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lol or laugh out loud, might be one missing ingredient in the Tottenham team in recent times. Perhaps I am missing something or as I am not privy to the dressing room banter, am wrong, but certainly when I look at the players on the pitch, I feel that a bit of fun, banter and perhaps a little madness is not there.

If I look at the Spurs team, do I see too many individuals that have a real spark of energy, an ability to instigate fun and banter, or am I seeing a group of players that are a little laid back or maybe, just maybe, take life a little too seriously?

I feel we have the likes of Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend as two individuals that seem to be really positive characters, but Kyle was missing for the last two games, whilst Andros seems to be suffering a drop in confidence. Mr Madness, Sandro is suggested as being fit to at least be considered for Thursday, and I wonder if he is just the character, if not yet the player to reignite the team, just by his enthusiasm and positivity?

This is nothing against the players that have played in the last two games or even the bulk of the squad, but I do feel you need a few people that will ignite a few fires and even a sense of fun into the players, as some might be too relaxed for their own good. Do I see real fire (at the moment at least) in the likes of Dembele, Vertonghen and a few other senior players, whilst in others such as Soldado or Paulinho, are they yet comfortable or able to fully express their personality, as has been suggested?

Perhaps, there is a problem with communication within the squad or even in its dynamics. Seven new players, none having English as a first language, with at least three hardly knowing a word, is sure to make things harder for their integration, as well as the balance and unity of the dressing room. How can a player like Soldado, really gel with his team mates, when he struggles with the language? Even understanding the words are a start, but is is more about understanding the banter and sarcasm that fill any dressing room that is really key?

Spurs have in recent times, been heralded for having a united squad and I don`t think this is a problem today, but I just wonder if the chemistry between players and groups is no longer there or at least divided and you can imagine we now have a group of Belgians, Spanish/Portuguese speakers, as well as French and English ones. I watched a clip prior to the Dnipro game and noted with interest that some of the players were communicating in French. It didn`t concern me, but also did make me wonder.

Of course this isn`t a unique problem for Spurs, but have we recently entered a time when the English core of the squad had gone from being the majority to perhaps a minority and with so many foreign signings last summer the balance and banter has changed. That might not be a long term worry, but any change in dynamics takes time to adjust, especially if you lack characters and people to play the tricks raise smiles, even with acts of seeming stupidity.

Is a player like Walker, Townsend or Sandro, actually worth much more than their actual qualities on the pitch? All play with speed and intensity, but also with explosiveness that the likes of Dembele and several others seem to lack in their performance and nature. Performance might change, but character rarely does. Perhaps though that having a few players that make others laugh out loud, will bring smiles to faces and that will transfer itself with performances on the pitch?..




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Writer: OxfordSpur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 26 2014

