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Daniel Levy's Shoes?..

As the summer edges closer, so the speculation increases as to who will take over at White Hart Lane.

This morning we read that Dortmond manager Jurgen Klopp is the latest name linked and he is sure to have plenty of supporters, should he become a serious candidate. He has done a fantastic job trying to take on and occasionally succeeding in the fight against German giants of Bayern, and when you consider he speaks perfect English and also is a great character, as well as manager, you have to feel a bit excited. Would he feel he is sensible to test himself away from Germany, after a season once again dominated by Munich?

Suggestion that Carlo Ancelotti could be a target should he lose his position at Real Madrid, is also very interesting. Similarly another Chelsea man in Rafa Benitez, has also been talked about returning to his beloved England, after a successful season in Italy.

Add to Louis van Gaal, who seems to be touting himself for any and every big job at the moment, Frank DeBoar and Mauricio Pochettino, we have a short list that might be considered part fantasy, but however much you might like or dislike Tim Sherwood, you can feel all these would be upgrades and also names to excite and inspire, not only Spurs fans, but also the footballing nation.

At this time, when speculation is just that, it is interesting to see who is the fans pick to take on the role and why? Do we need the steel and experience of a Van Gaal, or does the long term charm of a younger man excite you. I don`t think too many people would be upset to see either Rafa or Carlo return to the Prem, but would they be the men take the club forward?

Plain and simple, if you were in Daniel Levy`s shoes and had your pick of these or any other manager who might be in contention, who would you opt for and why?…




