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  • Reply to

    Fixture list

    by not_blonde_really Jun 20, 2013 21:14
    sledge sledge Jun 21, 2013 09:54 Flag

    First thought is Levy MUST BUY TWO quality strikers weeks before the season even begins! (Fat chance of that)
    It seems a very tricky start to me. In the first 6 games we have two away trips to newcomers. Games against Swansea and Norwich whom we slipped up against last season which cost us big. And then of course the Ar$e and Chavs games which most will focus on, and who are well on the way to seriously strengthening their squads. Whereas we're still faffing about with the usual rumours and gossip! I swear we have more links each transfer window than a Google search!
    I can see Bale leaving if Levy does not show he's serious in giving THFC the boost of quality players we desperately need to keep up with the other top sides and ultimately beating them to the punch for a change!
    But then, what do I or any of us fans know?

  • Reply to

    Could you Adam n' Eve IT!!!!!!!!!

    by sledge Sep 29, 2012 19:26
    sledge sledge Sep 30, 2012 10:53 Flag

    Phew!!! Great!!! So it was not a dream! :)

    I thought we were outstanding from Kick Off, Sandro & Dembele really bossed the middle superbly in the first half (I think they could be one of the truly great Central Midfield pairings) with Bale and Lennon making some really excellent runs and scaring the knickers off ManUtds defence.

    Agreed Kentish! Vertonghen is a gem! I love his forward runs and his coolness in his position be it CB or LB. And with Caulker doing so well, Gallas really proving many wrong with his energy, drive and stature, Kaboul on the road to recovery, I think BAE may have a real challenge to reclaim his place.

    I think you're right SB... At the moment it is between Vertonghen and Dembele that could be our man of the season. Both suits me fine :)
    Sandro is getting better and better and seems to be really clicking with Moussa better than he did with Modric. They complement one another more it seems.

    Joe was right to point out the hard work Defoe put in at OT. It was very easy to forget him as he didn't really get any clear chances on goal. I have noticed though that this season he seems to work alot harder off the ball and stretches defences and creates space for team mates. His part in our 3rd goal was immense, his strength and determination to hold the ball until support came and then releasing Bale was fantastic.
    The goals he's scored for both club and country already this season really seems to have given him a new lease of life and it is clear to see he is enjoying every moment of his time on the pitch. The hunger is back with our Defoe, long may it last!

    I think if I had to be critical about our performance, it would be that we sat back too much too early. Right from the start of the second half we seemed to revert to type and gave posession away far too cheaply and invited the onslaught rather than try keep a cool head and frustrate Utd and make them work to get the ball. Like SB I was convinced even at 90 mins that we would at best finish at 3-3 and feared 4-3.
    Some may say we were lucky with that penalty incident, but we were more than owed that with all the c.r.a.p.p.y decisions that have had to endure over the years against ManUtd. So I don't feel we were at all fortunate to come away with 3 points.

    Well done to the ref Foy (He of that Stoke game last season) for not succumbing to Fergie and the crowd and keeping the game fair and flowing.
    Also for remembering that it's a league game that does not require Extra Fergie Time that is usually mandatory if Utd are not leading after 90 ;)


    As for Fergie! His comments post-match were unsportsmanlike, shameful, embarassing and alltogether hilarious! It seems he truly believes his teams require special treatment and outside assistance beyond the 11 in red.
    Four minutes were more than fair as I only recall a minute or two where Gallas needed a new contact lense put in.
    He got it wrong in the first half, that's it!

  • 3-2 to Spurs at Old Trafford!!!

    Will have to regrow all my hair and probably dye it black again after, but wow! Well done Lads and AVB

    COYS

    Now I need to check at least 20 different websites just to make sure what I saw was no dream :P

  • Reply to

    going to be a long season.

    by A Yahoo! User Sep 1, 2012 17:03
    sledge sledge Sep 1, 2012 17:48 Flag

    Another terrible and boring performance!
    It was almost a carbon copy of last weeks game at home to WBA!

    I'm with you on the team selection SB.
    I was already fuming 15 minutes before kick-off when I saw the line-up!
    For the life of me I cannot understand why play Sandro & Livermore in the centre with only a small target man upfront, especially when at home and against Norwich!
    AVB obviously did not learn from last weeks performance.

