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Any durable building process is constructed from the ground up. I don't know Daniel Levy. I don't know how he thinks or what his dreams are. It could be he is just here for a profit. Or it could be that he is here for the long haul and understands the building process.

He has displayed both patience (the stadium) and impatience (managers) during his time as Chairman. It's confusing. A lot of things need to happen for a football team to function competitively at the highest level. You all know what they are; club structure, good players, good manager, good training ground, good stadium, well managed resources, etc, etc. None of these happen overnight. They are all part of a long term plan, whatever long-term means!

There are priorities that must be focussed on before any desire or expectation for CL football. Mainly, THFC must ensure that PL status is secured for many years ahead, and Spurs have to make their mark in the PL by consistently challenging for the title. We could say that our PL status does look secure and we are a top-half team. But we are a fair way from challenging for the title on a regular basis. Domestic silverware is not counter-productive to this but playing CL football, before we are ready, is!

If we are not regularly, proven to be one of the top four teams in England, how can we compete in Europe?! There is little point in achieving a top four position once every few years ... only to miss out on everything because we were not prepared (or good enough, if you like) and there were too many games and too much pressure. We would then drop down the table for a while until the cycle that goes nowhere starts again.

It would not be a problem if we were in a less competitive European league such as Scotland or Wales. Celtic are assured of playing in the CL every year, as were Rangers. Real, Barca, and a dozen other teams are in stronger European leagues but they have built their foundation to last. We have to do the same .... slowly, carefully, sensibly, astutely. And do it within, arguably, the most competitive league in world football.

I'm sorry, but, to me, Champions League football is a lie, a farce. But I have to, and do, accept it as a reality and fact of life. Most teams that participate are not champions. There was once a competition called the European cup, a competition where every game saw two European champions take the field together. Such a competition should only involve the best of the best throughout Europe. It doesn't. The current format and philosophy of the CL is solely based on increasing revenue, and supports those that argue money rules sport and both players and fans are exploited - the players physically, and the fans financially.

If one uses the argument that teams need CL money to progress, it becomes a matter of the chicken or the egg. The Europa League has more credibility, in my opinion, in that all teams competing are there because of prescribed finishing positions in their domestic leagues. It's more honest ... well, until the CL dropouts arrive (another money generating idea).

Every team in the four divisions wants to play CL football. The reality is that only a handful will achieve it. Wanting something to happen will not make it happen. We are not, currently, a top four team. We cannot compete with the financial clout that other teams have in terms of buying the best players and paying the highest wages. All the above factors have to be developed first. But, within our current resources, we are doing well and deserve some recognition for being where we are. But we remain a work in progress.

It is not my intention to spark yet another Levy/ENIC debate - which has already been beaten to death - but to clarify the perspective in regard to CL football. So, the question remains; is the obsession with CL football inhibiting our progress?!

Written by Geofspurs




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Date:Monday February 3 2014

Time: 12:27PM

 

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