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Date:Tuesday April 15 2014

Time: 2:49PM

Your Comments

Ancelotti, but is he desperate enough to work with a trigger happy knee jerking desperado like Levy? I don't think so. We will be third or fourth choice when it comes to the A listers.
ItalianYiddo
I'd still take LVG with an understudy to take on the mantle after a few years, he would steady the ship, have players playing for their place, develop what we have in our first squad and youth camp, and probably win us something. Levy would get a reality check, much needed, and set us up for the next chapter with the new stadium and a future of success.
Dublin Hotspur
:P
jerkinmahjurgen
I'd have done the deal - kept quiet till 7th May out of respect for LvG... told all concerned under the strictest instructions to keep mum... announce after 7th and bring him out to greet fans on the 12th... and then step aside to concentrate FULLY on the financial side and the stadium .... welcoming the new era of glorious success ... GLORY GLORY Hallelluah and the Spurs go marching on.....
Highgatespur
In the words of the late John Lennon, "everybody had a wet dream." Right now these are all just gleams in Daddy's eye.
Falstaff the Fool
di canio and steve keane as a double act...perhaps add garry Monk...just to make Tim look like a good idea!..;)
shedboy2
Missed... I'm beginning to think Rafa will be our best bet. That's how good things have gotten. If LVG and Ancelotti get better offers, along with Kopp, as will likely be the case, I just wonder whether Rafa will have the best combination of Prem experience, tactical knowledge, big game mentality and experience, handling big squads/players, rotation and also, of course, he's won some stuff as well. If he's gettable, he may well be our best immediate bet, and we need to sort out our immediate situation before worrying about the next 10 years. He's a bit mental, but ain't they all?
jerkinmahjurgen
"If you don't have a dream, how can you make your dreams come true" - Happy Talking ....
Highgatespur
Ancelotti...we'd be mad not to get him IF we ever have a chance....but all of the names above are better than what we have -although my biggest reservation would be Rafa...ever since he sold Alonso I'm not convinced of his player judgement...
shedboy2
Just read that we're showing LVG our butt. lol. If he's using us, as is probably the most likely scenario, then well done Levy.
jerkinmahjurgen
Just glad the speculation has started to surround managers with proven credentials. Would welcome all of the above. I did make a shout for Rafa when Harry was sacked, couldn't believe at the time he was over looked and dismissed so quickly.
coys1717
I think a man with experience and form is our best bet when/if Tim goes. :-0 Not Poch! The only younger guy that I'm interested in, for his footballing philosophy and potential is De Boer.
MAN ON!
Out of all of them, if we could get him I'd go for Klopp. He is young enough to build something over the next 5 - 7 years. He speaks great English and is very charismatic. He has character and charm but underneath it there is determination, a track record (albeit in Germany), steel, class and the desire to play fast-flowing attacking football built around good technical players with quick feet and quick minds. Basically he has what we need and so desperately lack at the moment. Could we get him? I fear, like Falstaff has said above, it is just another wet dream!
SpuriousLife
We don't get the really top managers, why do people find that hard to understand ? Why do people imagine someone will come in and overcome people like Mourinho and the wall of money supporting most of our opposition ? If all its going to get us is a europa place then what the hell is the point of this hire and fire mentality ?
jod
Yeah, Man On, and of course we at Spurs will see that potential realised. At Man Utd. If FDB is big enough to take Tottenham all the way, let's face it, he'd be getting snapped up, same as Bale and Modric. Another plus for Rafa, is that even if he does really well here, is he gonna attract a bigger club? He's already been at half of them.
jerkinmahjurgen
Cheer up jod, we are on the cusp of a new chapter. An upgrade in manager, holding and tweaking the squad we have, will bring good times again!
Dublin Hotspur
Jod- why don't we get top managers? who imagines or has said that we will overcome Jose? and why is it all about EL? we've been top5 since 2008, finishing top4 twice...we still have a decent squad it would be a shame if we didn't try and get a tune out of them whilst we still can...'Climb High, Climb Far, Your Goal the Sky; Your Aim the Star'
shedboy2
shedboy2 - I have no idea what you are actually saying. Do you mean you are quite happy for Spurs to be a europa cup team ?
jod
Any of those managers would be good. Realistically though can't see us tempting klopp or Ancellotti. Poch is the only one I have doubts about.
Glorygame
The real top candidates will not come to Spurs, especially if better options become available i.e, Man U, Arsenal, or even if they win nothing Man City amongst others. We can have our wish lists, as we always have with transfer targets, but our wishes rarely come true. I think we will get who we can get, rather than who we would really like, as we have little to offer, and critically Levy's CV when it comes to the hiring, and firing, of managers, and his interference in football matters while they are here, will all count against us. We have possibly no European football next season, we may loose key players in the summer, the vultures are already circling, our squad rather than our team, is probably not as good as we think, so there is a massive job to do to get us back into top 4 contention, with what will be left after the exodus, plus the sourcing and signing of the players needed to augment the squad. Why would a top top manager take on the Spurs job, if better options and opportunities are, or become, available, and who would blame them? Having said that I know a few bin dippers and I won't write what they think of Benetez, I would get chucked off the site. After all to sell Alonzo and sign Aquillani says it all, as an example of a bloke who has some strange, muddled, and somewhat excentric ideas re. team selection and tactics, as his latter time at Liverpool, and his brief tenure at Chelsea often showed. But having said all of that, "beggars can't be choosers", and almost anything would be better than "apprentice Redknapp".
Frank
It's less frustrating and stressful to wait until THFC make some kind of definite announcement (as High requested). The speculation is confusing. Mind you, if TS is unemployed in May, he might just suit Levy as the cheapest option ... and he speaks English and knows the players (he's just not too sure what to do with them)!
Geofspurs
Geof, LOL
Highgatespur
Two hours on - so far so good.....
Highgatespur
Highgate..long time since I sang the old Glory song at WHL !!
Block D Spurs
frank-i know loads of pool fans,the majority of them worship the guy.the guy at pool had to sell to buy and had to work with the owners from hell,hicks/gillette.my brother who is a mad pool fan says once he gets us in the champions league we will stay their
ghulamville
No to Klopp. He's German and he wears a beard. Beards just don't work in PL football. Nothing against Germans or beards, it's the combination of the two. He also rhymes flop and wears tracksuits on match days. Sartorially wrong in every way. No to Beards, gilets, any kind of sportswear, macs and umbrellas!
MAN ON!
Block D - you mean to say you don't join in when it comes over the tannoy !!!! LOL
Highgatespur
jod .... So true (re top managers)!
Geofspurs
Man On! You gotta laugh at that criteria!!! Are wearing shorts ok ... LOL
Highgatespur
rafael benitez has had budgetry constraints at both valencia and liverpool-this will be the case at thfc.he ticks all the boxes for me,i would still rather keep tim
ghulamville
Poorly, poorly Tottenham Hotspur..........
MAN ON!
Benitez always looks smart....
MAN ON!
jod - I asked the questions in response to your previous post which imo wasn't very clear...you seemed to imply that you knew why we didn't get top managers and that people thought we would overtake Jose and that EL was as high as we could reach....at least that's how I read the post...I thought my questions were pretty clear and were exactly what I was actually saying...;)...so no I'm not happy with us 'just' being a EL side...I want us to continually strive to improve through the pursuit of excellence (not cheap stop gaps) if we always improve on our players and managers we will always be a top team...
shedboy2
No. Raffa also wears a beard. Damn!
MAN ON!
there is a manger who had a brolly at england matches... lol
Block D Spurs
Dortmund IMO have a better squad than to be 17 points behind Bayern, although I'd happily take their scouts off their hands. My choice is and always will be someone with experience, character, proof they can do it at different clubs and in different nations if they're foreign and also very importantly someone who wants to win so bad they don't care if they come across as a complete tw@. Van Gaal fits the bill perfectly and is also someone known to develop players and will be a great asset in attracting promising young players which also fits the clubs preferred management style
flipper
man on-goatees are accepted surely
ghulamville
Geofspurs- That's English???...;)
shedboy2
Brendan Rodgers ticked all the boxes but we missed out for some reason. It appears that Spurs hierarchy lack "football" people. Baldini hopefully now adds that and most of his instant signings are upgrades on previous attempts. like :-_Bentley, Jenas, Dembele=flatters, Adeebayor= trouble, Saha, Nelson. etc. Pochettini seems the nearest to Brendan Rodgers on the list above. Develops young players, same style of football, experience in Premier league, respected by his players. speaks a number of languages. same age. . Anyway I hope we are not gazumped for him by Arsenal. Whoever gets the managers job will require the solid support.
camper
Raffas ok, as long as he stays smart and keeps his goatee in trim.
MAN ON!
tim sherwood for permanent manager for 3 years at least
ghulamville
Geofspurs, "there is many a true word spoken in jest", I still haven't totally dismissed the horrendous scenario of Levy running out of options, or refusing to pay compensation costs etc. and ending up offering TS a new contract, as you say as the ultimate cheap jack option. The reason there have been no statements or announcements from Levy & Co, is because there is nothing to say, he is still compiling his mythical wish list, that has little chance of bearing fruition. It is the same every transfer window, we start off with impossible dreams, that are doomed to failure, then end up paying too much money for the wrong players.
Frank
Highgate.. I join in when i see the team win a trophy or CL entry / beat the 2 Milan teams... play R Madrid 1/4 finals...
Block D Spurs
Man On! That version would have been appropriate in 1976 not now surely?!!
Highgatespur
I'd give Benitez/Levy three months whether we are winning or not. The man is more "pig-headed" than AVB, just more subtle!!!
Blind Faith
I can't see all these top clubs firing their managers. With all these names in the hat I'm sure one or two of them would relish the Spurs post. They can't all manage United and Arsenal. I can't see Moyes being fired and Wenger may also stay put. Pochetino, if he's wise, should extend his Southampton contract and do both them and us a favour...
MAN ON!
blind faith-it could get tasty in the boardroom,rafa is no shrinking violet
ghulamville
Block D - been quiet of late, then ?
Highgatespur
Highgate.. I've got Laryngitis as far as Singing the Glory Song this season... After seeing the team losing games...
Block D Spurs
All the guys mentioned are quite stern chaps. Is it wise to get so serious, just as we're injecting a sense of humour into our football? That's why my choice has got to be Ian Holloway.
MAN ON!
What about Laudrup, Swansea certainly showing what a horrendous mistake they made, considering he was missing 7 first team players in a paper thin squad I thought he wax doing tremendously well
spurticus87
Larry Ngitis? Top man. Is he free after the World Cup?
MAN ON!
We can deal with New Managers when the time is right. It's high time Dim got the sack! So on that note I would seriously consider every single one of those managers! All better than Harry,AVB combined!
Mix26
man on-diffiult to work out whether your posts are serious or taking the p,still quite entertaining though
ghulamville
With Jurgen Klopp mentioned in the rumour mill this morning, both Paddy Power and William Hill have reported heavy bets being placed on another german taking over in the summer, one Herr Engelbert Von Smallhausen
spu 4 life
Block D - I must admit that it only lasts about a minute (or 20 secs last Saturday) into a match these days!!! LOL
Highgatespur
Pat Dillon - He's the man. COYS!!
Damian Ward
LOL spu4life - brilliant!!! I've wikipediaed and he's got great rate of success...
Highgatespur
Camper we didn't get Rodgers because we would have had to sack Redknapp at the time when Levy was only letting him get Nelson and Saha in. He would have to pay Redknapp off rather than get compensation from the FA which he probably expected at the time. It needed a little "To Dare is to Do" which actually is just a silly slogan plasted round WHL. Liverpool grabbed him and notice how the Fenway group looked at 2 candidates, Rodgers and Martinez, thats how a professional club should be run.
matt hoten
BREAKING NEWS from SSN: Tim Sherwood is staying at White Hart Lane as manager, announcement pending, sainsbury's have offered him a position as store manager.
spu 4 life
Man On! I hear he's staying quiet on rumours!!!
Highgatespur
Spu4life - a trainee manager surely ?!
Highgatespur
I hear he turned down the Lidil job. He is just so arrogant, thinking he's ready for Sainsbury's!
MAN ON!
''I must admit that it only lasts about a minute (or 20 secs last Saturday) into a match these days'' Have you tried relate?
spu 4 life
Tim said one day I want to manage a big club like ARRODS
spu 4 life
Pundshop United are in the market.......
MAN ON!
Poundshop!
MAN ON!
well PL managers last on avg less than 2 seasons...on the LMA list of longest serving managers overall outside the top 3 longest serving managers (arsene is by far the longest) it's 4years then darren ferguson comes as the 6th longest serving manager with 3 seasons!....so whoever we appoint will have to be getting us playing well quickly or it'll be the same as our our ambitions...NEXT...
shedboy2
it's tuesday and 62% still think we will win at WBA and they have the answer to the question.
spu 4 life
on being asked why sainsbury's? "cos the future is orange innit !"
Highgatespur
Lets be honest here it's not a case of who we want it's more who we can get. Ancelotti sorry I am trying to stop laughing at that one, I think there is also a Spitfire on the moon, Klopp would be wonderful but again Dortmund are a bigger better club than us and are challenging for honours year in year out at the moment why does he want to come to a 2nd tier PL team? He doesn't. Benitez could do a great job but why leave Napoli again a team going somewhere in Italy to join us? LVG is an option so long as a bigger club doesn't come calling! Got to think Arsenal win the FA cup and Arsene stays so really only the Moyes decision will really effect whether there is a better opportunity in the PL at the end of the season. Fingers crossed LVG, De Boer is interesting but really why come to Spurs when you have the best job in Holland and really waiting for a top European teams to come up! Its a case of picking the scraps out of the bones at the end of the day for us.... realistically we aren't a big club in Europe anymore and our attraction is one of a fading star!
fletch77
shedboy2. That's crazy! A lot of them barely last through a season...
MAN ON!
Tim stop clicking on spurs win, the game is over
spu 4 life
Didn't we beat WBA 3-3!
MAN ON!
Back on topic, if I were in Levy's shoes, I'd offer all ST renewals at no cost or a reimbursement of the costs for 2013-4 season.

