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A Voice Of Reason Amongst The Pancake Tossers

A Voice Of Reason Amongst The Pancake Tossers

Another cracking Guest Blog from Arcane.


Good to see that I can rely on my favorite haven of alt-right, libertarian, conspiracy theory-sucking, pancake tossers, to indulge myself in some comforting repetition of familiar themes.

Levy’s a c—. Indeed.

Do we really still need to go over that?

Poch’s a beaut. He is. Oh yes he is. You’ll see.

If you’re increasingly worried about following the Arse model, I’d say first, that’s the football equivalent of ‘first world problems’, so our worries seem to be rapidly improving even if our performances aren’t.

I agree that it’s an unacceptably stagnant model to aspire to, and don’t doubt for a moment that it’s the very height of DL’s limited footballing ambition – maximum financial gain for minimum risk.

F— him – Levy controls the bottom line, but he’d find it a more difficult model to copy than many seem to think, because as always in football, so many factors are involved and all are constantly in flux.

In this case a conservative financial policy is still entirely dependent on the quality and performance of the manager.

Wenger is unique in several respects – longevity and consistency most obviously, which includes his ability (albeit now probably waning) to bring in rising talents, and maintain his (recently limited) success on a comparatively low-budget.

I’m not at all concerned with any similarity that suggests with Poch, because there is an over-riding all-important difference between them. Wenger won his trophies early on, and in doing so cemented both his reputation, and his philosophy – a philosophy that has proved too inflexible to adapt to changed realities. He is old, set in his ways, and has for a long time had nothing left to prove, barring CL success.

Poch, on the other hand, knows full well that, while his reputation is now very high, he will have to win things to confirm it.

He is young, and anyone who doubts his burning desire to do that is frankly, more than a little blinkered in their desire for instant gratification.

So he will have a bottom line of his own. As long as he feels he can at least make incremental progress toward significant trophies, it seems he may well have the rare and admirable patience and good sense to stay at THFC.

This season has seen him voice more frustration, and more coded and not so coded messages to the chairweasle, that we lack the necessary quality – that he’s reaching the limit of his ability to overperform with a squad that is still significantly weaker than the competition.

Yes he may be playing a longer game than you have the patience for, but his game is certainly about winning.

Of course I’d have loved him to be able to force football realism on Levy faster – but that was never a possibility. I love the calm, measured, subtle way he’s been handling this process – towing the party line where necessary, praising Levy where possible, but saying enough to make his position clear to both sides.

If Levy continues to fail him in the transfer market, and progress becomes impossible, then no doubt he will go – and be successful somewhere else. But then, without him, the prospect of following the Arse model would likely be a pipe dream anyway.

At some point soon, something will have to give, between the Levy illusion, and the ambition of Poch, the players, and the fans.

I see no danger of us bumping along in the top 4 for 10 years without winning things, and HH finally getting to polish his trophy.

If Poch stays, it’ll be because he can, and will finish what he’s started. If he goes, anything could happen, but most likely the project will fall apart, progress lost, players leave, and the pressure will be on Levy.

Meanwhile it’s March, we’re 2nd going on third, exceeding all my expectations after the traditional summer transfer window debacle, and with plenty to play for.

Hoo- bloody-ray and up she rises.

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

  • Spurstacus 💋 March 2, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Breaking news! … Nope. Nothing. There is literally nothing happening anywhere in the world, worth discussing. Literally.

  • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Going slightly off piste, David Haye is a disgusting foul mouthed cretinous disgrace. I hope the relevant bodies throw the book and more at him!

    • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      He always speaks well of you…

      • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        I don’t know why, I’m a fakin Kent!

        • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm

          Some of Kent is luverly.

          • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm

            Yup, that’ll be the area I live.

            • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm

              Romney Marshes. Watch out for the mosquitos though.

              • Spurstacus 💋 March 2, 2017 at 6:17 pm

                What, the combat aircraft?

  • Poxy March 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Just been catching up on recent blogs, yesterday had an enjoyable real ale tour of pubs inand around the Black Country (ten in total) in an outing from the Wellington in Birmingham. Now need to stay off the alcohol for a few days, I reckon. Some interesting ad amusing stuff on the site, but I particularly commend Arcane’s blog at 2.43 pm yesterday. Good stuff. Nice to hear from Nilly again, too.

    Seeing Camus’ blogs reminds me did anyone hear Robbie Savage’s attempts at pronouncing the name of the great French author, Albert Camus, on 606 on Saturday evening?

    • MidlandSpur March 2, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      The Wellington is one of the only good things in and around here 🙂

  • melcyid March 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    in this upside down ,downside up world I think we should take more notice of halibut from his perspective.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      I often hang upside down when talking to Halibut, I don’t know how he manages, it makes having a cuppa tea a real pain.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Gloster1861
    They won’t see a hand ball if they don’t want to.
    Brown envelopes?

    The funny thing is, you take all the thousands of times after matches referee mistakes are discussed in the media, even mistakes that everyone could see but the ref, they always put it down to human error. Not one time does anyone suggest corruption. That in itself speaks volumes, they know the game is corrupt and that’s why its never brought up in analysis. Its always human error according to them.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      This site sounds right up your street, enjoy.
      http://www.wanttoknow.info/conspiracytheories

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm

        Ta cas, I ain’t no conspiracy buff though. Corruption in football is commonplace from what I gather.

        • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm

          Wanna bet on it?
          Joey barton is offering good odds

        • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm

          Maybe but, I doubt it is in the way you describe, and the scale of it. Corruption with clubs, transfer dealings, payments to agents and so on, quite possibly, but wide scale corruption with match officials, I very much doubt it.

          • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

            Clattenberg proves he’s in it for the money

            • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm

              Are you implying he’s corrupt occifer?

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

            These subjects have been in the mainstream press, we all believe what we want believe in the end so I’m not trying to convince anyone.

            • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm

              When has an English referee been found to be corrupt? I can’t think of any.

              • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

                None have been exposed.

                • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 4:12 pm

                  Do you have a link from the mainstream press, to this supposed nefarious activity? I’m happy to be corrected if I’m wrong.

                  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

                    I’m not web savy. Got no specific links. The football is fixed blog and twitter is worth a look. Can’t remember the article in a paper quoting a ref at a conference stating 90% of the officials in this room are corrupt. It was a while ago. There used to be a massive dossier on line about the Bochum trial and details about match fixing etc….I think it was taken down cos I couldn’t find it again. Very interesting though. There’s still stuff about that trial although it doesn’t involve prem refs.

