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Spurs v Benfica: The Report!

Well, I think that well and truly answered my question. Is the League in Portugal really a true benchmark for performance? Yep!.

Not really too sure about the biggest surprise, Harry Kane's starting berth over Soldado, or the fact that Tim called Kane 'Rooneyesque'. Anyway, hopefully not too scathing, but not many positives to follow I'm afraid. Right, let's crack on!.

We started in a 4-4-2 type formation, with Kane supposedly the player to utilise the space in behind Ade and drop deeper to Midfield, whilst I understand he needs minutes, when playing Eriksen Left, I feel Soldado in behind Ade allows for him to play some of those defence splitting passes he has achieved thus far. Strange choice. Add to this because of the lack of space afforded in behind Ade, was Kane the right option, for me it took a wandering type who goes looking for the ball. Something Rooney does well. Kane, with age on his side, maybe in time, but that role takes a lot more than he has as of yet with no space.

Lloris, couple of good saves, couple of day trips out of his box, my, how he likes a trip out. Whilst I can't deny his shot stopping ability, there does always seem to be one or two heart stopping moments per game. Yes he usually gets away with them, but fine lines indeed. Great shot stopper, couple of flaps a game. Gomes springs to mind.

Walker, had a run around, took the worst throw in this season, Kaboul, I'm glad he's back, but what was that all about defending those corners? Vert's, could have been a little more switched on for their opener, did o.k, again Naughton at fault for the opener, two LBs on bench, RB played out of position, Why?. Could Fryers and Rose not share a half each if required?.

Sandro, love your enthusiasm, but we really need to keep 11 players on the pitch. Yes your role is always going to see fouls committed, and yes, you are still getting back up to speed. However, let's try and take the Yellow in the latter stages as opposed to the first 9 minutes, could have easily gone on another day on the totting up process, same as against Chelsea. Paulinho, really, Brazilian flair?, I'd suggest Brazilian Slack. What a load of tosh, could not pass, tackle, shoot. Sorry, it was poor. World cup year mate, it's in your homeland, you interested?.

Well, I've mentioned Kane, but not the fact he had the ball took from him when dropping deep to try and get involved, very deep in fact, one shot later coupled with a fine save from Lloris, corner, goal. He did however link well with Eriksen to win a free kick, a peach of a goal resulted, scored by my MOTM Eriksen. He looks a cut above, yes he's the creative so he should be easy on the eye, but he seems to pick the right options, is always looking to do something, dare I say more composed than the elders?, Maybe the hole reason is his youthfulness, he holds no fear, doesn't over think things nor panics. Shining light in a fading season.

Lennon, like Walker, did some running, he did whip one cross in, and at one point when trying to beat his man, had to stop, the pass back was on, but no, he went at his man again, failed to cross, but avoided the easy option and gave it a go. Fancy that, a winger running at a defender to try and get past him. Ade, long balls hit up to him for us to feed off. Problem being, I think we must have eaten too much at lunchtime, feeding time was definitely over. Always hard for him, their back line was a very well drilled unit. Had one shot that should have at least hit the target but skewed wide, I for one can forgive him that, after all, he's come in and produced well thus far. In fact, of late, he's the reason we have hope to cling onto.

Right, so the long balls didn't really work, but we kept with it. Benfica played the way we have been hoping to witness Spurs play this season. A cohesive unit, not filled with superstars, but attacking at pace as a unit, pressing together, defending as a unit. Confident in one touch passing, quick bursts from back to front. Amazing what can be achieved when playing as a team. We yet again created our demise with mistakes, great pass for their opener, but sloppy passing before and after make no mistake.

Dawson will be gutted, all those long balls he could have punted up to Ade, but the funniest comment of the night has to go to the commentator.'Every time Tottenham have a corner Benfica have all eleven players in their Eighteen yard box, I think they are concerned with Spurs and their corner threat'. Comedy at it's finest, only funny thing, was the fact that I believe if we had put a few balls on their keeper we might have had some joy, appeared a little shaky to me, and he had hardly anything to do. Not sure if we've added to the injury list, we are still in the race for top 4 and the Europa, that said, we're over the edge, fingers clinging on in desperation. Have we the strength to claw our way back up, or like Jesus Jorge, maybe just wave a couple of fingers back and let the downward spiral begin?.   

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Date:Friday March 14 2014

Time: 5:29AM

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Cider - nice article. Can't argue with any of that. What has shocked me is the team's complete inability to setup defensively nowadays. At the start of the season, we would have been happy to have Lloris, Walker, Kaboul and Vertonghen in the same back line with Sandro and Paulinho shielding. Adding a reserve player like Naughton at LB is not ideal but would never have weakened us that much with the other 6 playing. We would have called that a solid foundation to a team that would allow our flair players like Eriksen, Lennon and Adebayor to have a field day. It just seems like every team that play against us can pick us apart at will and we're likely to concede from every set piece. Nobody knows what their role is in the side and that's unforgivable for Tim.

At the other end, we're now back to where we were under AVB. We're not creating chances, we're not getting crosses in and the biggest concern last night was we can't even push the ball around. At least before we had loads of possession but couldn't get in goalscoring positions. Now we can't seem to do either.