No joke, serious; it would earn him so much kudos....

Go on Danny Boy... show you have a heart!!!
Highgatespur
Bobby Charlton has told Alex Ferguson if Spurs get Von Smallhausen, can we get Herr Flick, AF said ''bobby those days have long passed you by''
spu 4 life
fletch77. I don't agree. We are a good prospect for anyone that wants to work in the PL. Good managers like a challenge and they can't all hang around waiting for the Barca's etc., to call.
MAN ON!
it really does depend on what Levy has in his mind and in his pocket...perhaps he would like a manager like Paul Lambert who will come in and just work with what he has as there seems to be no money..or will the new guy get to spend some of the 30m+ profit we've made on transfers in the last 3 years as well as player sales? or will we need to trim our squad if we miss out on Europe? Whatever the scenario we won't get a proven winner if we have no ambition...and you need more than words to back that up.
shedboy2
Spu, yup, they said at least you were there when it happened - many don't even make that and they pay for it! LOL
Highgatespur
Spu 4 life - apparently Tim has been offered the position of beverage manager on account of the fact the management know he couldn't organise a**** up in a brewery!
vicspur
lol Highgate dont phuck with Dim's going away money! It's best we pay the fees or we will be stuck with Dim for years to come...
Mix26
fletch77- sad but we are at the mo definitely a fading star...that said Rafa (my least fav of those mentioned) does want to come back to England...so that may be an option...
shedboy2
Klopp to Spurs! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!
Jables
Matt, Rogers has said in an interview, he had offers from both Liverpool and Spurs and he looked at the way the management of both clubs operate. He said that Liverpool give their managers more time which is why he went with them. Can you blame him when the ave length of a manager under ENIC is 22 months.
vicspur
Mix26, would make a few happy then...
Highgatespur
Vic, I accept what you are saying but with a bit of arm twisting I think he still might have come. He said that about Levy after the AVB sacking but he would have replaced Harry who actually had quite a long run as manager
matt hoten
Whilst many may feel Rafal Benitez is not a top class coach, his record is very impressive in terms of winning silverware. He has won the Europa League with two different clubs, at Chelsea and Valencia, won the Champions League and the FA Cup at Liverpool during a period when most would agree that Liverpool were not considered a top 3/4 Premiership level club, in terms of the quality of their squad and the clubs financial force at the time he was there. He also won the FIFA world Club World Cup at Inter Milan. All this in the last 10 seasons... If he would have won half those trophy's at Tottenham in the last decade he would have been considered one of the best coaches in the clubs history! I'm not a big Rafa fan but he does have a very impressive collection of winners medals!
Pele10
Until the little LOSER sitting on the ENIC throne and Joe Lewis sell up it won't make the slightest bit of difference who becomes the next head coach. It always has and always will end in tears with the poison that is ENIC ruining, polluting THFC. JOE LEWIS OUT!!!
Pele10
Camper, Pochetino could well be as good as Brendan Rodgers, but only 'maybe'. He's as big a risk as AVB, who has also shown himself to be exceptional in the right environment, but is still 'cutting his teeth'. In comparison, maybe Sherwood is still growing his... Poch is still a higher risk than Rafa, imo. Chemistry is our biggest issue with Rafa - sometimes it just doesn't suit and there's not telling when. And like FBD, if he's any good... he'll be offski. Rodgers is at Liverpool, who have incredibly history. Spurs taking that line of thinking when getting a new boss is flawed. Our best bet is an established, old codger, who everyone else has already had. Anceloti, LVG, Rafa. Although LVG is already sliding from this category. Ghulam, haha!! Joke of the week. I agree about beards, though. And goatees. Umbrellas defo OUT! Tracksiuts are ok. I'm not a lover of suits.
jerkinmahjurgen
I don't know about a new manager, but I'm starting to think that Levy himself has done as much as he can with Spurs & we need a fresh face at the helm of THFC. His hiring & kneejerk firing of managers method of running the Club is not doing us any favours IMO.

What do others think?

Spuds-U-Like
Levy is doing well. He has to juggle the budget of the board with the expectations of the fans.
jerkinmahjurgen
spu……key is Longevity and direction! if Levy can succumb to that, keep him, otherwise, jump on the yacht and let whoever is in charge of football look after football!
Dublin Hotspur
I still see no point in discussing who should manage until we see what competitions we are playing in and what players are to remain to fight for the shirt. Not to mention what managers will be left for the job once all the "better" (read CL and Europa) jobs have been taken. If we are out of Europe, need only a squad of 18 or so and have a whole mess of our top players wanting out, the manager you will attract will be of a different quality to one who is building upon an established squad. Which players actually wish to stay regardless? Which managers will take the job regardless? Lots of questions. I suspect there will not be a lot of answers until after the WC, with the exception of what competitions we will be in next season. Once the majority of questions have been answered we can then discuss who the best person for the job will be. Long way from that. COYS
peterballb
Unless ENIC are selling there is no point discussing Levy's position. He owns a good chunk of the club. Lewis owns the balance. There is nothing I have read or heard that suggests that Lewis is not happy with the returns. Once the stadium is built and 60k tickets are selling week in and week out, then ENIC will cash in. Until then, the best we can hope is that ENIC leave footballing decisions to football people and that we get a manager in with a plan that ENIC will leave to it.