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

                      My real point was that to say every contentious decision there has ever been is down to human error seems a huge stretch mathamatically.

                    • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm

                      I just read an article on the Bochum trial, very interesting and it did ring a distant bell in my mind. The corruption is what I’d expect and doesn’t include the majority of high profile games or leagues. I will however concede that some Italian clubs don’t exactly have a great record when it comes to match fixing and corruption.

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

                      Yeah. It was a big deal but not so much premier league. I just had a little search again and there’s tons more in the news about the prem being fixed. I think more will come out. I was surprised to hear on talk sport once a ex Mafia fella who told how american sport was all corrupt and the underworld is involved. He went on to say its not just there its Europe and England too. Didn’t expect talk sport to allow something like that on their airways.

                    • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm

                      Yep, I remember that interview, I still have doubts regarding systematic match fixing in Europes top flight leagues, although certain countries appear (culturally) more likely to do so than others. The most likely area of corruption from what I can see is instances within matches, such as time of an injury, number of yellow cards and so on.

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 5:19 pm

                      Thing is, it ruins football for us, the fan. I don’t want to know that its not on the level really. You see so much over time that doesnt add up and you start to wonder. I hope it doesnt go that deep.

                  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm

                    Footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk…..I think that’s it. Apols for being a technoclutz.

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

                      *.com

                • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm

                  They’re all corrupt and institutionally racist.

                  No wait, that’s my profession.
                  Easy to label everybody when it suits regardless

                  • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm

                    I knew youz wozza wrongun the second I saw ya..😘

  • Ufluckinplic March 2, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    What Ho Ladies & Gentlemen how is everyone?

    • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Can’t grumble, hows about yerself guv’nor?

      • Ufluckinplic March 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        To much time behind the Great Firewall 🙁 two of the sister’s had health scares at the same time and the same issue, scary for a while but all ok now. Be nice to watch a Spurs game in Hong Kong for a change.

        What’s the story with Raz?

        • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm

          Spoze you gotta go where the work is, sorry to hear about the sisters, good o know all is ok now. Hopefully you can see us demolish Everton on your side of the great firewall, as for Raz, he gave H a bit of back chat and got himself a 7 day ban, wotta shame….

          • Ufluckinplic March 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

            Only 7 days and what took HH so long to do it LOL!

        • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm

          Hello buddy,
          How’s tricks?
          Sorry to hear the health news, hope it’s all tickedy boo now.

          • Ufluckinplic March 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm

            Evening Constable Savage, how is the thin blue line holding up? Sister’s are on the mend but both had a scare so wasn’t much fun, hence the lack of activity on my part on the blog.

            • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 3:57 pm

              Glad they’re recovering big boy.
              I’ve literally only just got back on here after H banned me for 6 months (he didn’t but I’m sure there’s a couple at least on here who’d like that!)
              When you popping back to Blighty?
              Didn’t see you last time you were camouflaged up!!!

              • Horndog 😎 March 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

                I would have binned for life you smart ass! 😂

                • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm

                  Moi horny?!

                  • Horndog 😎 March 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

                    Vous! Obviously just messing with you. I couldn’t think of anything important to post. Of course I never can. Land of the lost, at least mentally, here in the Heartland.

                    • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm

                      You’re the voice of reason

              • Ufluckinplic March 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm

                Over in August with the tribe to see the folks, it will be warmer so I’ll wear something in pink and open neck…right that’s me done for the day and off to my pit. Catch you later all.

                • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm

                  See ya later alligator.

    • Horndog 😎 March 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      UFP, glad you are back. We need positive mental juju between us to get another winning streak started.

      • Ufluckinplic March 2, 2017 at 4:12 pm

        I think that can be arranged Horny 🙂

    • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      who K’nows ?

      • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

        maybe that dude, with the big wobbly head ho does those TV shows ‘the great British finnish the house that some fucker cocked up’ show

  • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    we could sell the 2 N’Ks and buy J. N’Nomo N’Gong from Chateauroux, that’s gotta be good N’it ?

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      D’Ong

      • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        F’Off

      • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm

        Bong plays for Brighton.

        • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

          Wrong Bong

          • Still Nil Nil March 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm

            What about Billa?

  • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Concerning Nkoudou and Paul Mitchell’s resignation:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/aug/31/georges-kevin-nkoudou-finally-seals-tottenham-transfer-40-days-after-passing-medical

    I hadn’t sent this article at the time.

    • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      ‘That impasse led to Mitchell announcing he would leave, stating his dream job had turned into a nightmare.’

      And we thought it was Michy Batshuayi.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm

        Yes but for fuck sake maybe he is good

        Duh!!

        • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm

          I can’t say. I’ve only seen him for about 15 minutes in total. He might be brilliant but we will never know.

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm

            He was great for 9 of those minutes

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

            Put that in a You Tube clip and smoke it

  • Freund or Foe March 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Newsflash.

    N`koudoo is shite. Siggy wasn`t and isn`t good enough for us.

    Carry on.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Yarp.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      I didn’t know

      • Freund or Foe March 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        I know you didn`t.

      • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

        Now you do.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:36 pm

          Fucking liar

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      I don’t have

      • Freund or Foe March 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

        I know you don`t.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm

          I knew that

          • Freund or Foe March 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

            I know that you knew that I knew you didn`t know.

            • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

              Do you have to repeat the obvious ffs

              • Freund or Foe March 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm

                Yes, I have to repeat the obvious.

                • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm

                  Ditto

                • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

                  Just trying to conserve energy

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I didn’t know you were Poch
      I dont have a carry on

  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    MidlandSpur
    The frustrating thing with the NoClue deal was we’d already tried with No’Jie, didn’t work, no impact – why repeat the same mistake.
    That’s roughly £22mil on the pair of duds which could have been invested properly initially

    How about we try with N’koudoo

    Poch is no genius. He got it wrong with Sigg who he knew.

    • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      This is the frustrating thing, Ron. I’m one of the few who believes N’Koudou has something we desperately need – pace, skill, directness. But Poch won’t play him. Even against Fulham and Gent. He clearly doesn’t rate him even though some of us have seen potential in him.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        Yes what the fuck do we know.
        It amazes me that 60,000 people can see a hand ball the ref and two assistants can’t see.

        • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

          Precisely. To an extent, managers and refs seem to see what they want to see.

        • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

          They won’t see a hand ball if they don’t want to.

          Brown envelopes?

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

            It’s a mixture. There is no definitive rule about the hand ball. They adjust it with the way the game is going, how relevant a penalty will be, their biases. Lots. By the time they think if all the stuff they can’t remember what actually happened

            • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

              It appears to me they also add up ‘incidents’ and sometimes award a penalty after several marginal incidents. Which is wrong, really. Each incident must be judged in isolation. Mind you, they book players after totting up several heavy challenges.

              • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

                Absolutely.
                But I also think the discretion of the ref can be helpful if it’s reasonable

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        Really I think Poch looks for specific things. I don’t think he is a creative thinker.. He is more about his plan and the players should be a cardboard cut out from that. It takes a creative thinker to create from good attributes players have.

        Sons greatest contributions came from dribbling in from the wing. But Poch pushes him into the box and now we rarely see those runs.

        N’Koudoo is not Poch’s plan

        So let him fucking stand up to Levy and live and due with the plan

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

          Die

        • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm

          It might come to that. Poch needs to say, this time, two first choice players arrive or I walk. I think that would be fair.

          • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm

            It would be fair but I don’t see it happening. Levy will hide behind the stadium, even to Poch.

            • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

              Two might cost 70 million. I was just thinking better two good players than four risky punts.

              • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:29 pm

                Wages?

                • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

                  Two wages = Four wages.

                  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm

                    Exactly. Nix that one

                  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

                    Get to the stadium being built and give it 2 years after and see where we are at

                    Winning a pot at some point will calm the natives

            • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:29 pm

              Hid behind what stadium it’s only one wall

    • MidlandSpur March 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Maybe I’m taking Poch;s assessment as gospel then, but he can’t be doing the business in training otherwise he’d be played more?
      Whenever I’ve seen him play, after scratching the surface of ooo he runs really fast, it’s blind alley running, stop, pass to full back. Repeat.
      Maybe it’s a lack of confidence; maybe I’m writing him off too soon

      I was trying to make the point of instead of buying 2x “fingers crossed hope he comes good / needs time” players we could possibly have bought 1x ready to go solid contributor to make an impact, and if Edwards is as good as the hype why not focus on slowly integrating him than buying the N’go bros to warm the bench each season?

  • Horndog 😎 March 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Apparently Clinton N’Jie is having little or no impact at Marseille and there are questions concerning their intent on wanting to keep him. So if he is sent back I wonder how Poch will integrate him back in to Spurs. We could end up two non playing, speedy, void of touch wingers with last names that begin with N’. What a concept!

    • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      N’exiles.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:05 pm

        N’xt

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm

          There is only one problem, we need a bigger bench. Maybe 2. One for the returnees, one for the outgoing. In and out benches. 5ft x 2ft should do it.

          • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm

            There is always deadwood at Tottenham. And that’s why there’s no spare bench – we already sold it.

            • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

              Maybe… sorry Maple

    • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      If he can’t cut it in Ligue 1, he’s no use to us.

  • UnkleTaff March 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I’m sure there’s nothing in this story (particularly if, as suggested, Man City are after Rose), but would Luke Shaw be a good acquisition? It’s unlikely he’ll get ahead of Rose in the pecking order here, but from what I’ve seen of Shaw he looks like he could be a very good attacking midfielder.

      • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        Why not go for an attacking midfielder in the first place?

        • UnkleTaff March 2, 2017 at 1:50 pm

          Because Shaw’s also a very good full back who could deputise for Rose when needed.

          Shaw was a very hot prospect at Southampton. I think it’s fair to say he’s not come close to realising his potential at Man U.

          • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:57 pm

            I appreciate he’s a good fullback, but my point is, there are probably better players, if you are looking for an attacking midfielder, as one of the top teams in the PL, why would you put a square peg in a round hole.

            • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

              You can see a multi use player appealing to Levy. Why have two players on two wages when you can get by with one?

              • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm

                It wouldn’t improve the team, which, as far as I’m concerned, is or should be the objective.

                • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

                  It’s up to Poch on this one. He worked with Shaw.

                  • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

                    That’s not the point, Taff asked if he should be used as an attacking midfielder, the answer is simple, no. Would he be interested in coming to Spurs if he’s going to be behind Rose, and therefor still on the bench, no.

          • Camus March 2, 2017 at 1:57 pm

            Mourinho won’t sell to us though, will he?
            I hope Rose stays but wouldn’t blame him if he wants to go and win trophies somewhere else.
            You can bet that we’d get a 2nd rate alternative to Shaw – basically Ben Davies Mk II.

            • UnkleTaff March 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

              Why not? If Shaw wants to come to us doesn’t he have a say in the matter?

              And Rose has already said he wants to spent the rest of his career at Tottenham so I don’t think he’ll be leaving any time soon.

              • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm

                I’m 100% confident Mourinho would just block the move even if Shaw wanted to come. He rates Poch and sees us a big threat to United.

                • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm

                  This is true. He’s a cynical man and like Fergie, always appreciated the bigger picture.

                  Remember the last pantomime with a left back from ManUre? Zeki Fryers.

                  • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm

                    I do. I thought he looked alright but he didn’t get much game time and seems to have disappeared since he left.

                    • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm

                      I was referring to Fryers wanting to come to Spurs, but had to leave for Standard Liege and then came to us later. And Fergie went ape shit about it.

                    • Camus March 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm

                      Ah, okay. Yes, I remember that.

                    • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm

                      Unfortunately as you say, after all the drama he didn’t work out.

  • UnkleTaff March 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    David Dillenberg
    Coric is better.

    How would you know?

    • McG ⚽⚽ March 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Better than who?

      • UnkleTaff March 2, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        Barkley was the player in question.

        But that’s not the point I was making.

        • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm

          Better than the other youtube showreels…Apparently.

  • Ronwol1960-61 March 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
    Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
    Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
    I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
    Because I’m easy come, easy go, little high, little low
    Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me, to me

    • McG ⚽⚽ March 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      To you?

      • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 12:14 pm

        All together now: He’s just a Levy from a poor family…

  • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    It’s safe to say Poch has taken this group of players as far as he can, of course he will always maintain that they’re young and many of them will continue to improve.

    However as Arcane points out, Poch has been clear about the fact we lack the quality to compete without disrespecting his players or moaning like he’d been let to believe he’d get Citeh’s budget, clearly he wasn’t. I still feel he thought we’d be in for the odd player like Mane, players that have proven over time who would improve a position in the team.