    We have enjoyed a great record at the Lane over the last couple of seasons, but now it's looking like the Tottenham of old.

    Levy got his priorities all wrong during the transfer window, left it till too late as per usual. Not getting a fit replacement for Modric is going to cost us big time.
    Dembele, Sig and Dempsey all good players, but none I see as world class (maybe Dembele will get there)... Whereas Modric, VdV & Gio are!

    I don't understand why leave the Moutinho thing right till the very end, perhaps they could have sorted out the sticking points if time was not such an issue.
    For me, Levy is highly unprofessional come transfer window.
    Whatever he saved in fees/wages by not signing him, he'll lose alot more in lack of success on the pitch.

    I look at our squad and see lots of decent players, lots of deadwood (fossils in some cases) and really only one or two outstanding talents.
    I think we'd do well to get 60 points this year and a top 6 finish.

    AVB does not seem a quick learner to me. We did not look like having a game plan and the players were not playing for each other today. Lots of frustration both on and off the pitch.

    Was that Mr Lewis I saw with Levy during the game?
    I wonder what he made of it.

    I'm afraid we're looking very soft and short of creativity this season.
    I know people keep saying its early days... but it's now 3 games gone (2 at home) and zero improvement.

    Fingers X AVB can get to grips with the new signings ASAP and bring some dynamism back into our play.

    err... COYS?

  • Reply to

    Dawson

    by not_blonde_really Aug 21, 2012 21:20
    sledge sledge Aug 22, 2012 13:05 Flag

    I'm totally confused as to why AVB/Levy would even consider selling Dawson right now! Yes we have Kaboul, Gallas, Vertonghen and Caulker, but surely Gallas is on his last legs, Caulker is still just starting out his full professional career for Spurs, Vertonghen is yet untested in the Premier League.
    Getting rid of Dawson now seems very ill-judged and a more than risky gamble to take.
    Our Mike has been desperately unlucky since his injury whilst playing for England a couple of years back, and was always in the shadow of King Ledley, yet the Spurs faithful always appreciated him and thought of him as our Captain elect once Ledley quit.
    We'll probably survive ok without Dawson, but I feel it's too soon to let him go. The guy has heart and honour and that's a very rare quality these days.
    AVB has gone down a notch in my estimation now, and it wasn't very high to start with anyway. I think the guy has terrible judgement and tries too hard to put his stamp onto a squad too soon.
    It seems he's not learned his lesson after his Chelski nightmare afterall.

    We may have a CB too many, but Dawson is not the extra one in my mind. That is clearly Gallas!
    It's a money thing for sure. But it comes as a pretty big gamble.

    Hope AVB knows what he's doing.

  • Reply to

    Moutinho!>?

    by Joe Jul 12, 2012 14:32
    sledge sledge Jul 15, 2012 11:18 Flag

    I don't know much about Moutinho, but I did just read that Spurs have given up hope in signing him. It seems anything below £25Million (I think Levy/AVB offered between 16-18M) for an attacking midfielder is deemed derisory. But then I guess if we're valueing Modric at £30M+, Levy can hardly complain.

    If we cannot get a decent replacement for Modric, it's going to be interesting to see how much we're risking on pinning our hopes on Sig and VdV in that hole in midfield.

  • Reply to

    new kit on THFC site

    by longtimespur Jul 12, 2012 15:09
    sledge sledge Jul 12, 2012 17:13 Flag

    It may have been too soon after his fathers passing for Defoe to have participated in such a photo shoot.
    I hope he's not leaving, yet I would not blame him after the way 'Arry kept him out most of last season. And if AVB has not expressed an interest in keeping him, it would be best for him as he's still got a lot to give the EPL. He's too good for the bench.

  • Reply to

    new kit on THFC site

    by longtimespur Jul 12, 2012 15:09
    sledge sledge Jul 12, 2012 17:05 Flag

    ROFL!!!
    Kit Envy!?!
    You must be joking!!!
    LOL

    Your new sponsors ought to be Bertie Bassetts!!!

    Chesneys goalie strip looks particularly bad.

    Anyway, it sets the bar very low in hoping Tottenhams all Navy away kit will be superior to that one.

