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Spurs Closing In On £30.5M Deal

Spurs Closing In On £30.5M Deal

Haringey Council is to use dedicated Housing Funding to give Tottenham Hotspur Football Club £30.5 million towards the cost of a Podium (a raised public space) at its new football stadium.

The £30.5 million was provided by the Greater London Authority to support housing regeneration in Tottenham!

Spurs has purchased many additional sites around the area, using its land as ransom holdings to influence Council redevelopment plans.

Despite promises, much of the council housing to be demolished in the area will not be replaced by new social homes! 

Spurs has repeatedly pressed for public subsidy for its new ground, and has pressed for exemption from planning policy on affordable housing.

The new ground includes 585 new homes which are to be 0% affordable. The justification for this at the Planning Sub Committee (Nov 2015) was that the development costing between £750 and £840 million had an expected rate of return of just 1.2%.

It was suggested at the time that further public subsidy would be required to fill a viability funding gap which we estimated at £60 million.

Now Haringey are planning to give Spurs £30.5 million for the podium from Housing Zone funding which has been provided by the Greater London Authority to support housing regeneration in Tottenham.

The money could be borrowed at a fixed rate of 2.2% over 12 years, loading additional costs onto this subsidy to one of the world’s richest football clubs.

Haringey has an alternative source for part of the £30.5 million – a £23m surplus which has been created in the cashflow for High Road West, a plan to demolish council housing opposite the Spurs Ground. The Slides reveal that contrary to GLA Guidance, demolished social housing will not be replaced in full.

212 rented Council dwellings at the Love Lane estate will be replaced by only 145 social rent, in a huge mainly private new housing development.

Spurs have bought up 14% of the redevelopment area, and the £30.5 m subsidy is tied to Spurs being prepared to sell these ‘ransom’ land holdings to allow land assembly for High Road West.

The £30.5 m subsidy will need to be ratified by the Haringey Cabinet.

These subsidies to Spurs are being proposed by a Council Cabinet besieged by critics of its Haringey Development Vehicle joint venture with the developer Lendlease to demolish yet more council homes and price local people out by increasing rents and house prices in this mainly poor area of North London where 48% of households have no savings or are in debt.

Meanwhile other council services are being slashed, such as Adult Social care and the sale of the Osborne Grove care home.

Local MP David Lammy has publicly expressed his lack of confidence in Council leader Claire Kober, and Labour Councillors meeting last night debated a NO Confidence motion in Cllr Kober.


This information is in the public domain in slides from Haringey Council to its External Auditor on 19th April 2017 and my thanks to Haringey Defend Council Housing.

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  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Finn July 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Bonzo

    I really don’t see this as losing a player but more as gaining a 35million quid profit!

    At 27 Bonzo is at the top of his game, but at 27 he is also starting to feel the pinch on his fitness that the ultra-high energy role that a full back in the Poch strategy/system/philosophy must take – Rose’s age and fitness suggests the same.

    The Poch approach to full backs means we really need 4 of them who we can be confident of as starters: two each side able to relieve each other. I suspect that this may have been a point of contention with Bonzo and Poch (as well as money of course). In the short term we are also playing at Wembley, which reputedly has a pitch that takes an extra toll on the legs. Given that, the role is probably more suitable for younger players.

    Clearly we also need to strengthen the other areas where high mileage on a Wembley pitch can create risks to fitness and/or were we have (or may soon have) holes. We must reinforce the Dembele role as a priority and if Wimmer is not drinking the cool-ade we need a solid centre back, ideally one who has the capability to cover both Verts and Toby.

    A back up for Kane? Not sure I see this happening. Fast wingers though especially for Wembley may be more than useful.

    But Bonzo going is not a biggie and though I suspect Rose may struggle with fitness, a left back that can play and defend is a much higher carat gem than a fullback who is strong but flaky in defence and not a great crosser!

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    If we spend the money on a quality Central midfielder who can expand our game it would be a coup all the way around and no stopping us

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    If we spend the money on a quality Central midfielder who can expand our game it would be a coup all the way around and no stopping us

    • Camus July 14, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Won’t happen, Ron

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm

        Are you a philosopher or a fortune teller Camus?

  • Urbane Sturgeon July 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Just read below that Aitch (yet again) posits that Tripps is better than Walker in every respect. One wonders then why Gwardeeola didn’t make us an offer for the boy Trips. I also expect to see Trippy replace Walks for Ingerland any day now.

  • Urbane Sturgeon July 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Losing Walkies is, for me, a backward step; short of bringing in someone with the same attributes, and of the same quality. Tripps will struggle against a confrontational, fast & powerful runner in a way Walkies rarely did.

    • Camus July 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Salah and the Pool lot may have a field day against our slow back 4 (Rose excepted).

    • Harry Hotspur July 15, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Trippier was an exciting signing when we landed him, he was a good defender and the creator of lots of assists.

      Then we didn’t play him because Bonzo Bird Brain was ‘fast’.

      I’ll be stunned if Trippier doesn’t turn out to be superb.

  • Camus July 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    If England had penalties in the World Cup next summer and Kyle had to take one, you just know that he’d shank his over the bar. Saying that, so would Barkley, and Danny Rose would miss his too. Probably best hope England don’t have to take any penalties, eh? 😐

    • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      The probable exit in the group stage will avoid that embarrassment.

      • Camus July 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        Yes, most likely!

        • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 6:40 pm

          Link for the moody Spurs shirt, you bastard?!

  • Bert Simpkins July 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Whilst i’m not overly disappointed with Walker leaving, can we send Sissoko instead and hope they won’t notice?