Time: 8:43AM

Your Comments

hmm i think its more the ability to single handidly change a game that we are missing more than the ability to make the others laugh on the pitch.. 1st
thfc1989
Absolutely!
Supayid
we signed too may new players and their English isn't good enough - so it's a changing room full of people that can't communicate their personalities to each other - next season will be different. Faith! (blind or otherwise) it's better than the alternative!
Dan Mac
I think Holtby seemed like a great positive character to have around the place. Agree with you though Ox, nobody likes going to work if it's not fun.
millspur
The fun side of the squad doesn't bother me as much as the lack of passion and leadership on the pitch. The majority of our players give me the impression they turn up, play and get paid because that's what they do. They don't understand our love for the club and certainly don't share our passion. Lol will only happen when people are happy, and after our last 2 games there should be no happiness on the pitch, there certainly isn't in the terraces......... COYS!
Supayid
Lewis holtby was the craic meister! Kept everyone amused in training and pre- match, always doing the spurs tv pranks and challenges! Some say this is part of the reason he was loaned out, due to immaturity. I think you need someone to drive the banter on the bus etc. He is valuable to us on and off the pitch, but he's at Fulham now:(... Hope they are enjoying him! If he comes back he has the making of a future spurs captain IMO. But by the by, we need players to start lolling like they are enjoying being at spurs, and improvements on the pitch will drive that, that comes from the coach surely! Structure, strategy and morale!
Dublin Hotspur
It certainly helps to have characters, both positive and strong minded. The club has gone pete tong over the last few months and the new signings are probably thinking why they signed, but the other side of me thinks why are they depressed? They are wealthy young men who get paid incredible amounts of money. They just need to get their act together and give it their all for the fans, the club and for themselves. I really don't know how they can look themselves in the mirror. COYS!
James1
Dembele is important to us to carry the ball and pass to the WINGERS. Get LENNON down one wing and TOWNSEND down the other and start scaring opponents.... I want to see those two start on Thursday- i don't care who TIMMAAAHHHH drops just play those two!!!
willfry
Bye Bye Vertongen and LLoris. Bye Bye season. Hopefully Bye Bye Sherwood. Dan Mac Man U will have to buy five or six players does this mean they wont compete next season?
tottscotspur
I think it's all due to the Jet-Stream.
Harry-Kari
AIA
Pele10
I really don't think ( and really hope) players are playing badly by choice! Surely a dip in form damages a few chances of getting to Brazil? Or if they want out it would drive down their asking price, giving them less opportunity to actually leave as DL won't sell unless there is profit. I think the dips in form are down to confusion and dismay with regards to how they are being set up and asked to play. They don't know where they are to cover if the structure breaks due to several players getting out of position, and their heads are down. Some are obviously not happy that they are having to play alongside mediocre team mates week in and week out, getting constantly left exposed, or simply being dropped in place of a media darling or managers love child. A new, proven manager would not let this happen. Picked on credit, play with structure and strategy, and keep morale high! Simples. Everyone is happy. Then everyone will be smiling and having the craic again!
Dublin Hotspur
we have lost 5 out of 9 and we have lost 2 out of 18...which of those two is the bigger problem? only a total idiot would ignore such factual evidence, it's not worthy on more than 5 seconds of anyone's life to understand its a problem. Move on, find the solution.
tophobunty1882
* hope they arent*
Dublin Hotspur
your new logo Pele? Anal Injection Alert. Is it Red?
tophobunty1882
We might not be laughing much but I can assure you that some of our performances this season have been absolutely hilarious. Unfortunately it's been opposition fans having a good laugh at us.
SpuriousLife
We need players who care and who are determined to put things right. Sandro is the only one in the current squad (Holtby as well but we are missing him no?) who comes across that way. Where are the leaders? We need a Roberts, a Perryman, Mackay, Blanchflower or a Gazza! Sandro and Vert both offer leadership qualities. Let's see it ffs COYS!
James1
I don't see adebayor mentioned at all yet he constantly plays pranks on fellow players, I think the squad as a while has undergone a major transition with 7 players signed and a couple back from loan spells, new language and culture and then a change of manager, as the players get to know each other more the banter rises, players will settle then we will have a new manager come next season
waztap
I'm seeing a fair bit of frustration from players on the pitch. Not too many happy faces, a lot more moaning during games and lots of negative body language. They need some good results or some good bonding activities, imo.
Geofspurs
Harry-Kari ... or climate change! lol
Geofspurs
The problem is, it's not one or two players that have lost confidence (which would not be unusual) ... it's the whole team! And that is much harder to address. But it's the job of TS to turn this around, so it's a real test for his man-management skills. We'll know a lot more by the end of the season.
Geofspurs
waztap ... I agree that, with time, the banter will rise .... but only if the team is winning. If they are not winning there is more likely to be complaints and blame passing between them. So let's get a few good results. If they do well against the top teams they will play in march everything could quickly become positive.
Geofspurs
Geoff, why didn't I think of that....to borrow a joke about the England cricket team by the boys down under....what do you get if you mix Spurs with an Oxo cube?....A laughing stock. Plenty of laughter by the football world in general about our club but none within it. Can't wait for this season to finish and the next episode in our soap opera to begin starring Dan Levy Football Manager.
Harry-Kari
The whole culture/ language think is bollixology. Nearly every decent team in Europe are melting pots re culture and language. It should be a benefit, not what we claim to be seeing. They could all be learning off each other! This comes down to mis management on and off the pitch, in the players professional and personal lives. Wrong instructions, wrong support. The club is to blame for the overall problem. Highgate made a great analogy yesterday regarding expectations in the workplace. Spurs as a workplace is chaotic and it's rubbing off on the players!
Dublin Hotspur
Geof, I volunteer for the team to come to dublin for some cold climate training, banter and beer. Bonding of the highest level. Tim is not invited incase he opens his mouth to the media or god forbid any of my mates!
Dublin Hotspur
Does Spurs, in football terms know where it's going? We needed Levy to come out of his shell after the removal of AVB and tells us why and what was in store for us in the future. He didn't. Our club lacks transparency and there appears to be no communication between club and supporters. I really don't know where we are going and I think the players and staff think the same way. COYS!
James1
What's the matter with me. I've been a bit negative of late. Must be a dark cloud over me. Holiday and beer needed asap :( COYS!
James1
Well said James, on both posts.
Dublin Hotspur
hmmm
tophobunty1882
James1, you didn't watch the Norwich highlights did you? That could be the reason for the dark cloud :).
