AVB - put in perspective
As we develop under AVB, what most consider to be a bumpy ride with his project still in infancy, I felt it fair to put some perspective in to the development of Spurs under out new manager.
During Summer a total of 6 new managers were appointed in the PL, namely, AVB (Spurs), Steve Clarke (West Brom), Michael Laudrup (Swansea), Brendon Rodgers (Liverpool), Paul Lambert (Villa), Chris Houghton (Norwich). Furthermore, two managers have already been replaced this season, with the appointments of Redknapp (QPR) and Benitez (Chelsea). So since July 40% of PL teams have a new manager!
Now apart from the instant success demands at Chelsea and the obvious panic buttons being hit at QPR, the rest of the changes were seemingly put in place to maintain stability, seek development or to consolidate their place in the PL.
I think it fair therefore to put in to perspective (wrt above changes) how far or how well our ambitions are shaping up.
IMO, a lot depends on the traditions and demands of clubs/supporters that allows an assessment of each appointee. For example, Liverpool have been stuttering for a number of years and Rodgers, with his new style has ! already added flair and style to their play, so much so that their performance are beginning to stabilse and gradually improve. I think it is only a matter of time they begin a pose a threat to the top 4. All that has been achieved through minimal new additions to the squad. Laudrup appears to be carrying on exactly where Rodgers left Swansea and their performances and style are still living up to be exciting and stable. That's despite losing one or two of their players, but equally exciting addition in the mould of Michu. The likes of Clarke, Lambert and Houghton arrived at clubs that appeared to have less resources and perhaps lower immediate aspirations, i.e, to maintain a stable PL presence. In contrast, Hughes and DeMatteo were always under pressure when their loaded owners wanted rapid returns on their major investments.
In view of the afore mentioned, imo, Rodgers is already seeing consistency, the unassuming Clarke + Houghton beginning to gain respect, Laud! rup settled, where as Benitez, Redknapp, Lambert AND psossibly AVB under pressure to deliver. I put AVB in the latter group as (despite the sales and few additions), Spurs, for three consecutive season have been contenders for top 4.
So in comparison to all the other recruitments in the PL, AVB and Spurs' performances have been 'bumpy' to say the least, the reasons discussed endlessly here. The league position chart shows up this bumpiness very well but on the whole the trend seems to be up. The fixture list has a lot ot do with the ups and downs, but the general concensus seems to be that Players are adapting, long term injured are returning, formation and system are shaping up, tactics improving, the supporters are getting behind the team and the general spirit with in Spurs seems to have risen a notch or two.
In summary, Of all the new managers in the PL, the demands on AVB are the highest (bar Chelsea), he has inherited a team with many Key players missing through injuries or transfers and of course he has the additional task! shake off the media!!
So, put in context, AVB is doing just fine! Agreed?....
Written by Critical_Spur