sterling reportedly on base pay of £300,000 a week, so £15,600,000 a year. Plus whatever bonuses are built in.

DAVID
DAVID
2 months ago

He’s more than happy bench warming for City.
Hojpodge showing hes more than a midfield enforcer.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

He was a whizzkid in his early Bayern days under Pep. Played quite a bit of attacking midfield.

DAVID
DAVID
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

He’s hit some good attacking passes tonight.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Just switched on, he’s got his headband on ☺what a player!!

Flat Oeuf
Admin
2 months ago

http://www.flatoeuf.com reporting that Flat Oeuf has absolutely no interest in seeing ‘Dead End’ Raheem Sterling in a Spurs shirt, ever.

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago

Tune in, 10 seconds later, goal!!
Denmark One kneel up.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

hojbjerg assist 👍

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

That’s his 2nd of the tourney.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulohFucksake

I go out of the room for two minutes and…

Sassafrassaraasa Dick Dastardly!

HjD 🇺🇸
HjD 🇺🇸
2 months ago

Unless somehow Levy pulls a rabbit out of his hat his reputation is more than in tatters. Who truly would want to work for and answer to the footie narcissist?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  HjD 🇺🇸

Hey HjD, Pochetinno does and for this reason I believe alone discredits the nightmare to work with Daniel label.

HjD 🇺🇸
HjD 🇺🇸
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Perhaps but DL is running out of time and fuel.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  HjD 🇺🇸

He’s just waiting for the right time and then KAPOW💥 BOOM💥SEYONARA💥

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Oooooo! Højbjerg let fly with a cracking drive from outside the area, just inches wide.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Donna helping Levy with the list…

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MiT
MiT
2 months ago

Curious to see whether Southgate only sets England up to play Czechers, while the Czechers will be playing chess.

Southgate could run himself into some trouble there.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I feel really sorry for Kane at the moment. I see no reason he should want to play unless Southgate kicks bottoms and orders Sterling and Foden to pass to him instead of hogging the ball and the limelight. They are a matching pair of bookends. Is that what Pep coaches?

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I don’t know. I actually think there is not as much drive and fluidity out of midfield as what is required. Mount plays like a winger, struggles to support at midfield level, and leaves the rest of the midfield to cover the slack instead of building anything. Henderson a bit more productive than Rice, but regardless, I think Mount is much of the issue.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

A Hoddle or a Gazza required.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Jorges Mendes represents 9 managers. Only two are currently employed…. 🤔

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Levy might be excited to find someone who will still deal with him.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

This is the stable.

Genarro Gattuso
Bruno Lage
Nuno Espirito Santo
José Mourinho
Hugo Vicente
Aitor Karanka
Vasco Seabra
Rui Faria
Nuno Capucha

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Scotty Parker is available…

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago

TalkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams says his sources have told him the Tottenham manager hunt has become a two-horse race between Nuno Espirito Santo and Graham Potter.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

And since Potter doesn’t want to leave Brighton where he is in total charge of matters, that means Nuno.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Come come rAndy. Of those two, one is a free agent, the other has a five year contract.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one…

Chauveljn
2 months ago

http://www.rafabenitez.com/web/in/honours/12/

I’m non-committal about Rafa. I’ve never really taken any notice of his style of footie.

Info?

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

defensive block, stay disciplined in your lanes, sweep forward on the hint of change of possession. The heat map would look like lines.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Linear zones? Not much lateral movement then?

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

exactly.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

No thanks to the dodgy Spanish waiter . I’m a slut but that’s just a tad far.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

Preseason starts two weeks today for those not on international duty.

Blooming heck. That’ll pass quickly.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Announce Rafa the B right now!

Chauveljn
2 months ago

You were correct all the time Seattle.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

Gareth discussing the isolation of Mount and Chilwell in isolation following Scotlands Gilmour positive covid test. Mount and Chilwell were hugging and running his hair after the game , Gilmour was hugging his manager Steve Clarke. Gilmour won’t play , but the England boys are isolating and may not play. Gareth says it’s been almost proven that match situations isn’t long enough to be contagious but I don’t understand this . With quick vivid tests available , why would only 2 players be isolating awaiting confirmation to play ?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Rubbing Gilmours head.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Just seen on the news that all players from England and Scotland (apart from Gilmour) have tested negative at least twice. Videos were shown of Gilmour close to to his team mates prior to his positive result but just Chilwell and Mount are isolating and don’t know if they can play tommorow.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Or have to isolate for 10 days .