Kong
Lol Kong I took your advice and if I had watched it who knows..maybe it would have have tipped me towards the edge of sanity ;) COYS!
James1
legalised touting alert http://www.stubhub.co.uk/tottenham-hotspur-tickets/tottenham-hotspur-london-white-hart-lane-2-3-2014-4307592/?ticket_id=1064346733 Pele in ENIC out
tophobunty1882
hate to say, bale did...
SpursWho
Cheers Dublin. One thing I'm looking forward to mate is tomorrow's match. I must be glutton for punishment ;) COYS!
James1
I'd love to go through James. Some appetising teams to beat before my trip to Turin. I live in hope Tim can turn this around for us. I am 99% decided he is not the man to bring us forward longer term though. Norwich decided that for me! He's not just a donkey, but a three legged one..... A wonkey!
Dublin Hotspur
Fecking StubHub are a disgrace. It smells of another ENIC scam to fleece the fans for an extra few quid on each ticket. I know they say selling prices are set by the seller but I can't believe that ENIC don't get a cut of any profits or alternatively have agreed a massive license / fee to give StubHub the opportunity to stitch up Spurs fans that want to attend games. Why don't we do like Arsenal do? They (as far as I understand it) have a ticket exchange which they run themselves where season ticket holders can give their tickets back for a particular game for which they receive the face value price they paid for it. The club then have a waiting list of fans who are offered those returned tickets at the same face value price. What is so hard about that?
SpuriousLife
Spurious. You are right. No commission!
Dublin Hotspur
SpuriousLife, I think that is how it used to be before Stubhub got involved. For the Arsenal match there is a ticket on sale for £1,150 which has a face value of £75. Madness.
Kong
Tim I can't argue with Tim's point tally..he has done very well but like you said he's not for the long term. You can't let a coach with no top flight experience manage a club this size. If he had a wily no2 (SAF!) I'd be more hopeful. People can argue about keeping Tim as manager but we need a manager with a proven track record. COYS!
James1
When dembele turns up and wants to play football we look like a winning team and most times do when he can be bothered ! Sandro as been a big big miss and a man amongst boys ! Dawson needs to be moved to a lower league team were he as belonged for years,as captain his rub off is there for all to see ! Got 100m or so for bale and it cost us that for one player also in c Ericsson as he is the only one of the seven to want to play football or put a shift in but as been on the bench in the last few games says it all about were the great spurs are. 3 or 4-0 tonight will be the result if this lot are fit? And feel like doing the job they get paid for. Are is that the problem they are not getting paid thats y they dont play as they should or could going by how they play for there former clubs.stand up and be counted and not laughed at from all qrauhters other than us fans who keep hoping well come good,hoping and hoping and so on year after year ! Coys the club that is as it would take more than a kick up the backside to make some of these boys move. Coys sorry for the rant but sick pussy footing about believing time will heal as for 32 years it as not come yet!
bazdog
Dublin ,,, that sounds like a great idea, mate ... can I come too?!
Geofspurs
Bazdog, most of the time Dembele can't be bothered, that's the problem with him. He IMO he could be to us what Yaya Toure is for City, he has all the attributes yet flatters to Deceive. Ever since his hip injury he seems like he is made of glass, we can all pick on Bentelab but Moussa is a senior pro, i expect more from him and pauli.
spurfect one
Far more concerned that we play as 11 individuals, with sniping being far more prevalent between our players. This is not a contented squad. As for Walker, he is almost always a target for sniping. Further, AVB was right, the England call up for Townsend was far too soon. He is a shadow of what we saw developing. This is not a happy team. Lose tomorrow and 8-10 players will be sitting for the balance of the season. Happy Happy Joy Joy. Foundering. Captain better go down with this one.
peterballb
Why would we want the Spurs players to start enjoying themselves? We'd have nothing to moan about.....Or laugh at.
MAN ON!
James ... I think most of us have been a bit negative lately .... probably because there's a few things to be negative about. But ... if we stare at the current league table for a while it begins to look not quite so bad. :-)
Geofspurs
Lol Dublin I just called you Tim sorry (head hangs low) COYS!
James1
What do you call a Spaniard with a rubber toe? Roberto!
MAN ON!
Geofspurs/Man On!/Dublin (many others as well) you guys make my viewing of Vitalspurs enjoyable..I salute you all! COYS!
James1
Dublin holtby as you say as been a big miss since he left.he came in before the magnificent seven or one who turned up that is. Respect for LH from me.
bazdog
I've got a seat high up, behind the goal, at the Park Lane end for thursday. I'll be wearing my old goalkeeping gloves. If Townsend plays, they'll be more than handy.
MAN ON!
we should have got david moyes as manager
ghulamville
Spurfect, agree 100% mate there is a player in there that only wants a kick about a few times a season and not be a spurs great.
bazdog
bazdog I agree. We have missed him. When you look at a player you don't just look at his ability. You also look at the character. We miss both. Crazy idea letting him on loan. COYS!
James1
Thanks James, and ditto. But why did you try to pick a fight with Dublin by calling him that naughty name?! lol
Geofspurs
STD; Slim Tim Dim
spu 4 life
Lol man on. At last a laugh!! James, likewise. Geof, always welcome but bring your wellies and hat!
Dublin Hotspur
MAN ON ... I read the first few words of that post and my immediate thought was you could retrieve the ball every time AT shoots ... then you made that comment superfluous. Mind you, I've said it anyway!
Geofspurs
Tim, sorry James. Doesn't feel nice does it !!!! Lol
Dublin Hotspur
Dublin was called Cider yesterday and Tim today, didn't realise he had so many different names :).
Kong
James the way this mf have been he was def the player to keep and try to gel his elders together a little as tim cant do it from the side lines or at all.
bazdog
Some say Vertonghen's future is up in the air again, So is he giving up football to become an airline pilot?
spu 4 life
Some team news for tomorrow - Defoe is not fit to play his final match, Capoue, Rose, Walker, Chiriches and Lamela are out. Sandro's is in the squad.
Kong
ghulamville, Moyes is much better employed at Old Trafford. They've not played so badly for a long, long time.
MAN ON!
We have also finally got a goal keeper that is 8-10 pts a season for the team by putting this into perspective now and he will prob be of after this one season were are we really ? Hard to fathom really.coys
bazdog
For me the lanuage problem on the field may not the biggest area. If players have families who are not settling or a wife who can't adjust the time he used to have to chill out becomes a constant hassel. It takes all sorts imo, Lineaker was a notorious quite lad but worked fantastically well with Gazza. Maybe the argument is the current squad has the same problem as the players who left, namely they play better when they are regularly playing. Other than Chelski who could afford to pay top dollar wages to sit on the bench, imo not many constantly rotating squads has worked.
troffer2
We can win this. After all, no Rose or Walker.
MAN ON!
LOL, I think we should address each post on ''match Dnipro day'' starting our post's with, Hi Tim;
spu 4 life
Geofsour I have no idea ;) COYS!
James1
Can't decide which line to go with, so here's both of them!

