Date: 10th May 2018 at 8:36am
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‘Pochettino has overachieved even if he fails to secure Champions League football.’

History provides distance and if you like, blunts a lot of things.

History doesn’t really focus on matters that nearly happened or the mood of individuals at the time.

So you only get the name winner of the Derby in ’78, not that the jockey was secretly battling against say a heroin habit ( I plucked these two elements from thin air so please don’t sue).

My point is, in time nobody will remember anything other than we qualified for the Champions League.

Or as this miserable blogger would tell you – Levy got away with it.

It is imperative that ENIC back Pochettino in the transfer markets and give him the right tools for the work ahead.

Making lemonade from lemons In football parlance is all very commendable yet it would be contemptible of Levy to tell Poch to keep  over achieving whilst being under resourced.

It is evident Mauricio would be a much happier man if he were not required to negotiate his way through the minefield that is every presser    e x p l a i n i n g    what his wretched taskmaster and he are supposedly achieving – in what is clearly a cycle designed to advance the investment company and not the football club.

What ought to be an atmosphere of edgy anticipation as the big silver soul harvesting device opens its doors next term, is clearly one of barely stifled doubt.

The pricing for the New Destination™ was a mood killer and unless the bulk of us have misread the situation, there will be a blind eye turned to player retention and the squad will only be bolstered by recycling cash from sales.

Poch has delievered that which I believed to be extremely doubtful at the beginning of the season.

History won’t remember how we limped over the line and narrowly avoided the misery of the Europa.

We are here now.

We know that Pochettino must be comprehensively backed and without debate. The poor guy has been through the mill and done better than survive.

The Argentine has earned his stripes and ENIC need to ‘humour’ the  fans by repairing the ravaged mess that is the football team.

You aren’t charging ‘getting away with it’ prices anymore, Mr Levy.

 
Comments
  • elfranklins May 10, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! (and so says Marge)

  • caveman May 10, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    THFC should be a football club, not an investors bluechip project with no object other than to make profit. There a quarter of a million fans worldwide and it is not a suitable vehicle for a hedge fund investor. It’s primary purpose should to win football matches and recruit the best they can afford to achieve that. But sadly that is not happening. The club is becoming worth more and more financially, but they are not gaining that worth by winning tournaments and cups and leagues unfortunately.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? May 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Yep, Got away with it. Big time. Levy will be sending Abramovich a rather expensive gift hamper.

  • BARD May 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Ronwol196061
    He is a great tackler. I think that his position was all wrong for most of the season.That he should be a DM or a CM and work out of the one position. He is never an attacker. Poch got that completely wrong. Im not saying he is great and I not sure even if he is good but he is much better in midfield central.
    Poch probably uses him to run back and forth to fit the system. Fuck that.It was a total waste.
    He is ok as a fill in though and not worse than many others out of that position.
    This was 2nd from last game and an important one and we squeaked by Newcastle at home. Dele,Lamela and others played like shit
    Everyone heralds Poch but really I would say we seriously underperformed in games.
    We could have beaten Juve, we had most of the play over two games by far.
    We should have destroyed these fucking minnows over the past few weeks.

    I’m with you on many of these points Ron. Sissoko could be a really good DM or even centre-half – any purely destructive role. Poch isn’t making the most of the players we have. The doubts I have about him just grow and grow.

    • Randy Lee May 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      no no no… there is not a player in there at all. you want a good tackler but a shit passer and thinker on the ball, we deserve better than Sissoko. the Newcastle chants all game yesterday were spot on. get rid!

    • Randy Lee May 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Jonjo Shelvey is better than sissoko!

  • OrganicPaper May 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Harry – Im pleased to see the ‘I don’t understand FFP’ tab is removed or you would probably send me there immediately. But I wonder what effect the increased revenues from Wembers will have on our wage power and if it is included in the calculation for next season or does that lag a season behind?

    I guess any increase is heavily caveated with what Levy will sanction

    • Tizzy May 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      All extra income would have been sucked up by the cost it took us to rent it. At a guess there may have been a small gain but no more then £5mil. So as a % of income its less that 2% so not much effect.

  • OrganicPaper May 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    So… Who do we think is realistically out of the door come next season? Current suspects being;

    1-Fernando
    2-Vinny
    3-Rose
    4-No’cludo
    5- Toby 🙁
    6 – Vorm?
    7 – Onomah (maybe get a run or another loan)

    Anyone I’m missing? Im hoping CCV either gets some time with us or goes back out on loan rather than being sold. I have some hopes he will come good for us in the end.