As fans we're just consigned to another couple of months of this and then perhaps we can turn the corner with a new manager. The squad is OK. In fact it's very good if we could just get the right man to lead it. We need a couple of players to finish it but must not see wholesale changes again. We also need a manager who can bring the very best out of guys Lamela, Eriksen, Soldado and Chadli whilst helping to bring consistency to Lloris, Walker, Paulinho, Dembele, Vertonghen etc.
muttley
We seem to be going backwards and we might as well forget winning any game playing like this. Spurs are in real danger of losing out European qualification for next season. The injuries and form is the worst I've seen for years. Normally I'm quite upbeat but I can honestly say I've never felt so dejected. We need someone with bags of experience to help out Tim. God I wish we still had AVB. COYS!
James1
As for Kane, whilst he did no worse than many others I'm not sure the experiment worked tactically. Having Eriksen central and one of Townsend, Chadli or Rose operating on the left would have made much more sense.
muttley
Levy will need to pull something out of the bag. He will be lynched next season if he doesn't bring in a top coach and a kitty to bring in top replacements. Roll on the WC. COYS!
James1
Sherwood has got to go! Keeps getting the tactics wrong but worse still has clearly lost the dressing room. Anyone got David Pleat's phone number?
ParkLane67
You're right Mutley. We needed width..Rose is a natural winger and could have done a job there as well. COYS!
James1
James - I think you can always bring in top replacements. What we need as well though is a manager who can bring the best out of the current players. We should be the envy of other teams with players like Lloris, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro, Eriksen etc. We should be the team that looks like it is only a couple of players from greatness. Instead, we look like a club in complete disarray with a Sunday pub manager in charge.
muttley
Sherwood is so far out of his depth im actually starting to feel sorry for him. I cant think of one positive thing to say. The dressing room has quite clearly gone. Tims notion that if each individual is "up and at em" this somehow will translate to a cohesive team performance is laughable. Illustrated perfectly last night - totally reminded me of watching a typical england stone-age performance v a team like spain. Completely unprofessional interviews, losing it bizarrely on the touchline. Any semblance of respect the players might have had for tim will have evaporated almost as quickly as our exit from the various cups under his management. Shocking again from levy. Clueless handling of the club on the football side. As has been said our only hope is to bring in a top experienced manager fast to unite the club. Its currently a shambles yet bizarrely we have our best squad of players ever.
StillRickyVilla
The sheer passion created by the north london derby gives us a punchers chance in the next game. But make no mistake this season is over. Wake me up when this is over.
StillRickyVilla
Spuds is a useless team. after spending all the cash 110 M pounds you still can't beat a feeder club to Chelsea. In the year Chelsea won the UCL they thumped them home and away. last season they beat them again to win the Europa league. You lot thought it was an easy task playing them. if you spend over 100 M you have to deliver in the pitch. Come Sunday we will come to your backyard and whip your sorry ass to the 3 points. you deserve to be in the Championship
papsy
Mutley yes that is my thinking too. RDB or LVG will be able to put a system into place that everyone will understand and more importantly get the players to express themselves. The replacements I'm talking about are the fringe players and possibly 1 or two first team players. COYS!
James1
I have faith that one day Sherwood will get it right, it'll be harder for him not to when he tries something new every game...and that's the problem, I mean he's probably already got it right for the personnel we have and then changed it again the following week. He needs to base it on a compromise between what he wants to do and the players we have and then just stick with it and tweak rather than make drastic changes every game. I'm struggling to be critical of the players when they just look baffled all the time. Paulinho in particular we know is a good player, but clearly wants to be behind the striker. Eriksen is our most creative and snappy passer but is isolated out on the left? Why not give Sandro an outlet by having Eriksen beside him, put Paulinho behind the striker and have Townsend left so we have direct pace out wide and creativity and scoring ability running through the middle? At the very least I just wish he'd have faith in something and stick with it because at the moment he just looks like he's panicking and clueless and a couple more games like last night and there'll be no doubt he is.
flipper
Another Gooner troll.. they only post on here when we loose a game.. How many trophies they won in 9 years..that would be NIL... this gooner should go to chavs, as mentions them and not his / her own team...what was their result against a Euro Club? this week.. lost again... muppet..
Block D Spurs
By Sunday, am sure we are going to better our goal difference. At least a 5-0 will help us catch up with Looserpool and that west London club. not forgetting the guaranteed 3 points. LOOSERS! hahahahahahahhahaaha! Don't forget we are in the FA Cup will surly end the trophy drought
papsy
Flipper.. TS won't have the time to get it right.. he clearly needs to get his top level coaching badges, and start managing at a championship.. League 1 or 2 club. Then he could be top level in 3 or 4 years.. Or accept a position as assistant manager / coach to LVG or similar manager, learn, get his management badges.. then in 3 years will have some good tactical ability, and know how to handle top international players. At the moment his is not good enough.. sad but true.
Block D Spurs
Stop trying to insult people when you can't even spell small words. It's loser, dumbass...you'd think a gooner of all people would know how to spell the word that's defined their recent history...
flipper
muttley..I too believe we have good players, just too many occasions where only one or two are putting in the type of performances we know they are capable of. We have some who have excelled in foreign leagues, some under performing and a constant desire to continually chop and change formation. We need a strong manager who can bring the performances back out of these players, tweaking formations as required. I believe the talent is there, i just don't believe Sherwood is the man to pull it back out of them.
Cider spurs
Spuds the only team to spend 100 M and are worse than they were before. AVB must be laughing his head off. considering all the compensation money he has in the bank
papsy
@flipper heard of the word typo error? feel sorry for you lot
papsy
Is this a crises meeting or what? everyone here seems to know better than ya pathetic manager. LOL
papsy
Block D, yeah I've pretty much come to the same conclusion, and even though I hope I'm wrong he's running out of time to prove it enough that we could have any confidence of going into next season with him still in charge. It's not just the results, it's the manner of the results and that he's had the job long enough now that he should be certain how he wants the team to set up and play.
flipper
Thfc1006 those players u call a waste of money are all top top players regular internationals for brazil, argentina etc. We have the quality (bar possibly at left back) they just need managing correctly. None of them have faith in where the club is going, none of them have respect for tim and they are being told to go out and run about with no direction or tactics as we are clearly too good to worry about the opposition or our own pattern of play for that matter. Shambles. The frustrating thing is we DO have the players but levys judgement on the management side of things is appalling.
StillRickyVilla
Papsy..."typo error" that is not a word my dear friend, that is two words. Keep up!. No need for thanks, I understand you have enough on your plate supporting the nomadic tribe from Woolwich.
Cider spurs
papsy, yeah sure it is...a typo twice on the same word, you keep telling yourself that, dumbass.
flipper
papsy..."crises".....That's a crisis right there!. Stick around, i'm certain with a bit of guidance we can get you to learn your ABCs before the days end.
Cider spurs
thfc1006, definitely true about buying the wrong collection of players. With the money we received we finally had the chance to buy the players the team needed rather than continuing the 'buy to develop' philosophy. All we can hope for now is they do at the least fit that philosophy and the majority come good going forward. I also hope they're given a chance to do that and there aren't too many outgoings in the summer and we bring in the experienced LB, extra CB and striker we desperately need.
flipper
@Cider spurs Well thanks a lot. i have tried my best considering English is not my first language. how about trying your hands on Portuguese? yh i thought so, your sorry ass is lost
papsy
I was absolutely flabbergasted by yet another insipid, disinterested and gutless display by our team (with the exception of Eriksen and Kaboul who at least tried to change things up a bit) last night. I hoped a night's sleep would give me a different perspective on it this morning. Unfortunately I was wrong. I grew up as a young lad going to Spurs not wondering if we would win but wondering how many we would win by. By the end of the 80s that had changed to wondering if we'd win. Through the 90s and early 2000s we were pretty dire but NEVER, EVER did I go to Spurs like I do now - wondering how many we will lose by and hoping against hope that we don't get yet another battering. That is unacceptable for a club with our perceived ambition. We are a shambles from the top of the boardroom all the way to the pitch. Pathetic, gutless, clueless, directionless and embarrassing from the Chairman to the players and everyone in between. They should hang their heads in shame just like we have do to game after game as fans of what was once a football club people aspired to be like. Not anymore.
SpuriousLife
papsy..LOL!.
Cider spurs
Can't disagree to much with the article, Kane as number 10 it the final nail in the cofin for me. Many are stating Tim has lost the dressing room, I don't really think he had it in the first place. Even more embarrassing was Jenas talking more sense than what comes out of Tim's mouth. We need to ride this season out, nothing to play for and to be honest I'd prefer to give up 5th spot so next season the new manager has less to concentrate on which in turn will hopefully get us back on track. Since making the CL we've gone backwards and we are now the laughing stock. Levy is the common denominated in everything that has gone wrong in recent seasons.
yiddyboy
I hope Levy wakes up this morning and realise he needs to fix this now. Tim needs a helping hand before it all implodes. Maybe Freund could take over for the remaining games. COYS!
James1
Yiddyboy re: Levy. I couldn't agree more. Levy needs to back down from football affairs pronto. We need a footballing man to recognise a good coach who can do a job for Spurs. Enough is enough..Levy and ENIC are doing great in terms of finance but he is making a mockery of this club. COYS!
James1
Levy won't do anything for now and when (if) he replaces Sherwood in the summer it will be done to ensure ENIC's financial wellbeing and stability first and footballing success second .
sandroman
Morning Spuds, you were all over the shop last night, something is really gone wrong at your club. The players you have should be doing so much better than they are.

Anyway putting together a scouting report over on Vital Arsenal, did I hear that you picked up a few injuries last night? Ade, Sandro and Naughton (no loss there in fairness) are all doubts for Sunday?

Galway Gooner
For me, our biggest problem is that we don´t have good enough creative passers of the ball in the middle of the park..too predictable..too easy too read..With a player like Huddlestone forexample we had an alternative too open teams up with good penetrating passes long or short..with our holding midfielders we have now it`s plain boring short passes sideways. Paulinho is a mediocre player for me, a "glamourous" and expensive Jenas! Could have bought Jordon Mutch for half the price and a better player. We need too get Lennon on the run forward on the right touchline a whole lot more! Same with Townsend on the left. Harry Kane is certainly a player i like! He`s a good hold up player although had hoped he would be a little stronger in the air, but if you give Kane as much time on the field as a certain Soldado, i`m certain he would bring a whole lot to the team, not least goals! Invest more in english players and give Tim more time! I`m confident he will get it right given time too mould his own team. I like what he says and thinks, and too be honest it`s great too see a manager show some passion and anger just like myself after a match like the two we have just witnessed. It`s exactly what Tim says..work for their money and future on the pitch or get lost! Honest and refreshing! In Tim we have a talented manager just like Rodgers who can build a good and stable future..don`t throw it away with a dutch pensioner!
Martin The Viking
James , not looking for an argument but Levy doing great in terms of the financial side of things benefits no one but himself and his boss ,none of us will ever see a penny of their financial success .He can step down but Lewis will replace him with someone else who serves Lewis' needs first .I know it sounds negative but whilst ENIC are owners , footballing success ,other than staying close enough to the pack to ensure the gains they have made in their 14 years is maintained , will be a by- product of their ownership .
sandroman
It was all going wrong anyway but yesterday proved how far wrong we have gone. This season looks like being a waste. We have now had two managers and still getting poor performances, AVB was very rigid his tactics and Sherwood has a total lack of tactics. These players don't know what to do. We could have signed anyone else in the summer and we would still have the same problems, we played Kane as a number 10, naughton left back which I could understand if Fryers was kept as CB cover incase of an injury. Sherwood is digging himself deeper and deeper but we could have had better players but the same results would have happened with Sherwood in charge.
Kong
We look lost. Rudderless. Uninspired. Unmotivated. Tired. Regardless of player ability that is the managers fault.
Kong
James, Freund was whom I was thinking of when AVB left. As an interim manager, But Tum wanted it long term! No way Levy will swallow his pride and displace Tim. We are not ina relegation battle, so Tim will be allowed to see the out the season. My biggest worry is that the talent at the Lane is being made to rot (in a world cup year) and even with the a new manager in summer, it may not be so easy for players to recover from the confidence bashing of this season. Many will want out. :(
Critical_Spur
holtby better than all our midfilder we have now paulinoo passin is poor lennon does nuffin now days when was the last he did anything good
stephenspurs1210
un-organised at the back, disjointed through the middle, light up front . Benfica were better organised, they attacked with pace and intent, I cant forgive the fact that the tallest player on the field scored from 2 set pieces, its almost like Benfica were trying to aim for him. Sorry Tim, i'm confused with what you are actually doing on the training ground. Although he's not solely to blame, our team doesnt seem to be able to pass properly, short or long, through balls. If your setting up a counter attack the ball has to be played into the stride of the player not behind him so he has to stop.
coys1717
As a team, all credit to Benfica who should be an inspiration to us in terms of a team unit and work ethic, combined with technical quality
oxfordspur
For the record I though Kane was one of the better players on the pitch yesterday, although he indirectly contributed to them scoring. His work rate was good, he was winning aerial battles. Pauliniho on the other hand, WTF is up with that guy, cant retain possession, cant pass, cant tackle.
coys1717
Sandroman all good mate. I hear you. ENIC have brought financial stability to this club, which I'm thankful for and the training facilities is the best in Europe so we're told, but yes I would love the owners to spend big, but can we do it? I fear another Leeds or an Irving Scholar situation. Critical you may be right but maybe he'll feel the heat by his bosses. The only positive I can think off is we can concentrate on one objective - CL position for next season. COYS!
James1
Looks like the days of free flowing football (3 or 4 years ago) are over for a while.