    • AccringtonSpurs July 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      If Sissoko was £30m last year, he must be worth at least £60m this year…

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Ahhhh little Gooner on the radio. Obviously 25 ish,supported them cos of the henry years and clearly having trouble adjusting, saying wilsure is better than dele and dele ain’t got a clue in tight situations like wilsure. Must be tough for these franchise loving fly by nights.

  • Caspurs♿️ July 14, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Blog killing my computer again!
    I don’t understand how I can have multiple interweb windows open and all is fine, memory used at 25%, open the blog and memory used jumps to 99%, at which point all hell breaks loose, the shit hits the fan, and my compooter says NO!

    • AccringtonSpurs July 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      clear your cache?

    • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Clear your mind Cas!

    • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Put it back in the box and leave it in the corner.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 July 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Try to disable flash player.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    While Walker can fly down the wing,his head trails far behind.

    Its a steal….for US

    The Greatest Deal Anyone ever made

    • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      He was slightly better than Alan Hutton. 😂

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        Marginally 🌝

  • SeattleSpursGuy July 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Kieran Trippier registered as many Premier League assists (5) for Spurs last season as Kyle Walker despite playing 2,138 minutes fewer.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I like that stat SSG. How’s things, any good matrimonial bust ups?

      • Caspurs♿️ July 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

        He’s having one now…

        • SeattleSpursGuy July 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

          It’s never dull, guys, both at home and on the job.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Kyle is a better defender though for sure nut not that much better

      • 61SpursNut🌰 July 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm

        Why thank you, Ronnie!

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm

          Dont mention it Frank

  • Daniel Primus July 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Danny rose is next!

  • SeattleSpursGuy July 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I like Walker and think Poch did wonders with him. However, a big part of Walker’s game is his pace, which is great going forward, but it’s also what he relies on to get him out of trouble when defending. We’ve all seen him misread a situation but was able to recover due to his speed. Walker is 27 and has had a couple of serious injuries, including that groin problem that basically wiped out the entire year of 2014. Maybe Poch thought he couldn’t coax much more from Walker and his pace can only decline from here. Add in the Levy “Sell to Buy” rule, a near record fee, and having a good replacement already on the team, then the decision seems less difficult.

    • thehughtonslice July 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      I’m trying to see the bright side but struggle with that one. He is still only 27. With the best will in the world an athlete like him isn’t going to slow down in the next 4 years

      • SeattleSpursGuy July 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm

        I know it isn’t a direct correlation, but Baseball has done a lot a research into how age age effects speed. And very generally speaking peak speed lasts from 26-29 with tapering off after that. There are outliers of course; some keep speed well into their 30s.

  • Dusty July 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Here is a link to our Happy Kyle posing with his new shirt. 🙂

    http://football-talk.co.uk/126443/photos-walker-poses-in-man-city-kit-after-sealing-record-54m-move-from-tottenham/

    Having timeout problens trying to post…This only 2 seconds after posting the above 🙁

  • JoburgSpur July 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I love football, I love Spurs. It’s a welcome distraction from the monotony of the working week and the injustices of life. What Harry writes about above IS life. I think he is far too negative normally, but on this he is spot on.

    I want Spurs to conduct itself with a bit of honour and integrity and do things right (at least as far as possible). The disregard for Haringey and it’s residents in building the new empire leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

    Imagine I had a mate who I liked to go out drinking with but then I found out after our drinking sessions he would go home drunk and beat his wife. Suddenly I wouldn’t feel like going out for drinks with him. It wouldn’t matter we would have a great time whilst out, you can’t disassociate the surrounding events linked to our enjoyment. Well maybe others can, but I can’t. 90mins of enjoyment every few weeks isn’t worth trampling over many local people and businesses for.

    I am too old and cynical to expect better from ENIC but I can still hope for better and be disappointed when those hopes are not met. How hard are ENIC trying to do this redevelopment right? or are they doing whatever they can get away with, to hell with everyone else, and then make sure the PR machine is ready with the cameras when they send a few players to a local school.

    How can ENIC justify diverting 30million of public funds when they just made more profit than that on the sale of one player?

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you JoburgSpur.

    • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Spot on.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      You think Walker is big?

      The Bottom line is much bigger rhan the back line

  • UnkleTaff July 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    🙂

    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      That makes me feel a whole lot better about selling him. Reinforcing.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      The boy’s got mad skillz

    • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      And that ladeeees and gennulmen is why famous people should not use Twitter or Facebook or any other social commentary. In fact while we’re on it let’s ban it for everyone (cept this blog of course). The world was a happier place without it imo.

      • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

        Happen you be right. Everyone, off the site. 😂

  • thehughtonslice July 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Does he really think that Guardiola can make him an even better player than Poch has done so far.

    • Camus July 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Yes. Yes, he does.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      😄

    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      He`ll double his wages and win stuff. I`m not sure making him a better player ever came into it.

      • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

        This. Obvious really, I’d have thought.

      • thehughtonslice July 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

        Probably not, but that was in his statement written for him by his agent. I’m sure it’ll make the Citeh fans happy

    • Daniel Primus July 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      yh just as he did for john stones!

  • Camus July 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    You would think our targets are all stitched up now that the world knows we have £50mill to splash. You wouldn’t let the world know that and then start popping in a few casual low bids, would you?

  • TheCincinnatiYid July 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Ok. Everybody is concerned about no pockets Levy and We all should be. All will be rightly pissed if the £50 mill doesn’t go for reinforcements. I’m not missing Bonzo, but we will need more than Li’l Kev, even without the Bonzo brain farts.

