Date: 24th September 2018 at 3:13pm
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Here are the quotes from the updates – added to Pochettino’s £6 book. 

“It was time to be rid of those who lacked commitment, those who could not help the club to grow,” ghostwriter Guillem Balague explains in June 2018 (p.277-278).

“Mauricio had spent practically the whole season locked in his office solving matters of group management rather than helping the team in training. If no one was prepared to lend a hand, then the club would begin to stagnate.

“Levy had to do one of two things, either get rid of certain players and replace them with others who were good enough or look for another coach. The renewal of his contract at the end of May was the consequence of some tough, but totally necessary, conversations that took place and was an indication of how the club responded to his demands.

“It was now time to set about renewing the dream by bringing in a new energy in the shape of players of the highest possible calibre. The 2018-19 season would not be like the last. The club had to admit that it had made mistakes and they needed to learn from them. Bravery can sometimes be at its best when the accelerator is pressed to the floor.”

Sadly all too credible, all too inevitable.

As this, the Harry Hotspur blog has been saying since the day Andres Villas-Boas quit, the primary function of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is not to achieve anything in football, but to make a nice little earner for the investment company that holds the rights.

Investing money in the squad is seen as a laughable risk, opposed to investing in loosely sports themed shopping centre is precisely the route to take when one is focused upon being the richest man in the graveyard.

ENIC apologists have gone from being perceived as grounded intellectuals to being revealed as anti-football cretins – suffering with severe bouts of Stockholm Syndrome.

Maybe Balague is simply an enormous trouble making fraud.

Yeah, sure.

And maybe Postman Pat was a real postman.

Good luck.

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

  • PhilBealOG September 25, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Yessir, the cat is well and truly out of the bag and you have to admire the way Poch has gone about it. Instead of ranting in public he has let this new chapter tell us what his stated expectations were as part of signing his new deal. He let Levy know that he had taken the current squad as far as he could and one has to assume he was assured that the uncommitted would go and new talent would arrive. So now Levy is fully exposed as the deceitful prick previously railed against by icons like Fergie while Poch is apparently being “calm” and following the party line. Nice one Poch, nice one son. Oh and by the way he is also going to make sure our record signing spends as much time on the bench as on the field just to rub in the fact that Toby is still around. We have all seen that Poch holds grudges against those he believes have betrayed him so it’s a good bet that if Levy is still around at the beginning of 2019, which is unfortunately the likely scenario, Poch will be taking over the reins at an underperforming mega club with ambitions that match his own, the most likely current candidate being United. Oh well, at least the hooray Henry supporters cast in Levy’s own image will be able to enjoy their wine and cheese while a lackey brings them updates every 5 minutes on what is happening on the field.

  • Mad Carew September 25, 2018 at 9:15 am

    As the Great Bard once said, ref Hamlet 1602, Levy has been hoist by his owne tabard. Poch spoke fervently at the end of last Season about getting his business done early in the Window before the World Cup but then got a Mega pay rise and long term Contract, sad thing is he then lost his scruples and his brain was removed, talking Cows with a train timetable, you couldn’t make it up.

  • Tappaspur September 25, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Maybe the flame of passion has burnt out. Poch don’t fancy us anymore. Levy Hardly ever bought any sexy underwear. Bloom(ers)ing ell. 🙂

    • Paddio September 25, 2018 at 8:24 am

      It’s Pochs first real rocky patch where reality and perception are the same, expectation has now become unforgiving for the usual Levy shenanigans

  • Billy the yid September 25, 2018 at 6:32 am

    So if we believe this new chapter, and I find it hard to believe that this kind of stuff is going to print if it’s a lie, other people in football have asked why he hasn’t walked. The worrying thing there must be that within the football circle everyone knows levy is a total wanker and that being the case we’re poch to pack his bags where the hell do we go from there?? Nobody who could realistically improve the situation is gonna come within 5 miles of the building site

  • sheikh352 September 25, 2018 at 2:00 am

    There is NO buyout clause in Poch’s contract. He said it, himself. NO BUYOUT CLAUSE.

    • Harry Hotspur September 25, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Correct, Levy doesn’t do them

      • Exile September 25, 2018 at 9:30 am

        I think he had a buyout clause with rednapp when he thought he might get the England job

      • DannyBoy September 25, 2018 at 2:15 pm

        Oh really what about Aldeweirald. I still agree with you about Levy though. He is a tosser and Spurs will never do anything until he and Enic are long gone

    • Tappaspur September 25, 2018 at 7:54 am

      There’s a first time for everysin.