Chauveljn
2 months ago

I don’t know what happened to the Ukraine team. Continually misplacing short passes and letting Austria nick the ball back. They never really got going.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 months ago

Hollanders very wasteful in front of goal. Should’ve had a hatful.

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Nothing worse than a sloppy Hollandaise.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

If Nuno is appointed I’d worry that Jorges Mendes would end up with his own office at Hotspur Way, filling the squad with his clients.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago

I’m beginning to think Daniel wasn’t being honest when he said we need to get back to our Spurs DNA.

PaulohFucksake
Admin
2 months ago

He needs to sink to the bottom and disappear for good.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

I think he wrote what he thought fans wanted to hear. But he isn’t competent to deliver that. He’s appointed a DoF without checking if he had the same ideas and is now in a twist.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Playing quality footy, fighting till the end and winning (or getting vlose ) , competing etc could be his interpretation . This can be done with all types of manger in my view.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Introducing players who will die for the shirt etc (younguns brought up with Tottenham etc)

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Well Nuno won’t use academy players. So, not all types of coach will fulfil Daniel’s brief.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Who says we want nuno?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Who says he won’t use academy or players like , skipp, sessegnon, tanganga etc.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Many were singing in praise of Wolves style of play ,now he would be a shit appointment .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

I understand Andes, I don’t think we are going for him anyways but if we were playing in the style where we were top at Xmas, beating Utd 6-1 at OT and Saints 5-2 at St Marys etc and he had the ways of bringing in and releasing the player s with Poch in mind (if this is what Daniel wants and means by DNA) and developing the players close to being first teamers , this is one way I look at it. We just don’t know whatsoever if Daniel is interested not what is being discussed. One thing I will guess is it will be someone we won’t have seen publicised. I will be extremely surprised if Daniel goes for someone without the credentials and mindset of our DNA.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

I believe we were in for Conte, but how do we know we’re were seriously in for Gattuso?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Just a bit of tittle tattle

Paolo Maldini on Gattuso’s style
“He is a coach who is constantly evolving. We had a hug in the tunnel. I think the greatest thing about Gattuso is that he has an open mind to new ideas, even different ones that he was accustomed to, because football is constantly evolving.”

Tiemoue Bakayoko on how Gattuso helped his game at AC Milan”I know his character. Gattuso is a warrior-type of manager and man. He wanted to pass this spirit to me, which I probably didn’t have before.
“This fighting spirit, I got it here. He’s like a father figure now. Our relationship is excellent. We talk about everything. Having such a kind of relationship with the manager is great.”

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

The least I expect is pictures and recordings Andes 😁

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

A little tittle tattle in him. Don’t see why particularly be would be outside our DNA.
Paolo Maldini on Gattuso’s style“He is a coach who is constantly evolving. We had a hug in the tunnel. I think the greatest thing about Gattuso is that he has an open mind for new ideas even different ones that he was accustomed to, because football is constantly evolving.”
Antonio Nocerino on Gattuso’s work at AC Milan”It’s not a surprise for me. When I played with Rino, I understand the football side of Rino. He has a different style to Montella.
“Rino normally, the first thing is to change the training. With Rino, training is high intensity and very hard. It’s incredible. When Rino was a player, it’s the same.
“After, Rino is a good man with good tactica. The results, you look, the Coppa Italia final and good results in Serie A. The work Rino is doing is incredible, really incredible.”

Gianluca Zambrotta on Gattuso“I would say there are two, on the one hand, there’s the tactical strength that he’s given the team. On the other, there’s the skill he’s shown in getting the best out of his players and letting them grow.

Tiemoue Bakayoko on how Gattuso helped his game at AC Milan”I know his character. Gattuso is a warrior type of manager and man. He wanted to pass this spirit to me, which I probably didn’t have before.
“This fighting spirit, I got it here. He’s like a father figure now. Our relationship is excellent. We talk about everything. Having such a kind of relationship with the manager is great.”