    On the other hand we are getting Winks, Coco and another I can’t think of off the disabled list, so it’s like three new players over who we finished with last season. (Who am I unable to think of?)

    • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Lambada?

      • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

        ?

        • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

          Soz, that was supposed to be Lamela 😀

          • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm

            “Coco” has already been mentioned.

            • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

              It was Rose.

        • Camus July 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

          You know, Harriwell Lambada? From the youth team?

          • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm

            He’s coming up alongside Anderson Macarena?

    • Camus July 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      “Three new players”…? Puh-leassssse…
      We already own them! Lamela has been out for 10 months!
      We’ve had him for 4 years!!
      This is a beaten wife’s mentality.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 July 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm

        “like”, in context, is really quite easy to understand if put your mind to it.

  • TheCincinnatiYid July 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    So who replaces Bonzo? Trippirr alone is not enough.

    • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Could be a kid TCY.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Trippier is a far superior player in every respect.

      • TheCincinnatiYid July 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        Agree he is far superior to Bonzo. I’m not sure he is strong enough to last 50+ games without reinforcements.

        [ah yay yay–it was Danny Rose I couldn’t think of. ]

        • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

          Not so sure Cincy, he’s better in some aspects but can’t get that image of Martial leaving Tripps for dead a couple of times when we played Manure at the Lane.

      • Daniel Primus July 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

        your high!

        • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

          *You`re

          • Daniel Primus July 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

            stop sucking ball bag’s mate, not cute!

            • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

              You’ve never met him. 🙃

        • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

          I’m 6’4″

    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      He`s on his way now…

      • Camus July 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

      • Daniel Primus July 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        how old are you?

        • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

          Old enough to know basic grammar. Yourself?

          • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm

            I’m 48. 11 with my trousers down.

            Sorry, I thought this was an open survey.

            • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

              I don`t suppose you watched Naked Attraction on Channel 4 last night? Kind of a dating show, with a twist. It takes quite a bit to shock me, but this did.

              • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

                Watch Visitor Q. You’ll soon forget about that programme.

          • Daniel primus July 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

            *comment removed*

            HH: Mr P, don’t lose your head.

            • Daniel primus July 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

              How’s my grammar?

              • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

                Much like your personality.

                • Daniel primus July 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm

                  No need for the gay tag team action!

                  • 61SpursNut🌰 July 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

                    Play the balls, not the man.

                  • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm

                    No need for the insecure bellend act!

      • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm

        Brilliant 🤣

  • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Kyle Walker: Man City sign right-back from Tottenham for £45m plus add-ons – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40598351

    • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      So, not the most expensive defender ever, nor the most expensive England player ever either. Makes more sense now. He’s not that good. 😀

      Maybe that might give us some leverage to sign Iheanacho, if Poch wanted him/he wanted to join of course.

      But regardless of that potential scenario, makes a pleasant change to not have a transfer drag on and on. Perhaps we’re gonna make a couple of purchases in the coming days ourselves, you never know.

      And LOLs at the poor mugs who thought his holiday “I’m staying” bollocks was genuine, or thought we “wouldn’t sell to a rival”. 😂

      • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm

        Selling to a rival is always disappointing assuming of course he’s going to add value to them. I think he’ll probably do OK for them but I don’t see Pep getting any more improvement out of him. If we could use the money and spend it wisely then I think we have made the most out of it so a plus to Levy. However although we have made good signings in the past like Tobes and Wanyama I fear that it might be spent on another search in the long grass for more ‘potential’.

        • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm

          In this instance I do think he won’t improve them to any degree, if it wasn’t Walker I’m sure they could find a replacement the equal of him ability wise, and for a bit less money. He ups their English quota so presumably there’s the premium for that built into his price – and I’m sure we wouldn’t get that much for him from any other club in the world.

          Trippier was their player once, so I think we’re having the last laugh. What Trippier may lack in his defensive game when compared to Walker, he more than makes up for on the offensive side.

  • thehughtonslice July 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I appeared to be barred from here yesterday after being called a “self important half-wank” or something. What was all that about?

  • caveman July 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    We are unfortunate indeed. We have a Chairman and owner that are working under the guise of Owners that are building a dynasty, but what are they building really. They are building a stadium that will (in their opinion) make plenty of money, being as they are building a multi functional stadium that will tender for concerts, boxing, American football and English Premiership football. They are also building 579 new homes. New 180 bedroom hotel with 49 serviced apartments will occupy the upper floors
    New community health center. An Extreme Sports venue, including the tallest indoor climbing wall in the world.
    Sainsbury’s supermarket with parking, with club offices above.
    This isn’t a football stadium they are building, it’s a development project that, when they sell off the addons they will be left with a shiny new stadium seating 61,559 people and, either making a fortune as a football club for ENIC or prime for selling, probably at £2.5 – £3 billion.
    These people are leeches. Do they care about disrupting people’s lives, your call. Do they give a fuck if the club are winning silverware, on the evidence over the past 16 years, no they do not. Are they investing in the club by way of players, not a penny. I had no time for Alan Sugar because I saw a man that didn’t care about the club. But ENIC are much worse, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing, saying their primary purpose is to win trophies where it’s the last thing on their agenda. Their primary is making money and profit. Why do we need a Michelin Restaurant, why do we need a cheese room, why do we need an NFL facility, this is beyond me and obviously has nothing to do with THFC although the cost off these facilities will be bourne by the club.
    What do I want from them. I simply want them to sell the club as soon as humanely possible and let a company or other owner that puts winning as a football club first and foremost and will invest in the personnel to achive this.

