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From Inside Hotspur Way

From Inside Hotspur Way

The line wheeled out by Flat Earthers is that Hotspur Way is a world class facility. The truth is, that it’s slightly better than that.

Gladys proffered some titbits yesterday and I was pretty blown away.

Let’s dispel a myth. There’s been a suggestion in some quarters that the player’s ‘accommodation block’ at Hotspur Way was a ruse to install a hotel/schmoozing facility for corporate clients who wanted the complete ‘behind closed doors’ experience. I wouldn’t put anything commercial past Levy, but this place isn’t for that.

The mission statement is ‘No Excuses’. Ordinarily, there is a gulf between a business’ goals and the reality of the day to day operation.

This training facility is designed solely to deliver not just a culture but a reality of ‘no excuses’.

Upon leaving the reception area, the access is split into staff and playing staff divided by a secure partition which ensures neither party can overhear the other.

There are also a plethora of other psychological plays at work here. The first team only park in the same space. Everyone else parks separately. There are even different coloured training socks for non-first team players. The level of attention to this sort of thing is considerable.

The accommodation is personally designed for each player. So there are no excuses. ‘How did you sleep?’ The answer is never ‘not too well’, because the player chooses their own style of bed. Their own bedding and their linens. Players’ downtime is traditionally spent playing the very latest games online, casino sites are especially popular with the the country’s top sportsmen.

The TVs are loaded up with the individual’s favourite channels, recordings of favourite shows and series etc. Everything a player might want in terms of furnishings etc in the rooms are what a player asks for. So this isn’t vaguely roughing it, and the feeling of being away from home is minimised as much as humanly possible.

Within the perimeters of what the club recommends, all food and drink requirements are also undividually tailored. Do you prefer a certain brand of water? Then you have it as there are no excuses.

With the work side of the experience, again there are no excuses. The technical equipment, everything is the very best available. Don’t confuse this with pampering  – this is damage limitation at perhaps it’s most sophisticated.

Everyone talks to each other. This is a culture that Tom Sherwood would be fried alive in, like a slug in a bucket of salt. There is no whispering, sneering and blanking of anyone. Even when you walk past a member of the facility’s staff, you greet them and an atmosphere of togetherness is actively encouraged. ‘We is us’ as a great man once said.

Does Levy deserve a round of applause for this? Anyone who says yes, then needs to explain what exactly is he is being paid to do.

To close, it’s not surprise that this is where our noble commander in chief has based himself, opposed to back in N17.

No excuses.

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

  • Big toe July 5, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Several people have discussed pitch size: WHL to Wembley, When I Goggled it – Wembley was 5m longer, 2m wider! Is it a perception thing, being closer to the pitch at WHL?

  • MM July 4, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Why would the players stay overnight?
    Or do they have a shluf afer training?

    • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Players routinely stay before home games and games that are commutable from London.

    • Steve Marks July 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      The plan is for longer training sessions with a nap in between.

  • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2017 at 1:12 pm
  • Horndog July 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Ronwol:, I’ve written to him, I’ve texted him, I’ve travelled with him, I’ve eaten with him, I’ve drank with him, I’ve laughed with him, I’ve argued with him (not much), I’ve cheered with him, I’ve stood in line with him, and many other things. Most importantly I’ve been able to call him a friend. Happy Birthday Ron!, you are one of the best!

  • melcyid July 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Sharon Darch July 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    £40mil for N’Zonzi never in a million years will we pay that and don’t need him whatsoever that area were really strong. This 28yr old Silva is a no goer either especially at £25mil + don’t want Siggy back for £25+ either he’s 27 and we’ve been there before. Barkley yes we can develop into a top player Zaha the same Mahrez would be a great signing also as well as Douglas Costa the rest were being linked with are not a good fit whatsoever. Lazy Journo’s

  • Still Nil Nil July 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Ronny.

    When’s your bar mitzvah?

  • McG ⚽⚽ July 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Recon this one’s closer to the mark as it goes…

    • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Who’s next?

  • McG ⚽⚽ July 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Happy 70th Ronster, young at heart, that’s what counts!

