Finally Spurs managed to secure a manager after a farcical and incompetent search. I think it’s fair to claim that the new appointment wasn’t their 1st or 2nd choice. Nor indeed their 7th or 8th. This was bottom of the barrel stuff and I have question marks about how the new season will unfold but I will hold my judgement until the results start coming in.
posted on July 4, 2021
In my last post I wrote how I expected Jose Mourinho to get sacked in May. It looks like the Board decided enough was enough and they pulled the trigger an entire month early. I don’t think this is much of a surprise at all. The results were terrible. The squad was clearly not enjoying themselves and Spurs made a huge mistake by employing Mourinho in the first place. It’s a good call to make this sacking happen now as it will give various coaches around the planet the chance to consider taking the job and if their current place of employment is where they want to be. I am sure there are some there that think that the squad isn’t as bad as the numbers reflect and it should be easy to juice the players and get them working again and enjoying the football. Nagelsmann is a name we keep hearing in the Rumour-,mill, but I think it unlikely Spurs can pull that one off. I think it’s more likely its Brendan Rogers. Ideally you want your new coach in on the 1st June to begin preparations for the season so I expect an announcement for the new manager somewhere around end of May.
posted on Apr 19, 2021
What a lovely match to behold that was. Spurs were oozing class, confidence and quality as they put in a great effort and achieved a great result. Obviously Bale played a stonker but I think there were other highlights also. Doherty did the best I’ve seen from him in a long while, Regulion was a constant menace on the left. I felt Sonny should have done more, I think he probably needs a match or two rest now and Winks as always I feel provides little, so I was happy when he got subbed. Not that Sissoko as his replacement was stand out either. Nevertheless these are the green shoots of recovery here and I just hope they squad can remain injury free and push on through these last 10 matches or so that remain until the end of the season. Do I think top 4? Honestly… no , I think 5th spot will be our final spot. Not a disaster if we can keep the squad but I suspect a lot of change this summer.
posted on Mar 8, 2021
The past few matches have been utterly awful events. A dirge to watch and very frustrating given that Spurs seem to fall into the same predictable time-loop; start well, go a goal up early on, sit back, with 10 minutes to go opposing team score, frantically chase the winner and end up with a draw. We could see the team could play well and play attacking when they were chasing the winner in the last 10, so why weren’t they doing that in the 70 minutes previous? As I say, frustrating stuff. I think part of the problem is also the inclusion of either Winks or Sissoko, who for me, offer very little. Dier also is terrible but his lack of élan is plastered over. This match marked a positive change by switching to a 3-4-3 which allowed us to have far greater threat potential and I really hope this formation stays. I could see the team switch to a 5-2-3 when things looked hairy, then to a 3-4-3 when they took the handbrake off. The wingbacks offered greater width, and the central two of Hojberg and Ndombele could push and pull the game around. So after around a month of time waste we are at a point now that I hope we can relaunch a push to the top #3 which was seriously floundering. I am not sure what is going on with Bale however. Right now it looks like we are wasting £200K a week with his lack of inclusion and behind both Bergwijn and Moura. I think the squad is so bloated currently and we need to shed the following: Moura, Sanchez, Rose, Gedson, Lamela, Alli, Winks, Sissoko, I have high hopes for Skipp and Clarke both of whom are out on loan to be cover for DM and RW roles next season. We need a stop draw CB to replace Dier, and also right wing back for when Regulion isn’t firing. So sell 8, buy 2, get your loanees back and we’re in the best place we’ve been since, well, since the 1980s!
posted on Jan 18, 2021
I think I was quietly confident that we would win this match, Spurs have become an ultra defensive team, Italian 1980s team type of defence, the meanest defence in the league. Unfortunately this means that the cavalier excitement has gone. We’re awful to watch. Honestly, its paint drying. However, we are actually in the top position! Technically that means we are the best team in the whole of England. This is not something that can be sniffed at. At the start of the season not a single pundit thought Spurs would finish in the top #4 and if I’m honest I didn’t think it either, I was hoping and dreaming for 4th, whereas my brain was saying most likely 5th. So to be where we are is a huge achievement and although we have a great many matches left before things draw to a close, I am confident that we will finish in the top #3 now. Which is great, we get to play in the Champions League next season and our team will be far better bedded in and better drilled. I’m still concerned by the boringness of the display, however I am hoping this is only because the quality of our recent opponents are high so we don’t take any risks whereas when play slightly more inferior teams we can be more expansive and drop the tortuga tactics. We’ll see I guess.
posted on Dec 7, 2020