    • caveman July 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      *achieve

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Right on cavey!

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      I’d welcome sugar back with a box of milk tray and a big bunch crisanths…… And before anyone starts about how dire we were I don’t care, it won’t be as bad as what’s to come. Trust me.

    • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      They are building a new stadium where around 25000 more of us can get in with much better facilities, more season tickets on offer, while controlling our finances, while improving our results on the pitch in the prem, moving us up, finishing above teams who spend more who we usually finish below. This is all about options and glass half empty of full. We all want to win stuff, but we ain’t buying it like the others, some want us to join that lot, I dont. On balance things are heading in a good direction I would have thought.

      • caveman July 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        We don’t need to build a whole town to achieve getting a new 61500 stadium. If we had a proper owner we would have had the stadium five years ago, but no, the Leech wants to put profit first and football last.

        • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

          i know we don’t and if Levy had his way he probably wouldn’t, most of the chaff is enforced by the council squeezing every last bean out of the project and the club to allow it to happen in the first place. I think the situation is probably the total opposite of the picture you are painting here Cave to allow you to vent and have a pop at Levy

          • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm

            Interesting, to me it seems the club are squeezing every last bean out of the project and the council is letting it happen.

          • caveman July 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

            I’m having a pop at Leechy boy because we needed a stadium, not a fucking New Town Development. We could easily have built a stadium in Enfield or Ponders End and leave Haringey to their own devices as far as regeneration is concerned. In fact had Enic not got involved in this crazy scheme there would probably been far less displacement of locals for the sake of profit for the conglomerates.

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

              Shoulda Just extended the Paxton. Simple. 45,000 capacity. Job done.

              • caveman July 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm

                What, and let Le’Arse have a bigger stadium, nah we need a stadium where a new owner can just invest in the playing personnel and start winning the shinney stuff.

                • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

                  Don’t worry about them plebs. They still wouldn’t touch our atmosphere no matter how big their ground is. They don’t even count as a proper club anyhow….its like worrying about the l.a. rams having a bigger ground. Ha!😁

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

        I’ve always said I totally against the quick fix. Buying success and all that bollox. Just want to have something for the fans to get excited about. We always got a signing to wet the appetite. As I say, something for the fans, but the owners dont give a shit about the football. That’s not asking to go financially hung ho….not asking much…that and….oh, not tearing downtown a 100 plus year old fortress, burning out local buissines that don’t comply and general dessimation of the community…

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm

          *down. Not downtown. I’m confused.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm

          *gung ho….really should read through…

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

          Even the orient have got David mooney back to get excited about. Moooooney!

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

            By the way get ya cash on Mooney top scorer in conference this season. He’s gonna destroy that division.

      • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm

        Yes, they are building a stadium but the rest is pie in the sky bullshit. The stadium and other facilities are an asset which will generate profit for ENIC. History suggests that they will not invest in the team as there is no track record of them doing so before. They haven’t even invested in the stadium, they have hocked it and every other asset linked to it up to its eyeballs as security to be paid back by the revenue earned from those securities. It’s very clever economics but it will not bring success or fill the trophy cabinet. Chelsea are building a new stadium but do you think Abramovitch is going to stand by and not win anything whilst that is happening?

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm

          Exactly. And the stadium will be more and more about NFL and less and less our home. Our home is being bulldozed as we speak.

      • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm

        Yes, they are building a stadium but the rest is pie in the sky bullshit. The stadium and other facilities are an asset which will generate profit for ENIC. History suggests that they will not invest in the team as there is no track record of them doing so before. They haven’t even invested in the stadium, they have hocked it and every other asset linked to it up to its eyeballs as security to be paid back by the revenue earned from those securities. It’s very clever economics but it will not bring success or fill the trophy cabinet. Chelsea are building a new stadium but do you think Abramovich is going to stand by and not win anything whilst that is happening?

  • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Off subject but curious. Does Kyle Walker have the mental make up to handle bring the most expensive English born transfer of all time?

    • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      *handle the pressure of being

    • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      he wont understand it is so no problem

    • Camus July 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      I reckon he’ll start off all pumped-up and with a point to prove in the first few games, but then it depends who he has alongside him a bit. If it’s someone like Stones I can see some mistakes creeping in pretty quickly and him getting a bit hacked off (the angry “What the fack are you doing?” Kyle face…)

    • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

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      • Horndog July 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        Ah shit

  • Dan B July 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    H, sky are reporting inter being interested in Lamela….any word? This seems far fetched to say the least, kid hasn’t kicked a ball in a year. Also rumours that we’ll go for former Liverpool flop Suso.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Lamela is unlikely to be match fit until October.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

        2021

        • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm

          optimistic and when match fit is he really good enough, personally I would get shot of him

      • Dan B July 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

        That’s what I thought, so him being transferred anywhere seems him highly unlikely. Enjoyed the pics of “wantaway” dier at Hotspur way, he looked thoroughly miserable as he joked around with Kane, bet that united move can’t come soon enough for him.

        • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

          Precisely. He’s clearly miserable to his bones.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Maybe we could get another 50 mill for him….

  • Jolyon July 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Social Housing? Another excuse for the natives to riot, burn and steal. Perhaps this will be the end of Tottenham being Bandit Country, and returned to a pleasant place to live

    • caveman July 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      WUM

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      How do you feel about the people at Grenfell? Let me guess, on the make darkies? Dirty illegals? Am I close?

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I love the late THFC with all my bitter heart. I despise enic fc.👹

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      This.