I've put a poem on the end of the other Benfica thread to help find some perspective.
Geofspurs
James1 - Levy will always be involved in football affairs, thats the problem. He loves it!!!
Tim will remain until the end of the season although we should already announce the new manager as City/United could also be looking come May. Get the green light from Van Gaal and make an announcement, if Tim doesn't like it let him quit and stick Dawson in charge as player/manager until May. It doens't matter who's in the hot seat now, this season is over interms of achieving top4/silverware. At least then the current bunch will have a few months to think about whether they want to give it a crack with Van Gaal or not.
yiddyboy
It's starting to look at lot like christmas, we just keep giving other teams presents. The saving grace is, we only have in total another 10 games to suffer. Tim your making a joke of Jesus in your interview ''they are better than us, he lacks class etc'' interviews sounding more like a mini Harry Redknapp, well they do to me. We could go back over post's made when this draw came out, most said ''we may beat Dnipro, but we won't beat Benfica'' so last night was not a surprise. Mentioned to Coops ''coops what did i say in a post, i can't go through another season like this one again regardless of the remaining season's results, he has to be replaced, this can only go 3 ways shortly, only my gut feeling is unless we step up to the plate, the wrong way'' Read more: http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=7516674#ixzz2vvYrmdU1 The players look totally demoralised and lacking in confidence, not only within, but in others, this clear the air meeting after chelsea, that never had much bearing last night. Levy putting Tim in charge, was one a cheap option at the time, having moved AVB on. He had no intention of going for another clubs manager, that involves a cost to him, so he sounded out LVG, who is interested, but not at the time doing two jobs, taking Holland to the world cup first, I just hope Levy has him very much in mind for next season, we need a manager/coach, who has class and can make us better in the future.
spu 4 life
James1 - we might have the best training facilities in Europe but the actual training we do in those facilities must be the worst in Europe. I've seen better formations, tactics and performances at my local park on a Sunday morning.
SpuriousLife
Look on the bright side, at least we now know that Lennon nor Kane are No10's. Ok, we all knew that anyway but we've had our Tim confirm it.
yiddyboy
I missed the game as I was moshing it up at the stiff Little fingers gig last night! I was gutted they were on the same night as spurs, but in hindsight I think I'm glad I missed it!
was it really that bad?? I did drop my pint when I saw the teamsheet, again! Why was Robbie not playing? Confidence boosting goal then dropped for 2 big games! Turin.... Always wanted to go there. Ah well!!
Dublin Hotspur
I wonder what tactics we will use on Sunday and what experiments we will see, in the last two games we have seen Walker as a RW, Kane as a number 10, what surprises will we see on Sunday.
Kong
It was just awful! I can't wait untill next season. Change of manager and personnel definetly needed!
spurticus87
SpuriousLife I couldn't agree more. COYS!
James1
At least there's a great days racing at Cheltenham to cheer me up!
Dublin Hotspur
THFC1006, welcome to the forum as you said in a previous thread you was new, its like I already know you :). I never said Kane was the problem overall, Sherwood cannot be immune from criticism even if we knew he is a stop gap. We have various problems and Sherwood is doing further damage even if it was bad before he come along. We have not improved since AVB. It is time to make the right decision and appoint the right manager and structure.
Kong
Well, what can I say. Gutted. I was actually more upset, angry and disappointed last night than I was over the Chelsea game. The reason being that it blatantly clear that TS is nowhere near ready to manage a premier league club. His team selection was a joke. His “tactics” were a joke. Anyone can just say pump it long to ADE who didn’t win a single header all half but he stuck with it. His substitutions were shambolic. Kane should have been off at Half time FFS. Eriksen BEHIND PHUCKING ADE and Townsend or chadli on the left. Then after 60mins when it was clear ADE was having another off day bring on Robbie as the no9. But no. He waited until the game was beyond us and made a few ineffective token changes

He’s just not cut out for it at all. The players have given in, but in all fairness they just aren’t good enough. We have average all over the pitch. TBH vertonghen can go to barca, paulinho can happily go to Madrid, walker can go to Monaco…we need a change. We are clearly stuck with TS until the end of the season as there is no point changing again. BUT if LVG comes that won’t be until after the WC, so we are talking July FFS. So no proper pre-season again, players that he doesn’t know so guess what….another year of transition. Levy has completely ruined this club now. One bad mistake after another. I’ll be honest the I feel now im not even bothering watching it on Sunday. It will be just another 3-4 goal hammering.
hudderspur
Dublin it was awful mate. Eriksen was the only beacon of light in terms of attacking threat. Ade should have hit the target but went for power rather than placement. Can't get any worse can it? COYS!
James1
Glad you enjoyed the gig Dublin. How's the ears? Still ringing lol. COYS!
James1
Still ringing! Great gig! They've still got it!
Dublin Hotspur
From a Chelsea fan, I wish you luck on Sunday, all things come to an end at sometime. Hoping for a result against a Jose team that hasn`t lost a league game in 75 matches and playing against the best team in Portugal right now, was never going to be an easy task. The fact is that Spurs will now be underdogs against your fiercest rivals and have nothing to lose. In football as painful as it is sometimes, you never know what is around the corner. 1-0 Spurs. Do us both a favour.
Blueheart9
Hudderspur - I said the same about the Arsenal game. I don't think I can bring myself to watch it as we are playing so poorly that a defeat by less than 3 clear goals will seem like a small victory. How sad is it that we've sunk so low?
SpuriousLife
Blueheart ... Very true!
Geofspurs
Before the chelsea games tickets on Stubhub for the Arsenal game were in the £100's, today there are starting from £55 upwards.
Kong
I agree THFC1006, Sherwood is not the cause but he is contributing to it. Levy appointed him so he should take responsibility. Wonder if any fans will show their anger towards Levy on Sunday.
Kong
hudderspur agree 100%
topspur53
Kong I hope so. This is the only way to communicate with Levy. We have been through the mill long enough. About time Levy answers to the criticism that rightly points towards him. Levy wake up and smell the coffee. COYS!
James1
Exactly James1, this is not a one off, it is happening too many times with managers. Levy needs to know we have had enough, the buck stops with him.
Kong
Sherwood is a liability, plain to see...was always a joke of a decision from a joke Chairman....
shedboy2
Tis with a heavy heart that I say I hoped Spurs won...that way confidence would be high for the North London Derby...but alas....u lost. Maybe defeat will galvanise you lot.
Gian-Franco/Luca
Tim is a gooner in disguise lol. COYS!
James1
I wish Sherwood would have nutted the Benfica manager, that way he would have got a stadium ban and be nowhere near our team.
Kong
Kong - LOL, but the reality is it would have done us a favour!!
yiddyboy
What have Eric Lamela and Malaysian planes have in common?
yiddyboy
Went to the match last night and thought about posting when I got in but felt too angry so decided to let the dust settle and see how I felt this morning. No, better I'm afraid. I've tried, really tried to be positive throughout this shambles of a season and call for patience and a little perspective. However I can't go that anymore. Last night was pathetic, and represented not one thing of what Tottenham Hotspur should be about. There's no point naming each player individually, we all know how badly some of them are playing. But what's so disturbing is the lack of a plan and and ethos of a playing style. I really enjoyed watching Benfica last next and yearn to watch us play with that organisation and a belief in what they apwere doing. Every single one of them knew what their job was, and stuck to it. Their control and passing of the ball was evidence that it can be done. Even with players who may not be world superstars. You coach them properly, make them aware of their responsibilities and impress on them that if everyone does it, then results invariably follow.what the hell do we doing on the training ground every day? Because whatever it is isnt good enough. I'm afraid Tim isn't a manager/coach for this club. He was put in a invidious position by Levy and took the job. I don't blame him but he's so out of his depth it's frightening. Last night was the final straw for me. We may even win Sunday, unlikely as they may seem, but it will just paper over the cracks. We need to find a man of experience, character, and most importantly a leader for everyone to follow. But who will want to work in that system Levy has created? It's officially a mess!
Paxton Chris
Hahaha Kong...or throw a dime bar at him..the blokes a nutter! COYS!
James1
dublin same place as normal, they are up for it !!!!!
spu 4 life
lucky we never had two goalkeepers on the bench, I mean what sort of manager would do that or having defoe on the bench and needing to win with the other team close to you finishing half hour before ours
spu 4 life
Anyone want LVG and RVP up front.
spu 4 life
Tottenham Hotspur 7 S Ranieri Knock no return date K Walker Knock no return date M Dawson Hamstring Injury 30th Mar 14 M Dembele Hamstring Injury 16th Mar 14 E Capoue Ankle/Foot Injury no return date E Lamela Back Injury no return date V Chiriches Back Injury no return date
spu 4 life
The time to start venting anger is on Sunday, if we lose and with a bad score then that is it. There are various tweets on twitter saying some fans will be protesting on Sunday. It needs to be done.
Kong
Can LVG bring his own A&E department
spu 4 life
Well that's it then, March 14 and Spurs season is now effectively over, with probable 7th place PL finish, when Everton and Man Utd inevitably overtake us, and dumped out of all 3 cup competitions with barely a whimper. We really ought to congratulate those at the top of this club, that have taken us on the interesting journey from potential relegation when Ramos was sacked, then progress to the QF of the CL, knocking both Milan clubs out on the way, then the lightning regression back to the level we are now at. Things could of course get worse before they get better at the current rate of regression, a contributory factor has to be the actions and policies of the board, after the sacking of Redknapp, whether justified or not, their disasterous hiring and subsequent firing of a Chelsea reject as manager, allowing him and Mr. Baldini no doubt with the assistance of Mr. Levy, to squander £109M of player sales receipts, on 7 players who have failed to raise the standards, or improve the team, followed by the desperation appointment of a well meaning amateur with no experience, qualifications, or track record, to be allowed to manage a top 6 PL club, it would never happen at any of our rival clubs. This together with the sale of every player we had of value following the CL success, and the failure to adequately replace them, has inevitably led to a major fall from grace. If we continue to go backwards at the current rate we may well be congratulating ourselves on retaining our PL status in the not too distant future, rather than the OTT ambitions of CL football we have kidded ourselves were possible in recent seasons. What would be the earthly point of scraping into the CL only to be shown up as Everton were, on their only foray into it several seasons ago. If we can't hold our own in the EL, we sure as hell would get humiliated in the CL with this team. It is now time for a total appraisal of where we are, and where we truly want to be, and the actions required achieve it, without the false promises and lies from those at the top, all designed to keep fans on board, and enthusiastic. The board need to declare their real ambition, then need to appoint an experienced, proven manager/coach, providing that in our current state we are still able to attract one, and set a realistic budget, and allow him to do his job without interference. We then need to weed out those of our "stars" who would rather be playing for someone else, then source, scout, and sign some honest, enthusiastic professionals, who actually want to progress to a top club and would cherish the opportunity to wear the shirt. These players would not necessarily be foreign so called super stars, in fact they are unlikely to be, as many of these lack the mentality to play in the EPL. We then need to instill a culture of determination, battling quality, and pride, in playing for Spurs, and putting in a proper shift in every game. Importantly we need to find one or two leaders, who can inspire or bully and frighten players into giving top performances. Although a team sheet containing names like Vertonghen, Kaboul, Soldado, Capoue, Chadli, Lloris, Paulinho, Eriksen, etc.etc. looks impressive, as does the sum total of their transfer fees, the actuality is that many of them have failed to deliver, either due to repetitive injuries in Kaboul's case, or due to an apparent lack of the required mentality, and dare I say the overall ability to succeed in the EPL. One thing that may please some is that not only will we certainly miss out on the CL, we may well miss out on next season's EL, and be denied any European football at all, for the first time in a long time, another sign of falling standards.
Frank
Last night, one team which incidentaly cost a fraction of the other team knew what they were doing and the other team didn't. One team has been properly coached and the other team hasn't. This is obviously not all down to Tim as he hasn't been in the job long enough. Last night showed me the value of a top coach. If we get one and and add in some sensible investment then we can compete with anyone. Sunday will be interesting but I feel that the game against Southampton will be the one that could see the end of Tim. A young hungry team that I fully expect to play us off the park. It might be enough for Levy to make a decision and let the fans know what is really going on at our club because at the moment it is an absolute shambles from top to bottom.
jonathan01
Sherwood alleges that the Benfica coach "lacks class", due to the lack of a hand shake at the end of the game. Sherwood is definitely determined to give the journos some fodder at the end of every game by hook or by crook, he seems media obsessed. I would think that a) he would have plenty to worry about after a run of poor results and worse performances, rather than worrying about hand shakes, and b) the question of whether a team or it's manager has class should be addressed by it's play and results, rather than whether they like to shake hands. Sherwood should keep his bloody head down, and reflect on another job less than well done.
Frank
Managers can make a huge difference to the team. Look at the difference between Redknapp and Ramos. Or even better Ferguson and Moyes. A proper manager would get us playing with these players.
Kong
I don't think AVB ever lost the dressing room, I don't think tim has ever had them. this is becoming truly embarrassing. will the likes of van gaal come in if we have no european football? we are in free fall. We had a really good cup record this season under AVB and I felt that the Europa was a very realistic challenge, the teams also fell nicely this year with none of the PL big boys dropping in the Europa would have been a fantastic competition from now on. With the race for top 4 well and truly gone, this was the match to define our season. how the ***** can you start harry kane in the most important match of our season?!? He kept soldado on the bench after he had finally finally showed some form and was regaining confidence and Kane was also used in the position where eriksen would have been most effective with eriksen playing where townsend would be most effective. it is a shambles
Guernman
thfc1066 - welcome. I think the fans are already starting to vote with their feet. That will worry Levy more than anything else. Since the turn of the year I've noticed an increasing number of empty seats at WHL. Whilst it isn't too exaggerated yet it is something we haven't seen at WHL for many years. Our last few home games (last night included) the amount of 'empty blue' visible in the stands is increasing. Even last night for a last 16 European tie under the floodlights against a European power like Benfica we were nowhere near to filling the stadium. Maybe prices are too high or maybe people have just had enough of the dross we're constantly being served up with at the moment. Don't think Levy hasn't noticed it. The fact he's had to freeze season ticket prices for next season will have hurt him badly. Good job too. If we continue playing the football we've played this season there'll be no need to build a bigger stadium as we won't be able to fill this one. Just to prove how bad things are I turned down a ticket for Sunday's match this morning. A friend of mine offered it to me. When I said no he said I was already the second Spurs fan to say no thanks for Sunday. Empty seats and probably nothing else is what will finally make Levy take notice.
SpuriousLife
coops - out of our 7 signings, which ones have had any exposure to 4-4-2 before joining Spurs? Had Dembele, Siggy, Vertonghen, LLoris, Sandro or even Adebayor? What you say is spot on. None of the top sides do in either England or Europe. It's madness that we buy players and try to make them square pegs in round holes. Then we wonder why a player like Paulinho is struggling or Eriksen is scared to express himself. We desperately need a manager who can shift our thinking.
muttley
my Scouting Report on Spurs is up on Vital Arsenal.