We should all be called TIM ... and show our support to the cause!! ............................ or not!

Or ... There's enough Tims without two more!
Geofspurs
Rose will be out for another 8 weeks with Hurty Toe, thank you god.
spu 4 life
Cider, why do they call you Dublin?
MAN ON!
It has to be a stalemate tomorrow as neither manager knows how to get a win at WHL.
MAN ON!
TIM wanted to bring the fun back into training today and for the players to show character, he got the squad together for tomorrow night out on the grass pitches, forming a circle, he said right I will start us off, music Les, You put your left arm in your left arm out In, out, in, out, You shake it all about. You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around That's what it's all about
spu 4 life
spu4life ... No ... he's just looking at teams higher up the table!
Geofspurs
Spurs fans should hail the Dnipro dugout with burgers every time we score.
MAN ON!
Kong ... Re Defoe. Is that because he has been over-played lately?!
Geofspurs
Geofspurs - Yes too much game time, must be the same injury that Lamela has from playing too much.
Kong
I struggle to see how Holtby has been a big miss.
tophobunty1882
Bit of shame if Defoe doesnt get a farewell game 2moro, suppose it sums up his career at Spurs though! Strange how his last appearance for us the players conveniently did his lap of honour! Anyways plenty of time to salvage our season starting 2moro COYMFS!!!
JattYid
We should get the well known mimic and Spurs supporter Bobby Davro in as Head Coach. He'll get them laughing.... I hear he does a great Harry Redknapp impersonation.... Oh sorry, that's Tim.
MAN ON!
Dublin, i heard the same as you but put slightly differently, some of the more experienced members of the squad found Holtby a bit nauseating to have around. Struggled to understand that because they don't find Sandro nauseating and he does mess around more than most.
tophobunty1882
No sorry, Tim does a poor Harry impersonation.... Chas'n'Dave'll get them going. In the cup for Tottingham.....
MAN ON!
They're all too scared not to humour the Beast.....
MAN ON!
I can't keep this crap up. Being a Spurs fan is no laughing matter. I'm off to WHL. If I start cueing today, I should be able get myself a beer and burger for tomorrow, just in time for the kick-off.
MAN ON!
Kong ... lol
Geofspurs
One thing I will say about the morale of the squad, Sir Alex had this uncanny ability to find the source of the problem and nip it in the bud, no matter if it comes from a big player (Stam, Beckham etc.) It just takes one bad apple to create disharmony and it spreads fast. Lose the squad you lose the fans and then the manager's job. COYS!
James1
The Name's Cider........Cider Spurs.
Cider spurs
Jermain Defoe has pulled his hamstring- doing what exactly ?!!!
No Rose - think he has strained his arm muscles from all his embarrassing and pointless protestations he makes every time he loses a ball - 13 weeks out?
Well I am looking forward to tomorrow - really am… I sit on the front row of North Upper - Andros hasn't reached us yet!!
Something to smile about … TalkRadio bought in Bobby Gould to talk about Moyes' desperation- that's the pits ? - well it did make me laugh!!!

Well I am fascinated by this thread - I think everyone is avoiding the point I raised a few days ago - there's a bullying culture in the club - originating from Harry's days… anyone out of turn, jovially or otherwise and they are ostracised - just give a moment's thought and you'll see…

Gotta go..will pop in later !!!