      Well said.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm

        Blue and white army⚡

  • Aussie in Switzerland July 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    As an outsider, proud supporter with no other ties to the area, I can say, without affordable housing there tends to be less riots, or that would be the short term view of elected officials,…..so government are surely to blame ….Levy just wants to make money as that is what he always does, we just want him to fucking spend some of it on players.

  • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I am a spurs fan and have been for many years Harry, thank you.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      You don’t sound like one. You sound like a frustrated bookkeeper.

      • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm

        don’t keep dem books Harry, but am a spurs fan and always will be no doubt

        • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

          Talk to me about the diversion of public funds in order to underpin our financial strength as a business.

          • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

            Am I allowed to prefer not to?

            • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

              Of course. Just don’t refer to regeneration or financial stability when Levy is attacking those in need of social housing.

              You see, it’s irritating when people try to pass off fibs as facts.

          • mattspurs July 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

            “Public” funds always end up with big business as they are the ones who know how to play the game.

            • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

              Did you even read the blog?

              Tell me how dipping £30M out of housing cash to build a fucking podium for a PRIVATE BUSINESS is right? How is that right?

              • Devonshirespur July 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm

                Its providing a public open space which will be utilised for all manner of public and community events.

                It costs £30m to build.

                Hence the contribution.

                • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

                  Sounds a bit like when abusive parents say their doing it to build character….

                • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:39 pm

                  Oh dear oh dear. You got back into your account. The guy that hacked it was a human. Oh well.

                  ‘Dear Haringey,

                  My family have been on the council list for sometime and wondered if there was any chance we may be offered accommodation this year?’

                  ‘Dear Pleb,

                  We spent the money on social space to be enjoyed by the community as a whole. Feel free to get some cardboard to fashion into a bed and doss done at the podium. Please don’t do this on matchdays as it spoils the TV coverage.’

                  • Devonshirespur July 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

                    Hey im not supporting what haringey are doing here, but for the £30m that Spurs are receiving the community gets some open space and the Council get some vital land to piece their housing development together. The fact they choose to devote less of that land to social housing is despicable but nothing to do with Spurs.

                    I do not know the bigger picture. As a largely private led housing development the Council will receive much greater funds from it compared to a social housing led scheme…..what they then do with that money i know not….more social housing, other housing improvements, more funds to the other slashed departments??

                    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

                      It’s everything to do with Spurs.

                      This is a homage to Spurs, a deeply unpleasant piece of landscape gardening for more wankers to sip from more Costa coffee cups.

                      There is no bigger picture. The entire picture is contained in the blog above.

                      This is misdirection of public funds. The citizens of Haringey don’t need a podium. Dear baby Jesus they need safe homes for local people to live in.

                      Many open spaces, sold off by the council to property developers, by the by. The only regeneration Spurs are doing is on behalf of ENIC. It’s grotesque.

                      Yet this is defended by ‘fans’ (of what I don’t know) as if the were making way for a new hospital.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm

        Im a frustrated bookeeper and proud of it
        I have ADD

        • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

          I found a photo of you from the 1970s earlier today. It’s on my iPad – I’ll publish later on x

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Did we buy anyone yet? I mean some file folders? Staples?
    Who is taking the pens?

  • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    modricbigtoe

    what like they did last year and the year before when he did it his way, we got more points, finished higher up and made more money than anyone else, just about. I think he is doing a great job in general, never a better time to support Spurs and at a time when the competition is much tougher than ever before. Our issue this year is Wembley, i can see it taking us to 7th, when you fact in CL games also. we will need to win so many away games to finish higher.

    Someone else who is a wannabe accountant and not an actual football fan.

    I hope where you live gets a ‘regeneration catalyst’ like THFC land on its doorstep.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Balanced sheets

      • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

        Diverting public funds.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm

          Restructure….

          • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

            Diverting public funds.

  • digiyid July 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    How many of you actually turn up at Tottenham area anytime other than a match day from august to may? The area is crime ridden..Opposite the ground (old or new ) Eastern European Prostitutes (cracking lookers with awesome bodies to be honest) ,drug dealers, thieves and more all coming from those estates.Police cant keep up and people are scared to walk after 10pm…If the government cant sort it out the council will and in most of the cases quite rightly so. Demolish those estates move people out of London and home counties let them fuck off and live in Stoke,Widness,Sheffiled.Bradford,newcastle,Sunderland and so on.This area needs a proper social cleansing…Sitting miles away in a nice and comfy home behind a PC is easy..Go and live there and see how your humble opiinions change suddenly

    • caveman July 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      I lived there for 10 years. Do you live there?

      • digiyid July 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        From Stamford Hill…

        • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

          Who gives a flying fuck where you’re from? You can’t read and what you write isn’t worth reading.

          • Sexy Beast July 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm

            😂

          • Jolyon July 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

            what a well reasoned response. I’d roll my eyes if I could be bothered. Twat

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

          My boy I used to take the 253 to SH on the way to the JFS

          • mattspurs July 14, 2017 at 1:53 pm

            Was the 253 a horse drawn omnibus?

            • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

              I drew it

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      This is about the supposed regeneration of Haringey. Levy is dipping into the very money that would improve the quality of the place.

      If you can’t comprehend the blogs on here, kindly fuck off and clog someone else’s server, you patronising ape.

    • Daniel Primus July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      i have lived and grew up in tottenham, with family still there i find your comments disgusting.

      • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

        He’s a moron.

