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Shut the window dear...

Well, that's that. Three months of endless debate, drama, nausea, glee, stupefaction, anger, shock, despair, outrage, gloom, delight...have now come to an end. The 2011-2012 summer transfer window has come, charmed us all with its glimpses of world-class strikers and rock-hard defenders, dazzled us with reports of bids for superstars and world-class talent, shocked us with news of loan signings and freebies, and at the death, has left us in peace as it whooshed away, leaving nothing but a grinning Tony Pulis and a sobbing David Moyes in its wake. And while Sky struggle to mask their horrendous disappointment at the blatant lack of last-minute, stupendously-inflated bids being thrown about for foreign-sounding chaps by their favorite clubs, the rich ones, we here at good old Tottenham Hotspur seem a bit divided. Following the lines of debate, it seems roughly half of us view this transfer window as a good one for our grand old club, and the other half view it as an unmitigated failure. 'Where are the Rossis, the Llorentes, the Damiaos?' Springs forth the cry. 'Where are the Jenases, Palacioses, Crouches? Somewhere else, that's where!' roars the returning answer. The closure of the window seems to have vexed our fanbase somewhat, and, for what it's worth, I though I'd throw my humble two cents into the matter. Quite simply, on the whole, and taking into account all the factors involved, I think we've had a rather good window. I've listed the reasons for this small judgement below, and you erudite chaps are quite free to direct abuse as you see fit should the narrative upset you at any point.;)

1)We've not spent much money; 'But that's universally accepted to Be A Bad Thing!' I hear you cry. Not quite, good chaps, not quite. Yes, we haven't spunked out tens of millions of pounds for some world-class name to lighten up the Lane (and indeed, we haven't spent more than seven to eight million pounds throughout the duration of the window, apparently) but look at it this way; we don't need one. There are four reasons for this line of thinking.

Firstly, at the end of last season, it was universally accepted that only the lack of a proper striker had held us back in our quest to finish in the top four. This, we have addressed, bringing in Adebayor, who is possessed of strength, technique, pace and aerial ability; everything, arguably, we need in a striker. Yes, his attitude is questionable at times, but this is the same man who scored thirty goals in a single season for Arsenal, something none of our forwards have ever managed to do. This is the same man who tormented us last season against Madrid, and the same man who has scored ten times in twelve games against us. The goals are in him, and playing in a team where he is assured of being the focal point (thus ensuring his ego is cared for) should coax them out of him again. So what if it's a loan? It's highly unlikely we can afford to fully pay his wages, so signing him permanently was always a non-goer. He will score, that seems certain.

Secondly, the squad we possessed at the end of last season was acknowledged as being one of the best in the Premiership. It still is. In Friedel, we have a reliable GK; in Gomes, an able back-up. In BAE, the league's most consistent left-back-in Rose, a young left-back with pace and potential. In Walker, we have a (hopefully) future England RB, and in Corluka, a RB with knowledge and awareness. In Dawson and Kaboul, we have two talented defenders who, while not world-class, have consistently shone when played alongside experienced heads. In King, due back from injury, and Gallas, we have those heads. Additionally, we have one of our brightest prospects in years, Steven Caulker, out on loan, and, by all accounts, performing well in the colours of Swansea. Had we spent money on a young centre-back, it would have possibly denied him his chance to seize a CB berth when he returns next year. Returning to the squad, in Modric (more on him later) and Sandro, we have two of the league's most dynamic players in defence and attack, respectively, and in Parker we have acquired a snarling midfield dynamo who will provide us with the steel and leadership that we have lacked for so long. In Huddlestone, Livermore and Kranjcar, we have more than able back-up.  On the wings, we have Gareth Bale, who will now have the aerial presence of Adebayor to aim at, and Lennon, who, while frustrating at times, can be deadly on his day. Again, in Iago Falque and in the still-present (amazing, isn't it?) Gio Dos Santos, we have more than adequate cover. In the forward line, the addition of Adebayor means we now boast a forward line of Adebayor, VdV, Defoe and Pav, which, while not ideal (another striker would have been) is still more than talented enough to compete this season. So, overall, we have a very good squad- a mix of youngsters (Rose, Walker, Livermore, Iago) mixed with older heads (Friedel, King, Gallas, Parker) and a lot of very, very good players in between. The addition of promising players returning from loan next year (Caulker, Naughton and co.) will mean we will have exciting young reinforcements for a number of positions that have been tested in the Premier League.

Thirdly, we have at present one of the most exciting youth systems in England. If anyone hadn't yet noticed, the Next Gen series kicked off a few weeks ago. Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw away in Basle on the opening day, but yesterday absolutely annihilated Inter Milan at Orient's Matchroom Stadium, winning 7-1 on the night. A Croatian trialist, Tomislav Gomelt, scored a hat-trick, with our wonder-kid signing Souleymane Coulibaly netting twice and Alex Pritchard scoring two as well. This kind of result only emphasizes what has been becoming gradually clear over the past few years- Spurs' academy is improving at a rapid rate. Under the leadership of Tim Sherwood, Spurs' youth have been involved in some terrific results in recent times, turning over the first-teams of many League Two, and indeed, League One sides in behind closed-doors friendlies and excelling in youth competitions abroad. The likes of Tom Carroll, Harry Kane, Cristian Ceballos and the afore-mentioned Coulibaly are all currently associated with the team-given time, there is no reason why they cannot become regulars in the Spurs squad, as they all seem possessed of great natural ability, and seem determined and hard-working. Therefore, a quick-fix buy might not be necessary, as there is no reason why these lads can't make the step up in a few years' time.