Spurs4ELnT4!!! COYS!!

Highgatespur
Dublin, is that you? Mine's a Strongbow.....
MAN ON!
Holtby is not a big miss.....He's only 5'9"
Cider spurs
Tops, I'm known as Tim cider dublin now. Thank you. Double barrelled first name! Actually, I'll answer to most things. But please not Tim! Apologies to any supporters or VS'ers on here called Timothy, Tim, Timkins, timmeeh, Tim Tim,timoolah, or any other associated names. No offence meant!
Dublin Hotspur
None taken.... My friends call me Harry, anyway.
MAN ON!
We are going to kick some serious Dnipro arse tomorrow. It will make the players LOL. It will make Levy LOL (at pelebro). And it will make me LOL. You need a good mix of youth, experience, leadership and characters in the dressing for the right formula. I think we have a lot of this but are maybe one or two players short. But really, we need a trophy and win qualification to the CL again for the good times to come back. COYS
SpursOne2
Highgate, where does the bullying culture stem from? Be interested in your views on this as it could be a major factor! Rose out.... Great.... No one to replace him and his shambolic defending... Oh dear. Please not verts. Might be a bridge too far for him.. How is our injury list growing again! I thought we were nearly clear. Rose, hurty toe followed by sore back no doubt the way our physio room works!
Dublin Hotspur
ok one2
tophobunty1882
SpursOne2 you also need a game plan or two and to utilise them when things aren't goign your way - something we are sorely lacking and thats no laughing matter.
Slurms McKenzie
Dublin, Rose wanted more first team action, I guess its a case of careful what you wish for, now he has had too much game time and is being rushed back after repeated injuries because we are lacking in Cover, Is Fryers now only a CB?

As the season has rolled on our whole Left flank is look decidedly suspect. Rose, Fryers, Townsend, Erisken, Chadli, Siggy none have performed well anywhere along the left wing (Eriksen has done well when he comes in off the wing to the central position- because hes a central midfielder!!!) we have minimal threat down our Right flank also, which seems strange as this was always our major weapon going forward, pace on the wings and crosses into the box?

And just to spice things up we can't seem to string three passes together in midfield. With the pourous nature of our midfield our back line is being asked to do more and more last ditch tackling and throw their bodies on the line for the team hence the increased number of injuries.

Our strikers can only blow hot or cold and there is no consistency or even attempt to play to their strenghts! But apart from all that I'd say being a Spurs player is a bundle of laughs...
Slurms McKenzie
Tell you what will make me LOL tomorrow is vertonghen pulling down their number 10's pants in our six yard box and getting away with it!!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Shut up topho – you’re as useful as usual I see. COYS.
SpursOne2
Agree Slurms, we want to stay in the comp so that’s exactly what we need. The lads need to go out there and execute it. Or we are out, simple as that. I’m confident we will score against them, there’s no reason why we can’t win this. COYS.
SpursOne2
We’re at home. We have the ability to use a stronger first team without players making long journeys. We have scored 23 goals in this comp so far and have only conceded 3. We are the best team in London. COYS.
SpursOne2
one2 do you see us either not conceding or scoring 3 tomorrow night?
tophobunty1882
Good one Tim Mckenzie!
Dublin Hotspur
To be honest if I saw several of our players running around laughing their heads off or with maniacal grins on their faces after the way we've been playing, I think I'd be calling Mr Peanut and telling him some nuts have escaped!
Slurms McKenzie
Dublin I don't want to Tim-pt faith but I'm Timful of confidence for tomorrows match. After a couple of Tim-id performances I'm hopeing they a-Tim-pt to up the Tim-po and Tim-enstrate what a good team we really are. I think we'll topple Dripno with a cry of TIM-BER. Just for you Dublin "Tadgh" Hotspur (you didn't put it on your no-go list!)
Slurms McKenzie
That Slurms bloke..he's a nutter. .Dime bar anyone? COYS!
James1
Brilliant slurms. Love that Sligo wit! Lol.
Dublin Hotspur
Your not going to get banter or togetherness with a team of strangers, many of which do not even speak English. Why AVB, Baldini, Levy or Lewis did not see the problem of buying so many players from different leagues/countries all at the same time before sanctioning such a crazy summer transfer spree is beyond me.
MrSpurs
James don't think you can waltz-nut in here and take the Pistachio out of me or my posts. We can all see you're trying to Cashew in on my popularity! But if you apologise and make almonds I'll forgive you...
Slurms McKenzie
Good posts one2. Really wanna win this trophy, and don't forget Tim GUARANTEED we would score at the lane, just doesn't know how many we need to score!
Dublin Hotspur
Dublin, its all that sea air and lack of civilization!
Slurms McKenzie
Dublin at least one more then the other crowd...or two more if they score...but definately not less then one!
Slurms McKenzie
Why am I the only one who talks sense on this site?
Slurms McKenzie
That's Braziiliant Slurms! I do apologise. Maybe pecan be friends? COYS! ;)
James1
lol Theres nut-thing to stop us being mates now James! !
Slurms McKenzie
If you can't laugh.... What's the point. Fair play lads!
Dublin Hotspur
In my opinion and based on Ox's article, Tim Sherwood should sign me, I would have the whole team laughing or help them bond as they beat the living $h!Te out of me...
Slurms McKenzie
Hahahaha that is just shell Slurms ;) COYS!
James1
Raging I didn't get my Eagles qoute on to the Louis Van Gaal thread earlier, scary how much it aplies to us!
Slurms McKenzie
ad revenues rocket through the sky with the new reach of 5.
tophobunty1882
Thats Kernel Slurms McKenzie to you James - my new self appointed rank! I just hoping tomorrows game is a cracker!
Slurms McKenzie
HaHa ... just caught up with some funny posts. I'll now go to dreamland wearing a smile! Night all. :-)
Geofspurs
Yes Topho, but if those five people told five more people about the ad they saw and then those five people told five more people then we could change the world. I'm going to do it right now - Hey the rest of you guys see those ads...
Slurms McKenzie
Geof it gives me a warm feeling knowng I gave you a happy ending
Slurms McKenzie
Damn keyboard, I meant a happy ending to your day Geof - obviously - anyone who read that previous comment any differently have got sick, sick minds!
Slurms McKenzie
I pine to be ranked as high as you Slurms. Do you want your assaulted rifle ;) COYS!
James1
Goodnight Geof. COYS!
James1
Now that I've done my impression of a seagull (fly in, $h!t all over everything and feck off) I have to go, walls to paint and kids to coach.
Slurms McKenzie
Probably, with the fact like I said in another thread, the heart of the team has gone, the players that see themselves as true spurs players.