  • Reply to

    new kit on THFC site

    by longtimespur Jul 12, 2012 15:09
    sledge sledge Jul 12, 2012 16:11 Flag

    Does look good, although I have mixed feelings about it.
    I always prefer the navy shorts to be honest. And like that we change to all white in europe.
    Anyway, with kit changes every season these days, I guess it's difficult to come up with significant changes to "justify" fans buying a new strip.
    I do like this one, but collars are something I always despise... lol


    As for Modric! I had to look for a while to spot him. He's kind of hiding back there and doesn't exactly look excited does he?
    He, VdV and Gio all either at the back or at the very ends. You'd expect the big players to be in the front center. So it actually speaks volumes to me that THFC took this into account when the photo was taken. I'd be more inclined to expect now that these guys are on their way out.

  • Reply to

    Death's in the Spurs club!!

    by longtimespur Jun 7, 2012 11:07
    sledge sledge Jun 7, 2012 11:58 Flag

    My sincerest commiserations to both families of Levy and Defoe.

    I actually had not heard about The passing of Daniel Levy's mother few days ago till just now when reading KM's post on another thread.
    A sad week indeed for the THFC camp.

    Here's hoping Harry keeps it golden for a while.

  • Reply to

    spurs latest

    by A Yahoo! User Jun 5, 2012 11:37
    sledge sledge Jun 6, 2012 00:43 Flag

    I saw the highlights for the Brazil v Mexico game the other day.
    Dos Santos confirming what I already thought about him, the lad is fantastic! What a brilliant goal he scored, reminded me a little of the Hoddle goal against Watford all those years ago. That was a fantastic finish, and ofcourse winning that penalty as you mentioned SB. He's a real livewire when on the ball and tends to create something more often than not.
    How or why Harry ignores Gio is a mystery to me and many other GDS admirers. I'm fed up listening to all the crappy excuses of that he keeps going out and getting drunk at clubs and has an issue with turning up for training on time.
    He's been at Spurs what! 4 years now?
    And in all seriousness, not one person at the club (particularly Harry) could not get through to him?
    I thought Harry was the "Man Manager" extraordinaire!
    Surely if the guy is so lacking in discipline, would he not be in breach of his contract regarding fitness is integral to professional sport?
    If Balotelli, Tevez and even Barton keep playing so regularly for their clubs, how come Gio doesn't even get a look in at Spurs?
    I cannot imagine that Gio behaves less appropriately than that lot!

    If the matter is simply that Harry does not rate Gio, then I fail to understand how he can think players like an old, injured Saha, Joe Cole, Beckham would improve us. How does he keep expecting to push us on forward when he keeps looking to the past?

    As for Niko! I hope he stays too. If we do lose Modric (which looks likely), and should vdV decide to go back to Germany, we're going to be desperately short of creativity in the middle.


    Harry and Levy need to have a serious talk. Harry needs to show total commitment to THFC especially now that we know that he'll never get the England job.
    Levy needs to decide how far he wants to take Spurs as a team. Is he happy to merely challenge for 4th each season, or does he want trophies? He really needs to set targets with Redknapp and back him.

    As a lifelong fan, I felt we let the best opportunity to win the EPL fall away with a whimper. I felt that the board and the manager didn't want it enough, for they simply ignored the chance to strengthen the squad in January and take advantage of our surprisingly good form till then.
    And yes I know January is the toughest of the transfer windows to do any meaningful business, but we don't seem to do much better in the summer one anyway.

    Also now there's too much haggling over a couple of million when it comes to much needed quality and reinforcements at CB and Strikers.
    It's early in the window I know, but we seem to have formed some kind of ludicrous habit lately of waiting till the very end to make things happen... only for it to fail to materialize at all (VdV excepted ofcourse).

    The lack of action in the transfer windows over the last 2 years finally caught up with us in February and coupled with the England manager debacle, put an end to our hopes of qualifying for CL. The last few months could well have set us back a year or two... we need to do some big things this summer to prepare well for the new season. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but I won't hold my breath.
    COYTHFC!!!

  • According to todays headlines, it seems both Torres and Berbatov are unhappy at their current clubs.