Fourthly, and finally, in Harry Redknapp we have a manager that isn't on very sure footing. Whether it is the England job, the clink or just his own incompetence, Harry's job security has not been at its most stable in these past few months, and the situation is bound to destabilize further as his court-case, Capello's resignation and the aftermath of Euro 2012 draw ever closer. Additionally, the issuing of statements repeatedly contradicting the chairman's firm line on Modric, plus his evident unhappiness at being excluded from transfer dealings and his inability to settle a list of mutually agreeable targets with Levy has clearly shown that their relationship is not at its most harmonious. There is friction there, and it is looking increasingly likely that Harry will be off come the summer of 2012, or sooner, if HMRC intervene. So why should the chairman have spent a load of money buyng players to fit Harry's system when the new manager who arrives after him may possibly want to switch to an entirely different one? No point spending 15 million pounds, for example, on Gary Cahill, only to see him benched when the new man decides he prefers Caulker or his own new signing come 2012. So in my view, not spending too much money doesn't mean Levy's suddenly become enormously tight-fisted (well, beyond his usual tight-fistedness, anyway) but pobably that he's saving the money in order to provide the new manager with a more ample war-chest to bring in the players he wants. Seeing as much of the CL money remains unspent, and the sales of Crouch, Palacios, Hutton, Keane and O'Hara have brought in anything between 25-30 million pounds according to which newspaper you read, I would imagine that a war-chest of around fifty million quid would be available to the new man come summer 2012 (assuming we don't spend anything in January), which is not a bad fund to dip into indeed.

2)Modric remains at the club, as per the chairman's assurances;  This point is vital. Throughout the summer, as his stroppiness and unwillingess to wear the shirt intensified, an increasing number of Spurs supporters, sickened by it all, were demanding that he be sold, as his heart wasn't in it anymore and his presence would only destabilize the club. While both may yet prove to be true, in my eyes, they were missing the point. It was never about Luka Modric. The statement Levy issued two months ago was crystal clear, not only in its meaning, but in its implications. He was not going to sell Luka Modric for any amount of money this summer, not to Chelsea or any other club. Now, in summers past, this would have been seen as merely a price-raising tactic by Levy; after all, Spurs always sell when the price gets high enough. Always. They are a selling club, aren't they? How many of you have heard these words repeated again and again by endless media outlets this summer? The preception of our club was that we were merely a stepping-stone; a perennial feeder club to the big boys. We will never achieve any sort of sustained success with that tag, and Levy knew that. By selling Luka Modric, not only was he confirming his club's status as a perennial selling club, he was reaffirming to the media his lack of nerve, his spinelessness when it came to keeping his star men; so for one season at least, Levy was determined to stop it. Amid all the media cacophony, amid the increasing mutterings of a bewildered Redknapp and the unhappy moaning of a morose Modric, Levy held his ground. Because he also (and this is the crucial point) had to send out a message to the other star players at the club as well; that they were not going to get a move by whinging and moaning, like Berbatov did and like Modric was trying to do. This message had to be hammered across, otherwise we would see the same thing every summer, as Modric's move would be followed by Bale next summer, VdV after that and Coulibaly, in all probability, after that. It had to stop somewhere. So while we have an unhappy player on the pitch, and while his heart may well not be in it, and while he may well spread dissent in the dressing room; on this, Levy has kept his word, and has hammered home a message both to the vulturous clubs and the prima-donna players they will alwas seek to prise from our grasp; you will not get our players easily, and the players themselves will not get a move easily. That is a message we had to send out, and I'm thankful we did.

3)In Parker, we have at last the leadership we so badly need; Last season, we suffered when playing the small teams. We lacked drive, we lacked determination , we lacked ruthlessness. This led to so many of the demoralising defeats and draws that ended our CL hopes. This season, we have suffered playing the big boys' in two games, we have been humiliated. We have looked clueless, hopelesss and careless. We look like we collectively lack a spine, and the team's heads fall when we go even a goal down. The old fighting spirit just isn't there anymore.  That's exactly why I'm happy we've signed Parker. When you look at his abilities, though, he doesn't seem to offer all that much more than, say, Palacios. He's a growling tacker, just like Wilson was. He screens the defence, just like Wilson did. He has a better sense of passing, and he has a more assured long-range shot on him, but otherwise he's Palacios Mk2. But the reason why he is elevated from a mundane defensive everyman into someone who can fundamentally change our squad is this; he is a leader. He has grit, determination ,and a dirive to see his team succeed. We need someone like that. We need someone who can fire a rocket up the likes of Daws' and Defoe's arses when they're not performing, someone who can galvanize our side to give their all in every game, who can lead the team in maintaining focus and discipline when playing the big boys and remain concentrated and determined when playing the small ones. In my eyes, Parker can give us that. So in summation, yes, he's thirty, and yes, he played for a relegated West Ham, but if he can galvanize our side and keep their morale up and their concentration going even when we're struggling, he will be worth every penny of what we paid for him.

4)Deadwood.Out; Crouch, one of our highest earners, gone. Palacios, unneeded, gone. Hutton, useless, gone. O'Hara, unwanted, gone. Keane, past his best, gone. Bentley, one-trick pony, gone (admittedly on loan). Jenas. just. Gone. Whichever way you look at it, we've just cleared out most of our non-performers, earned a very tidy packet, and sliced a huge amount of the wage bill, potentially paving the way for a higher wage cap and increased salaries for our top players, the likes of Bale, VdV et al, which might make it easier to keep them in the long run. So there's definitely some good business that has been concluded there.