    • Paddio September 25, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Normally I’d agree,
      But if book is correct in either get rid of Rose etc or get a new manager, would Poch be nieve enough not to get a break clause put in having worked with levy for 4 years already.
      Also Poch does say things and says it’s then means something else, a walk away or break clause would not be viewed as a buy out

  • Gazza waking up at night screaming! September 25, 2018 at 1:23 am

    i dont mean to be funny but where are all the regular posters? This season has been awful but i mean not that awful. I cant understand where nilly – ron et all have gone.

    • Harry Hotspur September 25, 2018 at 7:35 am

      Bar Nilly, I binned the rest ☺️

      • PedJ September 25, 2018 at 9:44 am

        Noooooo…..why???

        • Harry Hotspur September 25, 2018 at 9:52 am

          I wasn’t enjoying it any more.

          No surprise that I haven’t sworn at anyone since.

  • Nick September 24, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    So let’s be brutally honest,He may be the most consistent manager we’ve had in decades,playing football in a decent watchable fashion but he’s delivered f all as H is continually telling us.If he wants out good luck to him,it won’t be because Levy has shafted him, it’ll be because he’s run out of ideas,he’s brand of football has been found out.every team that presses our back four hard gets joy out of them.If he goes in my book he’s failed,no better than santini , gross & the other morons that have done zilch

    • Ronan September 25, 2018 at 5:21 am

      If we’re being honest, let’s accept no other coach could have secured three top-3 finishes in the PL with a net spend of £15m over four years.

      His reward? The most humiliating transfer window shafting a Spurs coach has endured. History achieved as the first PL club not to strengthen in a summer window. The only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to push on.

      And this after poch came out and explicitly pleaded for bravery in the market, in order that the team could be taken to the next level. A plea made long before he knew most of his starting XI would still be playing in the final weekend of the World Cup.

      That is the kind of backing levy will be trying to attract a superior replacement with if the failed poch goes.

  • sheikh352 September 24, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Paddio
    I’ve read this snip bit a few times,
    So rumours of a first year break clause could be true,
    because is Poch that stupid to believe Levy will change after four years of working with him,
    And this is quite bold to let this out in a book, is there a power play going on between chairman, manager and owner (though that is probably wishful thinking).

    No truth of a buy-out clause, at all – unless you believe Poch is a liar.

  • sheikh352 September 24, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Nick
    I don’t claim to know the finances of publishing but the price of the book has little to do with the up front fees given to the writers I’d think? This new chapter would’ve earnt Balague another payment.If This wasn’t already discussed with Levy then it won’t change the fact that Poch has a lucrative contract with a buy out clause to match

    No! No! No! No! No!

    Stop with the uninformed drivel. There’s enough incorrect, emotional speculation as it is, without you adding to the nonsense.

    In Poch’s OWN WORDS, as quoted in “The Guardian” of 17 May:

    “No, no buy-out clause in my contract. I will stay here next season.”

  • Tappaspur September 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    So the youngers got tonked at everton then! Damn. Dont think many of them will be playing at the dons. Though geogiou Harrison k sterling and tracey didn’t play last night.

  • sheikh352 September 24, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Nick
    I don’t claim to know the finances of publishing but the price of the book has little to do with the up front fees given to the writers I’d think? This new chapter would’ve earnt Balague another payment.If This wasn’t already discussed with Levy then it won’t change the fact that Poch has a lucrative contract with a buy out clause to match

    What the fuck are you talking about? State something FACTUAL, or else, say nothing at all!

    In his OWN WORDS, Pochettino is quoted in “The Guardian”, of 17 May, this year:

    “No, no buy-out clause in my contract. I will stay here next season.”

    Stop making things up. So much ill-informed speculation adds nothing of merit to the discussion.

  • Paddio September 24, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    I’ve read this snip bit a few times,

    So rumours of a first year break clause could be true,
    because is Poch that stupid to believe Levy will change after four years of working with him,
    And this is quite bold to let this out in a book, is there a power play going on between chairman, manager and owner (though that is probably wishful thinking).

  • Eddie September 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    He won’t walk if he can get paid for being sacked.It could well depend on how we suffer through no investment in new players.Also the continued extra cost of renting Wembley,possibly for the whole season,coupled with Lewis’ alleged statement that he will no longer put any more of his own money into THFC,could also mean no money spent in January either.It doesn’t bode well.

  • Paddio September 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Poch can always walk away,
    If he feels shafted no one would begrudge him esp in football.
    Why hasn’t he???

  • coys1882 September 24, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    The key question here is this. Is this update entirely of Balague’s own volition, including the opinions and sentiments expressed, or is this a thinly veiled attack on Levy, with the update fully sanctioned and endorsed by Poch? Either way it hardly paints a rosy and harmonious picture of the relationship between Poch and Levy at this juncture, but if it is the latter then the breakdown may be close to irretrievable.