    Torres has been out of sorts for the last 2 years, and ofcourse Berbs behaved like a $hit to force a move away from Spurs to Man Utd, and that makes many of us fans sick at the sight of him.
    Having said that, both are undeniably world class strikers who are hungry to get back to scoring ways.
    I'm pretty certain neither would want to come to Spurs, and I doubt Chelsea or Man Utd would sell to us anyway... also, it's unlikely we could afford either anyway.
    But one does like to dream on a monday morning ;)

    Would you take them? We are desperatly short upfront and i'm not sure we could attract any of the other players we've been previously linked with from abroad.

    Perhaps they'd take a punt on our exciting squad and feel they could prosper at WHL knowing they'd be guaranteed first team football.

  • Reply to

    The Precious...

    by sledge May 19, 2012 22:32
    sledge sledge May 20, 2012 13:37 Flag

    I don't think anyone is saying that had Harry put on another striker at Villa that we would have won.
    The point is that he didn't give it 100% in his willingness to take the season by the scruff of the neck and go all out to grab CL football no matter results elsewhere!
    Had we lost, no-one would complain... we were afterall down to 10 men and came from 1-0 down to level things up.
    Had Villa been dominating possesion, there could be no arguments in going for the draw... yet we came back, dominated, and also really needed the win with only one more game to go!
    The fact is, the risk was worth taking. For the risk in missing out on CL was too great not to.

    There were 18 games that Spurs failed to win this season... a single win in any of those would have got us CL footie next year... but the Villa game was right at the end of the season and the picture almost complete as to how things would turn out. No-one could have predicted earlier in the season how it would be, but at Villa we knew the risk was there.

    For me, and certain other fans, it was lunacy to not go for it.

  • Reply to

    Harry should do the decent thing

    by Berkshire Yid May 20, 2012 07:18
    sledge sledge May 20, 2012 13:24 Flag

    Well said SB... have to agree with pretty much all you said here.

    I can't quite understand why people are getting annoyed with the fans that are upset with Harrys mindset for the game at Villa.
    The chance that 4th won't guarantee CL football was there, and Redknapp ignored it, now to the cost of tens of millions to THFC and a major setback in our ambition to compete with the jet set.

    I do agree that we should keep Harry for another season, but if there's no improvement, Levy should start to look for a suitable man to take us that much further.
    There's nothing wrong with wanting to improve and advance the club to a point where we actually win trophies!
    Settling for just getting 4th every year is not really what I call being a big club.
    And as a Spurs fan, I expect to win a trophy every now and again.

    So if you're not 100% commited to getting CL football and are willing to risk losing out on it because of other clubs acheivements, then you really ought to take the Europa League, FA & League cups more seriously and go all out to win them!


    In the end, this year was a wasted opportunity.
    Still no CL football, another year with no trophy, and another year for our top players to think to themselves that they may aswell go elsewhere if they want medals.

    Harry has done a wonderful job at Spurs, no one is denying that... Our football upto new year was fantastic! SOme of the best i've seen since the days of Hoddle,Ardiles & Waddle... but some fans want to build on that momentum and win things! Not just settle for being the nearly men each year.

    This is Tottenham Hotspur! We have a history of winning big trophies... soon to become ancient history if we don't show a bit more bite in our expectations.

  • Reply to

    Harry should do the decent thing

    by Berkshire Yid May 20, 2012 07:18
    sledge sledge May 20, 2012 09:18 Flag

    Just noticed this thread... and I only just now posted my thoughts on the matter in another. So i'll copy & paste it here :)




    Well i'm certainly not asking for Redknapp to be replaced. I value what he's done at WHL the last few seasons very highly.
    As a Spurs fan for over 30 years, I know all too well that a great manager is hard to find.
    What I am venting my frustrations at is his gutless decision to settle for a draw when a draw left our position very vulnerable, and a win was vital in a game that we were well on top.

    Yes the team must take a big chunk of the blame for the lacklustre performances in recent months, but again it was Harrys bad decisions to let squad members go in January and not bring in sufficient cover for players that are playing week in and week out.
    A great man manager our Harry is, but not so when it comes to the squad or tactical ability.

    Now what we need is for Redknapp and Levy to go all out to bring in quality players this summer and not phaff about too much when it comes to transfer fees!

