Date: 17th May 2018 at 7:30am
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Incoming in the know gossip from Gladys, THFC’s number one char lady and outdoors enthusiast is that a core element of Mauricio’s vision for his next project at Tottenham Hotspur he wishes a line drawn beneath the dross.

Mauricio is in fact extremely understanding/sympathetic toward the commercial restraints of the club and isn’t seeking anything outlandish or dramatic.

Glad is convinced that Poch wants a gradual enhancement of the existing transfer strategies at Spurs, this is not a blunt ‘back me or l walk’ in the conventional sense. 

As per previous gossip, the Argentine is not looking for a war chest and reports circulating that Mauricio simply wants to sell off 3 key players and then buy 3 key players are not just inaccurate but entirely nonsensical. That would simply be continuing with the status quo.

Over the forthcoming seasons the gaffer wishes to see quality players brought in, and much greater scrutiny placed upon the likes of the No’Cluedos of this world.

The Club is actually spending significant sums already – but spread betting – on transfers, and Poch wants greater focus.

Investing in fewer, but more substantial core players would place an extra burden on how the money left the club, but that is his challenge to THFC.

It is easy to say ‘oh but we spent £30.5million’ on Moussa Sissoko, but the reality is, this chump and many other Tottenham buys are being bought on easy terms, which is great for the club’s cashflow, but the better players are not available in this manner.

Those of you old enough remember your mother buying from a mail order catalogue will remember how exciting as a child the thought of something quite expensive being delivered tomorrow was. You could pay over a number of weeks. Fantastic!

The only problem was that you were actually paying the absolute maximum RRP and all that was available were very, very mainstream products.

Pochettino is looking for Levy to fundamentally reassess the way the club buys. 

Additionally, the gaffer is interested in reevaluating the Academy process so that THFC can be become known for ‘producing’ players of all ages to a certain standard.

Poch would like to see the emphasis more upon the Hotspur Way Facility as a ‘stable’ or perhaps a more favourable terms might be ‘Training Hub’ rather than opposed to purely mining exercise for cheap homegrown talent.

A number of forward thinking sides across Europe produce players that come with the cache of being a product from [insert name of club] yet have played a minimal amount of football for that side.

This is another issue.

Pochettino is mindful that not all players are suited for the demands of the top tier of the Premier League, however this doesn’t mean the players are ‘useless’, just that they need to be placed at the correct level for them.

Of course, in an ideal world Spurs would operate a production line spewing out Harry Kanes on the hour, every hour, but this is not achievable.

The failure of the Academy at present has been humiliating.

The marketing says ‘ Superstars Made Here’ the reality is eagle of truculent haircuts wanting to buy Bentleys.

Poch and his team would like Hotspur Way to become a centre for excellence founded upon their principals and to have a broader dimension to the one it currently offers.

Right now there is much time wasted marshalling teenagers expectations whilst the buildings, the pitches and facilities could cater for a broader church.

None of these ambitions are quick fixes or radical departures from Pochettino’s existing methodology.

Who knows what the future holds, but more fool you ENIC if you don’t try to embrace what this man is offering you.

More fool you.

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Comments
  • Jan Vertiginous May 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    nice vid H

    • Harry Hotspur May 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Cheers buddy!

  • A waddle and a fork May 17, 2018 at 10:53 am

    So far my Sessegnon itk is on course

    • Wig May 17, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Remind me what is on course? Is he coming to spurs?

  • Gus May 17, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Poch wants to be our Alex Ferguson. Maybe that’s what they talked about over lunch? I’ve got a semi-chubb, hopefully Levy doesn’t pour cold water on it

  • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Ronan

    He and GKN make the game look easy, no wonder they were presented to Poch.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/plattoli/status/996851474071146496/video/1

    Holy Mother of Christ.

    Can all the people who defended that waste of flesh be advised that I’m going to find out where you live, and come and burn your houses down.

    Beyond surreal, Ronan.

  • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Lilywhite without the ll

    This is just what the doctor ordered H. The bestest training in the whole wide world is being run by coach drivers, briiliant…..that just sums up Levy..credit to him for building it and funding it, thats what he’s good at, but he doesn’t give the same attention to detail to “people” including staff and players…..you could easily argue he has been lucky with Poch, Levy’s record of hiring managers you would get better odds at Vegas…The best lodge, the best stadium and the best training ground…..get the best people in to run them!
    It seems Poch wants (hopefully) what Bill wanted, Levy should at least give it a go as this opportunity won’t come round very often..

    You’re referring to the same Bill Nicholson that said “If you don’t win anything, you have had a bad season.”?

    I would be fascinated to see the Flat Earthers of 2018 sit down with that man.