        • digiyid July 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

          In any business you dont give a shit where the money comes from since your aim is to make more money..THFC was a big business when ENIC took over and now its a huge business. if you want it as an an elite footballing force and a proper giant of a brand all over the world unfortunately there is only one way.If you are so caring then stick with a PAYE job and keep those Rants coming. We all have opinions and disagreeing with you doesnt make me a patronising moron. In fact you are more patronising than anyone else in this blog. If we are not ALLOWED to express our opinions then what is the point in having this blog?

          • East Stand July 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm

            Opinions are better when they are based on a body of evidence, the bigger the better. Eastern European hookers (with great bodies to be honest) is not really cutting it son…

          • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm

            You’re expressing opinions that are either wildly inaccurate and/or bare no fucking relation to the diversion of public funds.

            If you don’t understand the fundamental difference between right and wrong, then I’m afraid I have nothing for you.

            So fuck your opinions on Haringey in the face, you squalid little man.

            Enjoy posting on The Fighting Cock, I’m not suffering any more of your neo-nazi bollocks on here. Thanks awfully.

          • Jolyon July 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm

            Harry fancied himself some kind of moral guardian. Reality = another stick to hit DL with. weary

            • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

              Moral guardian? Right and wrong is hardly a conundrum? Is it?

        • East Stand July 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

          Daily Mail reading bed wetter…

          • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

            Daily Express.

            • East Stand July 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm

              Same fing?

    • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Did you mean social or ethnic cleansing as it is hard to tell from your rant if you really mean either, both or none. Whichever way you read it, it is abhorrent and disgusting to speak about the area in such a way. I have relatives who live there who I visit regularly and yes, it is a bit rough but so is a lot of London. Take your extremist views elsewhere.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      How do I get there?

      • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm

        lol, i found that funny I think that means

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

          Yes…..?

          • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

            yes i did

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Look what happened to Brooklyn

      • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm

        Beckham????

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Digi Im from the east end mate…look at us now

      • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

        Left the country!

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm

          When somebody comes in to gut your house and rebuild do you stay there or move into a hotel or temp digs?
          I hate fucking noise..

    • East Stand July 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      I spend a lot of time in the area.

      Yes compared to Hampstead it does have more crime but so does everywhere. If we are going to bulldoze poorer areas because of some crime and other issues then there’d be very little of the country left.

      Regeneration is good but flushing out social problems just moves them on to another area. Who gives a shit if you don’t go there eh? I know, lets have Favellas and fuck them all off to there shall we?

    • mattspurs July 14, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Oddly enough I did end up on a job in Tottenham recently. I found myself at quite a thriving workshop space where furniture fabricators and bike makers were busy making a living – really interesting range of work happening. I’ve also had the pleasure of visiting one of the successful micro breweries in the area. These businesses need to be able to continue to grow and thrive.
      The real danger is that Tottenham is simply paved over with luxury apartments, Tesco Metros, Sainsbury Locals, Starbucks and Pret a Mangers – to be honest it’s not even really a danger it’s what Tottenham will look like in 15 years. It’s what London will look like. Sterile shit.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Well said matts.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Walked at night plenty there. Even worked knocking doors at night in the area. Still here.unless its turned into a mad Max nightmare in last 10 years.

  • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    …..And meanwhile, Uncle Dan has spent fuck all on transfers, will continue to spend fuck all on transfers, and watch as our hopes, aspirations and dreams sink like the Titanic. Never mind, at least we will have shiny new stadium to play in with a team that will continue to win nothing unless investments are made.

    • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      what like they did last year and the year before when he did it his way, we got more points, finished higher up and made more money than anyone else, just about. I think he is doing a great job in general, never a better time to support Spurs and at a time when the competition is much tougher than ever before. Our issue this year is Wembley, i can see it taking us to 7th, when you fact in CL games also. we will need to win so many away games to finish higher.

      • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

        Sorry, but all of that is utterly irrelevant if we win nothing!!!!! Exactly how long do you think this team can stay together if it wins nothing? History does not remember who came second. The fact that we “made more money than anyone else” suggests to me that we should be investing in our prime asset, the team, except Uncle Dan clearly thinks the prime asset is his and Big Joe’s lunch fund.

        • caveman July 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

          He’s not called Uncle Dan anymore he’s known as the ‘Fucking Parasitic Wanker’

          • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

            I bow to your superior knowledge on the subject. Can we call him FPW to save time?

            • caveman July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

              I reckon

        • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

          no it isn’t the way i look at it.

          • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm

            I’m all for sustained progress but for it to mean anything you have to win something. Nearly winning something does not count. FFS, look at the Arse last year, we whipped them in the league but they still won the FA cup with a crap team and Man Ure won the League Cup and Europa League and where did they finish. (In a Monty Python style voice) Apart from some extra dosh, a champions league place and a bit of kudos, what do you actually get for finishing second?

            • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

              we see things differently, it’s not a rare concept

              • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm

                It’s not a question of seeing things differently, it’s a question of fact. What have we won since 2008 compared to all those around us. It’s a really easy question to answer as is my previous question.

                • MysteriousStranger July 14, 2017 at 1:23 pm

                  Amen.

                • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

                  we see things differently is my answer to your question. Do you want me to give you the answer you want? if yes tell me the answer you want me to type and I will type it for you if that will end this conversation.

                  • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

                    So the question was: “Apart from some extra dosh, a champions league place and a bit of kudos, what do you actually get for finishing second?” and your answer is “we see things differently”, doesn’t make any sense at all. If you are going to try to be condescending and clever at least do it properly. Does that end the “conversation” for you?

                    • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

                      Can I consider for a while and get back to you? Can you add to your list whilst i deliberate, last season finishing second made me happier than supporters of all but one team in the league, that’s a first and whilst accumulating the points over the whole season to finish second we scored more and conceded less than all other teams in the league, that gave me some pleasure too.

        • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

          It`s obviously irrelevant to you if we win nothing Tony, but not everyone. Progress is progress, I couldn`t imagine challenging for the title 3 seasons ago, now to some winning it is the be all and end all. So easy to write off what we`ve achieved by comparing us to teams who have competed for trophies and titles for years. We`re the new kids on the block, we`ve broken into the elite when it was suggested that it was impossible to do that, and you`re unhappy because we haven`t won stuff yet. Time to get a grip.

          • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

            If there was a choice of
            A) winning a cup but playing some of the most tedious football to ever grace the game and finishing in the lower part of the table.
            Or
            B) Playing some of the best football for many, many, many years, finishing second but not winning anything.
            What would it be? I’ll probably go with b) cos over the whole season it gave me greater pleasure overall rather than a quick fix. Can understand the other choice but not for me fanks.

            • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

              Why not have a team that plays great football and wins a cup or league? Spending money on improving the team can help do that but Levy doesn’t seem to be interested in doing this. My frustration is borne out of the fact that we are so close to something special but Levy lacks the football acumen (no surprise there) to take the next step to greatness.

            • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

              I`d love to win stuff Andy, more than anything. The richest clubs win stuff most of the time, fact. They do this because they can afford the transfer fee`s and wages for the best players, we cannot yet. I`m very happy with progress and prepared to be patient, so we can challenge for shiny`s consistently.

              • SpurAndy 🍒π July 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

                I conker with that view point.

                • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm

                  me too

              • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm

                Yes we could, if Joe Lewis decided to invest some more cash in the club. He has a net worth of $5.7 billion according to Forbes, making him the 5th richest person in the UK and 269th in the world. Investing sufficient cash in the team to bring success on the field would probably not even dent the interest he earns and would bring in more money if we are successful. Sometimes, you have to speculate to accumulate.

                • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

                  Agree, he very easily could invest, but he hasn`t and obviously won`t. As nice as that would be for all of us, why the fuck should he? I cant possibly base my opinions on our on field performance based on the notion that a man should throw his money at us. He`ll be dead soon, he won`t see a penny back. Should he do it just to make us happy?

                  • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm

                    He should fucking do it if he wants us to win things. That’s what football is about at it’s core. At least Abramovich and the Saudi’s get it. If he doesn’t want that, all we are is an asset that he can earn off until he croaks it.

                    • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

                      ” That’s what football is about at it’s core” Probably not.

                    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm

                      He hasn`t earned a penny. I REPEAT, HE HASN`T EARNED A PENNY.
                      And is football really about that at it`s core? It`s the dream, for sure. The majority of football fans will never see their club win the PL, FA cup, league cup or a European trophy.

                    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

                      Winning pots is precisely what it is all about. There is nothing else. Every thing else is a raging sea.

              • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

                It’s a pity that ffp hasn’t come in and levelled the playing field really.

                Maybe we need some other cap introduced to the number of times other clubs win stuff?

                • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

                  You know as well as I do that FFP doesn`t mean a level playing field. Wages must relate to revenue, and not go over a certain percentage increase of the previous season`s wages. Therefore the richer clubs can offer better wages.

                  • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm

                    You’re right, but the wealth is generated and accountable. Blood diamond cash can only be spent on ‘fixtures and fittings’ or anything that isn’t a player or wages, basically.

                    Spurs would have done better to win trophies and become more popular, thereby increasing their revenue streams across the board. Instead, Levy has gone for trying to earn as much as humanly possible, yet has invested sod all back into the team.

                    Who wants to play for Spurs because they pay well? Nobody.
                    Who wants to play for Spurs because they win stuff? Nobody.
                    Instead Levy has attracted a lot of toe rags who wanted to use Spurs as a stepping stone.

                    I’ll never get tired or repeating this, it’s money and status that count.

                    Spurs continue not winning anything and the squad we have will slowly be dismantled before our eyes. The new stadium and the training ground are ENIC assets to the players (maybe bar Kane) and to me.

                    There are not achievements. It’s embarrassing to even mumble that they are.

                    I wish Spurs well but conflictingly I wish ENIC would be swallowed by a fucking sink hole. Leicester City won the league and their biggest critics appeared to be Spurs fans.

                    Always an excuse. Always a means to decry other clubs doing well, always a ‘yeah but’.

                    If you look at the spending of Man City it’s been pretty modest. Chelsea still spend tonnes because they are actually a really well run business!

                    Spurs need tangible success. So far, it’s all wrap, too much hope, too many excuses and no bloody gift.

                    • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

                      The voice of reason speaks!!! Einstein once said that “insanity was repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Sounds familiar methinks!!!

                      BTW H, some replies are coming up with no reply button for me to click on, any ideas why?

                    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 3:59 pm

                      Yep, winning trophies and becoming more popular is an alternative route to the elite. That`s only ever been done by 2 clubs, the Cheats and the ManC`s, and they did it with skip loads of cash. Manure, Arse and Pooh have always been there, they haven`t had a mountain to climb. So yes, be angry with Uncle Joe for not putting his money in if you want, but it`s been obvious that that`s not going to happen for years. The younger bald one doesn`t have the money.
                      I know your feelings for ENIC and the baldies, but when Uncle Joe is gone and it`s all given to Danny boy, I`m of the opinion that he`s in it for the long run, I don`t expect him to sell. I think he`s an egomaniac, and that`s exactly why I think he is in it for the glory, not just the cash.

