Date: 22nd January 2018 at 6:28pm
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Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s players were hit by a virus last week but insisted that was no excuse for their sloppy display against Southampton.

Christian Eriksen was a surprise absentee from the Spurs squad as he and Hugo Lloris were both struck down by illness and unable to travel to the south coast.

Harry Kane cancelled out Davinson Sanchez’s own-goal but a below-par Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw and missed the chance to move into the Premier League’s top four.

They will fall five points behind Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Swansea on Monday.

Pochetttino, who took his team on a warm-weather training camp to Barcelona last week, would not name the players affected by illness as he maintained they had all recovered.

“A few players were affected last week but it’s not an excuse,” Pochettino said.

“We are disappointed because our game wasn’t great, our performance wasn’t the best. The game was even and full credit to Southampton because they fight and play well.

“I think it is a fair result in the end, 1-1. There were massive chances we had in the last minute with Harry Kane but at the end if you analyse the game, it’s a fair result.”

Pochettino also referenced the bobbling pitch at St Mary’s, which contributed to an attritional match, full of loose touches and misplaced passes.

Spurs now find themselves in danger of losing touch with the Champions League spots, ahead of three crunch league games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.

“Of course they will be important for us,” Pochettino said.

“It is important if we are going to take points and win the games, be sure that we are going to fight and if not, it will be difficult.”

Pochettino refused to be drawn on more reports linking Kane with a move to Real Madrid and also played down the club’s chances of making new signings this month.

“The other clubs find a way to sign players that can improve and help their team and squads. 

Nothing to say but for us it is difficult and will be difficult for different reasons. It is obvious.”

Sane man’s burden be a Flat Earther dream.

We can borrow a billion and blow it on a themed shopping centre, but when it comes to competing credibly as a football club we’re reliant upon good luck and a following wind.

While everyone else drowning in broadcast revenues goes about their business without much fuss, for Spurs managers it’s always complicated, it always needs  e x p l a i n i n g.

Invariably this enlightenment is provided by some sniffy types who one would normally associate with  e x p l a i n i n g  why the Bedroom Tax was a perfectly reasonable thing.

 
Comments
  • Geoff Evans January 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Mahrez is available and proven in the P L,Doucoure could also be had. I despair of Levy and his pinchpenny ways,does he not understand what all the other clubs are doing?
    Even if he doesn’t want to expend money he could sell in order to buy, Aurier,Sissoko,Lamela,Wanyama, they could all go and be missed very little,the money could be used elsewhere to buy quality.
    And while he’s about it send Poch to a school to learn football tactics.

  • Harry Hotspur January 23, 2018 at 5:56 am
  • Theresa Gay January 23, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Dele Alli is gay – I met him twice at my places. The first time was a place called ”Ego” and the 2nd was a place called ”Wanker”. The 3rd time couldn’t meet him because the place he was going to I was banned and he was banned in Europe, England and National wild. What a Paul Gascoigne mentaly he is turning to be

    • melcyid January 23, 2018 at 3:06 am

      unlike yourself

    • Syd January 23, 2018 at 3:45 am

      WTF….Seriously?

      • MysteriousStranger January 23, 2018 at 10:27 am

        Theresa Gay is a twat child.

        • Theresa Gay January 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm

          Hello sis from another mother…all of you-nothing wrong with Dele Alli season 2017/18? No!Specsavers?!

  • Theresa Gay January 23, 2018 at 2:50 am

  • MiT January 23, 2018 at 12:42 am

    The lads didn’t get Pochie Pasta this last match. However, if they can win the next 3 matches, he will have to add meatballs.

  • Accy January 23, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Put it this way – if we end up in the Ropey for the start of the 19/20 season, in our state of the art stadium, it will be embarrassing.

    I see no option for the club but to invest in the team and secure sponsorship to pay off the debt.

    And I think they will invest.

    But here’s the sad part – I have no faith whatsoever in the club’s recruitment – on account of the ratio of hits to misses.

    • Urbane Sturgeon January 23, 2018 at 12:34 am

      The only way the Ropey wouldn’t be embarrassing in our new stadium’s 1st year is if we handsomely won it.

    • Harry Hotspur January 23, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Levy has made the sponsorships relating to the stadium so convoluted and toxic I’d be unshocked to see it reopen and ‘White Hart Lane’

      • Caspurs♿️ January 23, 2018 at 12:59 am

        Yay!

    • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 1:07 am

      Accy
      Put it this way – if we end up in the Ropey for the start of the 19/20 season, in our state of the art stadium, it will be embarrassing.
      I see no option for the club but to invest in the team and secure sponsorship to pay off the debt.
      And I think they will invest.
      But here’s the sad part – I have no faith whatsoever in the club’s recruitment – on account of the ratio of hits to misses.

      But our hits have been monumentally good compared to the misses. What are the values of Dele, Eriksen, Son, Dier, Rose, Alderwiereld now? You’d get £300m for those 6 alone. They cost £50m. Every club has duffers as well as successes, we just don’t take notice of them.

      • Accy January 23, 2018 at 1:22 am

        When youre reliant on deadline day scrambles for talent like Sissoko and Llorente, or bringing in ‘a professionally scouted player’ like Nkoudou through protracted transfer sagas, also announced on deadline day, that isn’t a transfer strategy. It’s desparation.

        • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 1:33 am

          I agree it’s not great but it’s not disastrous either. It’s too easy to pick on the crap ones which let’s face it as a portfolio we don’t lose money on. Chelsea sold Kevin De Bruyne, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku. Man Utd sold and bought back Paul Pogbpa. Those were massive Off the scale cock ups. There are few clubs who don’t constantly muck up their recruitment, we just as supporters focus on ours.

          • Accy January 23, 2018 at 1:41 am

            You’re in the top 4 with Champions league next season. Do you buy someone good for £30m+, or do you panic buy Sissoko for £30m?

            I’m sure there were good reasons for not securing our primary targets, tho.

            • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 1:55 am

              I suspect he was the only £30m player available not on the radar of a team willing to pay £130k a week. I honestly cannot think of who we missed out on using that criteria. We are never in a winning bidding war with the other top 6 clubs.

              • Accy January 23, 2018 at 2:21 am

                We approached Zaha the week before D day and offered £12 @ £40k/week if reports are to be believed.

                Also missed out on Wijnaldum @£25m.

                Sissy on £95k?

                Hughton, I’ve enjoyed our debate this eve. Gotta go.

                Cheers!

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 23, 2018 at 12:22 am

    “The other clubs find a way to sign players to improve and help their team and their squads. Nothing to say but for us it is difficult and will be difficult for different reasons. It is obvious”

    🔪💉🔫💊❔❓❔❓❔❓❔❓ 😲😲😲

    Not obvious to me sunshine. Fuckin Ada.

    • Freund or Foe January 23, 2018 at 12:36 am

      I reckon it might be…
      It’s easy to buy an ok centre back for 75mil when you’ve just sold one of the best players in the world for nearly double that.
      It’s easier to swap one of the best players in the world for a player who has been shite since he arrived in the prem, has hardly played all season, and holds you to ransom over wages.
      It’s easier to attract one of the best players in the world when you give him a deal worth 500k per week.
      Pretty obvious I’d say.

      • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 12:40 am

        Agreed

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 23, 2018 at 12:43 am

        That’s it then. Their hands are tied. Holy mother of fuck

        • Freund or Foe January 23, 2018 at 12:53 am

          No, it’s just more difficult, exactly like Poch said. I don’t know how that is hard to understand. Could we pay a players 500k per week? Or should we cash in on Kane and swapsie for a few half decent players?

  • gloster1861 January 23, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Guess what? Our revenue is reported to have increased by 96 million this year, according to Deloittes. None of that goes into the team; all of it is earmarked for the glorious cheese room development. Not a penny of ENIC money has been spent on the stadium. It’s all Spurs revenue, past, present and the future.

    Clever speculators, of property.

    • Urbane Sturgeon January 23, 2018 at 12:22 am

      ” Our revenue is reported to have increased by 96 million this year”

      What, 2018?!!!

      • gloster1861 January 23, 2018 at 12:25 am

        Latest info.

      • Caspurs♿️ January 23, 2018 at 12:53 am

        Last season, 2016/17.

  • Accy January 23, 2018 at 12:15 am

    thehughtonslice
    There’s no point in comparing anyone’s spending power to those 2 though. Ok, spend a billion or so on your squad and it will probably work. £100m may make no difference.

    Chelsea after investment – 5 titles.

    This doesn’t even take into account the cup successes.

    Your statement is a complete contradiction.

    When you come second or third in the league, and all you really needed to kick on was a bit of strength in depth and a decent scouting network one can easily make a case for spending £100m in January 2016 or January 2017.

    The recruitment is poor and wasteful at this club. The chairman is anti-football.

    • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 12:16 am

      Maybe it hasn’t. We spent £38m on a 21 year old centre back 5 months ago. I was flabbergasted when that happened

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 23, 2018 at 12:27 am

        We spent nothing on nobody. Wimmer and Walker out, Sanchez in…..installments. We’ve been fucked so hard we can’t feel it anymore.

    • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 23, 2018 at 12:19 am

      I am not sure he is anti football. He is first and foremost a businessman/investor.

      • gloster1861 January 23, 2018 at 12:24 am

        History will tell Horny. I’d be less sceptical if Levy had n’t invested in Glasgow Rangers, Basel, and three other clubs prior to getting into THFC. They were compelled to sell those stairs by EUFA regulations which they challenged in the EU courts, and lost. They were speculating in football clubs.

        • gloster1861 January 23, 2018 at 12:26 am

          *stakes, not stairs!

          • Accy January 23, 2018 at 12:33 am

            I thought Levy had been selling the stairs in WHL like he will sell the cranes at the New destination…

        • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 23, 2018 at 1:04 am

          …speculating in football clubs. Yes first and foremost a businessman/investor. He could like football.

    • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 12:20 am

      It’s not meant to be a contradiction. Chelsea have bought success but for billions of pounds of Russian gas money. If we spent £500m it might put us up there but we haven’t got it and £100 might make no difference or very little.

      • Accy January 23, 2018 at 12:21 am

        Chelsea have spent something like £500 – £750m on their team.

        They also have a Cash surplus of £250 in the bank from player trading.

        Different business model.

      • Accy January 23, 2018 at 12:25 am

        It’s also not done in one go. The investment is made over a number of years.

        I’m talking about having one or two proven & able striker/attackers on the substitutes bench. Llorente doesn’t count.

        I understand that wages is the problem.

        But so is our recruitment strategy.

        • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 12:52 am

          I don’t necessarily think it’s the recruitment strategy as opposed to the terms and conditions of employment. We could for instance spend £60m on a back up for Kane; let’s say for argument’s sake Aubemayang. He’ll want £175k a week. That is never going to happen. Our policy is to find players who are happy on £70k a week. You can’t buy a one-off superstar because it will affect the whole wage structure. Of course you may think we should re think that anyway but currently our turnover is half that of the team above us and below us so unless Joe Davies dips into his own pocket….

          • Accy January 23, 2018 at 1:17 am

            I appreciate what you’re saying – I do. I’m not even talking superstars here.

            Mbokani would have been a better purchase than Llorente.

            • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 1:22 am

              You seem so sure of that but we’ll never know. Harry was really and I mean really enthusiastic about us signing Aurier. We got him and…….. well he’s no Walker is he?

  • TheCincinnatiYid January 23, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Slag off Pochettino how you will. Who has brought Spurs in 3d and 2d in recent memory? Or taken the measure of Real Madrid?

    I find his choices and his substitutions mystifying at times myself, but I am reserving judgment till the season is over or even longer. Let’s see if he can get this squad up for the next month.

    • MysteriousStranger January 23, 2018 at 11:01 am

      I saw Jaws 3d the other day. Dreadful.

  • TheCincinnatiYid January 23, 2018 at 12:06 am

    It’s a funny old game. Form over last five—
    1. Pool
    2. Manure
    Chelsea
    Spurs
    5. Mancs
    6. West Ham
    Bournemouth
    8. Le Arse

    Moral of the story: Fat Lady has yet to sing. Next big three for Spurs are the season. It’s a long shot but don’t give up hope.

    • Caspurs♿️ January 23, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Cincy, if you give up hope you cease to be a football supporter.
      PS hows tricks bud, hoping the clan are all good?

      • TheCincinnatiYid January 23, 2018 at 12:17 am

        Cas, Almost all good. Ms. TCY rounding into form from her calamitous injury last year. Rehab is bringing her up to par. The Spurs grandson you met at the George has decided college does not agree with him, much to the consternation of all while the gooner grandson is punching the lights out at Ohio State. How can one with such poor taste do so well?

        I trust the arboreal life is agreeing with you in all respects. Hope to make it over next year to join the gang at WHL2.0.

        • Caspurs♿️ January 23, 2018 at 12:33 am

          Glad to hear Mrs TCY is doing well, as for not agreeing with college, remember many people find other paths in life and still make a success of things. As for Goonerlad, sadly he’s destined to only win a 4th place trophy at best (gooner joke 😊). The trees are still here but sadly I’m not doing arb at the moment, as the last 12 months haven’t been the best for myself, onwards and upwards as they say. 👍

  • Urbane Sturgeon January 22, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    This is from an article written last February:

    Levy does however believe the new stadium can also help attract some of the best players in the world to Tottenham, despite the expectation that some individuals may have to be sold. “Everyone thinks that just because you have a bigger stadium you get more revenue and you’re going to have lots more money,” he told NBC.

