Date: 3rd March 2018 at 11:20am
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Unstoppable Manchester City pounded ever onwards ever upwards this week whilst crushing Arsenal like an ogre stamping on the dreams of a small child. Conceding six times to the same team in the space of a few days is the territory of the psychologically damaged.

My best guess is that despite all the talk of toxicity on the terraces, Arsenal are in far too deep with Aunty Wenger across the board to replace him if the doesn’t want to go gracefully.

The old buzzard stopped being a plain ol’ manager some while back and if you compare what’s going on over there with the Spurs model, there’s no earthly reason to fire him. Trophies ain’t everything.

6th place in March is hardly languishing but the core issue lurks in the goal difference table. The Woolwich Wanderers haven’t scored enough goals.

+12 is less than half of the team directly above them and it gets progressively worse the higher up you look. City have scored 5 times as many times. Ouch.

Sanchez, Walnutt, Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Giroud have all bailed and this brings us onto another nail in a coffin increasingly obscured by nails. A warning from very recent history if you like.

These chancers were getting paid market rate and once in a blue moon they were winning something. Yet it clearly wasn’t enough. The new stadium euphoria dissipated faster than you could say ‘this is a charmless as spending the afternoon in an NCP’. Empty seats abound at the Emptycrates and nobody cares because they’ve all been paid for. And anyone angry enough to not renew will be replaced by someone less weary from it all or a Korean tourist.

Come the brave new world of the New Destination™ Levy is going to have his work cut out avoiding the Good Ship Lollypop Spurs springing a leak in the boiler room.

Loan repayments will suffocate any head turning signings at Spurs for some considerable time. All eyes will then be squarely on existing squad retention and hoping that characters like Lucas Moura – who look moderately okay against plucky muck like Rochdale – blossom into world beaters.

Off the pitch, the Emirates offers an exhausting array of corporate events from award ceremonies, banqueting, conferences to weddings and bake-offs. It’s all standard fare and not fabulously lucrative.

Arsenal lost their High Court Appeal in 2014 and their plans to extend from 3 live concerts a year to 6 was quashed because of noise and rowdy music fans. Aunty kissed goodbye to hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra revenue.

This is another salutary ‘note to self’ for ENIC.

When The Arse built their death star, they did so on a commercially and ethically level footing. They hadn’t been at war with the locals for the wrong end of a decade. So don’t expect the denizens of Haringey to show much love and understanding when the live event applications start being filed in N17.

Where Levy has to be commended here is that he really has tried to think outside the box with the new gaff. The Grand Walkway, the climbing wall thing and that Tunnel Club device not to mention a room dedicate to Cheese (the fact that cheese sales have nosedived recently really isn’t Daniel’s fault) and the threat of NFL football will all offer welcome distractions should Spurs the football team stagnate.

Aunty Wenger doesn’t have anything up his caterpillar-cocoon-coat sleeve. Market rate wages don’t impress the players and the fans (the deluded clowns) want tangible glory.

I’m not suggesting Pochettino will trudge Spurs into a similar slow decay, rather acknowledging that Levy’s attention to bells, whistles and all manner of frippery is probably the smartest thing he could do in a preemptive strike to guard against potential discontent.*

*Other than run THFC as an actual football club, make proper investment in proper players etc.
 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Live blog lads

  • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Team news. Son replaces Lamela, Verts back in. BBC said Jan for Wanyama.

    • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Team to play Huddersfield: Lloris, Aurier, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane

      Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Sissoko, Moura

      Likey.

      • Accy March 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

        Excepting Sissy that’s a decent bench.

        Hope Wanyama can come back into the fold.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 3, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        Maybe Moura and Lamela to face Juve

  • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    The solution to the hard border in N Ireland is so simple. The Republic should leave the EU too, as the majority wish.

    • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      We could have our own UK-Eire customs Union…

    • MysteriousStranger March 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      The majority of Irish wish to leave the EU? When did they hold their referendum?

      Northern Ireland voted to Remain, for what it’s worth.

      • MysteriousStranger March 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

        Not everyone obvs, but the majority did.

        • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm

          I don’t understand the current Politics in N Ireland, or rather the DUP aims. They want out, but no borders anywhere.

          • MysteriousStranger March 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

            What does that have to do with the question about the Irish – re: your assertion, and the point the majority who voted in Northern Ireland voted to remain?

          • caveman March 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm

            Your absolutely right Glos. The want jam on both sides.

  • Accy March 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Real Fan?
    Ryan Mason just been on Football Focus. Lots of positive, fluffy stuff but I wonder what kind of career he’ll genuinely have in the game. He’ll still have to be good at something.

    He could do worse than sit hi AAT exams and get an accounting qualification. Might even make it to the top table at Spurs.

    • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      There is no top table, just a huge Spinning Chair, eat your heart out Will.I.am !

  • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    So easy for Burnley to slice through the Everton back three.

  • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Aaron Lennon is on fire

    • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      OMG – hasn’t he suffered enough.

      • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:49 pm

        That’s what caused the eyebrow gap.

        • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm

          Fire break?

    • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Lennon AND Walcott? Is Walnutt playing as a striker?

      • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        Hopefully playing a stinker.

  • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Anyone get an invite to the Royal Wedding?

    By the by, I’d give the marriage a couple of years. Harry’s an idiot and Markle is highly manipulative. She’ll have her mega publicity and be a princess. Then she can dump the loser and go back home.

    • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Have you been watching E! ?

      • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

        No? Wossat?

        • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm

          It’s a TV channel where you might find celebrity based programmes spouting views about people they don’t know. My missus loves it, but I don’t hold it against her. I just sit in another room.

          • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm

            #coping

          • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm

            I just think Megan and Harry are totally mismatched. Harry is Tim Nice But Dim, but she is as sharp as a knife and totally different level. He should have found a nice dim upper crust totty.

            • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm

              He comes across like that for sure. But if I were him, I would.

          • Nick March 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm

            Perhaps if you held it against her she wouldn’t have to watch the program 😉

    • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Funny thing about the Americans. They want a Republic but the first chance they get they will marry a Royal just so they can be a princess. It’s like the other “American dream”

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 1:51 pm

        I didn’t marry a ‘Royal.’ I have lived the ‘American Dream.’ Kindly, fuck off.

        • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

          You kinda deserved that Paul.

          • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

            *please remove “kinda”

            • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

              And insert “really”.

        • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:56 pm

          Sorry HD, no offence intended.

          • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 1:56 pm

            No sweat

            • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

              Thanks 🙂

  • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I’m on my carrier outside the Novotel by the pedestrian lights peeps

    No autographs or shirt swapping

    • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      How about a helmet swap? I’ve had a good wash.

      • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm

        Pith helmet?

        • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm

          No, it’s my first.
          You should get some Lemsip mate, you sound terrible.

      • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

        Riot Helmet on ebay.
        Burnley 1-1 Everton, good goal Barnes 56 mins, go for the Juggler Dykes

        • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm

          If Burnley had won three or four of their last eleven games they’d be overtaking Arsenal.

          • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm

            All eggs in the Europa basket now for the Goons, they’ll be in freefall at least until the end of this season.

    • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Bren Gun Carrier?

      That’s what my dear old dad drove in the war.

      • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

        Sadly not!

  • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    The Times claim the Premier League champions are in negotiations with the Football Association about playing at the national stadium when they temporarily move out of their current home in 2021.
    It is said that the £11million rent charged to Tottenham for this season will be dwarfed by what the FA want Chelsea to pay as the governing body play ‘hardball’ in discussions.

    Fingers crossed. 😏

    • Sexy Beast March 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      I read that we paid £15M for the season, the FA have likely been calculating how much Levy is making and are thinking they rented us Wembley on the cheap.
      Hopefully Chelsea not only have to pay more but have to play in the Ropey League on Spursday nights, how good would that be?? 😂

      • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm

        I read 27mil for last seasons CL and this season combined.
        Isn’t journalism wonderful?

  • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Good for Sean Dyke, double up on attack second half with Chris Wood on as Sub, wish Poch was as decisive.

