Date: 1st July 2017 at 12:18pm
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This is a pretty good summation, from our very own server clogger, Legover Lass.

There is more money than ever flowing into EPL clubs which is why the lower clubs have been adding players to strengthen that normally they would not be able to afford.

The big clubs at the top will invest significant amounts as they are focused on “winning stuff” because they know that is what they need to do to retain the best players and attract more.

For 17 odd years we have one trophy to show ENIC’s stewardship, a League cup victory from a ball bouncing off Woodgate’s head.

Each season we fund any new player acquisitions with the sale of existing players so that ENIC can pat themselves on the head with the ole zero net spend shuffle.

Any investment has gone into property assets. ENIC have not invested in the football side of the business hence the desert of winning that we have been wandering around in for 17 years.

This window is a massive indicator of whether they have any intent towards football success.

It is clear that if we brought in two or three top quality players then we could mount a challenge for the title or a trophy that would then give us the momentum moving in to the new stadium.

If we became successful this season at “winning” then we could strengthen with even more quality next season whilst keeping our best players and we would fill the new stadium and create the money flow to sustain further success  – which is supposed to be the mission – according to the PR spin.

If we attempt yet again to fudge through another season with a wafer thin squad at Wembley we will misfire like a damp squib and that will mean we will move into the new stadium with a whimper rather than a roar.

It will also hoist ENIC’s colours firmly to the mast and there’s no question that we would will fail to keep this squad together.

Poch has reached the point now where he has to start actually winning competitions as the project storyline will not support his failure to do so any longer.

If he allows Levy and ENIC to derail football success and just sucks it up, then he will be as culpable as ENIC in my opinion; indicating that he is just in it for the dollar like ENIC.

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

  • JuandeInternational July 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    You’ve written blogs of a similar nature before and in that time Spurs have jumped places in the Deloitte football rich list. Levy has no interest in winning things. It costs money to take teams beyond last 32 and last 16 stages. Why do that when for next to nothing in player investment you can continue to grow revenues?

    If we happen to fluke it and win something with a thin squad then he will be all over it like a rash to bask in the glory and associate himself with the success. You wouldn’t buy it and neither would most of your readers, but I’ll bet you shit loads do.

    If the current squad breaks up and Poch moves on then Levy will just start again and wait for the next coach who can get him a place in the CL.

    The new stadium will get built and we know it will get filled. Much cheese will be sold and revenues will increase once more. But in two or three years time, you’ll be able to put a similar blog out because Levy will still be doing the same thing, just with a slightly bigger wage bill.

  • Me July 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Interesting times, here for ENIC…..a classic case of “be careful what you wish for”. With enough debt taken on to make Uncle Joe a nervous wreck and the demands of success that a corporate behemoth such as Nike brings, coupled with the expectation following the clubs own bravado, our man Levy has a very delicate balancing act on his hands.
    Still…. To Do Is To Dare, right?

  • Jim,Newry Spur. July 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    The £90 shirt is the shirt as worn by the Spurs players, the£60 is your normal replica without bells and whistles.

  • Wha u Say July 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Reinvesting is what ENIC do don’t they? Walker to City for £££ Trippier signed for 5 years. It feeds the club. Dier,Alli,Eriksen are the fruits of that. Kane & Rose are the product of this. It’s not Levy you should point your anger at, the top level scouts who sign the likes of Sissoko is what is bad. Time and time again first team level we get it wrong. Wanyama excused.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Talksport ask, “is John terry the best prem defender and of all Time?”…….. The short answer to that would be ….NO. Oh ledley ledley…he’s only got one knee…he’s better than John terry….🎵…..that would be the longer answer.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Superb?
    Will check it out
    Its possible I can go the $19.95 route too 🌝

  • Sexy Beast July 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Why is one shirt £90 and one £60?

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      The 60 quid one is only for the ALT upside down people

      • Sexy Beast July 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        And the £90 one is for the idiots who prefer to pay more and watch CNN and think its accurate?

  • AccringtonSpurs July 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Ronwol, are you going to renew the Superb league?