So, in my view, those four above are the main reasons why I feel we've had a succesful transfer window. There are plenty of things I've omitted to mention (the possibilty of signing Damiao in January, the possibility that much of the revenue raised during this window will go towards the hopefully imminent NDP, the shutting of Chelsea, Sky and the football world's putrid gobs when it came to Modric) but then me detailing those would mean this article being so long it would continue right off the edge of the screen and onto your keyboards. So i'll just content myself with stopping here, sincerely apologize to anyone I might have bored into a comatose state of oblivion, and end my ramble on this note of cheer;

At least we haven't signed Craig Bellamy.;)

The window's over, the sun is shining, and Wolves away is up next. Let's get the team galvanized, fit and ready and raring to go. There are brighter times ahead, of that I'm positively positive.

Come on You Spurs.

DubaiSpur.



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Writer:Dubaispur
Date:Thursday September 1 2011
Time: 2:37AM

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first!!! lol lol
SomersetYid
01/09/2011 02:41:00
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Always wanted to do that! Sad i know!!!
SomersetYid
01/09/2011 02:43:00
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I'm pleased for you mate.
oxfordspur
01/09/2011 02:47:00
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Great article mate. Have to say it almost makes me feel positive. Problem with windows is that we expect the box office signing and anything less almost seems a let down. The reality is that we have brought stability to our spending, whilst making massive inroads into cutting costs on unwanted players probably at around one million a month. Add to that our keeping theplayers we wanted and making room for the kids,it has to be good. I would have liked Cahill, but would we really be doing sensible business on a player who will be on a free in 10 mths time.
oxfordspur
01/09/2011 02:51:00
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What!! A new article at this hour. I was not expecting that. Thanks ox :-)
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 02:51:00
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Can't sleep mate..
oxfordspur
01/09/2011 02:52:00
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Best. Article. Ever.
StoopYid
01/09/2011 02:53:00
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Finally jenas will be playing football somewere else for at least a year, in my book that makes it a good window for us.
spurfect one
01/09/2011 02:57:00
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Good post, I agree with most of your points but trimming the suad wont raise our salary cap only a bigger stadium will do that:(....
SomersetYid
01/09/2011 03:02:00
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Nice read DubaiSpur, I like your positivity! Oh and yeah the funds are needed for the stadium...thats a massive upgrade.
TriXed
01/09/2011 03:04:00
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I am disappointed, but apart from not doing a "big signing", looking at the squad, man for man we have a better squad than last year. Goal Keeper
Friedel, Gomes, Cudicini
Verdict : Better than last season-Friedel gives competition to other 2. I still believe Gomes HAS to start ahead of Friedel.

Defenders
King,Gallas,Dawson,Kaboul,Bassong,Corluka,Walker,BAE,Rose
Verdict : Walker is a improvement on Hutton. If we can get atleast one of Gallas or King fit, we are good. But, absolutely disappointed not getting a fit center back.

Central/Attacking Midfielders
Sandro, Parker, Hudd, Modric, Livermore, VDV, Pineaar
Verdict : From what I have seen of Livermore, he is a definte upgrade on Jenas. We lost Wilson, who was not in his prime form last year. And we get a another midfielder who is a bit aged but in prime form with a bit of attacking edge than Wilson. We kept Modric, whether its good or bad only time will tell.

Wingers
Bale, Lennon, Kranjcar, Iago Falque, Gio Dos Santos
Verdict : We have kept likes of Bale without CL. Good to start. Lennon has gone off the pace. Now this is where I am expecting some surprises in the squad or atleast say hoping that likes of Falque & Gio would perform and create chances. Falque seems to be a loan with option to buy than what we initially thought.



Strikers
Adebayor, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko, Harry Kane
Verdict : Far better than what we had last season. Yes, its only one change, but it is a change that could make all the difference. Also hoping Kane will take his chances in Europa.