    • OrganicPaper March 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      I got them down as a draw in my acca. Fingers crossed they don’t blow it before the other games!

      • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

        Only Pickford keeping Everton in this game

        • OrganicPaper March 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm

          He is a decent keeper. I’m still confident for the draw though

          • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:45 pm

            Drawing now, cash in quickly, it’s open season for Toffees

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    VAR at the World Cup. That’s the summer spectacle ruined. All other country’s av gone with it. Prem to decide next Month. “VAR IS a part of football”: FIFA. The final nail is smashed down. Goodbye football. Rest in piece.

    • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Which piece would you like it to rest in?

      • 89Spurs 👁 March 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm

        The missing piece!

      • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        Dunno, that’s being reviewed by VAR at the moment.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? March 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

        In the memory of Glenn’s goal at Anfield. (As he runs away to celebrate with no ref with a finger in his ear trying to look professional)😵

    • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      In Russia’s case it stands for Video Assisted Rorting

    • OrganicPaper March 3, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      VAR in Russia…. I see absolutely no way in which anyone could even suggest that the process could be vulnerable to ‘external influences’.
      None at all. Ziltch.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 3, 2018 at 1:26 pm

        Hahaha!! Donald?

        • OrganicPaper March 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

          It’s when they announce the VAR will be stationed inside the Kremlin we need to start to worry!

          • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm

            And the fourth official is KGB

  • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Who scored for Everton, hope not Walnut !

    • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Dirty cnut Walnut, send him off

    • 61SpursNut🌰 March 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Some Tosur or other.

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        Cenk ‘Lump’ Tosun

  • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Ryan Mason just been on Football Focus. Lots of positive, fluffy stuff but I wonder what kind of career he’ll genuinely have in the game. He’ll still have to be good at something.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Maybe coaching academy players?

      • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

        I’m not sure he’s got a license to drive a bus.

      • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        He’ll be perfect for Stadium Tours, nice lad, well mannered, ideal meet & greet.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 March 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Couldn’t listen to him for extended periods. His voice grates more than mine.

      • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm

        Mabbuttesque.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 March 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

          Am I really? Thanks, chum.

          • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm

            You sound like Tom Jones in comparison. He sounded like a castrated David Beckham.

            • 61SpursNut🌰 March 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm

              That is unusual.

      • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

        You’ll be issued with earphones, Levy’s sublimminal message !

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Watching Burnley vs. Everton. Nick Pope looks like Freddie Mercury.

    • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Given Freddie’s been dead over 20 years, Nick Pope must be looking really rough.

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm

        Love child, similar overbite.

        • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

          Just Googled him – like Freddie he knows what to do with a ball in his hands

  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Arse and Chelsea dropping points and us hitting 5….perfect weekend

  • Willy Juice March 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Hopefully we can get an early lead and whip off kane, dembele to keep them fresh for juve

    • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      I think it’s up to their Mrs./GF’s to whip them off. 😬

    • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      No chance of getting Kaneinho off before the 85th minute, it’s in his contract, he’ll run through brick walls.

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        He has a golden boot to win after all

      • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm

        He’s due for a hat trick – this week let’s hope it is goals rather than misses.

  • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    My internet is buffering badly, must be the weather, hope i don’t lo

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      It’s Harry’s bandwidth, he gives good bandwidth

  • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Tottenham 2/11, Watford 23/20, Southampton 3/4 works out just better than 3/1 enhanced to 5/1 by Wm Hill but they’ll only let you wager £10 online, has to be the value.

  • Harry Hotspur March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    ronwol196061

    ‘and if you compare what’s going on over there with the Spurs model, there’s no earthly reason to fire him. Trophies ain’t everything’

    I think you are stuck on this point Harry. Trophies are important,the most important. But I think you would rather us win a Football League Cup that make a substantial run in the league. You make it that Levy has bought crap with the 4 cents he has spent but its best to look and see what our players are worth and not what he payed for them.