    Ive absolutely no idea who might be coming in the other direction but ive made a completely non-scientific, non-facts based estimate that selling those lot would generate about £75mil .

    • Accy May 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Janssen £8m
      Nkoudou £6m
      Llorente £8m
      Rose £35m
      Toby £50m
      Dembele £20m

      £127m

      PLUS

      Lamela £25m
      Sissoko £20m
      Onomah £18m (based on Wimmer/Bentaleb)
      CCV £15m
      Vorm £8m
      Aurier £20m

      £106m

      = a total of £233m

      CCV is not good enough as stated by multiple reports.

      • Accy May 10, 2018 at 12:28 pm

        This is just what I think, before anyone questions it!

        • OrganicPaper May 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm

          weyhey I like those prices 🙂 Your second list though, I dont think they will go, except maybe Onomah who I thought might fetch around 8mil + add ons should he suddenly become a world beater

          • OrganicPaper May 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm

            oops and Vorm. But surely no one will pay 8mil for a 34yr old?

            • Accy May 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm

              Yeah Vorm maybe a little out, but in this market climate…

          • Accy May 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm

            I thought Bentaleb was worth about £8. Went for £17m.

    • Camus May 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      All of those will go, perhaps Sissoko too as Poch’s quotes sounded like “Thank you and farewell.”

      I would sell Sissoko and buy Shelvey.
      That would be an excellent upgrade.

      • Accy May 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

        +1

      • caveman May 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

        There’s no need for Shelvey (he’s a bit of a liability normally). Cast your mind back to Winks before his ankle injury, he was getting into the team in front of Dembele and was such a creative player as well as so good defensively. He should be over this current and back av ailable by August.

  • Gus May 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Gloster1861
    Gus, Diame was given MOTM for sitting on Eriksen. That was the reasoning. Shows you how the opposition rate our creative hub.

    Stop Eriksen, stop Spurs last night, save for one fluid move between Christian Dele Son and HK. If this is Victor back to normal we need a new DM, along with more creativity in the middle. Same old problems. Hell, Shelvey looked like the most creative player out there, but their players couldn’t put any chances away

  • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Levy so far has been Jackson Pollock.

    The paintings are a messy jumble but somehow, worth a fecking fortune.

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Transfer policy …

      • Sexy Beast May 10, 2018 at 11:44 am

        If you look closely 👀 I’m sure you will see it says Zaha and Bale in and Lamela and Sissoko out 😂

        • caveman May 10, 2018 at 11:58 am

          I must say I am Lamela’s worst critic, but his cameo contribution last night impressed me.

          • Gus May 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm

            His layoff to Rose was delicious. Unfortunately it was Rose

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 May 10, 2018 at 11:45 am

        …a study in contrast.

      • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:47 am

        Its not about what it is,its about what you think it is. This is true of everyone here.

        • caveman May 10, 2018 at 11:59 am

          Especially you Ronnie!

          • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm

            100% but one has to see beyond the pale to even paler

    • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:48 am

      G;os you see its not about reality its about perception

      • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:54 am

        https://youtu.be/0pDE4VX_9Kk

        Highly recommended. Really important documentary series called ‘Ways of Seeing’ by John Berger. Highly influential thinker.

        • Accy May 10, 2018 at 12:18 pm

          Yes I’ve bought that book for a couple of people.

      • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:56 am

        ….. Note: see my comment below on artists

    • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:54 am

      And that’s why leftist artists should never be listened to on matters of economics or politics…… Hollywood being the main example.

      • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:57 am

        You really are a right winger. Always moaning about ‘lefties’.

        • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:58 am

          Some leftist views are worth listening to. Those coming out of Hollywood are not

          • Sexy Beast May 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

            True that bro

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 May 10, 2018 at 11:36 am

    We won The London! 💥💥

    • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:37 am

      And we won the most km run triphy, and almost won the possession trophy

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Or did the others lose?

      Spurs are the least worst team in London. Yay! 😁

  • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Anyone notice how Sanchez and Wanyama tend to telegraph their passing from the back, making a slow transition more pressured. Nevermind, it’s just me

    • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Whereas Trips, and Rose have more snap in their sideways passing release. Is it because they are smaller blokes?

    • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

      100% Aussie and quite frankly in my mind I always think its poch pulling the strings that they are not usining their instincts but rather following Pochs lead. Thats why they look robotic and not fluid. Its just a hunch Joe, Just a hunch

      • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:45 am

        And why Pochettino raves about Sissoko.

        That guy is the opposite of one touch passing.

        • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:46 am

          Go figure. He is a fan of Sissoko but you will only see Levys name attached to Sissoko.

          • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:50 am

            Baffling. Sissy did make one important tackle yesterday of note. But I’d expect that of a DM.

            • Gus May 10, 2018 at 11:56 am

              The guy looks like a giraffe on roller skates

            • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm

              He is a great tackler. I think that his position was all wrong for most of the season.That he should be a DM or a CM and work out of the one position. He is never an attacker. Poch got that completely wrong. Im not saying he is great and I not sure even if he is good but he is much better in midfield central.
              Poch probably uses him to run back and forth to fit the system. Fuck that.It was a total waste.
              He is ok as a fill in though and not worse than many others out of that position.

              This was 2nd from last game and an important one and we squeaked by Newcastle at home. Dele,Lamela and others played like shit

              Everyone heralds Poch but really I would say we seriously underperformed in games.

              We could have beaten Juve, we had most of the play over two games by far.
              We should have destroyed these fucking minnows over the past few weeks.

              • Randy Lee May 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm

                seriously i can’t believe you are trying to convince us that Sissoko still has a role to play with us. has nobody learnt from lamela ongoing lets hope saga, we need to get shot of sissoko and Pamela , llorente and get better quality marquee players in.

                • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm

                  I am not.I am just stating about Sissoko the reality of what we have now.
                  Id like Kovacic from RM with another not bad back up
                  But he is an easy mark here so I like to defend that. yesterday he was nowhere near as bad as half our players. I dont actually expect too much from him but he is often a scapegoat

  • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Anyone suggest how to download music videos from YouTube?

  • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Gloster1861
    The soccer is a means to an end.
    That’s all it really is to Levy and Lewis. Previous to Spurs they had five other clubs they were investing in. They only gave up the other clubs because EUFA ruling made it impossible to hold onto the other interests. ENIC even challenged EUFA in the courts, but lost.
    It’s a money making scheme first and foremost. The only level they need to keep maximizing the revenue flow is to keep in the CL. Cups and titles are not required.

    FFS businesses are mostly a means to an end. Its not about the high line its about the bottom line
    They are only not a means to an end when they are treated like toys

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

      If Levy could make more money selling turkey burgers that’s what he’d be doing.

      • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:26 am

        So?

        • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

          I don’t he’s a genuine supporter.

          • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:34 am

            Their are all kinds of supporters Glos. All kinds.

          • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:36 am

            I remember when we did the double how many people jumped on the bandwagon and became Spurs supporters. It was great in some ways but we struggled through the 50’s and although I was young I remember that….and them all these wannabes came on board. Its cheap to jump on

      • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:33 am

        The reality is we dont know what Levy is thinking.
        We dont even know if he thinks.
        But he did get us this far.Thats a fact. By luck? fine. Who knows.
        Many people think that owners of companies got their by luck and sometimes they get their by luck but as far as I can see he is running the company well.
        I actually think that Aristotles view is correct. It doesnt help us,as fans. But thats what it is. We are not doing a Leeds anytime soon but not a City either.

        • Harry Hotspur May 10, 2018 at 11:37 am

          as far as I can see he is running the company well.

          • Horndog 🇺🇸 May 10, 2018 at 11:41 am

            That is why I wear glasses. I can’t see very well.

          • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:45 am

            Its a fact.He is. Thats the business side and his strength

        • Paddio May 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm

          Its levy’s bonus scheme that will tell you where his mind is and Tottenham winning leagues and trophys might not be to high on that scheme

          • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 12:09 pm

            Its on the scheme but to advance the quality of the business

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 May 10, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I, for one, am pleased that season has ended on this CL qualification note. Levy has to realize the importance of this as a key to a successful transition into the NWHL. He fancies himself as an astute businessman, it is time he fancied himself as a Chairman concerned with winning. Very interesting summer on the horizon.

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Yes, it will paint a picture.

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 May 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

        The question is, will it be paint by the numbers?, or freelance? He, so far, is not an impressionist.

        • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:31 am

          Levy so far has been Jackson Pollock.

  • Randy Lee May 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

    As possibly the only London club to secure CL , does that mean we should get excited about the summer transfer window? are we the go to club in london?

    • Harry Hotspur May 10, 2018 at 11:13 am

      YES!*

      *until they find out what we’re paying

      • Camus May 10, 2018 at 11:16 am

        Lower wages than Chelsea, Goons, West Ham & Palace, so essentially we are the ‘run-from’ club in London 😂

        • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

          648 million quids worth of talent havent run yet…so who are you talking about?

          • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:22 am

            Yet. I hope we don’t choke on your words RW.

  • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I hadn’t realised that prior to ENIC getting their hands on Spurs, they had tried to buy Wembley stadium n 1999 for £222 million.

  • Camus May 10, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I didn’t watch the 2nd half last night – did Kane improve?
    I know he scored the vital goal, and finished it well, but what I saw first half and then in the closing 2 mins, he looked heavy of foot, slow and bereft of confidence.

    Will the World Cup kill him?

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

      I thought the goal would lead to another, but no, he wasn’t sharp enough to convert a second chance. He did work hard though, he always does.

      And yes, the WC is a disaster waiting to happen for Kane. He’ll be blamed by the media.

    • Accy May 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

      You chose the wrong half to watch. We improved 2nd and came out much quicker and more confident. Then they responded and started expanding a bit more. So the game opened up a bit.

      Kane – something’s up with him.

      • Camus May 10, 2018 at 11:12 am

        He needs some therapy, I suspect.

        • Accy May 10, 2018 at 11:13 am

          ha! Don’t we all!

      • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:18 am

        I reckon he’s holding back subconsciously, he doesn’t trust his ankle yet.
        And Wanyama looks scared too.

        • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

          Why is it our players hold back subconsciously and look scared?

          • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:23 am

            Because they are carrying injuries. Or are not fully recovered.

  • Randy Lee May 10, 2018 at 11:06 am

    He didn’t start Toby which almost cost us last night. it certainly cost us in the semi final. then he heaps praise on Sissoko for being a great professional !!!??!!!.

    I am concerned about Poch in this moment.

  • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Lemons?

    Market value of players from each club

    1 Manchester City Manchester City – £770.85m –
    2 Manchester United Manchester United – £675.45m –
    3 Chelsea FC Chelsea FC – £667.58m –
    4 Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur – £648.00m –
    5 Liverpool FC Liverpool FC – £493.20m –
    6 Arsenal FC Arsenal FC – £449.10m –
    7 Everton FC Everton FC – £309.60m –
    8 Southampton FC Southampton FC – £223.65m –
    9 Leicester City Leicester City – £210.60m –
    10 West Ham United West Ham United – £196.20m –
    11 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace – £176.13m –
    12 Stoke City Stoke City – £171.00m –
    13 Watford FC Watford FC – £167.85m –
    14 West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion – £154.80m –
    15 Newcastle United Newcastle United – £143.33m –
    16 Swansea City Swansea City – £143.10m –
    17 Burnley FC Burnley FC – £113.72m –
    18 AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth – £110.25m –
    19 Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion – £110.25m –
    20 Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town – £80.42m

    • Camus May 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Come on, Ron.
      2 of our players are responsible for probably 50% of our total market value.
      Kane emerged out of nowhere – Enic didn’t deliver him.
      And Dele was a £5mill punt, supposedly on David Pleat’s recommendation.

      • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

        These are the values not what we paid.Any schmuck can spend

        • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:14 am

          What Camus means Ron, is that Eriksen, Dele, Kane probably account for 400 million of that total conservatively.

          • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:15 am

            Want to try United?

            • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:43 am

              If I was given a free player pick from Uniteds squad, Pogba would not be in the top 3…..yet he cost the most

        • Camus May 10, 2018 at 11:15 am

          These valuations seem questionable.
          Salah is probably worth £200+ on his own.
          Then you have Bobby Firminho, Mane, Wynaldum, their new left-back who is supposedly *the best left-back in world football*…
          Pool have been undercut there.

          • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:16 am

            Salah has had one season and all of a sudden he is worth 200 mil?

            • Camus May 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

              He was smashing them in for Roma too.
              45 goals this season.
              Only 25 years old.
              Coutinho went for how much? (Salah is better).

              • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:25 am

                Courtino is a different kind of player.In any case Im not arguig about Salah I am just saying that when we talk about lemons..and East talks about 7th highest spend its really not the reality.Its what the players are worth and its what Poch can get out of them.
                Did he make them better? Im sure he did but I dont think we are overperforming. We play like shit sometimes but I think we are doing as well as out evaluations. I think Rainieri over performed but for one season

                • Camus May 10, 2018 at 11:30 am

                  They attained those valuations at Spurs though, many of them – under Poch.
                  Dier cost £4mill and is now worth nearly £40m
                  Eriksen cost £12mill and is now worth £63mill
                  See also Kane, Dele…

                  But then you have Sanchez and Toby worth the same?
                  Sissoko worth more than Dembele?

                  It’s all relative.

                  • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:41 am

                    Those players were not bought by mistake. So we found diamonds in the rough. So.They are still diamonds and get heralded in any other situation but diminished here as cheap crap players that we bought

                  • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:44 am

                    and who signed up Poch?