    This is where his frustration is growing from and possibly why Levy’s best buddy “Mitch” lasted about eight months in his role at Spurs.

    Of the summer spendings Victor and Janssen I understand. One has worked out because he is the aforementioned proven type, the other seemed like a nice idea as a ‘project’ and backup to Kane. Like everyone else i’m struggling with Sissy and NoClue.

    It was clear to me that Poch wanted more power and presence on the pitch, Victor, Janssen and Sissy are all powerful form a physical perspective, I have no clue about NoClue. Therefore there was possibly a focus on that in the signings we made, Eriksen can be brilliant or a powder puff lightweight so the logic of having blend of more physical presence in the team made sense to me all along.

    The problem is the quality of the players brought in and that is down to money, Poch is being honest and saying the ‘project’ at Spurs is different to Citeh, Chavski, Scouse, Woolwich and Manure. Obviously by different he means there’s less money spent on the team and he has been drip feeding this angle to the media as the season has progressed because he obviously feels he needs to point that out.

    The timing of Levy’s quite pathetic attempt at expectation management is no coincidence, he’s obviously trying to tell us lot that there’s no money left in the kitty because we’ve decided to build a new ground. It’s just the latest in a long line of excuses and fanny we’ve been fed ever since he and ENIC set up shop with Spurs and in reality nothing new at all.

    He’s mentioned FFP in the past. Then he’s banged on about the new training facility being an excuse to not sign proven players because now we have some more training pitches, a chill out room and a gym with a plasma telly that we’ll just keep producing Harry Kane’s by the dozen.

    Levy is an expert excuse maker and expectation manager while his real ambitions are not on the pitch but in property development. It’s so obvious it hurts…

    • McG ⚽⚽ March 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      I hear what you’re saying, but we spent 30 mil on Sissoko, 70 mil in total & only one of them has come good. We tried for Mane, but would you have shelled out 34 mil for him? The Sissoko business is criminal, absolutely apalling from both Poch & Levy. Agreed we needed a little more power in the side, but Dembele, Dier & now Wanyama able to play DM, was it so urgent that it excuses the signing of Sissoko? I don’t think it does. We moaning about not making a star signing, but we could have not bought Sissoko & Voodoo & spent 40 mil on someone top notch, or not wasted our money, bought someone like Tielemans & kept a few bob in the bank. Re Tielemans, some players you look at & know thay have that something special, he’s def in that catagory. I know Levy is far from popular, but you cannot accuse him of not backing Poch, 70 mil is a huge sum to sanction. I think the scouts, Poch, Levy all need their heads banging as we’ve blown another chance for the second season in a row, & that’s not for lack of investment.

      • AccringtonSpurs March 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

        Sissoko is not that powerful. the bigger they come the harder they fall in his case

      • MidlandSpur March 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

        Absolutely yes to Mane, £4mil more than Sissoko?
        I envisage we were thereabouts for agreeing a transfer fee but wages would have been the no go

        • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 2:29 pm

          Supposedly it was Mane’s wages that was the stumbling block for Levy.

      • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

        There is no way we have paid out 30m for Sissoko yet. Sissoko is the imaginary ‘quality’ signing to placate the fans with a pretend hefty fee.

        Sissoko is there to give the impression that we are spending with the likes of a Liverpool and secondly to try and make the point that it’s not worth paying that much for players anyway.

        Sissoko is a PR exercise in feigning ambition, nothing more…

    • UnkleTaff March 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      You lost me with your frankly ridiculous opening statement.

    • MidlandSpur March 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      The frustrating thing with the NoClue deal was we’d already tried with No’Jie, didn’t work, no impact – why repeat the same mistake.
      That’s roughly £22mil on the pair of duds which could have been invested properly initially

  • 61SpursNut🌰 March 2, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Oi, you lot! Shiteh (and Stoke, haha!) are playing twice this coming game week so consider that for yer Fantasy line-ups, if you dare!
    Cap’n Agüero reporting for dooty sir.

  • Camus March 2, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Great post, Arcane.

  • Citizen Smozz March 2, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Balance Sheet Philosophy
    Lovely piece by the Arcane. Very good points made and not a single comment about Trump or a newly discovered solar system. The rest of you chumps should take note.

    Did anyone watch the Trump address to the senate? Quite brilliant, I like him more and more!
    Enjoyed watching the libtards sit and not clap whilst the majority stood time and again clapping his speech.
    If they don’t assassinate him he will be the best President for a very long time imo.

    • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Words are cheap. And he’s full of wind. Let’s see if he accomplishes anything first. He can’t even keep his cabinet in place.

  • Gloster1861 March 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Caspurs
    You have to have 300+ loyalty points to be a “so called supporter”.

    How many points needed to be a “so-so supporter”?

  • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 9:04 am
    • Superspoz 🏆 March 2, 2017 at 10:03 am

      A real life zombie! That makes perfect sense.

  • Balance Sheet Philosophy March 2, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Lovely piece by the Arcane. Very good points made and not a single comment about Trump or a newly discovered solar system. The rest of you chumps should take note.

  • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Fake news, my butt.. It is all fake news, it is just that they want you to believe the ‘state sponsored’ fake news… 20/07/69… 48 year old fake news

  • sideshowbob March 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Yellow is the new black and hot is the new cool, apparently… get yer arses down primark

    • Superspoz 🏆 March 2, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Being late is the new being early. Boss man ain’t buyin it tho.

    • melcyid March 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      good is being called evil and evil is being called good

      • Superspoz 🏆 March 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm

        Wicked

  • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 4:01 am

    I am looking forward to watching the Everton match with Poxy free of any rugby in the pub.

  • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Nothing wrong with his optimism starting by winning some silverware!

    • caveman March 2, 2017 at 3:41 am

      Are you on the night shift DD?

      • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 3:57 am

        Feel refreshed after a catnap and swim earlier this eve attempting to break the back of a costing a multi Def file re noise induced deafness claim. Years ago the Claimant was in a commanding position on costs. Now post Jackson reforms the pendulum has swung over to the Defendant who are in a stronger position.
        I am attending the Thursday lunch club tomorrow.

        • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 4:23 am

          Over and out.

  • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 12:42 am

    The Daily Star are reporting that if Griezman rejects Manure Moaninhio’s plan b is an £80M bid for Kane.

    • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 12:48 am

      We are also linked to Luke Shaw.