Might not be a comfortable read for you lot but it's an honest and brutal opinion of your team at the moment. Appreciate any feedback!

Galway Gooner
Very true SpuriousLife, its only when the tills stop ringing that the club will listen. Until then nothing will change.
Kong
All we do these days is kick the bl***y ball long and it comes straight back. This is the worst team performance I've seen in fifty years
tottscotspur
Galway, as much as I hate it, your report It's a fair assessment. The only hope we have is that it's a derby and on the day anyone has a chance. I'm the eternal optimist
tottscotspur
Coopsie, you earlier post, re the 3 fingers gesture + not watching from behind the sofa. Precisely (almost verbatim) what I posted last night on the match thread!!

I'd also add that the display last nite (championship/league 1) style of hoop up field is what Tim probably used to teach the yoof. Can't wait for the new 'project' to start!. Our displays of late should not have a 'Match Report' thread. It should be called the 'Nonsense' thread!
Critical_Spur
I think Spurs fans have just had enough..I know most on VS have, I have. The camel is finally broken. Can't stand this *****. Love the club and everything it stands for..I bleed Lilywhite and I can't stand this sorry mess. The buck stops with Levy. ******** do the job you're paid to do and keep your ******** nose out of football affairs. I love how he has got the club running nicely but now it's time to ******** deliver..give us the football we crave for. Why torture us
James1
You were all over the place last night, really shambolic. And while I will never celebrate a Spurs win I do feel sorry for the fans who have yet again been let down by the management of the club. And by management I mean the board, too many good managers have come and gone thru your doors for it to be down to poor football management.

Your fans deserve better.

Galway Gooner
Coopsie - The football we're playing at the moment makes Stoke look like Barcelona. It makes me cringe that Sherwood (Redknapp Junior) constantly spouts to the press that he knows what Spurs fans want and then plays 1980s style long ball football that even Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce would be ashamed of. Since when has long-ball football been the Spurs way Tim? Sherwood is a total pillock. Just like his mentor Redknapp he's addicted to the publicity. Unfortunately the publicity he's getting is because we've become so fecking pathetic.
SpuriousLife
IF the players confidence levels aren't completely shattered and we are still able to beat the smaller teams, we'll be ok for the remaining 2 months of the season and leave the new incoming manager with a good base to work off next year. I just think people are overreacting. We don't usually win the Europa do we? We rarely even play well in the competition and are often knocked out as soon as we meet a top side. In the premiership we rarely finish above 5th, which is where we are at the moment anyway, so if we are in turmoil now, we've been in constant turmoil for the past 2 decades. We haven't gone backwards, we've stagnated. IF the correct decisions are made in the summer, we'll still be in a good position to progress. At this point, in terms of stability and direction, then yes, this season is pretty much a write off, but it's not the end of the world...yet.
Guyver
It's so obvious to me why Tim has lost the dressing room and why Harry ostracised the foreign players. Guys like them simply have no idea about inclusion and diversity. They can't even switch a system to a more continental one, let alone understand outside-in how normal people are different from the English cockneys they are. Their unconscious bias takes over. It's not racism, it's just that they haven't had their eyes opened due to their narrow life.

Guys like Mourinho and Wenger are students of every culture and even know the intricacies within them. Same as Fergie, Scolari, Pellegrini. I feel embarrassed when I watch a guy like Sherwood having an interview. I bet he's never spent any quality time with Paulinho, learnt to get to know him, spent 90% of the conversation listening rather than talking at him. I bet Wenger has used every opportunity to get to know Monreal etc and I bet Mourinho could already tell us loads about Matic. They're creating an environment for players to feel at home and feel like they are understood. Most of all though they are respected because of it and they need that when the voice occasionally needs to be raised. It's sad to watch Sherwood hanging himself but the sooner he steps aside the better.
muttley
Still waiting for Man On's positive thoughts to brighten my day! :0)
Critical_Spur
I don't agree that this team needs whole sale changes, I don't agree that selling Bale last summer has resulted in the hammerings we have received this year. The bulk of the squad if utilised correctly is sufficent for a sustained challenge in both league and European competitions. We are currently failing to compete in any competition. This is not a squad problem! Yes we have issues, weak / inexperienced LBs, Lack of fit CBs, LAck of pace in the attacking third but all could be patched up for this season. The reality is that we have a "run around merchant" in charge, with still no settled formation or style of play, trying "new things" in our season defining games.