Arsenal look terrible, and they make us look bad. Ouch. COYS
peterballb
maybe a little naive here but surely joe lewis instructs levy to sack managers or am i wrong
ledleygomez
MAN ON! I am not sure why you'd see us as a good prospect unless your sole draw was managing in the PL (as you stated) but even then you'd probably be waiting on potentially a ManU or Arsenal job which although remote remain options. And I agree there is only one Barca job however there are at least 15 maybe 20 other European clubs that are instantly more appealing than us in fact I'd say we are as appealing to many as Feyenoord, Lille or the likes of Basel. You may laugh but take away the daily hype and constant TV coverage then we really aren't that appealing
fletch77
As long as Levy is at the helm, the only thing that is certain is that the wrong decision will be made. He's had over a decade playing his fantasy football chairman and all he's done convincingly is prove that he's not fit for purpose. Granted, we're not up to our eyeballs in debt but we're not exactly performing where it matters either. Let's not forget that when ENIC up sticks and leave it's levy and Lewis whose pockets will be bulging, not the clubs. I know that there's plenty of apologists for the clown on this site but seriously guys how many times will you ignore the mans incompetence before facing the facts. Some have taken the old adage of fool me once,shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, to a whole new level.
thfc1882whl
Here is the model: Potential loss of revenue over next 3 years with no permanent stadium vs skill Gaps in the squad after the summer exodus vs cost of new manager vs cost of new stadium = 3 years of Spurs Wanderers with 4 home games at Wembley @80,000 seats offset by 15 "home" games at Milton Keynes/Upton Park/ Olympic Stadium equates to Joe Lewis/Daniel Levy trying to balance the PNL, so as Levy said earlier last month " no major changes in the closed season" which is code for; don't hold your breath Spurs fans this season was our last shot we are now going to enter a period of 3 years of muddle confusion disruption and strange venues that is of course the stadium is built by 2017 in which case we could be Spurs Wanderers for a little while longer! by the way, Scum just scored!
OyVeh Maria
Ha ha, my misses just looked over my shoulder while I was reading this thread! She saw DL, said " who's yer man with the scary eyes??" I told her, she answered..." Really? That psycho runs spurs??" Ha ha. Gotta love em!!!
Dublin Hotspur
DeBoer is the brave choice provided he's allowed to bring in his complete back room team. Imagine the effect it would have on the youngsters to havee Bergkamp taking training and let's not forget that Bergkamp was a spurs fan as a kid. Levy needs to be ordered to stay away from the football side of things and concentrate on getting the stadium built, forget 2017 it won't be ready until 2019 at the earliest. Failing that we can revert to the old ENIC favourite of transition.
thfc1882whl
Dublin - those who don't know, all seem to have the same reaction....
Highgatespur
It's going to be very interesting. I don't even see how we can possibly fill all of the gaps (CB, LB etc) unless we do so from within or accept what we have will have to do. We have 32 senior players. I believe only BAE and Gomes are out of contract. That's 30 players. If we are in 3 competitions, we will have to loan out or sell a dozen or so players before we can even think about adding players. Even if Ade (who I can't see staying for the pittance we will be paying him next season), Lloris, Vertonghen, Sandro, Capoue, Eriksen, Paulinho, Eriksen all go, we will still have to loan or sell 4 more, just to be down to a reasonable number for 1 game a week. Even still, Pritchard, Hall, Veljkovic and a few others may be in need of loans or playing time. It's going to be a mess. If we are out of Europe, it's not going to be pretty. COYS
peterballb
Higatespur.... perhaps Dublins Mrs is just a remarkably perceptive woman!
thfc1882whl
thfc1882whl I'm sure she is ....
Highgatespur
I agree that DeBoer would be an interesting choice, but there is nothing that suggests the new guy will have any chance to stamp himself on the team before the pressure becomes unbearable and the Board starts meddling. The only one who may get more "time" would be a Jurgen Klinsmann type. DeBoer has had the benefit of coaching Ajax, and while he has been dominant in the league, his CL and Cup results have not really matched what I would have expected. Basically, what sets him apart from Ramos, AVB, Hasi or Yakin? Do I believe any would be given the time? History suggests that is very unlikely. COYS
peterballb
"No to Beards, gilets, any kind of sportswear, macs and umbrellas!," MAN ON!


I'd accept a manager wearing a grass skirt and having a banana in his ear if he can manage the team the right way.

Falstaff the Fool
DeBoer and his team have brought through some great youngsters from the youth ranks at Ajax and given our financial constraints building a new stadium he seems ideal as our transfer budget would be minimal
thfc1882whl
"Imagine the effect it would have on the youngsters to havee Bergkamp taking training and let's not forget that Bergkamp was a spurs fan as a kid."


Bergkamp was the rare Gooner player that I could admire when he played and didn't despise. If only he could take a ride in a airplane.

Falstaff the Fool
Peter, I am beginning to question the feasibility of a 60,000 capacity stadium. I had to go away three days before the Southampton game, I put my ticket up on Stubhub at £40, £20 less than face value, gradually reduced the price till it eventually sold for a princely £10. This is for a fixture which was always going to be an entertaining match, it doesn't bode well for filling a 60,000 stadium playing Stoke on a wet and windy winters night. Maybe Levy has no intention of building a stadium, could be a smoke and mirrors exercise to lure a potential unsuspecting buyer.
ItalianYiddo
There's not a manager out there that will stop Rose Naughton Dawson chiriches walker kaboul and vertonghen leaking sloppy goals! I'm sure you'd all agree ;) Whoever comes in will be doomed from the start! Good teams build from the back! We haven't got 1... Most disjointed team I've laid eyes on :( clueless board
Jimmy Smith
Dublin, I'm not sure who looks the biggest nutter, Sherwood or Levy. I suppose Levy looks scarier.
ItalianYiddo
IY....I floated the idea of ENIC selling up with only planning permission in place over a year ago now. They are the footballing equivalent of a plague of locusts.
thfc1882whl
Jimmy Smith - by your account we should be where Fulham are...
Highgatespur
IY, TS is just like a naughty school boy
Highgatespur
There will be no announcement until this season is done and dusted. Then I doubt it will be immediate. As for who. No idea. I worry about whoever we get as Levy gets trigger happy when things gets tough. I'm not getting excited again about any manager or potential players.

If I had to profile a manager it would be someone who had won things, who likes to play attractive football and someone who was not to old and wanted to stay with us long term. which manager fulfils that criteria?
BeingIStoBe
Jimmy - agree, I don't think we will have a back line next summer that is anywhere near good enough. I think vertonghen will go, Kaboul will go as he is out of contract, Dawson is too old to be a starter, Rose is not good enough full stop, Vlad is average at best and is not a starter imo and Walker regressed this season.