                    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

                      I’m puzzled by ‘more popular’ 🤔

                      Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Spurs ONLY became household names because they won stuff at home at abroad.

                      I’m not angry with Lewis, he’s an irrelevance. He had his chance to make Spurs as big as Chelsea and he shit himself and employed Levy instead, to make sure he was NEVER asked for any money.

                      Joe has left his percentage in trust for Levy. Levy isn’t selling in the next decade.

                      Glory in Levy’s frame of reference is not getting fired. He’s now un-fireable.

                      I’m ashamed about the way Spurs is run. That’s where I am.

                    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

                      Your words dude!

                    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm

                      I was referring to the financials, you nutcase!

                    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

                      Ain`t that the truth. Macadamia man I am.

                    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

                      I’m partial to a lightly roasted hazelnut.

                • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

                  FFP is as big a joke as the 5th official in European matches. The only cap I want to see is the one that says “Tottenham Hotspur – 2017 – 2018 Premier League Champions”

                  • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm

                    No it`s not. It`s there to stop fuckwits spending money that isn`t there.

                    • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

                      How’s that working out, eh??? Not very well really…..

                    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

                      How`s that?

          • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

            Sorry FoF but now is not the time to congratulate ourselves on how far we have come, it is time to be bold and invest so we can go on to win things. I agree we have had 2 excellent seasons of improvement but the majority of respected football reporters and pundits have stated that we need to start winning things and I agree with them. If we don’t, this team will not be together in a couple of years and through a lack of investment, we will likely have missed our best opportunity to win a big prize. Look at the other teams around us, what do you think they are doing?

            • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm

              They are doing the same as they do every year, throwing money at transfers. Nothing has changed. Completely agree that if we don`t start winning stuff soon, we risk losing players, but until we are firmly cemented with the elite by being on a level playing field financially (new stadium, bigger sponsorship etc), then that`s going to happen anyway, whether we win a tin cup or not. The investment is happening.

              • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

                “The investment is happening”. Yes it is, but not where results count. I understand the argument for better infrastructure but if we don’t have a team, all we will be is a club that has great facilities and nothing from a football perspective to show for it. In case anyone doubts my veracity here, I desperately want us to win things playing great football but if we don’t win anything, what is the point of having all this great infrastructure. Given previous history, it is unlikely that Levy will suddenly unleash the cheque book when the stadium is built and paid for, he didn’t do that when we didn’t have a stadium to pay for.

                • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

                  We do have a team. We have the 2nd best team in the league. We`ve gone from perennial under achievers to over achievers in the space of a few seasons, without the financial investment into the team that you so desperately crave for. As far as opening the cheque book, we`ll just have to wait and see on that. ENIC have not taken a penny out of the club in 16 years (Nor have they put much in), and our wage structure is based on our revenue. I`m of the opinion that the wages will go up as revenue does, this has happened throughout ENIC`s tenure, so no reason to think it wouldn`t. If, when our revenue reaches that of those around us and the stadium is paid off, the profit go`s to ENIC and is not spent on player investment, I`ll be just as cheesed off as you are. But it won`t, we will compete.

                  • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

                    We had the 2nd best team in the league last year but if we had the investment I “so desperately craved for” we could have won it. We may not have but it’s a fair bet to suggest with a few credible signings last year, it might have been the difference. As for what ENIC does in the future, jam tomorrow does not seem very appetizing to me.

                  • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 2:46 pm

                    FoF do you ever wonder why there are no Wiki pages for non-winners? Is it an oversight?

                    • Freund or Foe July 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

                      Can`t say I have. I`ll give it some consideration!

          • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

            I see it the same as you.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

        Wait a while…..

  • caveman July 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I’d swear that the new figure of £800m for the stadium build will include a fair few luxury apartments and possibly the \Sainsburys supermarket. It will be so so easy for Mr Levy to juggle the finances to suit the tax bands.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      He really is a wanker. He’s spent about a decade dicking about on this ‘project’ and at every single turn there is fuck up.

      The costs have over doubled, he’s won nothing worth speaking of, spent sod all on players and he still doesn’t have enough fucking money.

      I really do hope that the the next **** to talk up THFC being a catalyst for the regeneration of Haringey does the honourable thing and read this blog before topping themselves.

      Fucking parasitic wankers.

      • caveman July 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

        There’s no other word for them, CommonThieves.

  • Camus July 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Any word from Gladys about a low-ball bid in for Pereira, H?

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      All quiet on the Western.

  • melcyid July 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    we are hoovering up money, kerching

  • mattspurs July 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Podium has space for 2nd and 3rd – how apt

  • DAVID July 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Must be a bloody big podium for 30 million.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Probably for winning cheese awards.

      • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        Uncle Dan: “I can’t help it Harry, I’m just crackers about cheeese”.

        • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

          You’ve won today’s star prize!

          A lifetime supply of hope and despondency!

          • Tony Vaughan July 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

            Thank you!! In fact, you have described the feelings of the every Spurs supporter, except the flat earthers, in the known universe. It’s so nice to know you are not alone.

  • DAVID July 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Lammy and the local labour controlled council at loggerheads, who’d have think it.

  • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Lammy should chip in by making his own refund to the council.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      He’s only personally pocketed about half that from property developers. He must be feeling quite irate!

      • modricbigtoe July 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        yeh he needs to take more, it’s only fair

  • caveman July 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Just goes to show how ‘human’ and ‘fair’ Daniel Levy and his cronies are.

    • Harry Hotspur July 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      “Give us £30m quid out of your housing fund, I’m trying to regenerate my business’ profit and loss figures!”

  • caveman July 14, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    First of all!

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