    “Obviously when you’re spending this amount of money on a new stadium we have a lot of debt that we’re going to have to repay. Over the medium to long term obviously that gives you greater financial security but also for as a player, if you’re playing for a big club you want to play in a big stadium.”

    —————————————————————-

    Mixed messages anyone?

    • Urbane Sturgeon January 23, 2018 at 12:04 am

      The above from International Business Times.

      • gloster1861 January 23, 2018 at 12:21 am

        He ought to say ” that fans are going to have to repay.” Not ENIC, not a penny piece is the stadium costing them.

    • Lilywhite without the ll January 23, 2018 at 12:06 am

      The blokes a wanker, he thinks everyone is as stupid as his haircut…..

      • Urbane Sturgeon January 23, 2018 at 12:17 am

        But………..I shave my head………what are you saying?

        • Lilywhite without the ll January 23, 2018 at 12:21 am

          and theres the difference, Levy pays £230.00 a time for someone to cut it off….😊

    • Harry Hotspur January 23, 2018 at 12:41 am

      Wine and liars improve with age.

      Daniel Levy is 11 with his trousers down.

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 23, 2018 at 12:59 am

        Bahahahahahahahahaha

  • Urbane Sturgeon January 22, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    From an article written last May:

    Matthew Collecott, director of finance and operations at Tottenham, is quoted in a Bloomberg report about the finance arrangement as saying: “This is not going to touch the football, these are very separate budgets.”

    The club will also have the funds from their second straight year in the Champions League at their disposal as well as the bumper television deal that the Premier League enjoys.

    Collecott added that the club’s matchday revenues will probably more than double to about £100m per season at the new stadium, which could make Spurs a powerhouse for years to come.

    —————————————————————-

    A “powerhouse” in what respect he didn’t say.

    • Lilywhite without the ll January 22, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      Sounds like Poch is breaking ranks, finally realising this is all lies, lies a tell ya……

      • Urbane Sturgeon January 23, 2018 at 12:03 am

        The above is from Football.London; an online Mirror subsidiary I believe.

        • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 12:05 am

          That’ll be the same Mirror that constantly publishes articles which undermine our progress then?

          • Lilywhite without the ll January 23, 2018 at 12:10 am

            maybe but Levy has come out and said stadium will not effect player purchases…

            • gloster1861 January 23, 2018 at 12:28 am

              Well, that is frankly hilarious. It’s all zero net spend NOW!

          • Urbane Sturgeon January 23, 2018 at 12:16 am

            Yes, though in this case they’re simply quoting our director of finance and operations from an interview in Bloomberg.

    • Lilywhite without the ll January 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm

      “powerhouse” in debt repayment plans…

      • Willy Juice January 22, 2018 at 11:54 pm

        “powerhouse” like sissoko

      • melcyid January 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm

        power house in a Price Waterhouse kind of way

    • Harry Hotspur January 23, 2018 at 12:45 am

      Powerhouse of selling craft beers to people who are paying more attention to the half time menu than they are to the team sheet

  • thehughtonslice January 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    So Liverpool can spend a fortune on players and wages and still lose away. These things happen. I can’t go overboard with last night’s result. With that weather , that pitch, players not feeling well……

    • melcyid January 22, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      their new 75 mill defender gave the goal away.

      • gloster1861 January 22, 2018 at 11:45 pm

        Good. Fuck him.

        • gloster1861 January 22, 2018 at 11:46 pm

          Honeymoon over sucker. Let’s hope he’s another Dejan Louvren.

        • Gus January 22, 2018 at 11:50 pm

          Sow the seeds of doubt…..

      • thehughtonslice January 22, 2018 at 11:45 pm

        Exactly. Our double winning side dropped loads of points. Nothing is guaranteed

        • gloster1861 January 22, 2018 at 11:47 pm

          At the end of the season. Not the beginning.

          • Gus January 22, 2018 at 11:50 pm

            Case in point about how throwing money at the problem is no guarantee of success

            • Accy January 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm

              However it does maximise your chances of success.

              City before investment – no titles
              City after investment – 3 titles

              Chelsea before investment…
              (Don’t really need to go on.)