                    Another mistake? Luck?

                    When Coppola was hiring actors for the Godfather he picked all sorts of actors who didnt want to be in the film. So what he did get a lot of the time were second choices.
                    Brando was one and maybe Pacino..there were several.
                    Its the luck of the draw but nobody remembers that or cares about that

      • Harry Hotspur May 10, 2018 at 11:12 am

        Correct

      • Ronwol196061 May 10, 2018 at 11:14 am

        Hugo Lloris

        Keeper
        Dec 26, 1986 (31) France £22.50m
        13

        Michel Vorm Michel Vorm
        Keeper
        Oct 20, 1983 (34) Netherlands
        Suriname £2.25m
        22
        Southampton FC
        Paulo Gazzaniga Paulo Gazzaniga
        Keeper
        Jan 2, 1992 (26) Argentina
        Italy £900k
        4

        Toby Alderweireld Toby Alderweireld
        Centre-Back
        Mar 2, 1989 (29) Belgium £36.00m
        6
        Ajax Amsterdam
        Davinson Sánchez Davinson Sánchez
        Centre-Back
        Jun 12, 1996 (21) Colombia £36.00m
        5

        Jan Vertonghen Jan Vertonghen
        Centre-Back
        Apr 24, 1987 (31) Belgium £28.80m
        21
        Club Estudiantes de La Plata
        Juan Foyth Juan Foyth
        Centre-Back
        Jan 12, 1998 (20) Argentina
        Spain £4.50m
        3

        Danny Rose Danny Rose
        Left-Back
        Jul 2, 1990 (27) England
        Jamaica £27.00m
        33

        Ben Davies Ben Davies
        Left-Back
        Apr 24, 1993 (25) Wales £16.20m
        24
        Paris Saint-Germain
        Serge Aurier Serge Aurier
        Right-Back
        Dec 24, 1992 (25) Cote d’Ivoire £18.00m
        2

        Kieran Trippier Kieran Trippier
        Right-Back
        Sep 19, 1990 (27) England £13.50m
        37
        Tottenham Hotspur U23
        Kyle Walker-Peters Kyle Walker-Peters
        Right-Back
        Apr 13, 1997 (21) England £2.25m
        15

        Eric Dier Eric Dier
        Defensive Midfield
        Jan 15, 1994 (24) England
        Portugal £36.00m
        12

        Victor Wanyama Victor Wanyama
        Defensive Midfield
        Jun 25, 1991 (26) Kenya £27.00m
        17

        Moussa Sissoko Moussa Sissoko
        Central Midfield
        Aug 16, 1989 (28) France
        Mali £18.00m
        19

        Mousa Dembélé Mousa Dembélé
        Central Midfield
        Jul 16, 1987 (30) Belgium
        Mali £16.20m
        29

        Harry Winks Harry Winks

        Central Midfield
        Feb 2, 1996 (22) England £13.50m
        20

        Dele Alli Dele Alli
        Attacking Midfield
        Apr 11, 1996 (22) England
        Nigeria £72.00m
        23

        Christian Eriksen Christian Eriksen
        Attacking Midfield
        Feb 14, 1992 (26) Denmark £63.00m
        7

        Heung-Min Son Heung-Min Son
        Left Wing
        Jul 8, 1992 (25) Korea, South £31.50m
        27
        Paris Saint-Germain
        Lucas Lucas
        Right Wing
        Aug 13, 1992 (25) Brazil £25.20m
        11

        Érik Lamela Érik Lamela
        Right Wing
        Mar 4, 1992 (26) Argentina
        Spain £22.50m
        10

        Harry Kane Harry Kane
        Centre-Forward
        Jul 28, 1993 (24) England £108.00m
        18
        Swansea City
        Fernando Llorente Fernando Llorente
        Centre-Forward
        Feb 26, 1985 (33) Spain £7.20m

  • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 10:42 am

    The soccer is a means to an end.

    That’s all it really is to Levy and Lewis. Previous to Spurs they had five other clubs they were investing in. They only gave up the other clubs because EUFA ruling made it impossible to hold onto the other interests. ENIC even challenged EUFA in the courts, but lost.

    It’s a money making scheme first and foremost. The only level they need to keep maximizing the revenue flow is to keep in the CL. Cups and titles are not required.