I think if we retain Naughton, Walker, dawson and Vlad we need two more CD and two LB unless Fryers is deemed good enough to cover LB, better than Rose which I think he will be.
BeingIStoBe
Jimmy Smith, actually under the previous manager we conceded 21 goals in 16 games, take away the two heavy defeats and we were bloody good defensively, not so good offensively, but who knows we might have got there.
ItalianYiddo
IY, In contrast to your experience I hear a ticket went for just under £2000 for the NLD....
Highgatespur
Maybe DeBoer could placate Verts and return him to the player he was when we got him. Alongside Ericsson he's our only other truly world class player, still waiting to see if Sandro can return from his injury completely before he can be called world class again. The whole coaching staff have a hell of a lot of explaining to do.
thfc1882whl
Highgate, Can't see LVG announcement being made in May. It might be agreed in principle, but not something LVG or Holland would want interfering with their WC campaign. I accept that the players need to be aware (in a roundabout way) about a 'big name' as their new boss before there is an exodus. If the rumours about LVG reviewing his options ref PL are true, then nah, I wouldn't want him. Remember Willian. had his medical and then saw a better option! Managers are no different to players nowadays. Offer them a project, money, CL and I don't think we'd be in the running. Furthermore, how many times have we heard that Levy is the most difficult chairman to deal with?. His words (projects) mean nothing. Let's hope none of the top 5 PL sides lose their manager in summer, They can all offer a better carrot!
Critical_Spur
Peter- I think Brad, gomes, BAE, Obika and mason are all out of contract...we could also sell those with a year left - Kaboul, Ade, Khumalo and falque, complete Livermore together with Rose, Townsend and Gylfi...so that's 13 out (only 2 of which we'd miss!) a few more decisions would need to be made (carrol) and more loans arranged (bentaleb) but i think we could cover that lot with 3 or 4 players in and a back up keeper....Lukaku, Konoplyanka, Indi, Robinson...and a LB! BUT will we be able to attract the quality to replace numbers? and will we show enough ambition to try (actually pursue some of these guys?) I also think we'll lose one big player...Verts, Pauli or lloris but if we sell any more of the family silver we may just as well all pack up and watch Enfield Town...and then ENIC won't be able to sell the stadium let alone fill it!
shedboy2
Highgate, I got £10 for the Southampton game and sweet FA for the Sunderland game, the game wasn't a sellout so it didn't get to Stubhub, I gave it away.
ItalianYiddo
Critical - gonna hold on until the week 7-11 May...
Highgatespur
I think we more likely to hear squeaks from various players' agents before we hear about our new manager. If we find out any of our stars suddenly sustain an injury (ala Bale), you'll know that player is a gonner! Verts fits that bill. Lamela?...
Critical_Spur
IY thats criminal ... rather than Stubhub those near me use their own networks (me included) to buy tickets off them always at face value...the Sunderland game had low crowd anyway - lots of empty seats.... I do really think the whole club do need to look at its values... mind you Ive been saying that for a few years now...
Highgatespur
Critical, I'm hoping that this season's has seen its worst moments - I am going to hold on to an effective appointment! I think WC will be a deciding factor as far as players go...
Highgatespur
Personally id like to see LVG at the lane because this club needs someone who can do the business on and off the pitch and knows what it takes to build the foundations for a successful club but I think we'll end up with Rafa.
notnats
Jimmy Smith, I cannot agree with you on that one. Yes, under AVB, we got pasted by City and Liverpool, as they have done against other sides, but I do not recall any of the issues that are omnipresent now. It is appalling. We are not prepared for the team on the other side of the pitch when the games start. It's all well and good to throw things around the change room, accost players, swear then make changes at the half to influence the game, but would be some much more effective if we weren't always coming back from a deficit after yet another listless first half filled with school boy errors. 15 of AVB's 26 matches we kept clean sheets. All that with all of the injuries and the dreaded high line. Since then 5 clean sheets in 24 games. Our defence is all over the place and the players seem to need to get yelled at and turned over just to focus on what the other side is doing. But for Lloris this second half, we'd have been right properly stuffed week in and week out. And that's all without having to have Walker make his 3-5 ghastly defensive plays every game.