    There are however a couple of points still working in Levy’s favour. Firstly, Poch’s new contract. Poch is now being paid what he is worth, 4th highest paid manager in the EPL at 8.5 million per season and equally importantly his coaching staff also are all tied into long term contracts.

    As far as I am aware they are all family men, with young children. Thus any decision by Poch to part company with Spurs would be a very difficult one, with major social ramifications and upheaval for him, his own family and those of his staff. Right now he has security and stability for both him and his staff for the next 5 years and eight and a half million reasons a year not to upset the status quo.

    Given the above, Poch will not just quit and he will not be fired by Levy, as it would be too expensive for both of them, so I think there are realistically only two potential suitors at this juncture for his services, who might be able to tempt him to move away from Spurs. These are the two you have mentioned, Real Madrid and Man Utd.

    Neither scenario seems very plausible at this point though. RM just hired the former Spanish national coach Lopetegui, on a 3 year contract and have started this season quite brightly, so at the least they must give him till the end of this season, if not a couple of seasons at the helm. Whereas Mourinho, for his part, still has 2 more years left on his contract at Utd and appears to have made peace with Ed Woodward. So even if either of those two clubs were looking to change managers, it wouldn’t be mid-season.

    I really don’t believe Poch wants to leave the club, unless he is pushed beyond his limit. Which gives Levy the chance to still deliver on the promises he made in getting him to sign a new contract and to atone for his monumental mishandling of the last transfer window. In this light the upcoming January transfer window and especially next off-season’s transfer window will be critical. Poch will want to see real ‘bravery’ and genuine financial commitment to convince him to stay. Levy for his part needs to nail the naming rights deal, clear out the ‘deadwood’ and give Poch a boatload of money to spend.

    Lastly, my advice to our reclusive octogenarian tax exile overlord, Bahama Joe. Sell the fucking Hockney for 80 million, stick your tightfisted mitt in your pocket for once, and lob 150 mill in loose change in Poch’s direction! Try heeding those famous club mottos, rather than just paying lip service to them. ‘Audere est facere’, “The game is about glory!” Surely, after 20 years, it would be better to go out with the legacy of being a champion and a winner on the field, rather than the purveyor of cheese rooms, micro breweries and facilitator of corporate profits?

    • East Stand September 24, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Perhaps Poch has been made aware of something we aren’t privy to?

      Once the stadium move is done Lewis might feel that the club’s stock is as high as it’s going to get under their ownership. 62k seater stadium, Champions League football and a manager that is clearly delivering on a new contract.

      It isn’t going to get any better for ENIC and the natives are getting restless. I’m hoping they’re planning to sell soon…

  • Accy September 24, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Lilywhite without the ll
    Accy posted this a few days back and still the happy clappers ignore the facts..
    Whats worse is he (Poch) agreed a new plan with Levy but he has done the complete opposite, in fact a record breaking opposite of no signings or sales in a single summer transfer, go figure?!

    If you were offered Joao Mario or Andre Gomes, when you actually wanted De Jong, after 3 successive years of CL and shit signings, you’d be within your rights to say it’s De Jong or nobody. More shit on the books means more squad places taken up with junk.

  • Accy September 24, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Nick
    Balague is a trouble making fraud! He is making as much money off Pochettinos coat tails as humanly possible,Why another chapter now?
    The players will have had some idea this was coming with the “new slate” comments we’ve heard already.Poch won’t quit & Levy won’t push him out,too much money involved with the new contract.January will be very interesting but by then it may be too late.

    Er… the profits go to charity. Back into grassroots.

    • Harry Hotspur September 24, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Correct. This is the same backwardness that believes ‘Gooners’ sabotaged the stadium.

      The only enemy in the camp is the bald guy.

  • JimmyGrievance September 24, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Our man Glen Hoddle summed things up after Satan’s game at Brighton.

    He said along the lines….. Players and fans want to win things. Tottenham should aim for domestic glory first. However, Daniel Levy see’s no value in that and insists the club qualify for the CL. Levy see’s the club as a business, it’s not, it’s a football club. And while he (Levy) continues as he does, Spurs wont win anything……..

    • Tappaspur September 24, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      He’s fucking right.

  • Exile September 24, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    It wouldn’t surprise me if poch left for pastures new. I’m not in football but from the outside it seems clear that levy is the worst person in football to deal with from other clubs perspective and the worse person to work for.
    I don’t think any other manager would have matched his achievements over the last four years on his budgets and I include pep in that and it’s time he got a proper job with a club that has ambition rather than one run by a megalomaniac who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

  • Keith England September 24, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Tottenham Hotspur’s primary function is to achieve nothing in football…. What a pathetic, childish and uninformed pile of garbage you write. Go to the Emirates – you’ll be far happier there!