The antics of our head coach in his after match interviews and touchline behaviour strike me as a man who is playing to the crowd and is trying ot deflect blame off him and onto the eleven men he has pick to play but "don't have the desire". Its like Tim is involved in the longest running Audition for a championship management job in history! I don't blame Tim for his lack of ability, how can you, he's never had the opertunity to gain experience. I'd hate to see Levy running an airline -

"Daniel, we have to get rid of our current pilot, hes too slow and conservative yes he hasn't crashed to many times but his flights are too boring and unexciting!"

"Right so, he's fired, now there's a hanger full of experienced pilots to choose from...but I like the look of that young fella whos done great work with his fisher-price lil' movers aeroplane. Give him the job, whats the worse that could happen?"

"Mr Levy, ahem, the plane has gone down, we don't even know where Tim was headed before it fell off the radar, we thought he was heading for Turin as planned but he may have veered severely off course and kept heading that direction for some time. The flight plan has been very eratic and we have reports of him blaming the air hostesses for not showing enough desire despite the fact he had them working in the maintenance department..."
Slurms McKenzie
ghulamville - think there is far more pressure on you lot than us to be honest. Benfica are a good side but let's not talk them up just because they did a job on you. They are a professional side who play good football but I honestly wouldn't rate them as better than us (Arsenal us that is) quite the opposite in fact.

Both teams are under pressure but I think you lot, at home, are under far more pressure.

Galway Gooner
I know that hindsight is a great thing - straight after the defeat to L'pool when all hell was going loose - I did ask my mates where's the point in sacking AVB?
I did point out there was no one to replace (There was a rumour that Capello was seen at the stadium) him.
We ought to be aware what the devil we don't know about holds for us.
I didn't like AVB - thought he was mistake from the get go!

Last night's performance was probably the worst than any other this season as we seem to be totally bereft of any ideas.
This CANNOT be put down solely to the players.

Levy has a lot to answer for. He put in a man, no matter what his ultimatums were, who has no experience, no idea of managing, no idea of loyalty, no idea of footballing knowledge and worst of the worst - nothing more than a bully and a bovver boy!
No wonder Levy is not saying anything - he must cringing with so much embarrassment.
The fans wanted exciting football which was supposedly missing under AVB.. Sorry this ISN'T the football that I want to see at Spurs.
I was embarrassed last night - but then again the players didn't pick themselves someone else did - I am not going to repeat what I said on the previous thread - but if anyone has an answer please say so as I know the coach seemed to be pleased with the fight and character the players showed ?!!!!!

After the game the usual quietness that descends outside WHL after such a game - wasn't there - it was full full of folks muttering their discontent - seriously it was different... something's got to give.

The positive ? at least the promised flag was up at the Park Lane end: "Can' Smile without you".

Come Sunday I will be cheering the Spurs on to a victory vs the squatters(still hoping) because I love Tottenham. Any protest should held off until the Southampton game IMO. So disappointed - how can anyone choose that combination?!

Anyway Daniel - please do the right thing.

Highgatespur
Galway I wish you'd stay off our threads, you make it very hard to believe all Gooners are sub-human, mouth breathing, knuckle draggers..
Slurms McKenzie
Highgate, its death by a thousand cuts no matter which game you decide that enough is enough, I can't see a monumental swing in form coming this weekend, or over the next three games.
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms - just remember I'm a Gooner and you'll be fine. A similar approach always works for me when I find myself talking to a "decent" Spurs fan!
Galway Gooner
Slurms I know what you are saying BUT I do not want the squatters to have more ammunition to take p*** out of us!!

The point of 'enough is enough" is long gone!

As Coops and countless others have said let's try playing players in the RIGHTFUL roles - things may change!

Btw - does anyone think that the players are scared of playing well in case they get dropped ? Take Soldado and Eriksen for example... good games followed by getting dropped - can't be that far off with that?

Highgatespur
Coopsie, at least Dublin will have a flood of green vomit to wash away his tears on Monday...
Slurms McKenzie
Galway I presume like us lot, you find those decent fans few and far between! ;-)
Slurms McKenzie
Highgate, if that was the case, at least we would have a reason for the team selections! In jest selected Kane in my starting eleven before last nights game - imagine my shock when he started!
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsie, our tactics kinda reminded me of a rugby team, kick the ball high int he air then everyone rush up - unfortnately you can pass the ball forward in football - wish someone would tell our lot!
Slurms McKenzie
Feck I'm so annoyed I'm actually going to do some work, I can't make sense of the world anymore, Spurs playing shambolic football and gooner fans (sorry Galway) I mean fan talking sense and having sympathy for us. In fact I think its the sympathy that hurts more then the mocking and teasing!!
Slurms McKenzie
You know what really made me think last night…….when “CL quarter finalist with Tottenham 2010 -2011” came up under Jermaine Jenas Name!!!! That just goes to show how far we have dropped. I mean Harry had his faults and some damn good individual player’s on the books but he must have stolen Harry Potters wand to get the squad he had into that position!!

So I think its popular opinion that drastic action is needed from the fans now. Some sort of protest on Sunday would go a long way to showing Dr Evil that we have had enough. Ok, it will destroy our chances (as little as they may be) of winning the game but in all honesty who cares. Look at the bigger picture. Has our ambitions sunken so low that we will take a win at home over Arsenal as the pinnacle of our season??? That really is a joke

Levy will not act until it hits his pocket. That’s the only way to get to him. No new short, no trips to the lane, no pie and phucking peas, I’m sick of it. I can’t remember the last time I couldn’t care less about a London derby. I can’t remember the last time I was so angry watching a game as last night. My anger was aimed at Tim, but in all fairness it’s not his fault. It like putting an 11st amateur boxer up against Klitschko and booing him when he gets KO’d after 20 seconds. At first I thought it may be just us guys on VS, but compared to the majority of THFC fan sites its very very tame on here!
hudderspur
hudders, its bad when your lamenting the sale of Jermaine Jenas!!
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsie, he must be the first Spurs fan for some time to have a good time on a Thursday Night!!!!
Slurms McKenzie
and the club is ran by someone with an egg shaped head...
Slurms McKenzie
Wow! It sounds like we were really bad last night! In random with how we have been playing generally! I was hoping for no experiments last night, and a true performance! Not so it appears!!
I'm pretty depressed! EL should have been our priority, not so it appears!
How have we turned good proven international players bad?
and I can't take the slagging any more! My phone has been hopping for the last month. What is next? I normally look foward to a NLD, not this week! Don't even want to watch it. It's like knowing we will concede, have a sending off, not score and collapse to another cricket score! As we have against every decent team we have played all year!

@james! Jaysus, I've never seen you angry or swear before! You scary mofo!
@spu 4 life! Cheers for the post on the top 4 phobia re the horses! I did respond. I've done a Trixie on bobs, briar and on the fringe, and an ew Trixie on tanks,royal Irish and triolo. All my selections backed as singles. Good luck bro!
Dublin Hotspur
LOL coops and slurms! But there will I am sure be green vomit on Monday! I'll try to choke! ;-@
Dublin Hotspur
Meant in the nicest possible way Dublin!!!
Slurms McKenzie
Right I'm out of here, I'm just getting angry reading all the posts that are pointing out the bleeding obvious and yet Sherwood seems blind to them. And Reading Coopsies synopsis of Sherwoods aftermatch interview just pushed me over the edge. I'm starting to turn green and split my clothes - at least I'm festive looking for the weekend!
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsie, something positive? I expect to hear back from you in a couple of months so...
Slurms McKenzie
Happy paddys weekend all! A win is still possible on Sunday! Vaguely! Need some bragging rights at least! Back in a while after I berate my wife for stating" why are you so upset, it's only a game!!!!" Where do I start!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Two managerial sackings in one season, can it get much more farcical for spurs? March s goign to awful, as United and Everton over haul us! Even Newcastle could be breathign down our necks, I don't think its a stretch to suggest that we could struggle to finish above ninth at this rate!
Slurms McKenzie
Cold, cold comfort coopsie...
Slurms McKenzie
On a more positive note I watched the third episode of True Detective last night after the game. Sky plus is awesome!
Slurms McKenzie
This is all depressing, Dublin how dare you try and lighten up VS with your good night story, don't you know today is 'vent your frustrations' day.
Kong
Woody Harrelson's wig - possibly theb est thing on TV at the moment!
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsie, doe sthsi mean that the Spurs fans protest has already started with fans staying away? or is it just the more pragmatic Spurs fans seeing the writing on the wall and supporting the team who will play the enteraining football at the Lane!
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsie, people being located out of position is the problem, how would putting sherwood in charge solve this? I mean the fans seating not the team selection.
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsie - an egg ? an empty space more like - nothing more than bovver boy!

Slurms - it's no good - Ive tried to reason his selections to no avail.... naughton LB; eriksen out wide; Paulinho AND Sandro... Kane one up front; EA out wide (or anywhere he pleases)... if you or anyone can figure it out please post....
Highgatespur
Disagree Coopsie, Andre would have got them to move in a unit but they would have done so in very drab and predictable way, spent alot of time just in front of their seats with out every actually sitting in the seat. He would have also attempted to get the people sitting at the ends of the rows to sit in the middle as well!
Slurms McKenzie
Gallows humour innit?
Slurms McKenzie
Anyone venture on an opinion on being a fly on the wall at the "training ground" today/tomorrow ?