On another note, notice paper article on Dutch manager not understanding why eriksen was left out, I could answer that in one sentence 'Tim prefers Bentaleb' and so that is one midfield place taken up already. See how our creativity has fallen in last two games, eriksen absent.
WorldPeace
trouble is slurms it was 10 last week, even WP is now on a 90% content cut back.
tophobunty1882
Well I doubt Sherwood won't be around next season. We should be building a team around Eriksen not keeping the bench warm. Bentaleb looks promising but he's not at the same level as Erik atm. COYS!
James1
james-I know it is so disheartening. I haven't any thing against Bentaleb, he has promise and it is not his fault, but he is keeping internals out that atm are better than him, Tim has a love affair with him, I still say it is about making a statement that 'I produced' this kid, or something on those lines.

If we lose players like Eriksen, capoue, paulinho and so forth I will not hold it against them. Non of the players signed up for this disruption.
WorldPeace
Sorry won't should be will doh!
James1
WP it is annoying. Could end up with "The magnificent 7" leaves THFC. The agents will no doubt be busy around the WC looking for potential clubs for their clients :( COYS!
James1
They are making rival teams and supporters laugh with their inept displays
whitehartmart
Im still upset that a player like Holtby was allowed to leave while Bentaleb gets regular starts in a 4-3-3 formation that I think would really bring out the best of Holtby.
T0P-FOUR
agreed top 4! mightily!!
Dublin Hotspur
Slurms, For you: To quote the eagles:

There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar Great expectations, everybody's watching you People you meet, they all seem to know you Even your old friends treat you like you're something new

LVG Welcome!

Dublin Hotspur
man,i miss that gareth bale.what a goal
ghulamville

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Dublin Hotspur
Ox, an interesting article, but IMO, does not address the issues we have at the club at the mo. I never want to see banter on the pitch....apart from a high five and novel goal celebrations that the players may be able to concuct (remember the Bale/Ade jig?). IMO, the article should be debating LACK of leadership on the pitch. We don't have it. Dawson THINKS he is a leader, but I am sure deep down he knows he is only involved because of injuries (lack of depth in defence). The nearest to leadership he portrays is in his rallying calls in the media after a balls-up game. We need a general on the pitch. IMO, United have the same issue this season. I think one way of keeping Verts for next season would be to give him the Captain's armband for good and give him the authority to rollock anyone that fails to put in a shift.