    • Harry Hotspur September 24, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Make a coherent point to substantiate your name calling

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 24, 2018 at 8:18 pm

        I thought the ‘go to the Emerites’ ‘ go and support city’ gang had sloped away.

        Irony is none of us need to go to Arsenal cos a similar bunch of on the pitch neglecters are doing the same to us. The stazi are back.

  • Nick September 24, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Even Poch knows you can’t sell players that don’t want to go or for peanuts.

  • Nick September 24, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Balague is a trouble making fraud! He is making as much money off Pochettinos coat tails as humanly possible,Why another chapter now?
    The players will have had some idea this was coming with the “new slate” comments we’ve heard already.Poch won’t quit & Levy won’t push him out,too much money involved with the new contract.January will be very interesting but by then it may be too late.

    • Harry Hotspur September 24, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Balague is making money out of his cut of a book that sells for £6? Please tell me you have mor Ethan that.

      • Nick September 24, 2018 at 8:08 pm

        I don’t claim to know the finances of publishing but the price of the book has little to do with the up front fees given to the writers I’d think? This new chapter would’ve earnt Balague another payment.If This wasn’t already discussed with Levy then it won’t change the fact that Poch has a lucrative contract with a buy out clause to match

        • Harry Hotspur September 24, 2018 at 8:41 pm

          It’s all gone to charity Nick. This update is a political move on behalf of Poch.

  • Meeee September 24, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Bale and Modric Beth signed long contracts the year before being sold which suspect was an agreement that they could go.
    No one would blame Harry or Poch if they left to join someone but history shows an agreement with levy is nothing when money is involved.
    Bale , berbatov and Modric all had painful exits that dragged on, harry should have a clause stating get out price
    If the pound collapses even more over Brexit it will make our players cheaper for the euro big guns which is what levy and Lewis will be cashing in on.

  • Maxi Miller September 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    No surprise and its not just the no existent window just gone. 3 summers we have had champions league football and for his efforts Poch has been supplied with Janssen, Sissoko, Llorente, a 3rd choice keeper, Foyth and Aurier. Only Wanyama, Sanchez and Moura come close to being anything like the quality we need and that is thin gruel for 3 summers and 5 windows in total. We effectively have the same best side as we did 3 years ago with Trippier for Walker. The playing side is stale. Shameful way to run a club.

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 24, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Daaaaaaaaaaan to MK…….

  • BERNARD September 24, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    the trouble is Poch bought into the Levy lies at the time and now he knows he has been mugged off like the rest of us i.e( we dont get fooled again ) meet the new boss same as the old boss

  • Daveyboi September 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Daniel the Astute Business man

  • Lilywhite without the ll September 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Accy posted this a few days back and still the happy clappers ignore the facts..
    Whats worse is he (Poch) agreed a new plan with Levy but he has done the complete opposite, in fact a record breaking opposite of no signings or sales in a single summer transfer, go figure?!

    • Harry Hotspur September 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Ashamed to say I missed it…

      Mmmnnnn

  • Lilywhite without the ll September 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    You had a purge H, all the posts have vanished?

    • Harry Hotspur September 24, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      I lent on the wrong button earlier.

      All fixed.

      Sorry!!!

  • Billy the yid September 24, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of the x files, but I can see poch having decided enough enough and is angling towards a sacking. Who can blame him if he gets his contract paid up? I simply don’t believe that either him or Harry signed being told anything other than total bullshit. And the harsh reality is when you look back through herr flicks history, he tells lies, and doesn’t deliver what we all hope for every window. How can anyone expect to compete with the top sides when the players we are linked with are also linked with Leicester, Everton and wet spam? I understand the philosophy of better the devil you know but I really think if we start and hound Lewis maybe he will say sell up. And I don’t feel guilty about hounding an old man, he’s raped tottenham hotspur for nearly 2 decades. Fact.

  • TrentSpur September 24, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Pochettino is bound for Old Trafford or the Bernabeu, depends which of the current managers gets the bullet first. My bet is Mourinho. Levy has had ample opportunity to back Pochettino, especially since he & Perez were caught having lunch with Slur Alex, and has failed at every turn. Pochettino has fired several discreet and some non-discreet warnings to Levy via the press. This book update just says “look everyone, this is why I have to go”. I’m pretty sure Pochettino is just worn out with it all now, some players too no doubt. There’s no more water left to turn to wine.