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 10:44 am

      In case anyone doubts this, here is the European Commission ruling against ENIC as they tried to hold onto Spurs and FIVE other clubs.

      http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-02-942_en.htm

      • Camus May 10, 2018 at 10:52 am

        So we were the unlucky ones, Glos.
        They could have been welcoming Slippy G at Glasgow Rangers, as we speak…

        • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

          ENIC owns stakes in six clubs Glasgow Rangers FC in Scotland (25,1%), FC Basel in Switzerland (50%), Vicenza Calcio in Italy (99,9%), Slavia Praga in the Czech Republic (96,7%), AEK Athens in Greece (47%) and in Tottenham Hotspur in England (29.9%)

          • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 10:56 am

            Back in 2002 this was the state of play for Daniel…

          • marsinho May 10, 2018 at 10:59 am

            Think there was zenit st pets’rg too glos.

            • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 11:05 am

              These are the six clubs listed by the European Commission as being the ones in question for the court case.

          • caveman May 10, 2018 at 11:24 am

            Tottenham Hotspur in England (29.9%) Surely that’s Levy’s shares only

            • Aussie in Switzerland May 10, 2018 at 11:47 am

              Uncle Joes chunk is seperate from ENIC

  • Billytheyid May 10, 2018 at 10:36 am

    For anyone deluded enough to believe that Daniel will be getting the cash out this year, try and think of what’s happened in the past. Under rednapp we were in with a shout of winning the league, strengthen in January and see what happens. Apparently he wanted tevez and cahill. Got saha and Nelson. Once avb gets his gag lifted he explains he wanted hulk, moutinho et all. Ends up with stambouli, capoue etc. There’s plenty of previous. Any investment in real quality in the last two seasons would have given us enough to win the league. Doesn’t happen. Can’t hide behind champions league excuse any more either, but that changed to gate receipts, when everyone knows the real money on football comes from other sources. Poch has to take some stick as well, as do certain players, but the problem stems from the top, and what herr flick does this summer determines our clubs future for the next 5/10 years. If he gets this wrong, he may as well have built Kenilworth Road, because he’s never gonna fill it…

  • Bob May 10, 2018 at 10:24 am

    We have got away with it really – how can we drop nearly 50% of the points available against the three relegated teams and yet still finish in the top four? Says much about the other candidates (apart from MC), all of them as poor as us on many occasions. It’s unlikely that will happen again as they will all strengthen over the summer. Can’t argue with our constant progress over recent years and none of us truly expected us to become CL regulars just because some promising manager left Southampton to come to us. Next season is crunch time though. Everyone is buying the inflated season tickets atm because it’s new and shiny. Give it a year without performance though and those extra season tickets won’t be renewed. We could easily have a bigger version of West Hams problem.

    • marsinho May 10, 2018 at 10:32 am

      It’s what we all say season after season, our opponents are going to strengthen but same result we somehow get in amongst them at the finishing line.
      if only levy can see this and capitalise on it we’d step up the ladder a title not far off.

      • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 10:37 am

        The only debt that Levy will allow is on fixed assets.

  • Gus May 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Last nights game was a farking shower. Poch’s hardline of not playing Toby almost cost us again, and the midfield of Wanyama and Sissy was constipated. Eriksen sprayed a few good balls around but it wasn’t nearly enough, Kane Deli and Son sleep walked through almost the entire match, coming together to conjure up the winner almost out of nowhere. Shelvey, Yedlin and Co were all over us and should have scored at least one goal. Still, a win is a win, hopefully now that we’ve qualified we can play Leicester with a greater sense of freedom and some attacking flow. Ending the season by beating the foxes would be a nice way to finish. Considering all the doom and gloom over the Wembley hoodoo Poch and the boys have done well to get into the UCL places again, along with going deep into the UCL and FAC.

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Gus, Diame was given MOTM for sitting on Eriksen. That was the reasoning. Shows you how the opposition rate our creative hub.

  • WaddlesMullet May 10, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I think you’re a Spurs fan Harry otherwise why would you bother?!?!
    Why not, just for a second, enjoy the moment. We may have over achieved, all may not be well within the camp, we, together with the vast majority of the PL teams have not won a trophy this year, ticket prices may have increased but… Against all odds, we qualified for the CL last night – Happy Days!

    • Harry Hotspur May 10, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Fuck off, you cretin.

      Is the server down at Dear Mr Levy?

      Don’t post here again.

      • WaddlesMullet May 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

        Hahahaha! I hope you find the help you need…

  • Accy May 10, 2018 at 10:12 am

    It seems crazy to think that Davies was probably our best fullback this season. Rose mostly crocked, Walker gone. Aurier shit. KWP marginalised. Wanyama crocked (and still crocked judging by last night’s sub). Dier below par. Dembele largely crocked. Kane a bit crocked. Sonny hot and cold, mainly cold. Dele falling over for the first half of the season. Lamela coming back from injury – will he be any good this time? he was okay. then poor. then ok again but better than the previous 4 years. Moura sidelined. Llorente shite. Lloris, dodgy at best for many games and making stupid errors. Toby crocked and sidelined. Foyth never really played. Sissoko doing what Sissoko does. Winks crocked.