Honestly, with what the players are having to endure from the coaches to the hierarchy, the atmosphere at the club does not lend itself for banter. Just like on this forum, the banter on this forum, i.e., Row Z reference to Townsend, the calamitous misses of Soldado, the hoofs of Dawson, the stranding up field of Rose, etc,,, are no longer a laughing matter!. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Ah no I broke VS trying to make a paragraph. Numpty! Can anyone fix it?
Dublin Hotspur
don't expect leadership on the pitch until we get it off the pitch...
shedboy2
ok

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Dublin Hotspur
Dublin Hotspur
Feck it!!!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Perhaps we should have appointed Paul Whitehouse as manager. Great half time talks and can speak several languages.
matt hoten
We need someone with a bit of character who can motivate them, money obviously doesn't work.
TQ2Spurs
Dublin gives the impression of being a bit of a bold character! :-)
TQ2Spurs
It is depressing watching Madrid, Modric and Bale basically confirm we will always be a stepping stone. Got to say we're unlucky in some respects as Bale is homegrown and you wouldn't expect a welsh lad to want to ****** off to Spain but you know Paulinho, Lloris, even Lamela will all be off if the big boys come knocking. Only chance is we get rid of ENIC and finds someone who wants us as a toy rather than a cash cow we've been stuck in 5th place for a decade now and you know there is going to be no new money this summer.
T.H.F.Chris
Yes TQ2. Very bold. In the Irish sense of the word! ( naughty to anyone else). I've truly bu€€ered this up. Ah well. Hoe do you do a paragraph? Where's slurms and highgate when I need them!
Dublin Hotspur
TOP FOUR-Agree.

It's not over yet, but I think it will be by the end of March, so not too many weeks left of misery.

I am getting less and less inclined to want to comment on here, because i am getting fed up if saying the same thing, reading the same things, why the club, manager and players cannot see it i don't know.

i mean how many times has Tim said he wants to start the game on the front foot and how many times have the players done that, once.

how many times have many of us said bentaleb is future, he is ok but it is not enough we need better in the middle and Tim doesn't agree. how many times have we said we need stability, keep our best players. We discuss on here the same things all the time, most of us have similar gripes but how much changes, it's becoming energy wastage, I am fed up with the merrygoround at our club and I have supported us for over forty years, seen us relegated, seen it all but just lately I am really fed up. i think I am fed up of the whole business of football as well, I love the game, I love Spurs but recently I am really feeling fed up, may be times are changing too much that I cannot find peace in the game or our club.
WorldPeace
Dublin.........were you using br for the line break? perhaps you missed the r by mistake?
TQ2Spurs
WP judging by how playing Thursday has had a huge negative impact in Sunday results 5 losses after 9 games it could be over by Sunday. Cardiff beat Norwich recently, we didnt.
tophobunty1882
worldpeace. I would suggest that you NEVER stop posting regardless of fiasco at our club. The forums are for the fans to air their views. The concensus on such forums forms the barometer of general feelings and indirectly DOES relay to the powers that be. COYS!
Critical_Spur
I see you all have been busy… been watching GB -…. wishful thinking…

Folks I have a problem, please lend a helping hand to solve it…

I love my work,but there's great trouble brewing at work.

For the past seven weeks I have been problems getting to to work.

Unfortunately I have been late or missed work altogether. The traffic to work has been so bad.

I leave at the same time;
I take the same route every time but the same thing happens.
It's so frustrating…

What shall I do ?

Which option shall I pick to get to the game on time ?

A)leave for work earlier
B)try a different route
C)change my work.
get work to cancel the work but still pay me.

Do please let me know which solution would you choose- it's bugging the life out of me!

Thanks

Highgatespur
*get work to cancel the work but still pay me is option D
Highgatespur
***** the game and go to work instead!...sorry if I spoilt your prank Highgate!
Critical_Spur
Hello Dublin matey …hopefully i will be helpful as you were - setting such high standards.

After finishing a sentencing, don't leave a space enter <(shift ,)br(shift.) thus should look like
For paragraph do this twice without leaving a space

.

Hope this helps.
Highgatespur
Critical don't worry I will! Depressed about the loss to Cardiff though!

Prank? I don't know what you mean (look of shock horror!)

COYS!!!!

Highgatespur
I think Oyveh has given up doing the match thread after the last 2 games! It would be hard to even use this EL match as a pick-me-up. Of course if we beat Dnipro, Dawson will probably claim we can win the comp and still achieve top 4.
Critical_Spur
tophobunty-yes I am corrected, it could all be over by Sunday.

listened to Tim re tomorrows match and he really seems to be oblivious to it all. Thinks we are fine brushing of Norwich loss, I mean Norwich and took us mid way through second half before we had a shot on target. It's all beyond me, am I looking forward to tomorrows game, nope. I will watch it and pray we see a good performance, but even if we do play well and win I don't think it will change the way I am feeling lately.
WorldPeace
WorldPeace, you echo most of my thoughts.

We seem to following the Mighty Spurs for around the same time.
Hard as it may seem we really allowed this to happen - always settling for being the 'nearly men', I am really fed up.

My interpretation of the 'Spurs Way' is to win in a glorious fashion and NOT to fail perennially! We can fail gloriously once or twice but not forever and forever!

I really thought we had something going with AVB (no I did not want him in the first place) as he was trying different - not pleasant to the eye but you know the theory of trying the same thing and getting the same result, so try something different to get something different?

AVB was worth a go in my mind till the end of season… let's face it we couldn't have it much worse?

Exciting football under Timmmy ? Hmmm I like your description.