I will agree though that one must build from the back out. I truly thought we were on our way, but whoever comes in will have to address that pronto, or TS will have to do so. That will be a much tougher task without the already gone in mind Vertonghen and the coveted Lloris. Kaboul is on his last legs. Dawson will not get any better and Chiriches cannot play on the left side, whether as a CB or a full back. He's just not comfortable there. How does one bring in players when you have only three competitions and 30 senior players in the squad. Now that is the challenge the gaffer next season will have to address. COYS
peterballb
notnats, and why would Benitez come and why would he leave Napoli? Napoli are all but assured a top 3 and CL spot for next season and are in the Final of the Coppa Italia. Doesn't really seem to me an ideal time to jump ship. Lots of rumours. Fact is, if we are not in Europe, once all the CL and Europa clubs from top leagues have managers, then the next level of manager will consider us. News Flash, we are not a prime team to manage. We are that next level. And any manager who comes will know all too well that their stay will likely not be long enough to effect the changes and the culture necessary to progress. Sad, but true. COYS
peterballb
Gday PeterB, to be honest I don't really have a scooby who will manage us next season, when I said I think we'll end up with Rafa I was just being a bit cynical as he is definitely not my preferred choice. my preferred choice is LVG for many reasons however im also not sure we can attract someone of his calibre at this moment. Also mate you don't have to news flash me that we are not a prime team to manage unfortunately this whole club could do with a serious shake up from top to bottom. initially I was pleased that LVG was showing an interest in coming to spurs with all the obvious challenges that would come with the job. I also thought he might be the one able to stand up to Levy and build some foundations. but unfortunately the euphoria never lasts. your absolutely right top managers including the likes of Rafa will probably steer well away from spurs and DL. sad but true. COYS
notnats
NewsFlash was not intended for you, but for all those deluded in to thinking that Spurs is a peach of an appointment. I meant no disrespect. If we are not in Europe next season, it is going to be a disaster dealing with 30 senior players and the 3-5 kids that will want look-ins. I believe LVG, like so many others, are just using Spurs to make them seem wanted and increase their value. He has only ever managed top clubs. Rafa, while a cynical choice, is the right age, with the right amount of experience and success wherever he has been. COYS
peterballb
Cheers PerterB, I've heard a few people say that LVG would only be interested in coming to spurs because he's looking for a nice easy retirement package but as we know theres a lot of clubs out there and in the uk that are much easier and much more attractive than spurs at the moment but who's to say if LVG or someone of his calibre might or might not be be interested in this unique and challenging position. ok im being cynical again, must stop that. A few people are talking up young managers like Pochettino who I must say has the saints playing some good football and of course he would probably consider it a step up in the football world but I wonder if he has the ability to manage the off field issues as well as standing up to Levy and being his own manager.
notnats
I cant see us joining arsenal in the Europa next season as manu have a better run in and even tho they have had a disaster season by their standards they still seem to be able to finish off strongly at this later stage of the season unlike our good selves who never finish off strongly. some will see this as a blessing but again this will only make spurs less attractive to potential managers and layers alike.
notnats
If Arsenal win the FA cup and finish 5th, what league spots will get into the Europa, would it be 6th and 7th?
Dublin Hotspur
Honestly it feels like we're on the edge of the abyss but it needn't be and needn't have come to this....Levy has made a string of poor decisions...now is the time to get it right. Get the Manager right and buy some quality players!...we need to pursue the players now! We can't afford to wait until after the WC...get some quality in and start shipping off the 13-15 players that are excess (yes we may need to take a hit on a few but most are salable) He who hesitates is lost!
shedboy2
If people believe that we're not that appealing to the top managers that may/will become available for next season, then why also speculate about them? If Spurs are now seen by fans to be second rate then what is all the fuss about? We seem to think we deserve better in one breath but in the next we're not worthy of the likes of LVG etc. I'm once again confused. If our recent form is solely down to our current Coach then why should that be a problem for someone else coming in? On the other hand, If the squad is deemed not good enough then why blame Sherwood? So my question is: Who should we then choose as the next guy, if all the top guys are bound not to be interested in Spurs?
MAN ON!
Morning Dublin. If Arsenal win the FA Cup and finish 5th I think Hull (as FA Cup runners up) take the place in the EL. Maybe Hudd and Livermore will get to play in Europe next season whilst our players don't!
SpuriousLife
Bollix, I think you are right spurious, I just woke with a glimmer of hope! looks like we will have to hold off Utd then! will 6th even get us in?
Dublin Hotspur
That is right SpuriousLife, Hull are basically guaranteed a EL spot wherever Arsenal finish.
Kong
Dublin and Spurious, I have looked at that scenario again and maybe Arsenal finishing 5th and winning the FA Cup does entitle 7th place a europa slot. If Arsenal finish 5th and win the FA Cup, they take the 5th European Spot (automatic Europa League Group Stage qualification) and Hull might get nothing.
Kong
From the premier league website - If the FA Cup winners finish in the top four, their UEFA Europa League place goes to the runners-up. However, if the FA Cup winners finish outside the top four, their UEFA Europa League place goes to the next-highest ranked team in the Barclays Premier League (nominally the seventh-placed team).
Kong
There is hope but we will want Arsenal to finish 5th and win the FA cup, unlikely.
Kong
Interesting Kong.I don't know how we find out. I'd prefer to be in Europe (even if it is the EL) rather than have no European football at all.
SpuriousLife
6th will get us in as Man City won the Carling cup and they will finish in a CL position.
Kong
Thanks Kong, but I don't want Arsenal to win the cup! but I do want Europa! what have we done to ourselves!
Dublin Hotspur
What a scenario Dublin, imagine that Arsenal finish 5th and its the FA cup final, I cannot be supporting Arsenal or can I :).
Kong
With so many of our players going to the World cup, a new guy in charge and not much pre-season preparation with the whole squad, if we fail to qualify for the EL, that's probably a good thing now. Too many matches to be played, whilst yet again in transition.
MAN ON!
we need some form of european football otherwise we will have a lot of disgruntled players
ghulamville
Your last post is spot on Man On!!!
Ossie
I'm not sure that many of our players would relish playing in the EL. Half of them will be knackered before the season even starts.
MAN ON!
man on- I think you're confused because you're looking at part of the picture rather than the whole...people on here don't speak with one voice so whilst some will think we're not attractive others will, Tim is not liked for many reasons all detrimental to our club progressing and moving forward but he's not the sole reason..there are many inter-related issues that must be aligned for us to move forward...first and foremost is how much do we have to spend? we haven't spent any net cash in 3 years and we're now at the point of diminishing returns...perversely not getting Europe and losing players can help us...if we buy quality and lose mediocre we can eek out another window without spending any real new money....but if we just sell the most desirable of our players and hold onto the average players ..reducing the size AND quality of our squad..we'll be fecked for years to come...my view is we're not second rate and not an elite club either- if we're ambitious we get a good manager and some quality players...if we pay peanuts we'll get monkeys! and we'll have more entertainment at the Zoo than watching Rose (crosses) and Townsend (shots) kick balls into the stands...;)
shedboy2
I was referring to your post about Spurs and managers Man On.
Ossie
Yes Kong thats what I was led to believe that Hull will only get into Europe if Arsenal finish in the top 4 and win the FA Cup.
Ossie
No, it's because I look at the whole picture that I'm confused.;-) I wasn't making any statements I was just asking questions. I was asking them on behalf of all the varying views.
MAN ON!
I do get what you're saying shed boy.... So many questions and, as Geofspurs says, variables....
MAN ON!
If Utd win all their games, as do we, they finish ahead with an 18 GD! I wonder would they throw a game. we need Europe more than them. The wages they offer are ridiculous! (offering 260k P/W for Kroos???) We can never attract elite players with that sort of competition, but the only chance we have of keeping our current quality bunch is a new gaffer and European football. otherwise we are regressing in players eyes to the likes of Southampton and West Ham. not that appealing to the big names!
Dublin Hotspur
man on- I wasn't trying to come off as patronising..;) and in answer to your last question on that post....'Who should we then choose as the next guy, if all the top guys are bound not to be interested in Spurs?'- Hoddle with Houghton as assistant and Ginola on the staff...;)
shedboy2
Then, unfortunately Dublin, we find our true level. If players want to leave then so be it. They should be part responsible for our end of season position. If they have no care to stay and improve on it then farewell and good luck.
MAN ON!
We should hold the key to our destiny! why is it every season another team chooses it for us? Chelsea winning CL, Arsenal winning last game last season, Arsenal in the cup final / fight for 5th this season…..
Dublin Hotspur
also for the bragging rights it would be great if only for one season to say we finished ahead of manure
ghulamville
Yes Man on, I agree, but we have scouted well and have some proper players we could truly develop and challenge on all fronts with. They can become elite, and if we step our level up, which should have begun this season but for dire mis management, we can hold them, and attract new players, offering higher wages etc. its a long slog, but we can't afford to fall away now. Our level has been 4th or 5th, now 7th. exodus…decline.
Dublin Hotspur
dublin - that is why it is imperative we keep our big names (as Pool did with suarez)...they are tied to contracts...if we allow Verts, lloris, Pauli et al to walk we're finished for years...reduce the size of the squad (we can lose 12 without noticing!)and pay to get in quality...or yes we'll be like West Ham...but with a smaller stadium...:(
shedboy2
Ghulam, yes indeed it would, after the season we have had especially. but therein brings other issues with Moyes, and potential suitors for our managerial position.
Dublin Hotspur
shedboy2... I know you wasn't..... I like that set-up.
MAN ON!
Dublin Hotspur. I remain optimistic for next season. :-0..... I don't foresee any mass exodus anyway. I hope I'm right. So much does depend on the next guy in charge and who he wants in the squad anyway.
MAN ON!
Utd still need to go to Everton and the Saints, so their run in aint that easy, if we win our 2 homes and beat either Hammers or Stoke away I believe we will finish above Utd ghulamville.
Ossie
Yes Shed, I agree fully. In this situation, Levy really needs to put his foot down and get things sorted on the manager front and transfer / current player situation. surely he can see the potential car crash that is looming as we can??
Dublin Hotspur
Get some quality in where we need it, up the wages, get rid of the chaff! show we mean business! and write off this season as a learning exercise!
Dublin Hotspur
Oh If only I was in DL's shoes!!! just for a week.
Dublin Hotspur
We still only need a bit of tweaking surely... This has been like one long pre-season to next season. Too many downs and not enough ups for my liking.
MAN ON!
True again Man on. tweaking, but being generous enough in the transfer market and wages front to ensure we keep who we need to progress, and fill this gaps in the squad that desperately need to be.
Dublin Hotspur
The not knowing what is going on behind the scenes is fast morphing into a state of panic in my mind!
Dublin Hotspur
shedboy2 - You're not making sense. We aren't a top team now so how can we "always be a top team" ? If you know how to finish above teams that have more money and better managers on a consistent basis then spell it out.
jod
Ossie... I'm sure that even with just a handful of matches left, there will be a few more twists and turns to come at the top of the league. Still at least 6 teams fighting to stay up as well.
MAN ON!
Ossie, yes, they look tough for Utd, they should never be looking at those games as tough fixtures based on where they have been for the last God knows how long. and nor should we think of anything but wins from our last 4 games, but we have started to look at teams like West Ham (who have done us twice already this season) and Fulham as tough fixtures…. the aspirations of a CL seeking club? well its all in the lap of the Gods, or rather our manger, players, and UTD, Arse, Everton etc's laps. fingers crossed and hold tight for the final loop on this roller coaster of a year.
Dublin Hotspur
Part of me still thinks that Roberto Mancini would be our best bet. He has Prem winning experience and would almost certainly be OK with moving to London. He knew how to set a team up and over time moved it from a defensive counter attacking style into a more free flowing football. Whilst he had a big budget, he generally bought well. He is a disciplinarian that is not afraid to make tough decisions on the squad and everyone plays for him. He's also at an age where he could steer us through the period where we are building the stadium and through the other side. Most of all though, I like his passion and his pure hatred of losing.
muttley
If it all goes well next season, what the hell will we have to discuss, speculate and argue about?
MAN ON!
Just wait and see Man On, no matter what happens there will always be things to argue about on here....
Ossie
Ossie.. Sorry, but you're wrong. You must be deluded!
MAN ON!
Man on, wouldn't that be a lovely conundrum to decipher!
Dublin Hotspur
lol Man On...
Ossie
I look forward to saying our next coach is crap. when we're sitting handsomely atop the PL and with an FA cup final to play.
MAN ON!
Jod- not making sense and not making sense to you are two different things!...;) I'll try and explain- I think the phrase you are having a problem with is 'I want us to continually strive to improve through the pursuit of excellence (not cheap stop gaps) if we always improve on our players and managers we will always be a top team...'....of course there is a definition of 'top' mine is we have finished inside the top5 since 2008....however we have considerably downgraded our manager and failed to improve our squad (losing 13 players and buying 7 last summer alone)....whilst player acquisition is subjective I believe Nelson and Saha would fall under the heading of cheap stop gaps in anyone's book. As would Tim Sherwood as manager...a returning loanee to play the season as 1st choice LB, tick, another cheap stop gap....whilst there is no magic formula for winning the league our cheap stop gap decisions are killing us....none of which could remotely come under the realm of pursuing excellence nor even trying to strive to improve on the people already holding those positions...
shedboy2
Fair enough shedboy2, well explained.
Highgatespur
Dublin, I'd definitely say that our club's aspirations have been downgraded a bit we start celebrating our fighting when coming back from 0-3 to draw 3-3 at a relegation threatened club; leaving supporters in the lurch with a total vacuum of news re next season amidst speculation and arranging a testimonial the day after the season ends!!!