Final Verdict : Disappointed that we didnt add a defender. But there is no denying that we have a far better first XI than last season. The key is the Injuries. If our key players can come out of injuries, we have a good chance. All is not lost. We lots first 2 games,lying in 20th spot but we lost to the 2 best teams in the league in my opinion. Lets regroup and start winning at Wolves. Lets not fight why we didnt buy or who we should have bought.Lets get behind our team and support them. COYS.
sydqcb5
01/09/2011 03:04:00
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And we didn't get Joe Cole either! Great article DS, thanks for putting a different. Perspective on it.
jvd
01/09/2011 03:06:00
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Dubai, I´m sure your article is as good as all other you wrote and I promisse I´ll read it later, but at 11pm in Brazil, after a hard working day (but keeping an eye on Vital Spurs all day), I´d like to give all fellow Spurs fans my 2 cents worth of thinking and feeling. After all, though we are all disappointed by the 3rd or 4th (is there anyone keeping track of how many windows we feel this way ??) transfer window we failed to catch that star-striker who can lead us to the promissed land of CL, I´d rather think this one wasn´t that bad. Yes, Levy kept his word and didn´t sell Modric to Chelsea when there were several gamblers saying the opposite. Was this the best move ?? Maybe not in the short term, maybe Modric won´t play like he did 2 seasons ago when he and his team mates were giving their best to grab that coveted 4th spot to CL. In the long term, his move might have sent two messages: to players => don´t sign a 6-year-long contract if you don´´t intent to honour it. To bidders => if you wanna make business, spare us of silly bids...approach talking top dollar or don´t even think bidding. It helps deconstructing the myth that Tottenham is a brainless selling club. By the way, one question, didn´t we grab it with a squad with less quality and talent than our current one possess ?? I´d say "yes" and quickly throw another question in "So, what does prevent us from doing it again?? Just ourselves and the limitations we think we have...nothing else" I´d reply to myself. All key players are here: Niko, Bale, Dawson, King, Lennon, Defoe, Hudd...plus new faces (Sandro, VdV, Adebayor and Parker)...plus the youngsters, eager to make their stand. There´s hope, at least. Positives ?? Plenty of: Crouch, Hutton out forever. Jenas and Bentley, one year out to prove themselves worth of a 2nd chance at WHL. Palacios....well, I must confess I have mixed feelings for him. He came when we were in a desperate need of a steel man and he fought hard. I wish him all the best at Stoke (after Carling Cup tie, I mean). Even so, there´s still a pending question for me: why did we signed so few players ?? We were always told we didn´t need 5 or 6 players to assemble a good squad and we were always told we should sell before signing. OK, granted, but other fellow fans had made the math and selling made much more than was spent signing. We run out of time ?? Crucial bids were turned down by sellers ?? Was a sensible move spend 15MM on Cahill who´s is in his last year under contract to Bolton ?? At the end of the day, the businessman Daniel Levy stuck to his plan. Sold before signed and balanced the books, kept the best player and left a huge question unanswered: what are his plans for Redknapp ?? Is he saving resources to a new manager and keeping a decent backbone for the new gaffer ?? Or did he fell in a last-minute-time-trap he used to set for others ?? Time will tell. Coys !!!
AlexSpur
01/09/2011 03:16:00
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And sorry for this lenghty post...........
AlexSpur
01/09/2011 03:20:00
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the key is passion, heart, there is no I in team, we have internationals in all positions. we attactk we defend, we loose we win toghter we loose, you can beat team spirit, COYS, now lets hope harry can install this, if we dont beat wolves all i can say is the tactics are harrys fault or the players could not be bothered, TO DARE IS TO DO
123spurs
01/09/2011 03:23:00
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Will read the article at lunch here but agree with Syd, disappointed because we didn't improve as much as I thought we would. But putting into perspective, we are better man for man than last season. Just thought with CL football last season and the statement of intent from Levy, was expecting better.
Pride 1882
01/09/2011 03:26:00
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Best news out of the not-so-pleasing transfer was we didn't sign Joe Cole. If Modric left for £40mil I won't be too sad as we could always spend half of it on decent midfilder and striker. Now we just pla the waitingn game to find out whether Modric will play to his best or pull a berba and play disinterestedly.
MikeStylez
01/09/2011 03:27:00
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Can,t wait to see what the (negative nannies) have to say. No Jenas, no Crouch, Bently's away who are you going to take all of that frustration out on now lads? Cats and dustbins of Tottenham be afraid, be very afraid! Hey Ox, et al what would actually happen if Modric did underperform, is there anything in his contract or FIFA rules that covers a player having a major dummy spit and how the hell would you prove he was deliberatley underperforming??
underyid
01/09/2011 03:40:00
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BEST ARTICLE EVER, Thank you Dubaispur!!!!
tengboon
01/09/2011 03:41:00
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The only deadwood left to ship is Harry Redknapp.
tengboon
01/09/2011 03:42:00
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fantastic article by DubaiSpur as usual. well written, brighten my spirits. perhaps if we add some discipline and mentality we can challenge. i would like to see players like dos santos and townsend given more chance at right wing, coulibaly and kane more chance at striker. this is building for the future. hopefully by next season the new manager will bring us to the next level.
what_sux
01/09/2011 03:46:00
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If Modric doesn't perform, we can sell in January for 30 mil even. He won't lose value, everyone will assume it's because he's not happy at Spurs, not because he's lost his incredible ability as a creative playmaker. QUESTION... can we not still make moves outside the window to have Damiao arrive in January?
tengboon
01/09/2011 03:47:00
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Again.....I like to be a positive troll...so the only way that this disaster window will be less of an atrocity is if Levy has set up 'Arry for certain failure, in order to get rid of him soon enough. 'Arry will now have to show his prowess, which doesn't exist, to manage this team properly. We have great players, including the young ones, but 'Arry will fail to manage them correctly and will fail cause he'll make team look thin and weak.....Surely the he'll get sacked then and someone who can actually manage a team properly with a vision can make this team tick greatly......COYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
dcruzer
01/09/2011 03:47:00
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I agree with Dubai. Selling out dead woods is finally done. And more importantly, we have made a statement that we are not a selling club, especially to money bags like chelski, who think they can buy whomever they want. Modric might sulk. But if we wants a better deal or better move next window, he better get on with it.
sydqcb5
01/09/2011 03:48:00
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Hopefully this 'Arry failure happens in at most 3 games.....
dcruzer
01/09/2011 03:56:00
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WTF!!! Bolton wanted Defoe in exchange for Cahill.....according to Mirror....
dcruzer
01/09/2011 04:03:00
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Dubai, what can I say that I have not already said in the past about your articles. GOOD ONE !!!!!
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 04:03:00
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Just a couple of points. 1) I really wanted a good CB, as King and Gallas are 'broken- patched up' and Kaboul/Dawson/Bassong are not top grade CB. 2) Also, we will need some luck with injury issues. Not enough depth in a few areas. COYS
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 04:07:00
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Dubai, always appreciate your articles. Don't have the energy to go through it bit by bit. Also too lazy to retype what I just posted on the other thread, so I'll cut and paste. For what it's worth:

Smoke and mirrors. Yes, we offloaded deadwood that should have been offloaded 1,2 or 3 windows ago. Better late than never, but let's not let that distract us from fact. Berbatov/Keane has still not been replaced. Yes, Adebayor is in, but it's a loan. Are Pav Gio and others now Harry's boys? Didn't think so. Needed a CB comfortable on the left. Didn't get it done. Needed a winger with pace and delivery to start pushing Bale and Lennon. Didn't get it done. Friedel is in, but like Gallas, Adebayor, is just a stop-gap. Crouch is gone. Why in heck did he start against City? Pav, if there are 3 strikers, will be 4th choice. He walks for free in 10 months. To recap, Parker in, on what must be, better than Pienaar (thus also Modric) money, for at least 4 if not 5 years, and like Pienaar, is, unmovable. Gallas, Friedel, Adebayor, Pav, will all have to be replaced shortly and there will be no money coming in for them. Modric will probably still want out. How likely is it that he will be worth 30M by January? There have already been rumblings in Bale and Sandro's camps and there is certainly interest. The players now know, don't sign an extension unless it is an amount no other team that would want you could ever pay. VDV is gone for 2 months. Sandro is still out. Modric is not happy. Gallas and King are less and less able to be counted on. Bassong, our only other CB who can play the left side, is not liked by the manager. Gio is still here. The manager has never wanted him and we are now a full 6 windows in and he is still here. And we still have a manager who believes we can't compete with any of the others in the top 6. I guess I'm missing the positives. Of course there is now a likelihood that we'll go back to the more natural 4-4-2 (given our talent) and free kicks/corners/penalties can now be taken by someone who might have practiced them. The only freshening this squad needed was on the touch line. Talent-wise, no doubt still as good as any squad not from Manchester. Coaching staff specializes in not getting relegated (that is until shortly after they leave). A plus B probably equals 7th or 8th, and frankly, that should be unacceptable to any person who is a fan of Spurs (given the talent in the side and the financial resources). Many on here are like the frog in the pot of water slowly being heated so that he doesn't realize he's boiling until it's too late. This is happening folks. You're just all looking at the smoke and mirrors. COYS
peterballb
01/09/2011 04:14:00
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I'm off to fetch my nightcap and my candle now. Night all. The sun'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun. Oh just checked the forecast. Rain. Nighty night. COYS
peterballb
01/09/2011 04:16:00
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Love your opinion too Peterballb, as always. The consummate realist, glass-half-empty spar to every glass-half-full scenario. There's no way another team has better informed, more passionate fans than our Spurs.
tengboon
01/09/2011 05:03:00
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get in there Somerset
paddyspur
01/09/2011 05:43:00
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Great article, DubaiSpur. I find myself very excited about some of the young talent in the system and what they could accomplish in the coming years. As for your take on Parker - SPOT ON! Signing Parker was much more about his leadership and mentality than anything else. We have a lot of very good players, and hopefully with proper leadership they will take that step back to the CL.
MinnesotaCOYS
01/09/2011 05:44:00
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Can't say I'm 100% satisfied, but there are good points to the transfer window, and your article covered most of them. Now that the transfer drama is over, I think we should take a look at what we can do about the Coaching staff, and particularly, the medical staff at WHL. I think they are certainly due some scrutiny these days, and that Harry Redknapp article brushed on the subject a bit, but I'm starting to feel concerned that they aren't up to snuff. Does anyone else feel the same way? I remember in 2009, half of the team were suffering from groin strains. What does that tell you? I think they ended up determining that an exercise machine was to blame, but I'd like to think our medical staff would be able to catch those issues before the whole team goes down with injury. I may be blurry about that story, does anyone else remember this? I digress, injuries happen in football, of course, but why is it that our team seems to suffer the most from injuries?
Vinciento
01/09/2011 05:49:00
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Great article and some very good posts. I still remain deflated after that, not just yesterday but over the course of the past 12 months. Shouldn't be too surprised in this window that would massively improve wthout CL football compared to the window 12 months ago. That said, on reflection, we still have an excellent squad of players with better balance now. The CB's worry me though. No improvement from last season where we were short on fit players and still shipped goals. I am pleased we did not play over the odds for Cahill (15m is a joke) but where were the other options/bids. They will now be aided by a hassler of a player Parker in front of them but it is still lack of concentration and positional sense that caught us out the first two games which will carry on through unless we get King or Gallas back fit. Overall, slight improvement though and think we will be there or there abouts in battle with Le Ar*e and Liverpool. The fight for 4th is still most definitely on! COYS!
Pride 1882
01/09/2011 05:54:00
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Vinciento, very good point about our medical staff. The ability of Woodgate to play game after game for Stoke now is not lost to us. We definitely have dodgy medical personell and I think the club should take a serious look into it, if they have not already done that. While they are there, our fitness team, conditioning team, physio etc. all need to be scrutinised as well. Football is a 90 minute game at least weekly. Everyone needs to understand that and work towards that. Geez , you'd think that was obvious.
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 06:06:00
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Nice article. Initially felt disappointed though looking at the squad, probably not as bad bar an injury to Adebayor. During the Man U game, the team had been playing very well till they scored and at that point all they needed was leadership. As King is still injured, Parker is probably not a bad buy as he can provide that and bring calm to the team when we are a goal down. Plus the youngsters now finally get a chance to play, which may mean 3rd/4th this season. After all, we have played the best two teams (on paper) this season. Key game is Wolves away. A win and we are back.
kenyanspurs
01/09/2011 06:30:00
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Infectious article - I feel better already!
Durbanspur
01/09/2011 06:32:00
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lol Durban, I think you were trying to say therapeutic, if you don't mind me correcting you. @kenyan, agreed, a good result at Wolves is important. Will lift morale all round, here included.
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 06:35:00
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great read Dubai,lot of great points.to the rascal in me but breaking windows is more exciting than the last lot of transfer windows for me.
bazdog
01/09/2011 06:55:00
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lol.
bazdog
01/09/2011 06:56:00
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It has not been a bad transfer window, that said a world class CB would have made a huge difference, and ideally shipping out Pav and bringing in a 2nd striker would have turned it from not bad to great.
Cape Town Spurs
01/09/2011 07:02:00
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So, having seen how the other top teams look, On paper top6 for me in order is - ManUnited, Man city, Chelski, Liverpool,Spurs & Arsenal.
Replacing Fabregas & Nasri with Arteta & Benayoun doesnt make the goons better. Its a panic buy for them. Neverthless, they will be a threat if they get into some winning momentum.
As for as Liverpool, their squad looks better than last year. The only difference between us and them is the confidence level of player, club,fans and more importantly a manager with a winning mentality. If they loose Suarez,which I hope, then we will see the real Liverpool.
Us, we simply need to come out of injuries and get one or 2 wins and get some confidence back in.
Best thing for is, no one expects anything from us this season. Staying under the radar should help us. But we need to get a win under our belt in next game.
sydqcb5
01/09/2011 07:06:00
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Great article, hit the nail on the head! Couldn't have said it better myself.
tilly145
01/09/2011 07:12:00
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U telling me after our champ league money and sales of over £20+ we cudnt go that extra couple of mill for cahill,disappointing if u ask me!!!
Sweenspur
01/09/2011 07:14:00
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VINCIENTE, spot on man, I think I wrote something similar one or two threads back. It's interesting to note how fit, and on fire Defoe has been so far, he's been flying, and apparently they had sent him to France for several weeks to work with a trainer there. Another example, look at how Woodgate has thrived for four full matches for Stoke. Maybe we should get said trainer into our camp to revamp the entire regimen for our whole team, because something is most definitely amiss.
tengboon
01/09/2011 07:20:00
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I know I should not harp on things (my wife is an expert on that) but Hudd saying he saw someone coming through the back door yesterday was NOT FUNNY!!!!. That shows he has no idea what us fans go through in the transfer windows, especially in the last day. Yes, we do hope for improvements in our squad to enable to do better. Also, yes we hope for someone who looks like an athelete to put on our jersey, instead of someone like him who looks like a truckdriver or a policeman used to chomping on doughnuts . Just bloody insensitive and inconsiderate. Did I mention NOT FUNNY. and yes, we ARE paying your wages Hudd. So get off the couch and get your body into shape.
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 07:20:00
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Good article Dubai. Lets hope Harry does give the young players a fair chance, and not burn out Bale, etc. Adebayor will be scoring goals and Defoe / Pav will benefit by having more space to score chances as well. VDV has to be controlled upon his return, and not allowed to be in charge of everything during games..Lennon will improve, if not then sell in Jan...Gio should be given one last chance, as rotation player in Euro games.