    We are definately on a good trajectory. This Lucas Mora chap filled a void in our style of play and gave us a way though more defensive minded teams and I think will make the other players even better.

    Look what United spent and we are just a few points off them.Liverpool will soon dipper themselves as they are a gloryfied Southampton,Chelsea will get a new manager..and a rebuild of sorts ,Arse are in the toilet. Everton just spent what people want us to spend. Ok City are not only unaproachabl they are also impossible to outspend.

    Meanwhile the stadium will raise our status and if we dont fill it because our team starts to get worse,you will get your wish…a chap from Dubai will walk in and buy your cups.

    So how bad is it?

    Ron we’ve covered this, mate. I’m not interested in ‘a good League run’ anymore than I am in getting lots of eye contact across a crowded room. I would like to go home and fuck.

    My wish is that Spurs compete and that means winning stuff, not admirably joining in so the investment corp can get richer.

    The game is all about money – you might want to start thinking about your view of it being an unpleasant evil. We’ve more money coming in than ever before and a chairman that earns more than anyone that wins less than anyone.

    Do you know what the wage bill is at Spurs? Are you a communist Ron? ☺️You can’t be raging motherfugging capitalist all week and sing the Red Flag when the player call you at the weekend looking for market rate.

    • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Its capitalism mate not communism,but conservative capitalism not brash capitalism. As a spectator yes its much more exciting to buy the best players in the world but look even Real Madrid fans have bags over their heads now. We are building solid but I get frustrated too like I did this summer. We just got a good buy and maybe another one in the summer. If we spent more what would City and United do? They would spend even more.It would just escalate. There isnt an end to it.
      Countries are fucked because of this kind of spending. No Im not a commie and i do spend my money but I do respect them for being prudent and still putting product out there.
      The Toronto Blue Jays in the 90’s were building too and when they got close they went and clinched the missing parts and won the big pot twice.I have faith that Joe and Levy would do the same and I think we are getting there. Im excited about our team. I think Luca Moura was a great buy and what we needed. I think one more midfielder to fit in Dembeles spot will be good enough to win the league. So we are close. Lose Toby and we need one more CB. But we are doing great.

  • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Time to milk Uddersfilled for the 3 points!!

  • PlayitagainSamways March 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Yep. Total bollox to 2 DMs today. Eriksen and Moura in the side might just see me do a little sex wee

    • Dan March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      This.

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      A wee wee wee?

      • PlayitagainSamways March 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        Oui. A wee wee wee

    • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      I agree with that

  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I see Australia is showing South Africa how to play cricket again

    • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      It was due to a transgender match ball that was swinging both ways 🙂

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm

        Tally ho, last one home is a homo

  • Dan March 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Hope poch is brave today and doesn’t fuck around with 2 DM

  • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Commended or Condemned, is it a typo ?

    • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Commando

      No pants

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

        I get a boner everytime a chick told mr she was commando

        • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

          Get a feckin job, scrounger !

          • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm

            I just got sacked you bastard, give me 6 or 22 months first to rest

            • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

              Bugger!, sorry to hear that mate. Anything in the pipeline?

              • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

                Swiss unemployment insurance to start with…. Cha ching….. Then, probably another, yes pipeline, project…. Somewhere???

            • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

              Maybe you’ll be better at the next job if you get your arse in gear and stop sponging off the tax payers.

              • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

                It’s Switzerland mate, fuck all tax in the first place

                • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

                  How did my dad learn how to comment here?

                • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

                  No Payroll Tax, no Witholding Tax, sure, get the feck back down under if they’ll let you back without a job.

                  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

                    Hell no….. Will try for r jobs everywhere eventually, then Asia for a few years doing nothing…. Still got all my passports, the world is my oyster

                    • Rimsky Korsucoff March 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm

                      Uxter

                    • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:58 pm

                      UK is a chance…. Just for Spurs though….. Fuck working hard ever again

                  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm

                    Yeah but you need a mortgage for a happy meal

        • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

          Hopefully not ‘The Commando’, the personal trainer off The Biggest Loser, cos he definitely looks like a bloke.

          • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm

            If it got cold enough

  • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve not actually been to The Emtycrates…is it any good as a stadium?

    Fans can fall into a few categories (these aren’t perfect btw):

    1. Diehards who show up and sing no matter what, including demanding their manager/chairman etc are removed. These lot begin the chanting and are the driver of the atmosphere.

    2. Fans who come and go. Maybe they had a ST for a long time; maybe they can’t bear to watch a load of dross. There are multiple reasons for this type to attend or not attend and to be part of the atmosphere (they don’t ‘drive’ the atmosphere).

    3. Tourists. Whether home-grown or not these lot show up as if they’re at the opera. They don’t get involved, whatever’s going on on the pitch.

    In order for the NWHL to be rocking consistently, 1. and 2. have to be consistently entertained. Old WHL was dead as a fucking morgue for 70% of games during the bad times…lively as fuck for most of last season.

    So, yeah, Levy and Poch (or whoever) and the players (whether brought in or ‘academy’) need to entertain the masses or the New Destination will be dead.

    Conversely, the Emirates will pick up soon enough if they lance the current boil and get a manager to believe in who starts winning some games.

    In this sense, it ain’t rocket science.

    • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      *it ain’t rocking science…

    • Harry Hotspur March 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Not sure why you’ve referenced the Academy there RF. More likelihood of a spaceship delivering a star player…

      • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        I s’pose I was using a catch-all phrase for players that the fans feel connected to by virtue of the fact that they’re from the area or have been with the club since a young age…so just Kane at the moment.

        On the other hand, I read what you said about Winks having to leave and I’m not sure. He’s clearly struggling a lot coming back from injury but I think he should be given more time in the squad to rediscover some of the promise he showed.

        Looking at the other 1st XIs of the Top 6, how many academy players are getting regular time. Obviously levy’s been trumpeting ours too much but I don’t think we’ve done badly either with the recent ones…even if we’ve ended up selling them.

        • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

          The problem with Winks is foesnt look like he is great at anything special.
          Unless he creates something and we havent seen too much of that then he will fill in. He has played a ton of times and shown to be an average player. Great probably on a smaller side but not a top 5 player

          • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm

            Like Carroll at Swansea. The fish hasn’t got bigger, just looks bigger in a small pond…

        • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

          By too much, do you mean that one interview back in July?

          • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm

            Not too often, maybe, but he said this:

            Speaking at a Nasdaq Q&A in New York, Levy said: “Obviously when you’re building a stadium of this magnitude and it all has to be privately financed – there’s no state help whatsoever – it is a challenge.

            “We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy.”

            I think we all know that’s not an accurate picture of how some of our transfers have ended up playing out over the years.

            Then he said:

            “Our position on transfers is that we have a coach who very much believes in the academy, so unless we can find a player that makes a difference we would rather give one of our young academy players a chance.

            “The academy is important because if we produce our own players we don’t have to spend £20m or £30m on a player.

            “An academy player has that affinity with the club and that’s what the fans want to see.”

            There are ifs and buts in there and a convenient nod to “the Coach believes” but, balanced with the zero net spend and tight wage structure, I would say it puts an undue pressure on the Academy to produce.

            • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:21 pm

              Don’t do the “if” Fanny!! A real bone of contention!

              • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm

                That what Daniel said!

                • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm

                  Not according to some articles. Some have it as ““The academy is important because we produce our own players. We don’t have to spend £20m or £30m on a player”, which in some people’s eyes changes the context to “we are producing players worth £20 or £30 mil”.
                  I’ve trawled the web, and can’t find a video of the interview anywhere.
                  Naughty little “if” (or not).

        • Harry Hotspur March 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

          But… Kane wasn’t an Academy product he was a Kane product.

          The alternate view is that mishmash of complete wankers spearheaded by Tim Sherwood et al nurtured the lad to perfection.

          Truth is staring us all in the face. He was loaned out because they didn’t know what to do with him and only played because there wasn’t anyone else.

          Sorry to pour warn urine on the Academy Frosties but only Kane so far is like saying ‘just the one scratch card win so far’ as if there was a scientific process at play.