  • Reply to

    The Precious...

    by sledge May 19, 2012 22:32
    sledge sledge May 20, 2012 09:13 Flag

    Well i'm certainley not asking for Redknapp to be replaced. I value what he's done at WHL the last few seasons very highly.
    As a Spurs fan for over 30 years, I know all too well that a great manager is hard to find.
    What I am venting my frustrations at is his gutless decision to settle for a draw when a draw left our position very vulnerable, and a win was vital in a game that we were well on top.

    Yes the team must take a big chunk of the blame for the lacklustre performances in recent months, but again it was Harrys bad decisions to let squad members go in January and not bring in sufficient cover for players that are playing week in and week out.
    A great man manager our Harry is, but not so when it comes to the squad or tactical ability.

    Now what we need is for Redknapp and Levy to go all out to bring in quality players this summer and not phaff about too much when it comes to transfer fees!

  • Reply to

    The Precious...

    by sledge May 19, 2012 22:32
    sledge sledge May 19, 2012 23:44 Flag

    And what of the 12 points dropped against the Mancs?

    Ofcourse QPR and Norwich were massive points lost!

    The fact is... Villa was the penultimate game of the season. And even after a terrible 3 months for Spurs... the chance was still there to grab 3rd and a certain CL spot.
    The game at VIlla was not just about 1pt or 3pts... it was the mentality of Redknapp to leave our position to chance and hope for results elsewhere to go our way when actually it didn't need to that way if he played the odds and went for it.

    Well he bottled it and hoped that the Ar$e and Chelsea would bottle it too... But as it turned out, they wanted it more than he did.

    No matter what anyone says... After all the crappy performances and results since february, the game at Villa sticks in the throat the most for me.

    It's the mentality of that 1-1 more than the result.

  • Reply to

    Europa League is that way--------------

    by A Yahoo! User May 19, 2012 22:37
    sledge sledge May 19, 2012 23:33 Flag

    CHAMP20NS ... I completely agree with you on the crappy way Spurs have treated their own involvement in the EL in recent years. And I get really annoyed seeing how Redknapp shows a complete lack of respect to the competition.
    I don't even like it when we and the other big clubs don't take the League cup seriously.

    I thought our approach to the EL/UEFA Cup under Martin Jol was far more respectful.
    But these days first team players are "saved" for the "big" competitions. And the EL/ FA Cup/League Cup are viewed as training exercises for fringe players!
    That leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    I don't disagree that that non-first teamers should not get the opportunity to play and gain experience in these competitions. But when a manager makes wholesale changes for certain competitions only, and then never plays those players in the "priority" competitions, then you wonder why the big clubs don't just boycot everything that's not League or Champions League!

  • Reply to

    Europa League is that way--------------

    by A Yahoo! User May 19, 2012 22:37
    sledge sledge May 19, 2012 23:18 Flag

    There you go talking about everything except the football... Yes, thursdays are not favourable, yes! not as much money as CL, and yes! players looking for more money elsewhere.
    And that's all thanks to SKY and their legion of Lemmings!

    I may be old fashioned, but at least I value football and all its trophies.

    As for the "Unknowns" ... Well perhaps unknown to those who know nothing about football and only follow the money clubs with the money players with the Lemming "fans" who keep banging on about how much money so and so club is raking in and how much so and so player is getting paid... and all the time giving SKY more money so that you can keep banging on about how much money clubs and players keep making.
    Yeah... true football fans.

    I may be alone with my warped ideas on the purity of football as a sport. But at least I have heard of more than 2-4 clubs in each european countries respective leagues.

  • Reply to

    Europa League is that way--------------

    by A Yahoo! User May 19, 2012 22:37
    sledge sledge May 19, 2012 22:45 Flag

    Nothing wrong with Europa League... People who ridicule it are not true football fans. The Spanish have a far better attitude to it. Us English need to stop seeing only the £ signs and learn to value and play the football.
    Those who complain about it are brainwashed by SKY's dirty millions. So stop being such a Lemming!

    As for Spurs... well, we blew it! We deserved CL football. But played it too safe in the end and relied on favours from others.

    One can only hope that 'Arry learns from his mistakes.
    COYS