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.