      • McG ⚽⚽ March 2, 2017 at 1:37 am

        No offence Dilly, but it’s the daily star….

        • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:39 am

          Yarp.

          • Ronwol1960-61 March 2, 2017 at 1:41 am

            I think its true though and we will buy back Defoe

            • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:43 am

              I’m not sure Daniel has $19.99 to spare.

              • Ronwol1960-61 March 2, 2017 at 1:44 am

                I’m sure some of the supporters here would kick in (not sure what though)

                • Ronwol1960-61 March 2, 2017 at 1:44 am

                  *so called*

                  • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:46 am

                    You have to have 300+ loyalty points to be a “so called supporter”.

                    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 2, 2017 at 2:49 am

                      I have 4 points left over from 1967

          • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 1:46 am

            Agreed. For me Kane is not for sale but would Levy sell for £100M?

            • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:47 am

              If he want’s Poch to walk, yes.

              • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 1:48 am

                Then the whole side will disintergrate.

                • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:48 am

                  Yarp.

  • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

    A good piece from Arcane there.

    Perhaps the chairweasel has told Poch that they plan to sell the whole thing as a package with him as long term manager? Sounds like a nice idea but I doubt it…

  • OfftheShelf March 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    below is my reply to Gascogne.

  • OfftheShelf March 1, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Modric an international also playing in the CL was well known but thought to be too small to cut it in the Prem. Berbatov equally well known but was ‘too lazy’ to play at Prem pace. Both well known but for the price, at the time, thought to be too costly a risk.
    Any player thought to be above average is constantly watched by coaches all over the world.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 12:27 am

      “Berbatov equally well known but was ‘too lazy’ to play at Prem pace.”

      Really? Berba was a quality player, who had the ability to play the game at his pace. Also Man Utd tried to hijack our deal to sign Berba, but he decided to honour the agreement to join us.

      • MysteriousStranger March 2, 2017 at 1:00 am

        The point made was about perception of the player, I thought, same re: Modrić. My memory may be hazy but we agreed to sign Berba long before the window actually opened and I don’t recall anything of a Man United hijack attempt, re: that deal. Any links to substantiate that claim?

        • Caspurs♿️ March 2, 2017 at 1:25 am

          I cant find anything, but if memory serves, Berbatov said Utd tried to persuade him to join them, but due to the fact Spurs had shown interest, and spoken to him for a long time before we signed him, he felt more comfortable going to a club that showed they really valued him. As far as I can remember Utd never actually put a bid in for him tho.

  • OfftheShelf March 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    He has stated he will never join Barca because of his ‘love’ for Espanyol.

  • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Presumably Sturridge is exiting Liverpool in the summer to some club?

    • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 12:39 am

      Presumably but who gives a toss about Sturridge?

      Injury prone, looks miserable half the time and if he was that good he’d be in that Liverpool team ahead of Firminio, Mane or Lalana.

      They’re good players but no world beaters and he’s still surplus, wouldn’t go near him with a barge pole. Plus he probably earns an obscene wage…

      • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 12:47 am

        Agreed, but as there are goals in him he just needs to be loved.

        • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 12:54 am

          Ah bless him, poor love must be feeling very unloved on 100k+ a week for not playing football.

          If you can keep him fit for a season then I’m sure he’d do a job and get goals. He’ll end up somewhere like the Spammers with Liverpool subsidising his wages a bit.

          • David Dillenberg March 2, 2017 at 12:59 am

            Yes some players need a cuddle and he is one of them. I would take the risk but as he wont be joining us it’a academic.

      • A waddle and a fork March 2, 2017 at 1:42 am

        Mane is a world beater

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 2, 2017 at 1:43 am

          He is what Berahino would had been had he gone to Liverpool

        • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

          Sometimes…

  • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I’d take Iheanacho if city want to sell, no problem.

    • MysteriousStranger March 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Yes.

      • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm

        Hmmm, maybe.

        • MysteriousStranger March 1, 2017 at 11:33 pm

          Well, depends on the price of course. But he’s pretty good.

    • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 12:41 am

      City sell to us? If you’re on drugs it might seem plausible.

      • MysteriousStranger March 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

        I must have been on drugs in 2012 then, either me or Levy, or both of us.

      • Harry Hotspur March 2, 2017 at 1:46 am

        Yup.

        • East Stand March 2, 2017 at 10:41 am

          Yes but they sold Ade to us because he was a problem case.

          Real sold to us because VDV was an injury problem, so was Woodgate.

          Let me rephrase that, City wouldn’t sell anyone who isn’t a problem to them to us. Unless you’re on drugs…

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 2, 2017 at 10:07 am

        Mmmmmm drugs

  • AccringtonSpurs March 1, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Is Andre Gray an upgrade on Janssen? Yes.

    Is he good enough to be back up to Kane? Meh.

    He’s neat and tidy on the ball tho, and good at retaining possession. Might be alright.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      No!

    • MysteriousStranger March 1, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      No.
      No.
      No.

    • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      I would take Gray but disappointed with Chilwell.

  • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Coach Luis Enrique is leaving Barcelona at the end of the season.
    Poch on radar?

    • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      IMO if asked he will turn it down but will he?

      • MysteriousStranger March 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm

        He has Espanyol in his blood. I doubt he’d leave to manage their rivals.

      • OfftheShelf March 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

        He has stated he will never join Barca because of his ‘love’ for Espanyol.

    • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Should Poch quit it’s Eddie Howe for me.

  • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    This Saturday > Saturday business is already pissing me off.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      I know not what you say..

      • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        This Saturday to Sunday to Sunday business is already pissing me off

        • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 10:47 pm

          Ah you mean our fixtures, that’s what happens when youz a top team.

          • 61SpursNut🌰 March 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

            Yurp. Finishing 3rd last season gave us more live games than the seventeen below us.

  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Right i’m off to Peterborough to buy some lemon tarts and saw some ice skatin rinks

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Cheerio Robert

      • 89Spurs 👁 March 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm

        👋

        • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm

          Remember! New laws regarding mobile phones while driving. If you get caught you’ll have more points than Liverpool this calendar year.

          • baz March 2, 2017 at 12:04 am

            Jokes!

  • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    1-1 Citeh (Sane)

    • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Surely game over. Now 3-1 Citeh v Huddersfield reserves.
      Over and out.
      back later.

  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    is that the mascot ?

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      wot

      • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

        are you being coy ?

        • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

          I’ve got my finger in my mouth.

          • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

            not, you know, that finger ??

            • Lilywhite without the II March 1, 2017 at 9:19 pm

              the one he used to shag a spurs player?

  • AccringtonSpurs March 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Ross Barkley is shit

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Poch could make him great.

      • AccringtonSpurs March 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

        Like he has with Son & Eriksen? wishful…

        • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

          Always like a bit of wishful thinking

    • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Coric is better.

      • AccringtonSpurs March 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm

        wishful…

  • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    IN the absence of Raz: FA Cup replay: Citeh 0 v Huddersfield 1

    • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Can Huddersfield hold out: Answer No.

  • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Best Spurs coup was Klinsmann. Making an instant impact wonderful striker wining sliverware. Seen and done it at the highest level . Pure class.

    • Lilywhite without the II March 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Blanchflower from Villa….

      • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

        foreign coup.

        • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

          Ossie

          • David Dillenberg March 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

            Rebrovvvvvv

            • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm

              £11m,good lord.

              • Lilywhite without the II March 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm

                i have a signed shirt, now thats shit luck…

                • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm

                  Condolences

              • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm

                I watched him against Everton in one of the executive boxes. He scored two goals. Then graham got sacked, hoddle come in and that was the end of that

                • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm

                  Do you reckon he could have come good,but for Hoddle ?

                  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

                    who me ??

                    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

                      No,footy ain’t your thang.

                    • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

                      pheeww, was panciking a bit

                  • Denspurs March 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

                    I’ve often wondered. He scored a cracker in the fa cup away to west ham in the quarter final just before gg was sacked. At saints pahars always reminded me of rebrov. When hoddle took saints over pahars was on fire. When hoddle left pahars was a shit right winger. Though rebrovs failure after leaving spurs suggests he wasn’t all that anyway. ..

                  • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

                    Who knows. He was a graham signing, a cracking player for Kiev, set up loads for Shevchenko and tucked away a few himself too. He was more of a 10. Hod didn’t use him properly imo

                    • Lilywhite without the II March 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

                      did i mention i have a signed shirt if you’re interested, do a good price 🙂

                    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm

                      I was excited when we got him,but disappointment came pretty soon.

                    • baz March 2, 2017 at 12:07 am

                      He had a dangerous sounding name

  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Would you shag one of the current first team (nobody will ever find out), to guarantee first place and a couple of cups for the next few years ???

    • Lilywhite without the II March 1, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Absolutely…but not the other way round.

      • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

        69 for the champions league

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Anything for the yiddo’s

      • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

        that’s the spirit…
        who’s it gonna be then ?? just between us

        • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 8:59 pm

          Do they still have them big baths ?

          • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:59 pm

            group grope ? FA cup

            • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

              Only if they called it a group fondle

              • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:01 pm

                straight into the last 16

                • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

                  I’d do chirpy.

                  What?

                  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm

                    spit roast cheep cheep

                    • Superspoz March 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm

                      What more do you want. Shag it then eat it.

                    • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

                      the perfect homoavion crime of passion

    • Rich G March 1, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Hehehe,wtf 😂 No

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

      If it got cold enough

  • Lilywhite without the II March 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Another great bloget, thanks Arcane and Mr HH…..

  • Lilywhite without the II March 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Ronwol196061🇨🇦
    What are paying Kane???
    Fuck that one slipped through didn’t it

    A fair few blogs ago you made a statement along the lines of “i’m glad we didn’t win the league this year, we didn’t do it the right way”, i enjoy reading your posts Ron and you clearly have blue blood, but i think Levy has brain washed you!

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Life is not perfect and really I was spoilt at age 13 us winning the double with brilliant flowing football. That’s the benchmark but it’s also something really special and not everyday life. Everyday life is grinding things out and occasionally something better happening anything else is a bonus.
      We are ok in that sense as much as I want to see greatness again.

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

        Bloody plastic fans

  • melcyid March 1, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    get rid of Kane too greedy

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      He’s not handsome enough to wear the shirt.

      • melcyid March 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

        he will suck the air out of the new stadium

        • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

          Kazoo snortlin mumblefuck

          • melcyid March 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

            he is blocking the way of progress of our upcoming yoof

  • melcyid March 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    it was his bent for defoes castoffs that was his demise.

  • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Bent and Bentley. Hollywood made a film about them. It was called Dumb and Dumber.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      We ruined Bent and Bentley ruined himself

      • melcyid March 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

        it was his bent for defoes castoffs that was his demise.

  • Matt March 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    The thing about Modric, Berbatov and Bale is, they all wanted to leave. First two nearly went on strike. I’m not saying that makes everything Levy does right, but when people say Levy sold them, they’re factually correct. But he had no choice.

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Spot on.

      • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        frontline

        • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

          No ticks on you.

          • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

            worm hole, my arse

            • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm

              That requires different medication.

              • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm

                Brian Cocks ?

                • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm

                  No, Fanny by gaslight.

          • 89Spurs 👁 March 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

            No but you can see where they’ve been.

    • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      That wasn’t the discussion. It’s about buying them in the first place.

    • UnkleTaff March 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Kane, Rose, Alderweireld, Alli, Loris… We could have raised, what £150m if we’d sold them over the summer?

      F*cking Levy — he can’t even manage to sell our prize assets successfully.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

        😊

      • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:44 pm

        Don’t worry Taff, levy’s hired me to oversee all future asset stripping operations, that lot will be gone buy July at the latest, you have my word on that.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Modric, berbatov etc werent proven. Its just a case of letting a manager do his job and have scouts who know what their doing…..simple really. With our chairman it becomes complex.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Wrong, Modric was very highly regarded, and an established international, Berbatov had proven his credentials whilst playing in the Bundesliga.

      • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

        Correct. At the time Modric’s signing was seen as a considerable coup.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 8:31 pm

        Regarded highly yes. But until you prove it in the prem your unproven. Their was doubts especially with modric whether he would be strong enough and such.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 8:34 pm

          If you want the list of players who were highly regarded and bought for big cash that didn’t hack it in the prem…..then have someone else do it cos I ain’t got time;-)

          • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm

            Don’t mention Bent and Bentley!

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm

              Ha! Proven prem players who were batshit! What a tangled web we weave….

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      We paid £18m for ratboy 9 years ago,I’d say he was proven

  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    So what happens if we start winning things ? football things

    • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      will you all be happy then ?

      • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm

        That would be too easy.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

          Look what happened to Leicester

        • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm

          so it’s gotta be hard to make you happy ?

          • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm

            Having hope is the killer

          • melcyid March 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

            Heavey makes you happy,yeh yeh yeh,shala boom boom yeh shala la la boom boom yeh
            I just got to say

    • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Let joy be unconfined!

  • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I’m sorry, are people suggesting that buying PROVEN PL quality players as opposed to Njie and NKoudou is a mistake?

    • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Yes, no, maybe, I dunno.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Lets get shot of Dier and Dele!!!

      • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

        What is it you don’t get? It’s great to have young talent. It’s even better to infuse that with outside class to bring them on. That’s where we’re needy.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm

          We should have bought Ibrahimovic but look I couldn’t rustle up the money but when I said that there were a bunch on here that said I was crazy

          Hindsight kills

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

        Dopey Dier yes, Dele no

  • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    P

    UnkleTaff
    How much did Leicester’s squad cost to put together last season?

    72 million according to CIES Observatory.

    • UnkleTaff March 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm
      • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

        My figure accords with BBC Sport as well. Whichever, it’s less than two and a half Sissokos.

        • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm

          In the real world, my shoes are worth at least two and a half Sissokos, if not more.

        • UnkleTaff March 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm

          The point still stands. You don’t have to spend big to win things.

          • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm

            Just wisely, which we largely haven’t.

          • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

            Last season was a rare opportunity because ManUre and Cheatski were pance, as were Citeh and Arse in patches. Normal service HAS been resumed.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Are you sure that figure doesn’t include this summers signings, I think it might.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm

        It might include the summer droppings

      • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

        No. This figure as reported last May.

  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Make Love, not pancakes

    • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      “I make no doubt that you are drunk
      With whiskey, rum, or brandy O
      Or you wouldn’t have such gallant spunk
      To be so bould or manly O
      You readily would let me pass
      If I had money handy O
      To treat you to a poteen glass
      ‘Tis then I’d be the dandy O.”

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        Led Zeppelin?

        • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm

          Paddy fukin Power

          • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm

            more power to yer elbow

  • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    McG
    Yep, & that just goes to show with the right manager you can get places & win trophies without spending stupid money.

    You might get placed, but unlikely to win the race without top quality inputs to the young talent. Fergie bought the game changer Eric Cantona and then ManUre had the extra spark that made them champions. In November 92 ManUre were sitting 10th in the league. Cantona was purchased on the 26th November and went on to win the title. The right player who made all the difference.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      And if you spend zillions what’s the guarantee?

      • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 7:58 pm

        It’ not the money you spend – it’s how you spend it.

        • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

          Like….OMG ,,,??? are we talkin, like,, personal shopper ??

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm

            T-bay for cheap Tottenham players

          • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm

            More likely, Happy shopper.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

          List. but foresight, not hindsight please!

      • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        Ronwol, Cantona had just inspired Leeds to the title. It wasn’t money thrown away on some dullard like Sissoko who helped Newcastle to relegation. Big, big difference.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm

          Hindsight bullshit as if cantonas grow on trees

          • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm

            The Levy Shrine needs new candles Ronwol.

            • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

              I keep it semi shriney

    • UnkleTaff March 1, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      How much did Leicester’s squad cost to put together last season?

      • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm

        5 kilos.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm

          Thanks Pablo

  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm
  • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Who’s dogs dead ?

    • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Kens

      • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        Ken’s dogs dead

        • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm

          I’m gettin a shed…

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm

            You’ll need some bred

          • Frontwheel 2 March 1, 2017 at 7:38 pm

            That’s what I said

            • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm

              It’s surely in Bob’s head

              • sideshowbob March 1, 2017 at 7:47 pm

                Dough !!!

  • BrizzleSpur March 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I miss the old avatars. I was once a purple germ with all these dangly bits. Now, I look like something from candy crush.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      For $19.95 you can buy Ronglish’s Navatar
      These navy avatars will never let you down
      There is one with a silly haircut falls over once ever half an hour another that keeps changes his name so the yellow cards don’t record,another with tattoos… One if you get it will keep scoring

      • BrizzleSpur March 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

        Oh wow. I really got thrown in at the deep end there. Do you have any entry level stuff?

  • BrizzleSpur March 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Great article, that. I know I’m not the only one who hopes that over time, Poch will be able to assert himself on the club more – forcing Levy’s hand. Hopefully, into his wallet.

    This is, after all, the closest Levy has come to having everything in it’s right place.

  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I think Arcane should start writing the articles and Harry should take the $39.95 Ronglish course

    • AccringtonSpurs March 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      I thought it was $19.95? What happened?

      • BrizzleSpur March 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm

        BREXIT

        • Real Fan? ⚽️ March 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

          Trump.

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

            Harry.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Barry Hearn said, ” I have left Leyton Orient in the best possible hands”. After going from div 1 play off final to the brink of dropping out of the league in 2 years and changing managers countless times in that period they now have a winding up order from the taxman. Another grand old English club being taken down. Barry Hearn…..go fuck yourself.

    • Gloster1861 March 1, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Is Hearn related to ‘Sir’ Philip Green ?

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

        They are brothers I expect but not in the blood sense if you know what I mean….

  • caveman March 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Between HH’s and jfdit’s conversation earlier today and this beautiful description of the reality of things at THFC, this blog was a very enjoyable treat today. Hats off to all three.
    I just hope that the patience of the fans is also wearing thin and they turn on Levy before the season’s out. He needs reminding at every home game LOUDLY that he’s not supporting the manager in the transfer market and to GO.

    • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      If News Now did accept Arcane wares, with or without swears, DD will be reporting it as real news about 8 pm tommorow night

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        That was for Harry from a post 8 hours ago

      • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 6:16 pm

        Frank Carson, News At Ten, pissed!

    • McG ⚽⚽ March 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Nice article, but how 70 mil ain’t backin the manager I’ve no idea.

    • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Even I enjoyed it and I loathe everything.

    • AccringtonSpurs March 1, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Even if ENIC sell up, Levy will stay.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm

        What glass?
        it’s not half empty. There isn’t one.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm

        Please don’t….I won’t sleep tonight.

  • richspurs March 1, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Blerry blistering barnacles. well thought out and skilfully articulated srticle by Arcane.

  • Spursy March 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Terrific blog, Arcane. Sums up the situation with a sweetness of clarity and brevity.
    My cap is doffed, sir.