    He’d skin them alive.

    • Camus May 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Flat Earthers prefer the “echo of glory” quote, as does Levy.
      It excuses failure.

  • Lilywhite without the ll May 17, 2018 at 10:36 am

    This is just what the doctor ordered H. The bestest training in the whole wide world is being run by coach drivers, briiliant…..that just sums up Levy..credit to him for building it and funding it, thats what he’s good at, but he doesn’t give the same attention to detail to “people” including staff and players…..you could easily argue he has been lucky with Poch, Levy’s record of hiring managers you would get better odds at Vegas…The best lodge, the best stadium and the best training ground…..get the best people in to run them!
    It seems Poch wants (hopefully) what Bill wanted, Levy should at least give it a go as this opportunity won’t come round very often..

  • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Serby Spur

    I would really like to know for sure who at the club decides the transfer targets. Is it Levy alone ? Is it Levy with MoPo? Is it a committee ?
    How do they decide to buy utter gash like Sissoko and/or Llorente, for example ??
    I would be delighted to read the minutes of meetings when they (whoever they are) sit down to discuss buying a player.
    But we will never know for certain how its done
    Pity

    Levy controls absolutely everything.

    If he doesn’t then how come his job is never under threat, and now Poch wants to get him to listen to what someone else has to say?

  • legoverlass May 17, 2018 at 10:28 am

    ENIC have always seen owning a football club as a land development opportunity. That is their remit. The last 17 barren years of spin and mirrors have been to keep the client reference numbers on board whilst rinsing their wallets. Players have been traded to generate profits and cash to recycle back into buying younger players(Sanchez,Foyth.Ali) that can be sold on for significant profits. That is the “opportunity” that Pooch refers to when he speaks of our transfer policy. Occasionally Levy has knee jerked in the transfer market as I believe he does not enjoy the spotlight and the gaze of client reference numbers(CRF’s) moving towards him. That is why we get the catastrophic purchases of players like Sissoko and Llorente. Last minute reactions to growing hostility from these CRF’s ti throw some scraps at the happy clappers to keep them quiet. However, here is the dichotomy that has arisen. Pooch has become uneasy at the criticism that has started to point in his direction that he is not a winner. That he is someone who talks the talk but does not walk the walk. This he believes damages his reputation, his stock value and his ability to move in the future to a club like Real Madrid or Man Utd who exist just to succeed at the football business. Levy needs the new destination to be a success. As a result of the debt funding, he has to create enough revenue to service the loan repayments. He projections include sustaining his business model of player salaries and net transfer investment along with charging top prices for tickets. His model is about retaining the periphery of success (i.e CL qualification) without the squad investment needed to actually win anything. Its a double bind with Pooch. They both need a win win. I would like you to cast your mind back to a few weeks ago before Pooch “called out Levy” when he started talking about needing another 4 year project. I may be being cynical but it is not beyond the rationale of thinking based on the manipulative modus operandi of ENIC to orchestrate this public spat between ENIC and Pooch to ease the CRF’s into accepting another 4 year project with perhaps one or two tweaks and adjustments including a new contract for Pooch on improved terms. Time will tell but I am not holding my breath that this is the dawning of a new epoch for the football business.

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 10:45 am

      No tangible glory and the attendance in season one will drop off.

      Travel is horrendously expensive in this country.

      No tangible glory and the ST purchases in season 2 will drop off.

      Fancy spending £150 on watching us hopefully come 4th and start the merry go round again?

      No thanks.

      I’ll leave that one for the self appointed Uber Fans.

  • Thepin May 17, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I had the strangest dream, in fact nightmare the other night which culminated in me standing beside Marcelo Bielsa in the middle of a training session while all his charges, and watching club officials booed and jeered him.

    Don’t know what to make of it except for the fact that he was Poch’s mentor as a young player.

    Confused of Southgate.

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Was Clinton N’Jie being crucified with an industrial nail gun in your dream?

  • Serby Spur May 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I would really like to know for sure who at the club decides the transfer targets. Is it Levy alone ? Is it Levy with MoPo? Is it a committee ?
    How do they decide to buy utter gash like Sissoko and/or Llorente, for example ??
    I would be delighted to read the minutes of meetings when they (whoever they are) sit down to discuss buying a player.
    But we will never know for certain how its done
    Pity

  • Elevenstonedidiots May 17, 2018 at 10:08 am

    This piece gave me goosebumps. I don’t know where to start. This fucking guy, he’s Mr Tottenham II. What we have here is a manager who has done a root & branch of the whole club and come up with a coherent plan that is in the best interest the FOOTBALL club. Thank fuck somebody thereis thinking about the football. Levy would do well to hand all footballing matters over to this man and he can go and spend his time buffing NFL execs & picking out wall paper for the cheese room.