Tickets on open sale as we didn't sell out ....
where was the trouble ?
Highgatespur
Sorry Cider, once again your match report articles are hi-jacked. Your fault for not writing about good results! I don't think you are showing enough desire and you are too friendly with other posters on here. I'm stating this publicly because it is the best way to communiate this message to you. I could approach you in private and discuss it but I feel its better that I try to undermine you while pretending to be encouraging you and offer you no right of reply. Plus everyone gets to see me "managing" the situation.
Slurms McKenzie
Highgate, the sixty thousand plus waiting list of season tickets is the problem no? Have they just disappeared when a bigeuropean night comes to the lane and we can't sell out the home allocation then something is deffinately wrong! wait unitl the league games whent he away support don't bother showing up, it'll be so quite you'll be able to hear the emirates crowd.
Slurms McKenzie
Quiet here today, I suppose thats a good thing because the the hate and hurt must be building?
Slurms McKenzie
I am in North Upper - couldn't see any trouble - there seemed to be some thuggish behaviour near the players entrance though...
Highgatespur
:-) highgate
Slurms McKenzie
Right going for lunch and a mooch. No interest in anything today after last night
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsieyid I'm a slow burner. I generally have a positive outlook but I've seriously had enough with how our football club is being run. The players we have are top class but they are playing within themselves. Boot out the whole lot and start fresh. Needs a good spring clean! COYS!
James1
looks like you are on your own Highgate, I expect you to be as prolific as me!
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms you share the view of many sitting around me - hurtling back to the 90s it seems - LEVY, PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING!

no problem hearing the noise from the emptycrates- they don't make any!!!
Highgatespur
No james just needs more desire.
Slurms McKenzie
and Tim almost has got the desire he's looking for. I mean he already has instilled the Dire part...
Slurms McKenzie
Highgate thats my point, it could be that quiet, obviously, if a mouse farts it'll drown out the noise from the gooners, but if it stays very still and the home crowd keep away we might just hear them...
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms - are you the unqualified in disguise - are you the unqualified in disguise!!!

All respect and thanks to Cider for writing a great article but despondency has taken over.... mad I know but I'll be taking my seat on Sunday - better not lose!!!!
Highgatespur
Highgate no need for a disguise, my new philosophy is to embrace and own my shame. I recommend it I've been a lot happier and a lot less worried about everything. Own your shame!
Slurms McKenzie
Yet another reason to tell StubHub to pi$$ off. Will Levy do it? You must be joking. They give him a few coins. For those wanting to protest I've said it before. The only way is for the fans to not turn up. We should pick a game and say "right that's it. Unless we get confirmed changes by a certain date we'll stay away. " Unrealistic as it may be, it is the only thing Levy understands. Don't forget, he doesn't really care for us as fans. All we are to him are walking wallets that he wants to tap into.
SpuriousLife
James - only two need to be booted out and they aren't the players!
Highgatespur
Some one should start a book of quote from the unqualified ... so much material - growing by the minute!
Highgatespur
He must be laughing his head off, Slurms.... he's a rich man after this!

Spurious... I think it was the club as StubHub can't get involved unless it's a sellout I think! As much as I hate StubHub I think the dear old Spurs are to blame here!
Highgatespur
Just read some of the thread. Wow, it's all doom and gloom! Why don't you all look on the bright side ... for example ... em, erh, ... I think I'm going to need some help with this ... can someone tell me what the bright side is please?!
Geofspurs
Coopsie, I think Sandro and Walker were injured and come off as they are both doubts for Sunday. Our injury list needed more people.
Kong
Geofspurs, Dublin Hotspur didn't watch the match but had a good night going out, that is the only bright side of last night and only 1 fan benefited.
Kong
Geof - good evening? Positive - the flag was finally up!
great free kick from Eriksen
Our coach showing his true=self on the touchline
we could win at SoL but knowing Spurs it'll be 2-0
I didn't buy a ticket for the second leg!!

I know it's a stretch but it WAS truly depressing last night!!!! Not just on the pitch but the overall picture!

Highgatespur
Coops - Capoue ? good selling point isn't it ?

I listened to this BS on the way back in the car... It's just like reading the Beano...

we will no doubt win in Lisbon - in typically the Spurs way-2-0!!!
Highgatespur
The article says that Paulinho played with no flair, no energy, etc. I didn't see the match as I was stuck dealing with a broken down car on the highway--a strange sort of good luck as it seems now, since it had me missing watching Spurs yesterday. But I have seen enough of Paulinho n recent matches to know he's not been playing well. But in Brazil's match vs. South Africa a few days ago the Brazilian papers were mentioning Paulinho as one of the better players of the match. Is he simply disgusted at his experience with Spurs since arriving? Is he being given instructions by the management that take him away from his skill set? I watched him many times playing for Corinthians and he clearly was a skilled and motivated player and one would have predicted great things for him coming to Spurs. Indeed, we say some indications of his abilities at times before he was injured. He best performance was in the match in which he was injured by the little evil bustuhd, Charlie Adam. He hasn't been the same at Spurs since then. Is he nursing a grudge for some reason since then? Does he feel the club hasn't had his backside? It's a mystery to me as to why he's been so off his game in recent weeks. The man has some real skill and he showed nothing but dedication at Corinthians. A winning player playing pooring these days for his club. Why, indeed?
Falstaff the Fool
Thanks, High/Kong .. didn't help much! :-)
Geofspurs
The Chelsea troll, pap smear, should naff off. There's already sufficient ill will in the world. Stop causing people to hate your club.
Falstaff the Fool
We're 5th not 15th. Clubs in turmoil = AC Milan and Inter, not Tottenham, not yet anyway. Just 2 months to go, we'll finish no lower than 7th. No way trigger happy Levy keeps Sherwood, so we'll have a new manager to scrutinize, dissect and vilify before too long.
Guyver
Falstaff, I have the same thoughts - long gone are the days when a novice is chosen to lead a club with massive aspirations... especially Paulinho - he signed on the promise that GB was going to be a team-mate of his!!!
Highgatespur
There's a noose, loose, about this house.. COYS!
James1
I like your thinking Guyver, true what you are saying. 2 months sounds like an eternity.
Kong
Well Kong, imagine if you were a Man Utd fan. If we're in turmoil, what are they in?!
Guyver
I used to enjoy watching Spurs but not now. I also enjoyed discussing this that with the good and not so good people on here. Now that too is just depressing. Tim has had his chance and not found the formula. Like AVB before him he managed to scrape a few points together but the nuts were loose and the wheels are off again. I don't think this squad can be rescued so wholesale change ahead with more transition time and the same gelling bollix to argue about. As Captain Oates said to Scott: I'm going out now, I may be some time. Play nicely while I'm gone. (He didn't say the last bit, I did)
Love totty
Coopsie I see you are deserting this site to go on others to read the same thing re StubHub!!! LOL
Highgatespur
yea thfc1006, I personally don't think it's that difficult to find positives, just takes a little more effort than whipping each other up into a frenzy..
Guyver
Guyver, I wouldn't say we are in turmoil but I don't like what ever we are in at the moment. True about the Man U fans, they are used to winning and competing each year so to be out of the top 4 has not happened in some of their fans lifetime so they are not used to it. We are but it still hurts, bring on the new manager :).
Kong
Guyver, all those clubs you mentioned have had successes to enjoy in the recent past ... we haven't!!!

COYS!!!!
Highgatespur
Guyver I don't think were guilty of whipping up a frenzy - the coach did plenty of that since Saturday night - chapter 10: "How NOT to prepare for a defining game/week"
Highgatespur
This team is a shambles and it can only be down to the coaching. You don't take good players and make them bad. You just don't play to their strengths. Paulinho needs to go to Madrid or Barca in the summer for 25m after a great world cup, yes please. Get rid of at least 6 players from this current squad and bring in players who have some technical ability, they don't need to be 30m players or the worlds best, but they need to have the technical ability to learn, adapt and to get better. But most importantly, get a coach who can actually teach these players how to play. I look at the way arsenal move the ball, their players are constantly moving finding space, giving the man on the ball at least one or two options. Over the last few months, I have seen our players pass and leave the man with the ball with no option, so he passes backwards, no movement, no running off the ball. Its no wonder we can't score when we play this way. Lennon gets the ball far too deep and then gets 2 defenders closing him down, he has nowhere to go so passes backwards. It happens again and again. The only shining light in the team is Eriksen. He reminds me of Bergkamp in a lot of ways, not as technically gifted(who is), but when he gets the ball, he moves forward, he wants to go and take on players. He is the ideal player to play off the main striker. Do we need to go on about the left back again? Central defence, we should sign the Brazilian Luisao, what a game he had, looked immense in defence and attack. Shows what a defender with footballing ability looks like. We always struggle when we play against a very organised team, yet we have 3 of the fastest players in the prem in Walker, Lennon and Townsend. Why didnt we go hell for leather last night with 30 mins to go? Tim, nice but dim, you are very much the weakest link in this club. Goodbye can't come soon enough. Sorry to be so downbeat, but if we lose to the gooners 2-0, I will be pleased. I don't want another 4 or 5 goal defeat.
vicspur
thfc1006, I agree we are not in turmoil, at this stage last season after 29 games we were third and just beat Inter Milan 3-0 in the Europa league last 16 first leg so we had something to fight for. This season is very different for different reasons. Turmoil - no, mess - yes
Kong
coops, Man Utd have to beat Man City and Liverpool in their next 3 games, good luck to them with that... Everton have easier fixtures, but have a difficult run in. Either way, if you go back to the expectations thread, when AVB was in charge, I said between 4th and 6th is our bracket, I believe that was the article where you said you had no expectations for league position?? So although I won't be "ecstatic" with 7th, it's hardly the end of the world either considering all the upheaval this season. It's not a mighty fall from last seasons 5th and can be recovered with a top manager.
Guyver
"See, even fecking Falstaff the Fool was at it. 'I didn't see the match as I was stuck dealing with a broken down car on the highway'.... So, you too was having more fun than those of us who sat through that sheit last night!! Dublin & Falstaff OUT!!" wrote coopsieyid.