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

It looks like a mess.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I still don’t see how reports where we know nothing , from dodgy sources leaves Daniel lying to the fans.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 months ago

Nuno no no.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago

Webster Ruling: It states that any player who signed a contract before the age of 28 can buy himself out of the contract three years after the deal was signed. If he is 28 or older the time limit is shortened to two years.

I keep wondering if Harry would buy out his contract under the Webster Rule. I can’t think of a high profile player who has done this, although there has been speculation that some have threatened it in negotiations.

I kind of think the clubs have conspired together to not acquire players this way as it opens a Pandora’s Box that they’re all afraid of.

Chauveljn
2 months ago

So that’s about 30 million to buy out three years?

Citeh could give him that as a signing on fee as a free agent.

Another ruling that helps the cash rich clubs.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Major League Baseball owners in the last century had what they called a Gentleman’s Agreement where no team offered large terms to players in order to keep wages artificially low and restrict movement to other teams. If salaries were mostly the same on each team, there was less incentive for players to move.

This was deemed a conspiracy in violation of the union contract with the players. Now, free agent movement and huge salaries are common.

Under Webster, players could move more freely but I tend to think the clubs are acting together to avoid this.

Might take a court case to work out

Chauveljn
2 months ago

The end effect would surely be to slash transfer fees? Or have really long contracts. If it’s cheaper for the player to buy out his contact (i mean of course indirectly financed by the next club) than to pay the fee, it’ll happen.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago

Eeeeerrriiiiiiik Ten Ten Ten,
He’s our Haag THFC
Erik ten ten ten, no 1 he’s quality!

To the left to the right , we don’t go down in our kneez,
come and dance every night , and sample some of our cheese.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

This is pure speculation and not to be taking in any way seriously .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Am I right in thinking you may have revised the penalty decision for the Spaniards chauveys.? There was no discussion on MOTD to help with this , just interested in light of the similar challenge in the red card of Ampadu for Wales .

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I didn’t see the second half. I was able to follow the last few minutes on the radio.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

But you wrote harsh on sending off.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Any Brit sent off is harsh. Dastardly foreigners and their cunning ways. The Brits are honest, upstanding, bright eyed role models.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Possibly not the Scots… 🤔

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

The Spaniard didn’t complain at all. It was Murphy being dishonest.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Was more interested in what you think in penalty situations in general , why that want a penalty in your book?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Wasn’t

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

No I didn’t. You maybe mistaking me for someone else?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yes my apologies it wasn’t you . Even if it was it would aid your argument over the penalty decision , I think the angle of the ankle when he was caught was a bit worse , but Ampadu came in a little stronger . In this situation of you agree that the Wales tackle was a foul , I can’t see the difference with the penalty situation . Was genuinely interested to hear your opinion but no worries , I’ll take it you made a mistake , or wanted the dodgy Spaniards to lose 😮

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn
Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Those are given as reds, yellows, or just a free kick in the Premier League. I reference Jones damaging Kane’s ankle by treading on his instep/ankle and pushing him sideways off balance thereby causing damage and a long lasting weakness which will stay with Kane.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Sorry I don’t understand .

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I think I’d be fairly happy with Galtier.

I would be concerned about Ten Hag simply because of his being a coach in the Dutch system for so long. Those managers often do not translate outside of Eredivisie unless they are given a very long-term project that includes years of overseeing the academy program.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Yeah he may be good too. the man who beat the man . I,d be happy with anyone , I’m a bit of a slut in these situations . Whoever comes in will get my backing One thing I know is Daniel will do his homework and wait for the best appointment . I have no problem with this . Not that we have a choice anyways.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I can guarantee we have not been interested in anywhere close to the numbers being reported

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I’m a bit of a slut in these situations .”

I literally laughed out loud. 🙂

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

👍 😁 glad to be of service.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Given that Ten Hag is Dutch I’m not surprised most of his experience so far has been in the Eredivisie. Although he did have two good seasons learning the Bayern way under Pep.

He has a lot of ticks for me.

Chauveljn
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I’ve not seen Galtier linked, sadly.

MiT
MiT
2 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Which means that is who it will be. 😉

Sleight of hand

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
2 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Yep, Daniel keeps aces up his sleeves 👍

Chauveljn
2 months ago