Ah well let's see where this latest episode all ends... Take care.
Highgatespur
Whilst the vast majority are now agreed that LOSER Levy needs to stay well out of all football matters at the club, which I have voiced for a very long time... I am however still in the minority on my views of the stadium build. Let me explain, ENIC have publicly announced that naming rights are crucial element of the stadium budget. But who is going to invest a couple of hundred million quid or more ahead of the build? What major cooperation would invest such a huge sum of money into a building project 3 years or more ahead of it's completion? Of course if we were Man Utd, Arse, Chelsea, City or Liverpool the investor would have faith, based on the ownership of those clubs that the naming rights would bring the investor world wide exposure through the Champions League and parading silverware in the new stadium in the future... But with ENIC there are no guarantees of CL football, or silverware, or kit merchandising sells that would bring the club and the clubs stadium sponsor major global exposure. Investors/sponsors want to be connected to success, so why would any major cooperation invest a couple of hundred million into a project (a football club) where the vastly wealthy triple billionaire is not prepared to invest himself? A bit suspicious don't you think? The potential naming rights investor, only needs to do a little bit of research to understand that Joe Lewis buys football clubs to sell, not to bring on the pitch success, as his dreadful on the pitch record at 6 professional football clubs 100% proves. To sum up... I believe that if we the loyal Spurs fans put enough pressure on Levy, "We want LEVY OUT, we want ENIC OUT!" It may well convince Lewis to cash in now with planning permission and the land now in place, rather than the risks of relying on Levy anymore, who lets be honest has become the JOKE figurehead of THFC. Arsenal and Chelsea fans love the LOSER! Levy may own a fair portion of ENIC, but Lewis is the vast majority share holder and therefore can push through a sell at any time he so chooses. Levy has failed him on the OS, and on the pitch success, so what guarantees are there for Lewis that Levy, even with the funding in place won't F UP the project! He has conflicts with all his DOF's and coaches, so it is very possible he may have conflicts with the architects, and the construction company etc involved in the build. The last thing Lewis would want is there being stadium delays and the project going over budget. With Levy running the operation, I feel this is very possible! The last thing we want is that clown Levy to put the club into major debt because of his incompetence! He may well be able to sell the clubs star players to keep Joe Lewis happy with a zero net spend, but there is nothing to sell when a building project goes over budget other than more of the playing staff, and we all know Lewis won't put his hand in his pocket like the Russian at Chelsea if there are problems... It's the team that will suffer further!!! "We want Levy OUT, we want ENIC OUT"...
Pele10
Pele10... Good morning. Why such a long post, when all we need to do is read the last line, to get the message? ;-)
MAN ON!
MAN ON! Good morning. Thanks for taking the time to read it! ;-) As for your saying "If it all goes well next season, what the hell will we have to discuss, speculate and argue about?" We won't have to speculate or argue! We will be able to enjoy talking about the great football on view, the classic goals, our favorite players, and where we are going to meet up for a drink at the next cup final... Sadly this won't happen whilst clown Levy and the scrooge are ruining the THFC show! ENIC OUT!!! ;-)
Pele10
I do always read the whole post. I'm a sucker for them... ;-)
MAN ON!
I am getting a little annoyed with the media speculation surrounding the Spurs managerial post. Not becasue I want to see Tim still in the job in September but because I would have hoped with the shambolic season we've had and the ludicris decision to get rid of the man formulating our "long term Plan" 18 months after he started, that Baldini would have gotten his finger out and drafted up a potential list of candiates focusing on their footballing philosophy, experience, how well they would suit the current squad at Spurs, man management skill and ability to extract more from a team then the sum of its parts. The candidates should then be ranked in order of preference and Baldini should now be in the final stages of signign them up to a spurs contract. The only leaks to the press should be that the managerial position at Spurs has been sorted!
Slurms McKenzie
We are not going to get one of the iconic names of the World game. The scenario we offer of trigger happy Chairman and neurotic hysterical supporters is too well known by now.However I think Benitez is a realistic prospect. He fits the bill of a very experienced manager and he did a fantastic job at Chelsea with lukewarm support from the Directors and a hostile crowd.Could be valuable qualification for Tottenham
cynicspur
Remind me how Southampton's manager was one of the iconic names of the world game when they appointed him? Yet now he is right up there for the spurs job! Baffling!
Slurms McKenzie
cynicspur, agree that Benitez is a realistic option, and he cant possibly be as bad Levy's DIM as he has won as many European Competitions as THFC in it's entire history in the last 10 years, with a CL included, so the guy could bring us silverware... But in my opinion Rafa would get shafted very quickly by Levy, because Levy just can't help himself interfering on the football side of things. And I cant see Rafa excepting the job anyway. Why would he need the stress? And he is vastly wealthy already so he does not need a quick pay day like he picked up at Chelsea without the silverware and CL football he brought CFC to go with it... You would have to be a novice opportunist like DIM or in it for a quick pay off to take up Levy's job offer, neither being good for the club or it's fans...
Pele10
Interesting question oxfordspur.......... If I were in DANIEL'S shoes?? I'd step down from anything to do with the football side of THFC apart from allocating the annual budget for the new manager. BUT WHO should I choose????????? ..............True or not this is now said with my tongue firmly in my cheek. .......Well I have put off Brendan, I also missed out on Martinez and guess what!!!!! their teams are both above Spurs and playing good football. So makes me feel sick, I must get it right this time on all fronts. MMMM ........... Well Ancelotti maybe available on a free, so that's a plus. LVG can go take a hike, prostituting himself to our nearest opposition and Man U. FDB sound like the other one who left last year. He might be different, not so adamant about players/tactics etc. So maybe him. Klopp is at a very well run club and are playing attractive football, but would he want to come to THFC with me in charge??? I wouldn't want to pay the compensation either. Rafa has dabbled in the premier league and been successful but could he do that for Spurs??? Maybe he could but then he doesn't always buy the best players but he does make a profit on sales (Alonso) so that's a plus. Or I could just take the easy option and stick with my mate Sherwood, I mean he's done alright hasn't he. He's got the team fired up and playing really well and the fans love him. If he's upset some of the better players it wont matter because I can sell them off for more profit!!!! Yummy I love this playing at being the bigwig and getting paid over £2 mill per annum. INCREASING THE WORTH OF MY SHARES at the same time!!!!.
longtimespur
Pele its not about having enough money, even if I owned all the money in the world, i'd trade it all in for just a little bit more.
Slurms McKenzie
I fail to recall the beautiful free flowing football that a Rafa Beneath-us side plays?
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms, It's now 24 hours since I opted out of being embroiled with all the speculation - it feels better but non the painless as I wait for the announcement!!!
Highgatespur
* painful not painless LOL
Highgatespur
We could always put Gomes in goal. He used to be good, not so long ago. He'll need to clean the cobwebs from his tentacles and remember who he plays for first...
MAN ON!
wrong thread.....
MAN ON!
Slurms ... Why are you annoyed with the media .... it's this forum and others like it that fuels their speculation to start with.
Geofspurs
Pele, I agree with the first half of your long post. it makes perfect sense. the bit before "in conclusion".. lol. but the posts are becoming very relevant now!
Dublin Hotspur
Daniel does not wear shoes. The amount of $hit we've endured this season, sensible Wellies are the order of the day.
Cider spurs
It is my belief that Spurs, out of Europe, rather than being a good thing, would set us far further back than if we are in CL. Including players loaned out, we have 30 (that's right) senior players who will bearound next season. With one game a week, we will need about 18-20 tops assuming that the bottom couple are players lile Bentaleb, Carroll, Kane, Veljkovic. That would still mean we would have to shed some 10 players, just to be down to a reasonable squad size. That's without even considering the fact that we will not be going anywhere unless the back end is rectified. If we lose Lloris, Verftonghen, Sandro, the hole will be huge. It will not, however, be able to be filled until we get rid of a whole lot of players. Considering Dawson and Kaboul look to be playing above their level we need to bring in 3 CB's, at a minimum, unless Hall is deemed ready. Then we still need two and to make room for Hall. I do not see nyrasonable way to fil gapswhile also giving players time on the pitch with but one game a week.