Modric has to now show his resolve, that he is indeed worth £40m, by playing as he did last season. Then maybe Levy will sell him, in Jan. big doubt there. At least his 2 mates are still here, so they should help him get over his disappointment. Sandro and Parker should be DMF / and both / Parker to be support in attack when poss.... Defense, Injuries of Gallas and King has to force Harry to play Bass, Kabul, Daws... Dont't forget, Daws and Bass were the CB in our good defensive run to 4th Spot in 2009 / 2010 season. So they can do it, Just need confidence, and Ledly's advice! Gomes should be given a chance now, as he has seen Friedel ahead of him... So with Daws and Kabul / Bass / BAE (& Rose) Charlie (& Walker), we get back to the good defensive unit / clean sheets, hopefully...COYS
Block D Spurs
01/09/2011 07:23:00
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Modric £40mill, winning the prem £10mill, seeing chavs fans faces as the transfer deadline closes and the failure to sign the player they've be after all summer and their hopes of winning anything, priceless! There's some things abromovich cant buy, for everything else there's levy-card
spursnoob
01/09/2011 07:23:00
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Sorry Mad, just saw wrote essentially the same thing already. :/
tengboon
01/09/2011 07:24:00
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No worries, mate. We are on the same page then
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 07:28:00
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Mad, I think this point of player fitness was mentioned in one of the other articles this week. Harry and coaches / med teams just allow players to have one training programme for all. Where other clubs have indvidual programmes, which show better results and less injuries.
Block D Spurs
01/09/2011 07:28:00
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The squad is better and with Meireles joining Chelsea that should end the Modric saga for good. Little surprised to see Gio still with us although I think with Ceballos and Falque joining he might hopefully feel a little more settled with a couple more lads who came through the Barca ranks and produce the goods for us at long last. Gutted we sold Crouch he offers us something different..... ;-)
Spurs Allday
01/09/2011 07:29:00
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We could always play 3-5-2, have Walker-Dawson-BAE at the back with Sandro, Parker or Hud as a DM with lennon + bale on the wings, modric a free role in the middle (providing 'his heads in it' or give that space to Parker, Kranjcar or livermore) and VDV as an attacking mid - which should stop him dropping deap, and play two strikers probably defoe and addy. If needed we can drop one stiker and put Gallas at the back which would provide more cover (mainly against better teams)
spursnoob
01/09/2011 07:33:00
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If it is true that our club has a one size fits all training regiment, then that is just absolutely farcical. Maybe it's just because we follow our club very closely but our injuries track record has been shocking in the last few years.
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 07:34:00
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good article. very positive. I was quite disappointed not able to get a good signing that promise CL. But indeed, we have trim our team and lose most of our dead weights. Lets hope ade will stay healthy throughout the season. He is the only person who is brought in to trackle the problem we had last season; not able to score....
Singspurs
01/09/2011 07:37:00
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Considering how much has been spent to 'repair' King, Spurs should have spent the money to clone him. Something has to be done about how they train, its sad that most our players seem to injure themselves while training and be out for months at a time
spursnoob
01/09/2011 07:40:00
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There’s a few players that need to pull their weight now they have been chosen to represent the 25 man Tottenham this season…Dawson/Kaboul, they come as a pair as together they are ****e, Lennon, ability is there just, we now need him to recapture his former best, Pienaar, I for one rate him, he has been hit by injury hopefully after this one he can show the form he had at Everton, Kranchar, needs to play more but when he does needs to be fitter, Pav, want him to work more for the team and be the dangerous striker people think he is and of course Modric, worth 40m, prove it.
Pride 1882
01/09/2011 07:47:00
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good article dubai, on the button imo, same as block d, post just above ^, i believe at the moment we aren't capable of attracting the world class players that so many people seem to want brought in, but then again with world class players comes world class egos which can undermine a teams morale and performance, our defence looks ok, until we shipped the first goal both against united & city then they seemed to lack adhesion and coordination but that imo is something that redknapp should be able to sort out from the touchline via a bollocking and at least some sort of animation, i'm a little dissappointed that we failed with one or two other possible transfer targets, particularly diarra, but i'm over the moon we've finally shipped some of the deadwood out and in doing so paved the way for a higher wage cap and also the chance to bring on some of the younger players, modric must now put all this crap behind him clear his head of s hit and prove he's a player worth paying 40mill for, only thing now that worries me is redknapp, has he got it in him to rotate properly with this squad, is his head right with the impending court case not to mention the england job lurking in the background? still lots more questions than answers for me i'm afraid, not expecting too much from the team this season because of this, but am looking forward to seeing some of our bright young things give redknapp some food for thought, but then again can pigs fly?(on redknapps part i mean!).
jabbatheyid
01/09/2011 07:48:00