          Winks has hit a wall. More than the form which is direct byproduct of a bizarre change in his overall gameplay, why isn’t he recovering from these recurring injuries? All our players take forever to return from the slightest knocks – again – apart from Kane because he doesn’t know or understand the word ‘no’.

          The boy Edwards is mentally defective and Onomah is roundly unpopular with Villa fans who trust me – are not racist – and with the manager who didn’t use him in the Brum derby.

          The reason I get the hump with the Academy thing is because it’s peddled by the club in the most vocal manner as some panacea. That WendyCOYS berk spends 23hrs a day spreading complete misinformation.

          Then this place gets clogged up with clowns demanding Poch give ‘X’ a go, despite the fact that Poch spends all bloody week watching the boys.

          They aren’t good enough. If that situation changes, I’ll be the first to shout hurrah.

          Until then, watch the skies for UFOs, you never know.

          • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm

            I’m not disagreeing with a lot of that (reply to FoF addresses some of what you’re saying. My point is also that our Academy is not doing any worse (maybe better) than any of our rivals’….it produces young players who get a look at the first team in Cup games and some PL games.

            • Harry Hotspur March 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm

              I have no idea if other clubs endlessly lie to their fans or have fanbases so dumb as to propagate myths.

              We do and we have and as I am sane it annoys me enough cal it out.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π March 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Just heard the Mersonator on Sky say they need £500m and four years to have a hope of turning it around. Fingers crossed 🤞.

      • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Maybe the male imersonator could start a crowd-funding campaign to raise the money.

      • Real Fan? March 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

        Well, yeah. We’re heading for 4 yrs in and have a net spend of a fiver…are we going to win something???

  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Got a soft spot for Huddersfield, Aussie player and all…..

    • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      THeyve won the league more than spurs

      • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

        Fakky barstewards, let’s do em!

        • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

          And that manager was Herbert chapman who won it 3 times on the bounce with Huddersfield (the 3 times they’ve won it) before legging it to woolwich and then doing the same there

          • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

            Right, I now fucking hate them

          • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

            Double fakky! Once we’ve dunnum, let’s do em again then!

          • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

            He was a Spurs player. 1905-07, scored ten goals.

            • Freund or Foe March 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm

              Fucking turncoat.

              • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

                Tripple fakky turncoat.

  • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Annual debt repayment is approximately £15m

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Less than naming rights

      • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm

        Not sure, I wouldn’t expect a massive naming rights deal, probably roughly the same amount.

        • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

          Kuwait Airlines Stadium has a ring to it

          • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

            Armitage Shanks – The Toilet Bowl – due to it’s toilet shape

    • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Surely that’s just the interest element? You’ve got to repay the capital as well. That could be 40 million p.a. if done over a ten year period. But still well less than half our TV income.

      • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Yes it’s the interest Per annum, but the loan is structured like a mortgage, so repayment might be over 25 yrs, plus there’s no penalty clause for early repayment. That’s about all I can remember.

  • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Today is my last day on haringey borough before I start my new job.

    Luckily I’m at Wembley in my usual place if anybody wants to pop by and say hello.

    • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      You here Ron?

      • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

        Yep but wish I could stop by your van. I encourage all the lazy lot to go and see you.
        All the best for the new gig Still!!!

        • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

          Thanks gorgeous x

          • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

            Not as gorgeous s Spurts in his new outfit!

  • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for your kind comments on your previous blog H. 😉

    • Harry Hotspur March 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Typo 🤣

      • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        You know my blood type?!?!?!

        • gloster1861 March 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm

          He’s hacked your medical records just from your IP address.

          • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm

            Ffs

    • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Nilly, me and Mrs. H wish you and your family nothing but the best as you embark on your new adventure. Class guy, class act.

      • Still Nil Nil March 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        Thanks Mr and missus horny, the feelings mutual big fella x

  • East Stand March 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Anyone thinking that having this new stadium will mean we be any better off on the pitch is deluded.

    The Emptycrates was ‘paid for’ about six seasons ago and all they’re doing is declining.