    You said it Mr Harry Hotspur. More fool ENIC if they let this man slip through their hands.

    • Gus May 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

      +1000

  • Gus May 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

    If what you say is true H, Poch wants to take us to the promised land, in a way that rings true based on what we know of the man. Let’s see if Levy allows him to take us there, in spite of himself

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 10:36 am

      All I can tell you is that it sounds true.

      Passed on in good faith.

      • Gus May 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

        Let us pray DL grows a brain for once and gives Poch the keys to the cutter

  • Mad Carew May 17, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Eriksen produced a few assists yesterday in Middlefart, seems crazy risking a friendly game before World Cup Duty. Hope he enjoys the holiday prior to the birth, one of the few to see the season out for us.

  • Nick May 17, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I don’t think Poch’s statement was supposed to say as you were.he is after bigger wages for the players first & foremost,thus being able to attract the premium players.

  • Camus May 17, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Sounds like Poch has his head screwed on and should be backed but this seems to give Levy too much wriggle room to knowingly fail him.

    “I really tried to get Kovacic but there’s been a late snag…
    Ross Barkley’s available and I took the liberty of speaking with his agent – just say the word, Mauricio…”

    In short, will anything change?

    • gloster1861 May 17, 2018 at 8:56 am

      No.

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

      ‘Some great news, Maurico. Do you remember when we drove out to see Kovacic last week?’

      ‘Yes! Yes!’

      ‘Well the chap who drove us there has a son who has scored a hat trick for Atletico Flipflop last week and we’ve got first refusal!’

  • Mad Carew May 17, 2018 at 8:39 am

    There is only one Inesta but Eriksen is the perfect replacement, Poch will not be pleased but Levy will receive enough funds for 3 low quality fringe players, it’s a no brainier. Sissoko will need to step up !

    • David Dillenberg May 17, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Now that Iniesta is available get him in!

      • Mad Carew May 17, 2018 at 9:02 am

        He’s off to Japan after Sunday’s game, provided a large % of Messi’s goals, been a great servant for Barca. Hope Eriksen proves to be half as good.

  • Anderton! May 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

    This has made my morning. Poch is wanting to realistically move the club forward, only buy quality, improve the whole operation but within Levy’s financial constraints. Come on baldy, *please* don’t put through your own net again…

  • David Dillenberg May 17, 2018 at 8:31 am

    After squandering funds on Aurier,Llorente and sparingly playing Moura what makes us think that our transfer activity this summer will be successful?

    • David Dillenberg May 17, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Simply put it’s the likes of Griezmann we need to attract and we dont!

  • Matty K May 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

    With every passing mention of Poch’s determination I find myself forgiving some of his misdemeanours over the past season just a little more. Maybe he bloody well does know his oats afterall. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we actually gave Poch the same managerial freedom that we afforded those less capable in the past? No one is perfect, but he is by far the finest we’ve had for many a year.

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Precisely, like that hackneyed ‘flawed genius’ line. Who isn’t?

  • VancSpurs May 17, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Christ lad, you must be up early. Mind you the wealthy have a pleasant blasé towards early mornings 😉 Mind you I’ve I’ve seen your back garden…
    Keep up the good work fella. Love the blog for years! COYS #irishmaninvancouverlookingtostartaspurssupporterclubindatown

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 8:28 am

      😄

  • gloster1861 May 17, 2018 at 8:03 am

    If I read this blog correctly, this means Steve Hitchen isn’t fit for purpose and we need to have a world class scouting outfit who have forensic analytical skill?

    I can see where this is going to fail.

    • gloster1861 May 17, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Perhaps the easiest way to proceed is just to buy Ajax?

      • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 8:13 am

        An even easier way is to piss off and let someone who wants to run a football club have a go.

        These clowns don’t know wha they’re doing.

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 8:10 am

      The whole thing is hilariously unravelling.

      Spend millions on a training facility and then hire unemployable deadbeats as your coaches.

      They should be driving coaches.

      • David Dillenberg May 17, 2018 at 8:16 am

        I mistakenly thought we have a special alliance with Real Madrid!

  • gloster1861 May 17, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I no understand.

    Does this mean Spurs will scout youth currently at other academies and poach them to populate this ‘stable’? Like Chelsea do?

    • Harry Hotspur May 17, 2018 at 8:12 am

      It means Spurs *could* stop acting like smug wankers with no end product and actually do a day’s graft for a change.

      Levy’s good at handing out brochures, less good at thinking or hiring out good people. These things happen to him by accident.

  • Bruxie May 17, 2018 at 7:36 am

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