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Well, excellent article, some great points, will be very interesting to see what happens between now and January. One quick point, this is the last chance to buy a player at an over-inflated price before financial fair play system comes in, so should we need to we can splurge in january if this crop doesnt perform? Personally, I think as stated, Levy is very much planning ahead for the new manager, whoever that will be, as there is no way Redknapp will be there this time next year. Ater the sale of Arteta to Arsenal, I think the results from here on will dictate whether Moyes has finally had enough, and Levy knows that come 2012 he is giving Harry either a chance to leave for England, or enough rope to hang himself with all the insulting, contradictory soundbites. next summer, Moyes in, smaller budget due to new financial fair play rules, and finally plans in place to rebuild/build new stadium. So happy we didnt get Joe Cole, and got rid of JJ and crouchy.
falmouthyid
01/09/2011 07:50:00
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DubaiSpur, just for your information Tim Sherwood is a 1st team assistant. I believe that Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe deal with our academy.
kernowboy71
01/09/2011 07:52:00
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Dubai, excellent article, inspiring and full of logic. The squad has a better balance about it now, gone is the need to play players just to give them a game. We now have genuine competion in all eleven positions. The addition of Parker is just what we needed his never say die attitude steel and bite has long been the missing link for me. Roll on Wolves, our season starts then and I for one wholeheartedly agree with Pride 1882 the fight for 4th (maybe 3rd) is on.
sf1
01/09/2011 07:59:00
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Sherwood is now managing the NextGen lads I think??
Block D Spurs
01/09/2011 08:02:00
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Good article - I agree with 99%. Bassong stays don't forget as defensive cover which I would like to have seen upgraded. The best news of the night was seeing Cole in Lille and Bells at Liverpool, I confess I feared they might show up at Spurs Lodge. I reckon Cahill will end up being the right decision. So overall I'm happy. Other good news is Livermore, Walker and Rose will get a chance.
michael.thfc
01/09/2011 08:04:00
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I don't see how this window could be seen as anything other than a success. we have improved our keeping options (however short term), defence stays the same, which is a shame. Midfield, upgraded and streamlined. Attack, most definitely improved as well. So overall we have got a better squad and although we may have taken a loss on some players (Hutton) we have made a big net gain this window, and now have space to strengthen next window and next summer. It is clear from our acquisitions that Harry is thinking of a change to 4-2-3-1 and we now absolutely have the personnel to do that. So our best line up could be something along the lines of Frieldel (GK), Charlie (RB) Gallas (CB) King (CB) Benny (LB) Parker (DM) Sandro (DM) Bale (LAM) Modric (CAM) VDV (RAM) and Adebayor lone striker. That also leaves Lennon and Defoe as impact subs which lends its self to a change to 442 if needs be. What was also notable is that Gio (not sure if he can still leave abroad) has stayed and perhaps Harry had a change of heart and sees that he could be of use as one of the 3 behind the striker? That would also explain the signing of the kid Falque
RealDanger
01/09/2011 08:09:00
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to be honest, i'm thrilled we never signed cahill, hes not what we need. I'm disapointed however that we didn't put a 12m bid in for Samba.
01tottenham
01/09/2011 08:09:00
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Shame we missed out on Cahill; but in this case wenger is right, not worth the money considering he has one year left on his contract - Bolton will lose him in Jan for less than £5mill or free in June. Anyway its really upsetting to see all the chavs crying about missing out on modric, I mean they tapped up the player, the press (thousands of journalists got it wrong-the shame!) and still couldn't get him and now their stuck with a player that cant even get into an average liverpool squad hahahahaha got to love it, has anyone gone onto skysports comments and seen what they have written - its funny how most of their fans are from Nigeria or some other place in Africa; all begging spurs to let him go, so jokes!! Ah well money cant get you everything chelsea, perhaps if you didnt **** round leaking your s**t bids to the press levy might have given him to you - but hell thanks anyway you have just shown every top club we arent a feeder club and upped levy's status some more - enjoy another trophyless season, might try to get AVB autograph asap since he'll only be there one season!!!
spursnoob
01/09/2011 08:10:00
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Good post spursnoob. Gotta give Levy credit for sticking to his I'm not selling stance. Hopefully, Modric will now be the professional he is supposed to be and play for us like before. As for us fans, let bygones be bygones.........for now.
Madaboutspurs
01/09/2011 08:14:00
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looks like Gio will be included in our 25 man squad which is exciting.
01tottenham
01/09/2011 08:14:00
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To be honest, as much as I appreciate the sentiment of the article, I still don't feel like we've done enough - nowhere near in fact. Many people thought that bringing in a decent striker would solve all of our problems. Others, like myself, knew that the problem was slightly deeper than that. Many thought that not only were none of our strikers good enough, but none of them linked up with each other, so in this instance, we've signed Adebayor, a move which I've always supported and was delighted with, but now I look and think "who's going to compliment him?" Maybe van der Vaart (when fit) will change his style and start linking up with a smarter front man. Maybe he thought before that the only chance of the team scoring was through him, therefore he tried too hard and starting looking desperate and s**t in the process. I guess his first game with Adebayor will tell us all we need to know.