  • SpurAndy 🍒π July 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Happy birthday Ron, you didn’t look a day over 70 when I saw you last year 😁

    • Sexy Beast July 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Many happy returns Ronnie 🎂
      So you need a fire 🔥 extinguisher to put out the candles?? 😂

  • Sexy Beast July 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Kluffah_Yid
    We’ve challenged for the title for the last two seasons, something I didn’t really imagine happening a few years back. Only pipped by bastards with no weekday commitments each time, very unlikely to happen this season.
    Gotta say we’re only gonna play better this year, and Levy & Poch are creating incredible foundations that will allow us to compete seriously each and every year. We’ll be winning silverware soon, I won’t say it’s inevitable…

    Unless…………
    Leicester win the league!
    I want to put a 😂 Emoji at the end of the sentence above but I definitely won’t 👎😳

    • Big toe July 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      I think the way we play and the fitness levels required take some getting use to, making it difficult for any new buys. I think/hope we will see some of the recent buys that buy into the concept come good.

  • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    With all the very best equipment and facilities, we saw Kane recover from injury very quickly. And yet Lamela seems a hopeless case. I’ve got a sense that he won’t make it.

    • Sexy Beast July 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Is it the injury or is it mental? I’m not sure……….

    • simonPW July 4, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Lamela is an insurance claim.

  • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Does thus mean the foreign players have Belgian or Danish TV laid on for them? Looxury!

    • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Although saucy Danish TV might cause some problems ethically!

      • Hartley July 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        The vegetarian’s won’t like it.

        • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

          They never bloody do. At the local craft centre are a couple of veggie’s who can’t bear the sight or smell of meat…

          But get this. They are leather workers who make bags and belts. D’oh!

  • melcyid July 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    what do you expect,the devil is in the detail.

  • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    BTW does anyone think it’s relevant to buy strikers/attacking midfielders that would utilise the extra space at Wembley? Those fast wingers from Monaco destroyed us…

    • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      I think we have to adapt.You dont go spending 30 mil for one season but surely NKoudoo could actually see a few games….

      • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm

        I have no problem with them buying a player with a different style, Nkoudou has that but not enough game time/ability.

        If it works we could sell for big money but ultimately they’d stay

        • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm

          He showed a lot of promise with so little game time per game

          • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

            I agree. Takes time to get into a Poch team and he’s not had that yet. Funnily enough Europa was great for that!

            • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm

              I think Poch is also stuck a bit in his viewpoint.Maturity will give him the added vision to adapt his plan to counter things that happen like Wembley and playing lets say park the bus teams but he is getting better

        • Daniel Primus July 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm

          i just dont think he is trusted on the pitch , you can tell by how many times poch has used him –

          • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

            I dont think that
            I think maybe he isnt a tackler which is big for Poch and maybe he doesnt go route one to goal which Poch also wants from the wingers but he may be a good creator from the wing and Poch doesnt want that

            He had Sissoko doing the same and it failed and Sissoko looked more shit than he is..he tried that ALL SEASON!!!

            • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

              To be fair, Newcastle fans said he’s been disappointing for the three seasons before.

              • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm

                I dont think that Sissoko is great at all but he must be better than he showed. I see him as acentral midfielder which he didnt play as…..he was played more a quasi winger…..i think he has to get but in the right scenerio he would do well i think…maybe a Palace type

                • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

                  Happy burpday RW!

                  If you recall, we bought Sissy after a decent showing in Euro 2016, when he was played exclusively on the right wing. We appeared to buy him on that basis.

    • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      THough youve got to wonder why he didnt get more time this past season at Wembley

    • Daniel Primus July 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      totally agree with you but apparently the pitch size is not an issue for some, although we did apply to minimise the pitch size which got rejected.

      • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        you can see the difference in our playing style when at WHL, there’s obviously less space back to front and we find it easier to attack on the edge of their box

        • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

          We can make it work for us. It doesnt have to be just running it can be push and run…and for that you need a great through ball

          • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm

            Is VdV out of contract??!

