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  • Are all the players we spent millions on really not good enough to play for Tim Sherwood? Or is that he is trying to prove a point? We bought several International midfielders but ended up playing our own International Right Back in midfield against a team that might well win the PL. In terms of style I think we have gone backwards. We don't play attractive, passing, fluid, fast breaking football anymore. Don't get me wrong, I like Sherwood, but has he got the experience to make the right team selections and tactical changes? I am really not sure.

  • He hasn't done much - but the man seems to have a nice a touch at times (when not in front of goal) and looks quite classy. He'll get 4 tomorrow and end his drought.

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    End of the honeymoon period?

  • So, everybody and his dog knows we are desperately short of a left back and Bertrand is allowed to slip under our noses to Villa. OK Chelski may have not allowed him to come to Spurs but I doubt that plus Bertrand would not have had to move house so he would probably have preferred coming to us. Are we asleep?

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    Happy New Year

    That's the question isn't it? How much was AVB involved in the purchases - and even before Baldnini, how much was Mr Levy involved. I assume that the whole point of someone like Baldnini is the purchasing to the 'club plan' and the 'stability' of the clubs squad - but I would also guess that all directors in such cases get the input from the current manager as to any prospective purchase (or sale).
    It would seem a bit counter productive to me to have a sporting director buying offensive type players when the manager is of a work ethic/defensive mind - or vice versa (as is being seen with Mata at Chelsea)

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    PS Happy new year! I thought this board had died, lord knows why, Spurs are doing alright when all is said and done.

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    Is the transfer of players not decided upon amongst Baldini and Levy?

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    Not much longer left in the transfer market - how much does Mr Levy trust Tim (or Baldnini) in the transfer market? Will Tim sell the people just bought, or will the squad not change (much) until Tim proves himself one way or the other - but there's a catch 22 - if the squad was built to AVBs 'spec', how can Tim prove his style with someone else's already misfiring squad? I would be surprised if we buy anyone at all this window - not even a replacement for Daffy - so will TNBNSD just have to make do?
    So far the results have belied performance with both AVB and TNBNSD - but we are still in with a shout of the top 4. So still not bad for a team hit with a few injuries and not having as yet fired on all cylinders.

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    Oh I think it was a shrewd move alright, but I think it was also forced upon Levy. After the recent sackings by Levy and the appointment of Baldini as 'technical director' the managerial post at Spurs has become not so alluring. Many top flight managers would simply refuse to work under a technical director. Signing Sherwood up to a contract which runs further than the end of this season creates a better environment and more positive psychological boost than if Sherwood had only been given a percieved temporary job.
    Spurs to my mind seem to take one step forward, quickly followed by two steps back. I'm not sure Levy really knows what he wants and he certainly doesn't give HIS chosen men a decent crack at the whip IMO.
    Ask yourself, would Ferguson, baring in mind his early failings at United, have lasted under Levy? Would Wenger, with his recent barren spell have lasted? I think not. These are two of the best managers in the game! Levy is acting like a spoilt brat and very Abramovich like. Thing is, Levy hasn't got Abramovich funds to spend on righting his wrongs, has he?

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    I think Levy is shrewder than that. He couldn't lose by appointing Sherwood. Obviously from what has happened, there was no 'plan' behind AVB's sacking - so the board/Levy already looked poor in way of planning (to me at least anyway!). Now, by appointing Sherwood, if it doesn't work - then what the heck - its Sherwood's lack of experience that's the problem. If it does work, how clever does Levy look by saving millions again by not appointing a 'name' - and with the added bonio that it looks like Spurs support the 'buy British' campaign.
    Levy should have lost 'face' by not having a replacement for AVB in the first place, but that was deflected by Tim 'Nice BUT Not So Dim's appointment. Now, we're in a different 'phase' - a phase whereby AVB's botched exit will be superseded by TNBNSD (not quite as succint as AVB, but once you say it once or twice, it has a nice ring to it) success or failure.

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    I think Sherwood is only in the job until Levy finds what he considers to be the real next Spurs manager. Giving Sherwood a contract is a move solely aimed at steadying the Spurs ship for the remainder of the season IMO. Time will tell though.

    Happy new year yidsters (well, you know, not as happy as us Gooners hopefully, but reasonably happy nonetheless).

  • Reply to

    Timmy Sherwood

    by not_blonde_really Jan 2, 2014 22:00

    NBR,
    Happy New Year to you.
    I think he's been better than I thought he would in interviews - and I liked his post match views after the Utd game.
    I just hope that the board give him the time they failed to give AVB or else no one will ever know what these managers are actually capable of and we'll just end up with a new manager being catapulted round the merry go round each year - like satellites using planetary gravity to accelerate out of the solar system - pulled in by the attraction of Spurs, and spat out faster than they can adjust their gas assisted chairs.

  • Well, it's been an eventful few months!

    Thoughts on the new gaffer anyone? I really don't know what to think; not convinced by him but almost get the feeling they're 'playing him dumb' - quite a naive gung ho attitude to appease the fans, and stuff like making sure spectators are thanked after matches etc seems childishly pointed. On the flip side, it's been bloody entertaining!

    I don't expect him to be in post long term, and don't think there was a 'plan' to put him in charge, but I hope to enjoy it while lasts!

    Happy new year, Christmas, hannukah, and everything else to you all.

  • Reply to

    Merry Christmas to the void and aether

    by Jlock Dec 24, 2013 08:08

    Best wishes from the north, John. Pleased you guys are giving one of ours a go.
    H

  • It's upon us again...another year, another manager and new hopes for a better year.

    Best wishes to all here, and even those not here....

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.....

  • Reply to

    Spurs win...

    by FABONGRASSS Dec 22, 2013 15:43

    ...and didn't he play well.

  • Adebayor playing perchance?

  • Reply to

    AVB and his success

    by Sfer Dec 18, 2013 16:32

    #$%$....

  • Reply to

    AVB and his success

    by Sfer Dec 18, 2013 16:32

    He got more points in his first season than any other Spurs manager in the EPL era, and had the best win %age of any manager. Is that then bad?
    Whether you or I like his style and where he got players to play does no affect what he actually did.