Two problems here are maybe that theory is wrong and VDV just isn't that good, plus the fact I mentioned he's currently injured, which is not uncommon, so who replaces him? I like to think now that Kranjcar has been tried and tested in the heart of midfield, maybe Redknapp will try him further up the pitch, in what I'd call his most suitable looking position. For me he has all the attributes and playing style of one, Dimitar Berbatov. Whether he will be given a chance there in VDV's absence remains to be seen, but I don't see why not, which leads us to our next problem, if not Kranjcar, who?

It could be argued that Jermain Defoe has never linked up with anyone in his career. The closest he's come is within the archaic 'big man/ little man' approach with Peter Crouch, but all in all he is what he is - a relatively okay goal poacher without many strings to his bow. Pavlyuchenko meanwhile, he occasionally looks like he could become a hero at the Lane with decent touches, dummies and a venomous shot inside the box. More often than not though he shows no understanding of teamwork, no vision or awareness of others around him and his contribution consists of making 3 yards for himself then rifling a shot 20 yards over the bar from 40 yards with his weaker foot.

I am glad of the outgoings, don't get me wrong and 22 senior players or whatever we've got, that's the number I eventually wanted us to get down to. Instead of some extremely mediocre performances from Bentley and Jenas, I'd much prefer to see Townsend and Livermore, said that all along and I'm glad that it seems to be the case now. No Crouch in the side, not once, not ever again, means that we'll be playing more attractive football and more importantly we'll be playing more patient football. No more will we see a lazy Alan Hutton lofted cross into the box, leaving Crouch no option but to nod it down in a crowded box. Crouch leaving is the best news of this window for me, because we're 1m% likelier to play better football, on the deck, pass and move. There are positives to this window, but for me there are too many negatives to be ignored. This was our window to make a mark, to stamp our authority, to say to Man City that while we can't compete financially, we can make clever, well scouted signings and create our own superstars. For me we didn't do enough.
bernio3000
01/09/2011 08:15:00
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Best article ever. Totally agree. I also believe we're in for a blinder this season. (someone wrap Ade in cotton wool tho!!)
jesusthedevil
01/09/2011 08:16:00
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The question is, who might Levy have in mind instead of Harry? Will he go overseas and reinstigate the DoF model? Will he go for a veteran British manager like Martin O'Neill? Will he look at a talented Premiership manager like Moyes, Coyle, Rodgers or Lambert and bite the bullet on compensation? Or we he go after a manager in the lower league who is builing an impressive reputation like Gus Poyet, Eddie Howe or Nigel Adkins. Someone currently under the radar but very impressive is Adkins - you may recall him from his Scunthorpe days when they played Chelsea and their fans chanted 'you've got Mourinho, we've got our physio - as he was temporarily in charge. Well he actually has an increasingly impressive record. Unusual to be a goalkeeper who went into management, he started off in the League of Wales winning two titles. He then gets a degree in physiotherapy before off to the Irons. They twice won promotion, including their first title in 40years and though they were relegated in their first season in the Championship, he got them straight back up and again and was able to keep them there. Out of 199games, he won 83 and lost 72. He then goes to Southampton, and WOW - a win ratio of almost 70% with 36 victories in 52 games. Interestingly it was Poyet's win for Brighton at Southampton which brought the change. Under their guidance, Southampton have broken their record for clean sheets in a season, his third promotion in 4 years of management, broke a 12 year hoodoo of Southampton not winning the first game of the season and has them sat at 2nd in the table ahead of big spending (comparatively) teams. As Moyes, Coyle, McCarthy, Lambert and Rodgers all cut their managerial teeth in the lower leagues, maybe we ought not to immediately reject these Championship managers as Harry's replacement?
kernowboy71
01/09/2011 08:18:00
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BlockD, I've just looked on THFC website. Clive Allen manages the reserves, Alex Inglethorpe our academy. Sherwood is involved in our first team squad as an assistant. He doesn't deal with the NextGen until they reach the first team
kernowboy71
01/09/2011 08:21:00
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kernowboy71, If our new stadium is in the horizon, then I see him go for David Moyes, who would be ideal to manage the funds and punch above the weight. But my bet will be on Klinsmann.
sydqcb5
01/09/2011 08:22:00
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Do you really think taking a gamble on a championship manager is what Tottenham should be doing? I reckon Harry is staying (whether that is good or bad is up for debate) but if he was to be replaced, I reckon Levy would go for Ancelotti
RealDanger
01/09/2011 08:23:00
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