    They’ve had a makeover

    • AccringtonSpurs July 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      *Superbru

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Superb?
      Will check it out
      Its possible I can go the $19.95 route too 🌝

    • Horndog July 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      He can’t until I receive my massive pay out for finishing 7th.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:03 pm

        It was a Spurstacus Bobble Head

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Will check it out Accers

      • AccringtonSpurs July 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

        +

      • Horndog July 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

        Is my bobble head in the mail?

  • AccringtonSpurs July 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    #WATCH US RISE

    A slogan that sets us up for a darn good mocking if we fail to repeat the lofty heights of last year.

    • Freund or Foe July 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Damn right. A bit too confident for my liking.

      • Horndog July 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

        Agree. We have to find a way to make Wembley work in order for that slogan to ge meaningful. Challenge.

        • Freund or Foe July 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

          HOPING TO STABILISE doesn`t quite have the same oomph though!

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:05 pm

            ‘Lets er Try and String Two Passes Together’

            • Freund or Foe July 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm

              DON`T PASS BACKWARDS

              • Horndog July 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

                CROP CIRCLES ARE US

              • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

                Is this for all the players or maybe the odd one????

                • Freund or Foe July 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

                  Well It`s definitely not for Hugo.

  • Cyril July 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    So I heard that two years ago a well known pe firm approached ENIC. That joe was willing to sell but that levy blocked it. If that is true we shd all data great big thank you to levy. For all the collective whining in this site and complaints of enic wanting a profit I can assure you that ownership by a pe firm wd make enic look like the world’s largest philanthropist. They have an obligation to their investors to maximise value and that wd not be by investment.

    • Chi Y-Word July 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      A pe firm? Is that part-exchange or physical education? The Cash Converters areana has got quite a nice ring to it, plus Joe can buy it back in 6 months…

      • Cyril July 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

        Private equity. Again told to me by someone apparently doing some consultancy work

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

          Independent consultants get this work all the time to see how viable things are
          Its a cheap test a lot of the time

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      I cant see them sellingvtoba PE firm
      The OE firm is going to do what put more money in to sell it…ENIC can do that themselves
      PE companys look for companies that are vuable and not well run or companies that are short of cash…THFC do not qualify!
      Levy can find his own customer

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      A few years ago may have been befire we got Poch and failed with AVB
      Maybe Jie wanted to sell but Levy came back strong

      • Cyril July 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

        Two summers ago I was told

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm

          In any case the stadium the team have cone a long way in two years

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    When you negotiate you are selling.
    You are selling your idea if you are not in the drivers seat because the idea should be if value to the person you are negotiating with
    Failing that its about losing something that maybe important to whoever.
    These are negotiating tools.
    Clubs will pay the 10 mil it would cost to lose Poch.
    Its nothing.
    Poch has the cards.

  • Horndog July 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Business is about making money (ENIC.) Football is about winning. Somehow the two need to better meld to provide Spurs and their fans the best opportunity to succeed thru the Wembley venture and transition into the stadium set up on the upswing and not the opposite.

  • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Ronwol, Pochettino’s only real leverage is to threaten to walk. Do you really want Poch to take that course, because if that happened it would poison everything.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Duh!!!!

      His threatening to walk is major.It too is supply and demand

      • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        What other card can a manager play?

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

          No other card.
          He can explain what it would mean to the club that the buy certain new players

          He can say that he feels its essential

          He can say he would loke to help the club

          And he says that its important to him to be successful (implying the obvious)

          • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

            So he has to try and ‘educate’ the boss?

            Wow.

            • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

              Yes Levy has a set if thinking that works for him
              Fear of loss could change that

              • Harry Hotspur July 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

                Pffft.

                • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

                  Ttttttppppp…

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Why do you think that business people pay people?????
      Its supply and demand.

      • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

        You say this, this isn’t a perfect market place.

        A good boss would understand you reinforce success. He shouldn’t need to be cajoled into doing things. I hope he will give Poch what he requires.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

          Levy can learn too
          If he isnt pushed he will still to the thing that has always worked for him

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm

          Business is about negotiation
          Supply and demand are at the forefront

          Why do clubs tear yp contracts and pay more???

          For love????

    • Harry Hotspur July 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      That’s Poch’s only card. That’s Poch’s only threat.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

        Its powerful if he chooses but he coukd be with the program

  • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Sadly, there are still many who don’t get that ENIC are interested in N17 as a massive payday when they sell off the club plus brand new stadium. All built without a single penny of their own money, they’ll walk away with a billion plus.