              • Gus January 22, 2018 at 11:55 pm

                Yup

              • thehughtonslice January 23, 2018 at 12:02 am

                There’s no point in comparing anyone’s spending power to those 2 though. Ok, spend a billion or so on your squad and it will probably work. £100m may make no difference.

    • Harry Hotspur January 23, 2018 at 12:52 am

      What is wrong with people like you? Is ask because I have a sinister curiosity.

      We’re fed a diet of aspiration and when we repeatedly fail to deliver you start whistling ‘That’s Life’ and pointing out that Liverpool aren’t perfect either.

      What precisely – in your perverted imagination – is this new stadium for? To provide the mugs that attend the illusion that the prices reflect value for money?

      Spurs don’t win anything under these chumps and …I want to self harm. I may run a blog pleading with DmL to return and rid me of this conveyor belt of dumb dumbs. It’s brutally painful.

      No video of some concrete to share? No time lapse clips of some unexplained bit of metal being moved about a bit?

  • melcyid January 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    There is a spanish geezer named Don Balon spouting out of his orifice that Kane has told Madrid that he will come if they make Poch manager. This garbage is going to go on for at least the next 2 years

    • thehughtonslice January 22, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      They are pointless cunts. I can’t listen to these knobs in the media.

  • Sexy Beast January 22, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Jim,Newry Spur.
    Eric and Enid.

    Eric the Milkman or was it his brother Earnie?

  • Dublin Yid January 22, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Could have, should have been 4th now thank you Swansea !

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Well done Swans!,,,,

    • McG ⚽️ ⚽️ January 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      Almost too funny!

      • Matt January 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm

        Shame we ballsed up yesterday.

        • McG ⚽️ ⚽️ January 22, 2018 at 10:03 pm

          That’s a massive result for us, huge!!

  • TriniSpurs January 22, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Alas, we are still spursy. Would have thought Laemboy would have gotten the nod to fill Eriksen’s boots. To be fair, Sissy did have some noteworthy plays approaching the 89′ and 90′ minutes. Dier is God apparently because despite the week in week out dismal performances, keeps his place and plays the whole 90 min.

    Aurier, Sissy, Dier, Trippier and possibly Davies are unlikely to make the bench of the other top 6 sides so we are where we are because our quality doesn’t deserve better.

  • richspurs January 22, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Poch is a mutton head. Some onfield tweaking, kicking some backsides very hard, drop a few underperforming twats now and again, make some timeous substitutions, some competent reading of the game and reaction in time, and we will be right up there with a shout. Trouble is he has untouchables and they never all perform to their ability for 90 odd mins. No balls, no steel, he is a wimp in that respect, the players know it, hence the consistent underperformers.

    • David Dillenberg January 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      Richspurs I accept Poch is no saint but who could do a better job? Replace Poch with whom? Easy to criticize. Be a good chap name names me lud?

      • Sexy Beast January 22, 2018 at 11:33 pm

        Tony Pulis 😂

        • David Dillenberg January 22, 2018 at 11:36 pm

          Now you are talking laying into some of our southern softies!

  • Andrew January 22, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    If le arse bring in abamauyang they will finish above us. £54 mill for him is a bargain. Top player and lightning quick

    • McG ⚽️ ⚽️ January 22, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      29 tho, not that much of a bargain.

      • Accy January 22, 2018 at 8:55 pm

        He’s 29, not dead. Just means his resale value might not be so high down the line.

        • McG ⚽️ ⚽️ January 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm

          54 mil a bargain tho? Not for me.

          • Accy January 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm

            have you watched him score goals? He’s a machine.

            • McG ⚽️ ⚽️ January 22, 2018 at 9:17 pm

              Still don’t make 54 mil a bargain. Sanchez for Makterryann, that’s a bargain.

            • David Dillenberg January 22, 2018 at 11:31 pm

              IMO Abeyang is a knee jerk reaction purchase simply to placate fans when clearly there urgent priority is strengthening their Defence.

  • Andrew January 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Nothing changes with enic . We’ve had opportunities before to seal a top four place but didn’t bother (remember Ryan Nelson and saha)? All this rubbish about not being able to improve on the squad we have. Rubbish attitude and rubbish ambition.

    • Matt January 22, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Bravo but you now failed your interview at THFC.

  • Jim,Newry Spur. January 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Arsenal fans were spun the same fairy tale, we will be able to compete with a new stadium /hotels, luxury flats, retail space. Poch’s latest utterance sounds like the boy with his face pressed up against The Sweet Shop window watching the other kids fill their pockets, and poor Poch hasn’t a brass farthing .

