Date:Friday December 20 2013
I think we spend a lot of time thinking about what manager we want as fans but rarely look at what would attract a manager to our beloved club.
To be honest, any new manager coming to Spurs will need to be thick skinned. They will see a set of frustrated fans that can turn on you very quickly and will know that they are expected to hit the ground running. They will also see a club that is of solid financial footing but not exactly able to compete with other clubs at the top of the table on things like salaries. They will know that the chairman is willing to spend money but runs at break even. Finally, they will also see a vision of the club based on a new stadium and a worldwide brand that is growing. Putting all that to one side though, the single biggest thing that I think will bring a new manager to Spurs will be the quality and versatility of our squad. Here's what I think our prospective managers are seeing:
Defence: What manager in world football wouldn't want Hugo Lloris? Perhaps we also need someone to compete with him for the shirt but that's a great starting point. Ahead of him they would see a player in Walker that can get better and better and a super player in Vertonghen to lead the side. Like us, they would be concerned about Kaboul's fitness record and probably not know enough yet about Chiriches. They'd also probably have the outside in view of Dawson like AVB did when he first joined and not be ready to build the side around him as a player and captain. Finally, left back is all about potential at the moment with Rose but they do have the option to recall Ekotto in the short term. Generally, they'd know there's some work to do on the defence but there is huge potential there and some of the major cogs are in place.
Midfield: Ahead of that back four, they would know that in Paulinho, Sandro, Dembele and Capoue they have enough steel in the squad to build a solid spine of the side. They would also see a list of talented footballers in Lennon, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Lamela, Siggy, Holtby that they can work with. Competition for places is there and most importantly the versatility to play almost any tactics and formation for any match would strike a chord.
Strikers: This is where the outside in perspective comes into play with a new manager. In Soldado, they'd know that class is permanent and it's about unlocking the goals in him. They would know that Defoe is coming to the end of his career and perhaps would see him as a stop gap. Adebayor though would pose a dilemma. They will know of his reputation but won't know what they can do with him. Overall though, it's a decent starting position but the transfer market will need to be used at some stage in this area.
Overall, a prospective manager would be excited at these 20 players and be totally confident that they can do something with them. No major surgery needed but perhaps ! a couple of additions or replacements in the right places. Quality over quantity. Evolution over revolution. I know that is what would attract me to Spurs right now. What do you think?
Written by muttley
Date:Friday December 20 2013
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