    They are very clever.

    • Freund or Foe July 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      I don`t think they`ll be walking away mate. I`m afraid you`re going to have to put up with them for years to come.

      • Caspurs♿️ July 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    • caveman July 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      It’s a shame to be owned by such selfish self centred bastards.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

        Have Chelsea and City lowered their prices for tickets?

        • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

          If tickets are cheaper at Wembley, Levy won’t be doing it for any other reason than maximising sales.

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

            First of all I wasnt asking for that reason it was to do with benevolence by other clubs

            • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

              Have they reduced prices then? Mind you, gate money at those two particular clubs is of less significance.

              • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

                Yes if money is not significant give the fans a gift

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:21 pm

            Its business.Supply and Demand

  • Catcher July 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Spending £30 million on useless wankers is what we need to cut out

    • Freund or Foe July 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      That would be a good start.

  • Sexy Beast July 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Devonshirespur July 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    In basic terms, last season we earned +£40m from UCL prize money plus whatever the matchday coined, £50m more in TV money and we can no doubt expect a bit of a down payment from Nike. New deal reportedly worth £20m more a season than UU.

    So somewhere about £120m more than the previous season.

    We have also sold Bentaleb for £17m and will no doubt take about £45m for Walker.

    SO about £180m Spending just half of that would deliver some serious quality additions. We may not be able to attract the very best who will always go where the massive wages are, but there is no need to be shopping in the bargain basement.

    Our Nike deal has just been announced, its the first day of the window…..i hope this will see the start of some business. Nothing too much, just focused on quality. Some creativity, some pace and a new RB.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Lets see.Lets hope we add some quality.
      One quality ventral midfielder will do me and fill ins for the others

    • gloster1861 July 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Would you accept Barkley and Chicarito as our summer business? Paid for by Walker and Bentakeb.

  • SoCalYid July 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    yeah its gonna suck if we suck

  • Cornetto July 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    The only clubs interested in “winning” are the Petro-Dollar Two. Every other club is a business, whose priority is to make money. This is the reality of modern football.

    • caveman July 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      The only two that can afford to chase winning success, therefore ‘buying’ success.

  • Horndog July 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Forgivingly fourths. I have to agree with the Lass.

  • Ronwol196061 July 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    100% Poch has leverage.
    He has the power
    He has the choice
    There is no doubt about it

    • Sexy Beast July 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Just out of interest Ron, is it fake when Van Jones is caught by secret camera saying the Trump Russia collusion is a big nothing burger?
      Is it fake news when a CNN producer of 16 years is caught by secret camera saying it is bullshit and then says that the CEO of CNN says right lads back to the Russian story as it is good for ratings?
      Or is it just fake news if it is only reported on alternative news outlets despite the facts being so obvious and in your face?

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

        Van Jones always says what he thinks…what has this got to do with anything?

        The Russian story is not about CNN its about the information the FBI have and the hearings.

        I have no interest in ALT News outlets

        • Caspurs♿️ July 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

          Isn’t there a real/fake forum somewhere?

          • Caspurs♿️ July 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

            *news

        • Sexy Beast July 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

          So you are not interested in facts if it proves that the MSM are creating stories out of nothing?

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:13 pm

            I dont watch MSM what is it anyway?

            • Sexy Beast July 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

              Main stream media

              • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

                Lets see qgat the Senate and Vongress,the FBI and the CIA come up with

                • Sexy Beast July 1, 2017 at 1:21 pm

                  11 months later still nothing…………………….

                  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 July 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm

                    Thats the situation

                  • Chi Y-Word July 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm

                    Good lord is there really a pro-Trump person left? The man is a class-A moron, and it’s a relief to see that the majority of right minded Americans are utterly humiliated to have such a tactless, classless buffoon running their country. Personally I’d be delighted for the security of the western world if he was impeached, fitted up or otherwise…

                    • MysteriousStranger July 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm

                      Only the odd deluded conspiracy nut Brit.

  • McG ⚽⚽ July 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    seconded dammit

  • MysteriousStranger July 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Si.