We haven't even got close to the title in my lifetime and as years go by … 20 years plus since the glorious Cup win.

When Liverpool went through a 'mini' crisis they did something to stop it - protested and demanded a different approach, to the right people.

I think it's time that there was a concerted effort to get the faceless ones to answer to us.

They can squirm front of us as they answer for their inactions... we pay too much of our money, commit too much of our time and give too much emotional commitment to let this slide…

I am going to stay around and try to avoid being negative as the club means too much to be on the sidelines.

Going tomorrow (some want us to lose), going on Sunday (we've lost the game already according to some!), got my tickets to Chelski, L'Arse, L'pool and just sent off for WBA tickets….

mad ? I know…

COYS!

Highgatespur
WP, I think you should watch the game. Think you will see Soldado score.....no humour intended. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Critical - If Daws does that then he'll be joining me!

I think Cider does the post match briefing and in grand style I must say.

As always, come on yours Spurs!

Highgatespur
Highgatespur-Enjoy the games, if you can, I am sure I will not give up, but I am fed up.

critical - I am really hoping I don't see Soldado on the pitch, he had drove me crazy so many times, I am not wasting my energy talking about him, but if he plays watch hm carefully and see how many times he actually busts a gut to get into the box, get involved or make a challenge, you will see he done very little, he drives me mad, rather we give Kane a chance and I have never rated Kane.

lets try something different, play Dawson up top.
WorldPeace
Your what it's all about highgate. If I could I would join you home and away for a season. What a year that would be, if only we could guarantee some glory! Keep going through thick and thin mate. It's easy to say you would just give up going but spare a thought for those of us who get to go so seldom or not at all! That's why every game is important, league,FA, league cup, Europa league or CL. It's someone's day do be at the game! What a joy! If the team lets these people down tonight that's shame on them!
Dublin Hotspur
tophobunty1882 crudely informs us that Danny LOSER Levy's huge new logo AIA that will deface the holy lily white shirt for the next half decade or more actually stands for "Anal Injection Alert". I guess he would know, spending most of his time on here up LOSER Levy's backside...
Pele10
Highgate - I understand your frustration. Frustration seems to be the over-riding feeling of most Spurs fans throughout their supporting lifetime. I often joke that I only support Spurs because I'm addicted to the misery! However, if we think ENIC really care then we only stand to be frustrated further. I really believe that they see us as a necessary but evil by-product of owing a semi-successful football club. If they could choose to ban fans from the club and replace the income they generate with corporate sponsorship instead I'm sure they'd snap up the opportunity. The lack of respect and disregard in which ENIC hold the fans was perfectly demonstrated after the dismissal of AVB and the appointment of Sherwood. The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (the official body representing Spurs fans) requested in writing an explanation from ENIC and Levy as to the reasons behind the managerial selections and clarification as to the ENIC vision for the club over the next few years. As far as I'm aware the letter was never acknowledged and no reply was ever given. If that is still the case then what more proof do we need that ENIC / Levy think we're a constant pain in the ar$e? Pele is a bit one-track for me but I continue to find it hard to warm to ENIC as club owners because I do believe it is balance sheet above glory at all times for them. That will never change.
SpuriousLife
@pele10. LOLOLOL.
Dublin Hotspur
OK spuddies. LOL
HGH Magic
by the way, how funny is mid-table mediocrity when your gaffer is a damned gooner? Blimey...lol
HGH Magic
Pele, I dont do the anals as Frank Skinner would say. At least you caused Dublin to laugh at an anal joke when i make them he threatens to do things to his family or goes into some weird meltdown. I think you you have broken his ring I will do lots more anal on him.
tophobunty1882
HGH - by the way, how funny is it being dumped out of the CL every year just to try and qualify the next?? No trophies for you guys EVER. Now that's LOL. Jog on woolwich boy. COYS.
SpursOne2
some strange people on here methinks.
jacobslad
Tops. Hmmm. Do things to my family? It's a happy day so I'll stop there!
Dublin Hotspur
SpurOne - lovely delusion...ignorance is bliss ;)
HGH Magic
Dublin, sometimes ignoring is the best solution!!! ignorance is bliss huh!Up the Spurs!!

Highgatespur
One2, the troll is a chav!
Dublin Hotspur
Well said SpursOne2, why do they insist coming on here?

COYS!!!!
Highgatespur

oh dear

Highgatespur
So Timmy now says we are the hardest supporters to play front of ?

And I thought he knew what we wanted!!!

I'm sure it's all a joke!!!

Highgatespur
A sick joke highgate. Oh no you broke VS! Lol. You forgot the r in br!! I broke it yesterday doing the same thing, as you well know!!
Dublin Hotspur
This bold print is too cool. It's taken YEARS off me! I can see again!
jerkinmahjurgen
http://www.chelsea.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=535330 good read if you want to sleep! COYS!
James1
So, how does one unbold?!
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