Date:Thursday December 5 2013
AVB has started to show something of himself in the past few weeks that was last seen when the pressure was really on at Chelsea. His composure in dealing with the media went and he was reduced to a slanging match (well sort of) with Daily Mail scumbag Neil Ashton and millionaire loudmouth Alan Sugar. His interview with the BBC post match was equally prickly. He has nothing to say to those who lack patience, apparently. Not much to say to the less critical element either. A conspiracy, he says. An agenda is being served. Cracks were showing. The man doesn't like to be criticised, it seems, and he can't walk away when he is.
The response from Spurs fans has been mixed, with many saying that they are glad Andre has stuck up for himself and some even claiming he took Ashton to school. Not for my money he didn't. He was clearly angry to a point of not being really able to get his words out. Repeatedly saying human values and lack of respect for a mans achievements.
In my opinion his words were ill advised. Alex Ferguson was notoriously rude to journos at times but after the success he had, he'd earned it. AVB clearly has not. He's on a run of bad form and already made some controversial remarks about the fans. He didn't endear himself to the media during his time at Chelsea and there's been an awful lot of money invested in the team. Granted net spend was actually negative for the summer and we lost our best player, but the tabloids won't acknowledge that. They don't do perspective when they smell blood.
I prefer a manager to deal with their stress privately, away from the public eye. I'm sure we've all had bosses at work who were complete stress heads, who couldn't contain their anxiety and flap or snap at the first sign of pressure. It rubs off on the team. You doubt them, think they can't cope. The unease spreads. Where do you go for leadership? What I'm getting at is, keep it quiet Andre. Walk away mate, it ain't worth it. The more you react the more they'll do it. By all means vent, but do it in private, not in front of the players or fans. If you carry on like that you're going to have to go on a hell of a run to keep the wolves from the door.
On to footballing matters and the ship has steadied somewhat, the team has got up and in all honesty responded pretty well after being flattened by the City juggernaut. Alright, it's still not quite flowed and the fact that Lloris made 3 outstanding saves tonight tells its own story, but then Fulham were pumped, they had two old Spurs boys wanting to prove a point and a new manager which always brings with it renewed effort. And frankly, beggars can't be choosers. A stumbling win can be the starting point of some momentum.
In fact, with real rose tinted glasses on, if we remove the city game from the equation there have been a few glimmers here and there. A dominant first half display against Everton, a dominant second against Newcastle, and a real effort against United in which we could've gone two up and put ourselves out of reach. Soldado has started to show some nice touches, Paulinho missed a sitter but he has got himself into some good scoring positions, and Lamela is also showing some nice touches. At the back Chiriches is doing well but Jan looks pissed off. Danny Rose can't get back soon enough. Apparently that might happen this weekend.
We were under a lot of pressure tonight and had we lost the clamour for AVB's head would have grown immensely. We have a win and a draw and four goals in two games, three of them from open play. Hardly tearing up trees, but better. Significantly not one of the four goals has come inside the box. Very Spurs that, to find something negative in having scored three goal of the month contenders in two games, but we need the tap ins to start flowing if we want to compete at the top.
This time last year we went on a terrific run in the league, and that is the challenge now. December sees us play nine times in total, all of them looking winnable, a home match against Liverpool being the only conspicuously difficult tie. An unbeaten stretch lasting until 2014 would be lovely. Top four and a cup semi final could be the reward. Any stutters and AVB can expect some more difficult press conferences.
Written by Yorkspur
Date:Thursday December 5 2013
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