    Wenger is the most overrated manager in Premier League history.

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Mourinho is

      • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm

        But he doesn’t molest kids

  • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 11:49 am

    ‘and if you compare what’s going on over there with the Spurs model, there’s no earthly reason to fire him. Trophies ain’t everything’

    I think you are stuck on this point Harry. Trophies are important,the most important. But I think you would rather us win a Football League Cup that make a substantial run in the league. You make it that Levy has bought crap with the 4 cents he has spent but its best to look and see what our players are worth and not what he payed for them.

    We are definately on a good trajectory. This Lucas Mora chap filled a void in our style of play and gave us a way though more defensive minded teams and I think will make the other players even better.

    Look what United spent and we are just a few points off them.Liverpool will soon dipper themselves as they are a gloryfied Southampton,Chelsea will get a new manager..and a rebuild of sorts ,Arse are in the toilet. Everton just spent what people want us to spend. Ok City are not only unaproachabl they are also impossible to outspend.

    Meanwhile the stadium will raise our status and if we dont fill it because our team starts to get worse,you will get your wish…a chap from Dubai will walk in and buy your cups.

    So how bad is it?

    • Accy March 3, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Ron, last night I had a dream that we went fishing together, despite having never met you, nor have any interest in fishing.

      • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 11:51 am

        We were both looking to catch a CM for nest season

        • Accy March 3, 2018 at 11:52 am

          The seas have been overfished. Didn’t catch anything.

          This is why Brexit is happening.

          • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 11:57 am

            Why are we going to turn more to the atlantic and instead of the Thames estuary.
            Guns dont kill people,Fish do

          • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

            The ocean where I grew up surfing everyday is so healthy, shark attacks happening almost annually now…. Not one in the decades I lived there

            • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm

              Its Hillarys fault

              • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm

                Well Putin did come to the G20 in Brisbane with half his navy after our ex PM threagened to “shirtfront” Putin over the Malaysian Airways thing, so she is bound to be involved

                • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

                  She did it.
                  She is loud isnt she. She complained about the russians didnt she. Now you have a lot of quiet. Puton is quietly taken over the world with his invisible missiles and while there is a lot of noise from the White House…whatever they do seems to be invisible too

                  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm

                    Some funny trade war shit today with EU…. God I hope Harleys get taxed out of existence…. Noisy knobs

                    • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

                      Tell me would you rather the Russians with their invisible missiles or the Japs with their invisible fishing boats?

                    • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm

                      We forgave the Japs in the 80’s, so them please

                    • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

                      You have tons of fish. The japs entered the war because they had no natural resources

            • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm

              The fucking fish are fighting back.They are not going to take it anymore. They wont go down without a fight Aus!

              • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm

                No, the lefty greenies stopped shark netting in NSW, but not in QLD….. Guess where the sharks are eating people

                • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm

                  And they destroyed local fishing industry, but they can’t stop the foreign fleets off the coast (I used to catch the illegal ones in the navy)

                • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm

                  Its time for the people with the AK47’s to attack the sharks.God there must be a reason for them

                  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm

                    Too many of anything is bad

                    • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

                      What do civilians need them for?
                      If the teachers fail with their pop pop hand guns against the AK47s are they going to be armed with AK47’s? You may as well give them to them now..maybe tanks

      • ronwol196061 March 3, 2018 at 11:52 am

        Stream?

  • Aussie in Switzerland March 3, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Arsenal are a club full of cunts

  • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Can’t wait for the planning application to go in to install a trophy cabinet in the new stadium should a trophy happen to land in our lap. These days though it would probably be a virtual cabinet as opposed to an actual one.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 March 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Well, we have virtually won two trophies under Poch.

  • East Stand March 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Possibly.

    • Panama Paul March 3, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Perhaps

      • SpurAndy 🍒π March 3, 2018 at 11:45 am

        Definitely.

  • Brainiac March 3, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Yeah

    • gus March 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Nah

      • Melcyid March 3, 2018 at 11:38 am

        May be

        • Caspurs♿️ March 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm

          VAR says NO!