So what's up with this comment, coops? Why the adjective "fecking" in front of my nom be plume? And why the call for me to be "OUT"? What insult or injury have I sent your way? I'm mystified.


By the way, when I got home last night in the wee hours I wrote on this site that I probably was having a better time dealing with tow trucks and mechanics than I would have had if I'd gotten home in time to watch yesterday's match.


But what's up with the "fecking" and the "OUT"? Am I missing some irony on your part, or have you felt I've insulted you somehow? Don't grasp your language, mate. Mysterious to me. Am I being slated for having car trouble on the highway and thus not getting to watch a Spurs match? Or are you simply in a grouchy mood after the recent matches and turning your wrath on me for reasons that I haven't grasped?

Falstaff the Fool
Highgatespur, all those clubs you mentioned have had successes to enjoy in the recent past ... we haven't!!!

Exactly, so their fall from grace is more significant. We, in contrast have fallen from 5th to 5th. In this day and age you are asking a lot for a team like Spurs, who are a distant SIXTH in the wage league, to regularly finish in the top Four. We are always relying on others slipping up.
Guyver
Yesterdays game was a joke & a farce,the whole season the jokes have all been on Spurs.
Quite frankly Spurs deserve to be laughed at.

I`ve lost a lot of heart & passion towards the club,continues to rip off the fans by advertising a diamond,but giving them a pile of dog $hit for the same price.
Tim Sherwood must go,not even debatable.

And if Daniel Levy doesn`t get the right manager in,then he too,must go.
IMO Levy has to go all out for van Gaal or Cappello & give them what they want.
Trying to be greedy is counter productive & it`s the fans who suffer the most.
If you give a manager £10 million a year & he gets you top4,then his contract has paid for itself.
Wenger,Mourinho,Ferguson got paid very well,but they put more in the club than they got out,much more.
Di Matteo winning the CL gained Chelsea over £75million.
Get the right manager & players then contracts will pay for themselves,at Spurs too many our taking from the club & giving nothing back.
Fanny adams
Benfica are a very good Team. was it 10pts they achieved in their CL group as well as being last season's finalists?

Anyway the performance yesterday was not good enough from our lads, clearly. Kane starting, well that in my book a was odd, resting Rose & playing Naughton made sense (Fryers would not of been a safer option over KN). As for the rest, quite simply the better Team won... Le Goons next at WHL, the players have lacked leadership & belief, hopefully they sort their $hit out before Sunday, or else we'll all be clinically depressed after another hiding...

The end of the season can't come quick enough can it, time for the classic cliche, I think it may make reference to a productive next season, or something like that. Yaaaawn.
True Spurs Supporter
What is clear is the players/formation/tactics etc... are far worse than when AVB was here. AVB wasn't playing enteraining football, granted. However his teams had more cohension and the individuals were working for each other a TEAM. Benfica's display last night was what I was hoping for when Levy said we are going in a different direction, i'm really not enjoying the direction we are actually going in.
yiddyboy
I am not among those who cannot wait for the season to end. I want to watch my team play when they are wonderfully good and when they are wonderfully awful. I'm curious about how the lads and the management will deal with the spiraling downward trend of recent performances. Will there be players who stop putting in effort and will there be others who play their hearts out even though the times are difficult? Will some of the injured, like Lamela, come back and show something? Can we read some of the late season tea leaves to forecast the future? Let's not wish the next two months away.
Falstaff the Fool
Oh Danny boy the fans, the fans are calling,

From stand to stand and all around the Lane,

The season’s lost and our great team is falling,

What you will do to take away our pain.

The sound you hear is voices raised in fury,

This can’t go on, there has to be an end,

Please state your case and we will be the jury

Oh Danny boy it’s time for you to spend.

Geofspurs
The only reason Man United come through it stronger coops, is because of what you alluded to above. They can buy their way out of it and attract the best players in the world. All things being equal, had they had our budget and pulling power, whether they keep Moyes or not, they'd struggle to get regular CL football again.
Guyver
amendment! 'what will you'
Geofspurs
Falstaff, bot sure you took Coopsie's post seriously?!!!!....surely not?!!!! Lol!
Critical_Spur
Isn't it more favourable for Levy, Lewis, ENIC to constantly be in a transition phase? If they have stability then they will need to invest properly to keep moving forward, all we are doing under ENIC for the last 4/5 seasons is tread water. Achieveing CL's was the target, we got that and didn't push on, now we are 'x' managers later with no real idea of anything anymore. The main reason to why the media hate us is because we are such a closed shop, when there are no facts available you can print what you want, it is just their opinion. If Levy came out today and announced Van Gaal, Capello or even Tim is staying on beyond the season everyone knows the situation, all Tottenham gives us is speculation, gossip and fuel for Coopsie to post his nonsense articles.(no offence Coops).
We need some transparency now and that needs to start from the top, what are ENIC's targets and what is their action plan
yiddyboy
Coops - What are your thoughts on the idea to adapt the "Sol Campbell" chant and replace with Levy, just to show Danny boy we all love him?
yiddyboy
Glad you liked it, coops! :-)
Geofspurs
Coops, easy on Falstaff. Unless one has been following the FULL thread, it's easily misconstrued! Lol! You are lucky he lives million miles away from you, else he'd be over in his (now fixed) vehicle to have a word with you! I hope he will have a chuckle now though!. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Despite banging Tims' drum for him and feeling he has some much needed qualities, this ain't going anywhere. Every week I hope we'll finally show something and... Yes, you need time but I've always thought that if a manager is any good you'll see improvements straight away. Sorry Tim, but I'm not seeing any. Not really. Glimpses here and there. Bringing a youngster through, the recent 1st half against Chelsea... I dunno. We nkew it would be a tough month and maybe the opposition is just too strong anyway atm. Clubs in full confident swing verses Spurs who haven't really swung since Redknapp was booted. We're so flat we don't stand a chance, even if the players try like I think they did yesterday. Is Tim just not good enough or are Benfica that good? Bit of both. They're unlucky to be out of CL and Tim needs more experience and clout to manage our prima-gonners. Thankfully, I'm out on Sunday. Would usually be busting a gut to be arranging watching the game SOMEhow. but I'm relieved to have an excuse not to. Up yours, Tottenham.
jerkinmahjurgen
Why is everyone so fecking happy. Get a LIFE! :) COYS!
James1
Just to keep in the depressing mood, Dembele, Adebayor and Walker are all struggling to be fit for Sunday. The good news is that Siggy is back, well that would be bad news for some. I didn't even know he was injured.
Kong
coops ... you're having a bad day, I can tell. Here's something to cheer you up ... ;-) :-) :-) :-) :-) Oh, and there's a free membership card to the TS fan club in the mail. Enjoy! :)
Geofspurs
coopsie- i agree with all your posts esp about LVG. but i would get rid of our coaches as well What have any of them done in the last 2yrs ffs
topspur53
It's 1am Saturday in the future world so I'm off to bed. Can someone turn the lights out and give coopsie his medication! Night all.
Geofspurs
thfc1006, don't think we will start turning things around on Sunday or the rest of the season, I say that because we are not playing well and I cannot see any improvements anywhere. Like you I hope so too.
Kong
OK Coops. Your sense of humor has led me to become a supporter of Timmy as our manager, indeed, support for DL and Timmy seems to sole route to take. Further, let me be the first to advocate selling Eriksen to Chelsea because their midfield needs are far greater than ours, and buying back that Jenas fellow to replace him. Ah, then bring in Charlie Adam to up the skill level and the general ethics of our club. Oh, and since we don't seem to be able to get a new arena sorted in N17, I'd like to see one built as close to Lizard Point as possible.
Falstaff the Fool
coops missed the post about the number 2 got in. needs doing NOW
topspur53
Dartford, Coops. Be there. I know it's a bit close to the toilet but I will have my back to it. My eyes will be free. My mind elsewhere. Just how much identity can be removed from one club? We'll be losing our 'inconsistent' tag next. And it's also inconsistent that in the archives I'm telling AVB to practice his moves elsewhere [knew he hadn't the clout] but Tim, despite his inexperience, I saw him having more clout, due to playing. Probably would have for 14 other Prem sides, but not us. Experience, history, background. Medals? As a manager. I think I've learned something. These fall into essential class 1 criteria when choosing a manager for our club. With our aspirations. Despite what Dalglish and Di Matteo may have done. I don't even pretend to understand it. Refuse to give a *****. I'll stop now before I get into full self-contradictory swing and will be drinking more voddie, which is fast becoming my preferred choice of sport.
jerkinmahjurgen
on tw*tter... Harry Hotspur™ ‏@theboyhotspur A friend of someone on the board at THFC says Tim's gone Monday. Not blogging it, as I don't see the logic. Passed on in good faith.
GlennAmy
Should you wish to have 3 very good reads, place into google search engine ''luis van gaal and his style of play'' read in order each article, anyone with attitude will be well and truly sorted out, watch the TV interview in one of the links, he does not suffer fools gladly. I would be very willing to give this guy a chance of turning us around and I strongly believe he would.
spu 4 life
I have no time for sherwood, his coming across as a junior redknapp, maybe he thinks making the press laugh is bringing them all on board, they are laughing at you Tim, not with you. Picking a number 10 who struggled to cut it in the championship on loan, hardly does it for me, you have your views, great I don't ask you to agree, now his making certain arsene wenger has his boys up for it, in another inerview. If he stays until the end of the season, he may well do more damage then good. Hope we can wave him good bye, not for me thank you.
spu 4 life
Sherwood won't be sacked on monday total bo//ox, we don't have that many people to take over, let him dig a grave and keep digging to the end of the season, then get shot and be done with it. The entire shop needs a re-fit. Watch LVG turn Eric Lamela into a footballing genius, then Madrid will want him and levy will make another 60 to 80m, just like he did with Bale.
spu 4 life
Harry Hotspur is a retard. He shares my computer filtering system all to himself. His oyster, it is.
jerkinmahjurgen
Coopsi, are you enjoying the marathon - time for the Sunday kick off soon!
Highgatespur
LVG yep get him in after the WC...But Sherwood then leaves the club...he's as much use as a chocolate tea pot...
shedboy2
Shedboy2 you sure? - I hear they can be decorative!
Highgatespur
Sherwood.......the MASTER deflector. He is not level headed enough to be any sort of manager.
ledgespur
Nice ending to a horror story Coopsie - I hear a certain C Adam is available as well as the current QPR side - they all have Premier League experience?! Welcome back 'Arry??!!
Highgatespur
Coopsie - have been following since I saw him in a practice session in Ajax... good one - how I hope!!! His father Danny was pretty good as well ...
Highgatespur
Geof, Love the tune, in true Paddys day spirit!!!