            Saw some highlights of the 2011/12 season the other day, Modric playing it to Bale and an in-form Adebayor! 😮

            • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

              Thats why I want tos ee Eriksen create even more and a new Central midfielder to create from there. I really am a fan of Dembele but he is limited in that regard

        • Daniel Primus July 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

          this pitch size is a massive disadvantage , which will not suit our playing style, how can we play the high press game there good teams will destroy us especially in the Champions league,
          wembley is not a home ground! is a huge gladiatorial theatre with a soft bouncy pitch!
          there has to be signings surely!!!!

    • UnkleTaff July 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Pitch size isn’t an issue. We can change it if we want to.

      • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

        The only pace in our first team squad is being hawked to Citeh… I don’t think we can ignore how the size of the pitch changes the game. The smaller the pitch, the more control you need. Pace wins over distance 🙂

      • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

        Size doesn’t matter?

        Do you think the referee would notice if we surreptiously made it smaller?

        • UnkleTaff July 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm

          I’m willing to bet that “checking the size of the pitch” isn’t on the referee’s checklist prior to the start of the game.

          I say we give it a go and hope that no one notices.

  • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Then Hotspur Way has become the heart of THFC, not White Hart Lane? Perhaps this was seen as a way of mitigating the upheavals of moving ground twice.

    What of the stories about Hotspur Way being expanded to cater for a NFL franchise team in the future? Will that be entirely separate in order to maintain the purity of the soccer zone?.

  • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

    We’ve challenged for the title for the last two seasons, something I didn’t really imagine happening a few years back. Only pipped by bastards with no weekday commitments each time, very unlikely to happen this season.

    Gotta say we’re only gonna play better this year, and Levy & Poch are creating incredible foundations that will allow us to compete seriously each and every year. We’ll be winning silverware soon, I won’t say it’s inevitable…

    • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I would agree its not inevitable but it is probable…….

      • Hartley July 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

        It’s probably inevitable.

        • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:08 pm

          I wouldnt go that far

          • Kluffah_Yid July 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

            it’s hard to know how far to go

            • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm

              I would get on a 253 from Dalston to Stamford hill and and walk the rest of the way

              • Still Nil Nil July 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

                253 goes from Bethnal Green to Holloway.
                And back.

                243 goes from holborn to Wood Green.
                And back.

                It’s the 243 that uses the a10 kingsland high rd/dalston/stoke newington/Stamford hill route.

  • JuandeInternational July 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

    No chocolates on the pillow?

    • caveman July 4, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Christ ‘The Independent’ is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • UnkleTaff July 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    This all smacks of the Pochettino “philosophy”. Since Hotspur Way was there before he arrived, how much of this attitude was already in place and how much of it is down to his imposing his methods upon it?

    My guess is that it’s more a case of the latter than the former.

    • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Yeah but maybe both the transfers,the plan and the stadium Poch and Levy were together on

      • UnkleTaff July 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

        Ron, you know me — I’m in no doubt whatsoever that Pochettino is exactly where he wants to be; he’s been given the opportunity (by an accommodating chairman) to fashion a club exactly how he wants it to be — from top to bottom. I doubt he’d get that opportunity anywhere else in the world. He and Levy are a perfect fit for each other, which is one of the reasons I’m not even remotely troubled by the thought of him moving elsewhere.

        • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:38 am

          I agree with you Taff…..I dont see as much seperation between them as most do

    • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:34 am

      If we totalled up what our players are worth and what we payed and compare that to any other club,we have to be in the stratosphere of that league and thats down to both of them

      • UnkleTaff July 4, 2017 at 11:37 am

        Could not agree more.

        • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

          🙂

      • caveman July 4, 2017 at 11:37 am

        That’s what H is saying, it’s the business side of things that’s thriving but not the trophy cabinet.If we were in the money market the trophy would be full, if we were in the property business the trophy cabinet would be more than full, but we are in the football business and the cupboard on that score is empty.

        • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

          Good foundations people dont see…then they get excited by the trimmings….we are building foundations both in the footie and the stadium

          • caveman July 4, 2017 at 11:41 am

            I really want to believe.

            • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

              You need some clues to believe and even then its difficult because there is no perfection…so look at it at scale of where we were and where we are…..the trajectory isnt bad is it and yet..you would think after reading this blog at times that it was a complete fucking disaster. Hows that for non belief?
              Ill meet you half way! 🙂

            • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

              Cavey Im not knocking you!!! Harry can be quite infuencing!!!!! 🙂

              • caveman July 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

                I’m not influenced by Harry. He provides ‘good food for thought’ and thats the idea. It’s up to us lunatics to expand and play with that and that’s what we’re doing continuously. It works a treat.

                • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

                  I agree and thats why the blog is so good Cavey! 🙂

  • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Last night I held on to 69 for dear life!!!

    • UnkleTaff July 4, 2017 at 11:32 am

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:32 am

        🙂

    • Freund or Foe July 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Mamy harpy retnrns Ronald!

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:59 am

        Big K Thanks Mate!!!!

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

        Time to write that book!

  • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Its me birthday today chaps….the big seven…….arrrrrgggghhhhhhhhhh

    • AccringtonSpurs July 4, 2017 at 11:26 am

      you lie!

    • 61SpursNut🌰 July 4, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Hoorah happy seventh!

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:27 am

        Thanks 61!!!

    • AccringtonSpurs July 4, 2017 at 11:26 am

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG MAN!

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:27 am

        Thanks Denners!

    • Hartley July 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Happy Birthday Ron, have a great day.

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:29 am

        Cheers Harts!!! Big dinner though tommorow night with the family….tonite burgers…

        • Hartley July 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

          Enjoy!

    • caveman July 4, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Happy birthday Ron and many happy returns of the day.

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

        Cheers Thanks Cavey!!!! Never really knew what the returns are,does it mean I can grab a few years back at some point….like a points plan for old farts?

        • caveman July 4, 2017 at 11:40 am

          It means that ‘may you have a long life’!

          • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

            Thanks Cavey!! Really appreciate that!!!!!

    • Devonshirespur July 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Happy Birthday Ron.

      Keep bringing​ the Flow.

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

        Will try…..I love this site…a bunch of lunatics but its been a riot..Thanks to Harry and his crazy blogs…none of it would have happened if it wasnt for him and the actors…and Ive met a lot..are the best in the football world..really…our team started to really flow last year….even Eriksen 🙂 its been a ride…..
        Thanks Devon

  • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Looks like Levy should be running both America and the UK

    • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

      We are headed for a dynasty chaps

      • Hartley July 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

        China as well?

        • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:26 am

          We are number Yuan

    • 89Spurs 👁 July 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Happy Birthday Ron
      Three score and ten that’s the age, you youngsters are all the same!

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

        Im trying to stay old!

      • ronwol196061 July 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

        Thanks 89!

  • McG ⚽⚽ July 4, 2017 at 11:20 am

    That’s great to read, all works towards building something special. So Poch basically lives there, am I understanding this correctly?! Quality if so.

    • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

      The facility is open 24/7.

  • Camus July 4, 2017 at 11:14 am

    This morning, Spurs Twitter posted about Gylfi’s best goals. Is he coming back? I can dream.

    • Daniel Primus July 4, 2017 at 11:18 am

      i saw that this morning too…Hmmmmm could it be?

  • AccringtonSpurs July 4, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Must make it difficult to offload a player.

    • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2017 at 11:23 am

      It cuts both ways – Josh Onomah blog incoming.

      • simonPW July 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        Where do these rumours start? Feels like I could feed the Newsnow list from the seat of my kahzi.

  • simonpwise July 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

    What’s the go with Steven NZonzi? Some burbling in the press today.

  • SpurAndy 🍒π July 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Ahh I love the smell of training socks in the morning.

  • caveman July 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Fucking hell, Levy must be glad Adebayor is left the building!

  • Freund or Foe July 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

    But do they have quilted toilet paper? Wellness starts in the hole.

    • gloster1861 July 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      I won’t be without it myself.

  • Ronan July 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

    All seems very out of sync with the club’s dna. What happened to fatalistic acceptance of mediocrity?

  • Sid Trotter July 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Erm. Pampered Ponies. My boss doesn’t give me half of that.

  • Sid Trotter July 4, 2017 at 10:26 am

    FISTING TIME

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