    • Real Fan? March 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Seconded.

  • McG ⚽⚽ March 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    We’ll have a shiny new stadium soon enough, and I dare say people are gonna wanna buy us. It seems like there’s no happy medium, we either build our success organically (which we appear to be doing), or we wait for a sugar daddy & buy it. What’s the point in moaning about something that ain’t gonna change anytime soon? We blew a golden opportunity last season, & Poch blew another with his player acquisitions this. Levy ain’t perfect, neither is Poch but we making progress…

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Something has got to give I agree. That’s why I’m so fearfull of this move. We are not in the club, as much as we want to be, and on a buisines model whim THFC is being torn apart. We drop out of top 4 in the past, no bother, we get on with it. Now its mandatory. We don’t need 60,000. Look at the home gates for Europa…the pressure to avoid missing out on the elite positions will be increased tenfold and the noises coming from the owners don’t sound like the squad investment will match that demand and pressure. Who’s gonna give up their place at the table? Utd? Arse? Chelski? City? Once in a while, but not the rate to make this corperate nightmare a success. I couldnt bare coming 2nd to them lot from south of the river every year but at least our saving grace was we werent like them. As of May that crumb of comfort will be gone. What’s going to give is the history, dignity and wonder of this club. Its not all bad though. Here’s a happy face.:-)

    • jfdit March 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      we’re on a adventure now with no return, it’s going to happen

      Lewis & Levy’s call now, stick or twist

      fail to invest and the expected revenue won’t appear, 61,000 bums on seats will expect to see top drawer players not some spotty youth who can’t trap a bag of cement

      if the teams not good enough they’ll have a lot of empty seats

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

        That’s it mate. They’ve gambled with something that means and has ment so much to so many. They will be gone in time but what will be left that bares the name THFC? Once they get payed off and hit the bricks they won’t give a shit.

      • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm

        There cannot be any substantial player investment – take Mane for example – arguably a good buy. Levy simply will not tolerate the wage demands – everyone at THFC has to be on jam tomorrow wages.

        And the risk of sounding like Adolf H ‘zerr is no alternative!!!’

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm

          What are paying Kane???
          Fuck that one slipped through didn’t it

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

          Do you mean that every time Eriksen trips over his shoes laces Levy goes ka-ching?

          • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

            No comment!

  • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Arcane, the philosophy.. purely Ronglish. The words pure eloquence. Agree with it all as I do claim responsibility for the ideas though I must admit Raz thought of these back in 1932, 19 years after I was born.
    What is a c—— FFS???? Tell it like it is Arcane!!!
    The book… The Science of Tottenham.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      You, born in 1913! Get outtavit, I’ve seen you in the Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci ffs.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        I died and came back for the cheesecake Cas

    • jfdit March 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      where is Raz? has HH locked him in the basement with the young Kiri & LLL?

      what’s the odds they’re the same person?

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        You too???

        • jfdit March 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

          one of them is tri-polar I bet

          • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

            I think knowing Raz it was 4 and he was a Yankee

            • jfdit March 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm

              with him winning the bets & the other three always losing theirs hahaha

      • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm

        Raz is back at the weekend.

        Once he gives the guards the orange ball thing back.

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm

          Is Raz getting a free Get Out of Jail card on the new Waddington’s game Harryopoly?

          • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm

            Due to unpopular demand…

            • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm

              Do not pass STOP

    • Arcane March 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Ron, H, who we all know has the sensibility of a delicate flower, either that or an eye on his adverts, had the unspeakable gall to censor me! Actually he performed an all round edit that tidied things up proper nice.

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

        Raz is a paid antagonist

      • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

        Oops EDIT:

        If I hadn’t edited Arcane then Newsnow etc would decline his wares…

        • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm

          Common sensored

          • UnkleTaff March 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm

            common removed

  • jfdit March 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    great post arcane, we need to remind ourselves of the complete Levy inspired clusterfuck that Poch inherited when he took over and has had to deal with since

    the man must have the patience of a saint

    • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Patience of a saint is about right.

    • Jan Vertiginous March 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      But not patience with The Saints to Southampton’s chegrin.

      • Caspurs♿️ March 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm

        Keith Chegrin?

        • Spurstacus 💋 March 1, 2017 at 6:22 pm

          Or his French cousin, Keith Chagrin?

    • McG ⚽⚽ March 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Harry was doing quite well with that Levy cluster fuck & limited budget, all poch has managed is one or two places higher in the league & done worse in europe. Not saying I want him back, or that Poch is shit, but he’s still got a lot to prove.

      • jfdit March 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        Harry had King, Modric & Bale to be fair, Poch inherited the not so magnificient 7 and AVB/Sherwoods wonders of modern coaching

        • McG ⚽⚽ March 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

          Yep, & that just goes to show with the right manager you can get places & win trophies without spending stupid money.

  • Sam March 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    HH, couldn’t agree more about Poch. I love the optimism, keep it coming! #TottenhamSpring haha

    • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Guest blog!

      • Ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

        Mistaken Hidentity

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Of course there will be differences. I don’t see much value in comparing managers. Wenger had longevity cos he behaved like a board member not a football club manager, plus he milked his legacy. If poch pushes he’ll be gone. Calling levy a cunt can never get old.

  • Arcane March 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Oh shit. H only ever indulges me like this when he fancies flipping the pan again for the hell of it, and going all patsy on the poor misunderstood Pochman. I’m bracing myself for more defensive duties.

    • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Not at all. Contributions like that are too busy to risk getting lost in the melee.

      • Arcane March 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

        U gent.

        • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm

          Shhhhhh. Don’t let anyone know…

  • tizzy March 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    In all seriousness I dont see Poch as a top level manager. He’s tactically weak and he brings out the best of young hungry players. The likes of City, United, Barce, Mardid and PSG wouldnt suit his style of management as their ego’s would get in the way and none of the above teams like to build a team, they like to buy one.

  • riley March 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    more bullshit from a bullshit blog. loving the delusion

    • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      You people are unreal.

      You didn’t even read a single word, did you?

      And you wonder why I call you ‘thick’.

      Good grief.

    • Al March 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Cock

      • Al March 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

        Him not you!

  • MysteriousStranger March 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I’ll read it. Gimme a chance!

    • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      That’s the spirit!

      THEN call me a ****!

      • MysteriousStranger March 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

        ****!

        One less than *****. Seems fair. 😃

        • Harry Hotspur March 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

          Too kind x

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