    I think Verts was the only consistent performer. Possibly Snachez (apart from Juve).

    It’s really a fucking miracle when you think about it.

    • Caveman May 10, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Nailed it Accy.

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Bang on. Poch has somehow done it again. Can’t believe he rates Sissoko though? That’s mental boring on delusional.

      • Camus May 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

        Trying to sell him, probably.
        The trouble is that any potential buyers out there, we assume, will have eyes…

    • Sexy Beast May 10, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Hugo is definitely not shit Accu, he plays the MP way: taking risks, still rather him then say Butland.

      • Accy May 10, 2018 at 11:06 am

        He can pull it out the bag at times. He didn’t earn the title of ‘one of the best in the world’ by accident. Trouble is he goes large portions of the seasons without really seeing the ball. I think he’s out of practice or something.

  • Legoverlass May 10, 2018 at 10:02 am

    If we have secured CL by playing every game “away” as appears to be the rhetoric from everyone then will Levy and ENIC gamble that he can do it again if he is now playing in the nice shiny
    new stadium called “home”. I don’t sense any quantum shift from the current financial model. Watching Sissoko stumble around all match and then seeing Toby come on in the last minutes makes me very concerned about a Pooch. Hearing him say That he thought Sissoko was the best player on the pitch for the club makes me more concerned and in a match where we needed to win and score leaving Moura unused who is our most
    direct attacking player perhaps alongside Son who is sadly way of form is also a major concern. Yes I agree he has done well to get CL football again. I think Levy senses the fans angst and I think he may well go for Bale paid out of the receipts for Toby & co to create a feel good factor and deflect us from focusing on what doesn’t happen in terms of squad investment.

  • StuSpur May 10, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Levy will have the excuse of a distracting world cup hindering signing players as an excuse come august

  • Elevenstonedidiots May 10, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Fair play to the gaffer for once again steering us to a top 4 position on shoe-string resources and in adverse playing conditions. I can’t help but feel though for the first time under Poch morale seems to be a bit low. Sonny has had a face like a slapped arse ever since he got a ticking off after Dele’s 2nd goal against Chelsea. Could it be that Kane’s desperation to claim the 2nd goal against stoke has not gone down well in the dressing room? Is it possible that Levy’s €6m salary has caused discontent among some players? Spurs have been crap since that Chelsea win.

  • Hotspur May 10, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Well said Sir Harold! In my humble… We should be thanking our lucky stars for Pochettino. Some of the comments I read sound like they’re from Arsenal fans. Champions league three years in a row, last 16 CL, Semi FA, knocking the stuffing out of Real… maybe that’s why it hurt so much when we lost Juve and Manure, I really we could win something, this season! But we didn’t. But Spurs aren’t a winning team of course we all want them to win everything. But if you’re just a trophy slag you’d support… well we know the usual mugs and their banter. Tottenham’s about more than that. Someone said, “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” Not if you’re Spurs, there’s more to life! But Christ we might just bloody do it next season or the one after. It’s a glorious time. (I don’t comment often H, but i read you nearly every day – thanks pal)

  • TopOfThePochs May 10, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Getting top 4 whilst playing at the ‘cursed’ Wembley al season cannot be dismissed as a great achievement considering our rivals positions.
    This is down to Poch and his team squeezing the las drop out of the limited squad and the quite clear pay disputes.
    We’re going into the new stadium and so if theres going to be a time thenNOW is the time for Levy to show ambition.
    3 consecutive years in the Champions League now has made us ‘established’
    Our profile in Europe is now raised and we should be able to draw top players – if we pay the going rate.

    Enough making do and hedging your bets to the breaking point.

    Give Toby his contract and the armband.
    Bumper contracts for our keys players – Eriksen, Alli, Kane etc.

    Get realistic about the squad and get rid of past mistakes – namely Sissoko and Llorente.

    BACK Poch and deliver his top targets – not some 3rd or 4th choice cheap alternatives.