On the flip side, if we are in Europe, the manager can at least try to instill some winning in the club while being able to use most of the squad as we will be playing twice a week Yes, we may still still lose Lloris, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro, Capoue, Adebayor, but at least then, we will have a chance to use the unused money (never even touched the new TV revenue) to effect the necessary changes going forward. Without Europa, we would probably need to sell or loan out 15 players just to allow us to fill the holes and cobble together a squad of 18-20 reliabe players for the one match a week. I don't see any blessings in missing Europa. Why will City, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea not be strengthening as well? That could mean 5, perhaps 6 better looking choices for any prospective signings in the PL alone. Out of Europe is a huge step backwards and I see nothing but years of regression coming from it. COYS
peterballb
Why do people continue proffering the name, Benitez? Other than the fact that age, success, eperience wise, he is perfect. Reality is, he still has a year on his contract at Napoli. They are in a Cup Final and look assured of being in the CL qualifying round. He also is not a man who the "traditionalists" will like (ie, he does his homework and does not just play the Spurs Way). If he were itching to leave, and if we were in Europa, perhaps he would be ideal. He would coach, his way, regardless. He would probably walk away with silverware as well and, yet another big payout. IMO, we could do a lot worse. But I still cannot see that happening because he is setting Napoli up for a good end of season which may include CL and a Coppa Italia win. Why would they want himto go? Why would he want to go unless it was for a club like United? Just can't see it. Owen Coyle, anyone? COYS
peterballb
Geof I'm not annoyed at media, well I am but for other more varied reasons, I'm annoyed at the club for letting the situation develop to the point where we will be linked with every two bit manager in the world until we $h1t or get off the potty!
Slurms McKenzie
he has slipt up so many times i thought he was wearing slippers
123spurs
peter your talking to much sense be careful, just cause it worked for livepool beenin europe doesnt mean it will work for us
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