Coops, you'll be delighted to know I have had a sheit day! hungover to hell (the bonus wore off around 2) the wife is ignoring me because I took a stance with her on "its not just a game, the club is more important than you or the kids!!" kind of vibe, and I am now in the pub trying to hide tip she goes to bed, but can't stomach anything more than lucozade!

You happy now fecker!!! wish I just watched the match and was just miserable!!! LOL
Dublin Hotspur
Hey Coopsie, the YouTube one. You never know, maybe even Baldini might join in
ENIC OUT
Nice read coops on LVG!!! difficult on the eyes in my situation!! but I would, at the moment, give my left one to have him announced any day soon!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Coopsie - you remember about Adam - who was the manager ? And who wanted a British drive at the club no matter what ? Ah similarities ? Not a single original idea i his head to boot!!!

I wouldn't mind Blind nor the full back who went Fiorentina..
get some winners in there I say!
Highgatespur
She's grand coops, been there before, I think its more the going to a punk gig and coming in at 3am, waking the kids and her, that was the catalyst more than my mini tantrum re spurs!!! nursing a pint now, so getting better…. and a hug for her in an hour or so! a hug always cheers her up!!!
Id only be after you for a loan of a boogie board my man!!
Dublin Hotspur
Dublin, I assure you the only thing good thing was the free kick from Erik the Viking and of course the appearance of the long promised flag!: "I can't smile without you". The incident that caused biggest groan (except the 3 goals) was when the Rose let the ball slip under his feet when trying to trap the ball... with no one around him! Hope the missus sees the funny side... and all will be back to usual until Sunday.... More winnings today ?
Highgatespur
Coopsie.."I am who I am; confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative..." sounds like someone we know???
Highgatespur
bad day today, lots of fallers and broken jockeys! but marginally up for the week, paid for the pints so break even, gotta be happy with that after 27 races!!! exactly €12 up to be exact!! LOL
Dublin Hotspur
10% return on investment over the week!!
Dublin Hotspur
Arsenal Next so!!!!
Dublin Hotspur
Dublin, I was hoping for an announcement this week....
Highgatespur
bon nuit Mon Ami, as Wenger would say!!
Dublin Hotspur
Coopsie I remember going to the likes of Blackpool Wolves et al and drawing or losing with the same team and no subs being used !!! Urrgghh ... but still backed him... I did this one till his public berating again again and again !!!
Highgatespur
Dublin - good on yer winning the dosh... c'ya Coopsie well done on that marathon!
Highgatespur
Sorry all, I'm cider spurs daughter. My dad has gone to the hospital due to his back playing up yet again. As soon as he gets home he will get Back to you all. He asked me to post this message so you didn't think he was ignoring your comment. Many thanks Cider spurs daughter :)
Cider spurs
Yiddyboy , totally agree about ENIC wanting to keep us in a state of flux . Their not interested in taking the next big step or the investement required to take it .Anybody truly having aspirations of footballing success would have taken the next step by now , we have been close enough that a granny step would have shown our ambition . I repeat , I am a cynic !!
sandroman
We'll that was just awful. If we were going to play 4.4.2 then it had to be with Soldado. He scored v Cardiff and not started since. He is not an impact sub. If there was ever a game to play 4.5.1 then it was this one. Townsend and Lennon wide with PAulinho, Sandro and Eriksen. We have to play players in their right position. We had. 2 left backs on the bench and play NAughton. Just a joke. To cap it all when 1-2 down he brings off Sandro, good decision, but brings on Bentaleb to shore things up presumably. This was the last straw for me this season. No more tickets under Sherwood. He has lost me, not just the dressing room. I have a family Easter trip to the FUlham game that cost me £171 then that is enough. Will come back when we get rid of that clown. We have good players and they will all be back from injury when they have respect for the manager.
CoysRus
James , sorry I didn't reply earlier ,bedtime here in NZ ,anyway I understand what you say re : stability , training ground etc ,also looking at past failings in our club management , but I as I said on another thread we can't keep looking back in fear and let that stop us moving forward or we may as well accept ENIC and their shortcomings and accept that this is as good as it gets . I personally feel ENIC are past their used by date in respect to the football side of SPURS . I say move aside and let someone with more bravery have a crack , yes it may fail , but at least let us fail trying , if we always worry about what the future holds we may as well stay in bed and wither . I know I have had some spectacular failures in my life but they have only sweetened my spectacular successes and I wouldn't change very much I have done in my life . I can only hope that the owners of my precious SPURS will one day wake up and realise that they hold the dreams and aspirations of so many be people to whom SPURS is as much a part of their lives as their loved ones .
sandroman
Cider's daughter , please wish your dad a very speedy recovery!!! Best wishes COYS!!!
Highgatespur
Cider's daughter ,make sure he can't get access to a tv for Sunday's game , might not help his recovery . Hope he has a quick recovery .
sandroman
Whilst Tim can't even pick his nose, the scouting is being done by his friend Jamie Redknapp and Stevie Wonder, who has looked at a centre back partnership of Ebony & Ivory.
spu 4 life
Best Wishes to Cider, get well soon, even the supporters are going down with back injury's.
spu 4 life
I got from the butcher some cooked ham, the butcher dressed it for me, now I'm feeling a bit rough, I think I have a Hamstring injury.
spu 4 life
Cider's daughter. Thanks for the update. I hope dad has got you supporting the mighty Spurs! Wish him a speedy recovery. The way we're playing missing the game on Sunday might be a blessing. Good girl for looking after your dad.
SpuriousLife
G'day everyone ... which means it's your bedtime (for most of you). Good posts on VG, coopsie, you've convinced me on that one!

Cider's daughter (is your name Apple?) ... that's bad news. Hope he is better soon, we need him! :-)
Geofspurs
Good idea HGH. Exchange numbers and I'm sure a certain someone will knock some sense into you. COYS!
James1
Wish you well Cider and a speedy recovery mate. ;) COYS!
James1
Hope all is well cider, take it easy.
Kong
HGH.....Far too classy for a posh boy wannabe!. Sorry!.
Cider spurs
Hope that last remark came from 'Apple' ... good one! If not, hope you are okay, Cider.
Geofspurs
Thank's all for the kind messages, seems that back in January i did a bit of damage to my back. Doctor signed me off for a month, i went back to work after two weeks.

My manager being in the same mould as Tim, decided it would be most beneficial to change my work role that i had been doing for 4 years and have me constantly bent over (insert joke here). Well yet again the back decided it had put up with enough of this and gave up. Muscle spasm, searing pain, and a new ability to walk like I've sheit myself. My boss is gonna go mental, I honestly think my days are numbered whilst he is at the helm. I took a medical certificate in when it first happened back in January. His response was that i had been off work for two weeks out of the first three this year. Mathematical genius, nothing about how you feeling, anything we can do to help on your return. Bellend.
Cider spurs
Personally despite the results my first choice is to retain Sherwood. The DoF system DOES NOT WORK - as soon as Levy can finally get this the better. With Broomfield onboard we can effectively start scouting. All the exotic signings failed to recall a simple truth - we performed most effectively when we had a strong mix of British and overseas players. If the likes of Vertoghen, Lloris, Capoue, Lamela and Soldado leave then so what - for the last two especially Lamela we might make a loss but then should make a profit on Vertoghen and Lloris. And they are replaceable especially if they are not committed. Eriksen frequently played on the left for Denmark and Ajax so it is not as crazy a choice as initially thought, even if it didn't work. And if we miss the Europa League next season it might not be the worst outcome as it either stretches the squad or forces us to have a larger squad with too many mediocre players.
kernowboy71
So Tim's gone on Monday?....Relieved of his post doing what exactly?.
Cider spurs
kernow...Totally understand and can agree with your point regarding a balance of British and overseas talent in the team. The reason the balance will swing toward more overseas players being the ever present is money. British talent does not represent value for money, always costing more to acquire. No way will Levy buy British if he feels there is a similar type overseas player at a far cheaper cost.
Cider spurs
I wrote the Best of British article yesterday morning, so I guess I agree with you as well KB ;-)
oxfordspur
Come on the Villains!
MAN ON!
If you put Harry Kane and Kyle Naughton in your starting line up against one of the better teams in Europe you are not going to win that game. Very simple.
pratts bottom
Just for those who (including thfc1006) thought I was serious about signing C Adam or QPR - I wasn't I was joshing about a certain Redschnapps! See the posts from Coopsie and myself following that comment! A SOH helps in these trying times.
Highgatespur
 

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