  • Sexy Beast May 10, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Great morning my fellow Champions League club supporting nut jobs 😂
    Well done Huddersfield Town 👍
    Best bit of the night when that result came through.
    Awful crowd tension last night, Sunday will be a party with I suspect a much better performance and a few more goals.
    Awesome achievement getting CL whilst playing a “home” season in that soulless bowl, lots all over don’t seem to really appreciate that.
    Next window will tell us exactly where we go in the near future with Pooch, don’t back him and he will definitely start planning his future elsewhere, if he goes it will likely all fall apart very quickly and Levy will have a beautiful shiny new stadium with lots of empty seats.
    If he stays we can start to plan for real success might still be a year or two but it will come with Pooch I’m very confident.
    Gotta go, have some Goonets to message 😂

  • Al May 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Article is 100% on the money. Next year feels like the make or break for this project. The stadium ‘carrot’ can’t be flogged any further and the next window will tell us a lot. The good thing is, the line about “this team will only get better the more time together” has also shown to be not true. They’ve peaked and need some fresh faces in, from the top level. Don’t fuck us about Levy. Not at these prices and in this stadium.

    It’s been a grim season but we’ve scraped into the promised land. Time to level up.

  • Hartley™ May 10, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Top team in London again

  • paddio May 10, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Player retention is fine if poch is choosing and if he wants rid, not a problem with me as I’m sure he discussed this over his date with Ferguson. But it’s dragged on around players on their way out and effected the squad. If he wants player gone do it quick as possible otherwise it just makes poch look weaker. Every player has a price and can be replaced even if you pay slightly over the “moneyball” estimate

  • mike May 10, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Pace is available in the guise of Lucas Moura but he cant produce it if he is not on the pitch. i have difficulty in keeping faith with a manager who will not give him a chance to prove what he can do and has also constantly refused to play possibly the best defender in the premiership . Whatever his shortcomings, that is not Levy’s fault.

    • Accy May 10, 2018 at 9:18 am

      I find it interesting that players who haven’t had a preseason get a tepid treatment. Maybe we’ll see Mour of Moura next year.

      Don’t see many other teams with the same ‘no preseason’ problems.

      #Trust in Poch
      #?

  • Andrew May 10, 2018 at 9:05 am

    First of all, well done and thank you very much Huddersfield town.
    Now enic need to support poch, or sell the club please. We know neither is going to happen.
    Last night we saw Newcastle were very dangerous because of pace. Pace makes so much difference to any team. Let’s hope any players we buy have pace.

  • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Pochettino has done what Levy presumably required of him. Time to do your part, Daniel. You’ve now got another season of Champions League to bring the money in, plus better more lucrative sponsorship opportunities.

    Open the wallet.

    • Camus May 10, 2018 at 9:05 am

      I suspect the best you can expect is a return from ‘the crocked Welsh one’ – offered up to us VDV-style because Real want rid, but sold to the fans as a marquee signing and a sign of ambition.

      We will lose Toby, Rose and perhaps others to fund such a move.
      The wallet will remain shut.

  • Camus May 10, 2018 at 8:59 am

    One for Ronan on the last blog – about the silent atmosphere last night.
    This will only continue in the new stadium.
    On the whole, tourists don’t sing…

    • Andrew May 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

      I go to every home game, and I don’t think we have too many tourists at all. Maybe a few Koreans, and they are welcome as we need to grow the fanbase as much as possible. Wembley was built with capacity in mind ,whilst we are building the nwhl for atmosphere.

    • Cabspur May 10, 2018 at 9:15 am

      We need the ‘away fans’ in that 17500 tier shouting their heads of for 90 mins then we are sorted . The spammers had a season ticket nightmare lets not copy them.

  • East Stand May 10, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Spot on.

    There is no other take on it, unless you’re a fucking half-wit…

  • Camus May 10, 2018 at 8:57 am

    You’re right, H, but absolutely nothing will change re. the budget and transfer policy.
    Poch even said so recently, speaking about another 4 years of penny-pinching.

    He won’t be backed sufficiently, so perhaps the key question is will he stay?

  • Powerdaddy May 10, 2018 at 8:55 am

    38 games away from home and still qualified for the CL, I’ll remember it for sure.

    • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Thank you Arsenal and Chelsea for being a bit shit this season. That really helped out in our difficult year at Wembley.

      • Powerdaddy May 10, 2018 at 9:57 am

        Long may it continue.

  • Gloster1861 May 10, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Levy isn’t blind. He needs to firm up the Spurs squad, that means a larger genuine pool of players for Poch (I assume now) to chose from. None of this crap about the academy providing first teamer quality. It’s hit and miss. Any youngster who makes the grade should be extra on top of a solid transfer policy.

  • Danny The Champion Of The Word May 10, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Cause if you want the cheap ‘uns
    And you don’t ask questions
    Then Poch is your man