    • Matt January 22, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Arsenal are in a better area than us, location-wise. Eric have gambled with the club’s future and the plan looks bloody flimsy. They haven’t equated commercial success to the playing side which is the common denominator between all the other successful owners.

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm

        Is Eric with ENIC?

        • Matt January 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm

          Eric would do a better job. Bristow- school of hard knocks!

          • Jim,Newry Spur. January 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm

            Eric Sykes.

            • Matt January 22, 2018 at 8:04 pm

              Eric the Eel. Can’t be a slimy as Levy

        • Jim,Newry Spur. January 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm

          Eric and Enid.

      • Matt January 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm

        ENIC!

    • richspurs January 22, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Literally Farthing = fourth thing and we unlikely to finish fourth. Just saying.

  • Rob1 January 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Levy ain’t spending.

    The transfer funds have put to work investing in The Cheese.

    The Cheese returns will be booked offshore in the Bahamas tax free.

    Everyone’s a winner.

  • Andrew January 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    On talkshite today, Graham Roberts text to say the stadium cost is £490 mill. Hotel and other builds £400 mill. There is one good reason for this investment imo,it’s for enic to cash in, hopefully soon, and maybe
    Poch knows something we don’t . He does look under pressure though, I can’t believe he doesn’t want one or two top class additions and is covering for Levy.
    We have been told that we need the extra revenue to compete, well we are just about competing with one hand tied behind our back, all we need is a couple of top signings to push us over the line. This is the most critical time in our recent history and levy holds all the cards, but do we trust he will be ambitious enough ???? I doubt it.

    • Harry Hotspur January 22, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      There will be no ‘cash in’ the debts will take nigh on a decade to clear.

      I wish I had some good news for you but there is only truth.

      • Andrew January 22, 2018 at 7:43 pm

        You could be right, we will still sell out the stadium as long as we keep Kane etc. So the revenue will be coming in to spend on the finest quality cheese and wine.

        • Matt January 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm

          How will we keep players with ambition? I for one won’t blame Harry when he sees through this charade.

      • Matt January 22, 2018 at 8:03 pm

        It’s grim reality. Arsenal are showing us the future and they had a far better baseline than we have.

  • Harry Hotspur January 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    So me depressing itk on this Malcom clown to follow.

    In a nutshell he’s not a Poch pick.

    Please feel free to contest the itk and get binned, the purge is good, the purge is cleansing.

    • Gus January 22, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      Not a Poch pick? Doesn’t sound like Levy at all!

    • Willy Juice January 22, 2018 at 11:52 pm

      he looks average. moura would be a better option imo

      • Harry Hotspur January 23, 2018 at 12:43 am

        He is bang average and certain individuals at Spurs are looking at Poch waiting for him to be found walking along the side of a motorway looking troubled.

  • Harry Hotspur January 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    McG ⚽️ ⚽️

    We won’t be borrowing, or have debts of anywhere near 1 billion. As for Poch, if he’s really incapable of identifying players for the Jan window, then he’s a bit shit at his job, along with shit substitutions! Not that I want him replaced, he does need to man up a bit tho.

    You cannot have it both ways.

    You constantly protest we are skint – yet when the land is available we can find a billion out of thin air.

    I do wish your apologist bollocks had even a whiff of credibility to it. It would make all of this less cold.

    What does ‘man up a bit tho’ actually mean? You peddle this mealy mouth shit as if it has has some value. It doesn’t. What it means is you don’t want to discuss it, but you’re uncomfortable with the truth.

    Cue some fridge magnet bollocks like ‘onwards and upwards’…

    • McG ⚽️ ⚽️ January 22, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      Er, think you must be confusing me with someone else. I recon you could go back 5 years and fail to find a single post from me complaining that we’re skint, you may find a few from me complaining at a lack of signings, or that we make signings earlier, that’s about it.
      Man up, make some positive subs, & do so before the 71st fooking minute against cannon fodder, so difficult to comprehend??
      As for stadium debt, I’ll wager you a bottle of Jack we don’t see a debt figure stated on our balance attributed to the new build higher than 550 mil in the latest set of accounts (to be published this March), or in the following years accounts for march 2019.

  • McG ⚽️ ⚽️ January 22, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    We won’t be borrowing, or have debts of anywhere near 1 billion. As for Poch, if he’s really incapable of identifying players for the Jan window, then he’s a bit shit at his job, along with shit substitutions! Not that I want him replaced, he does need to man up a bit tho.

  • Jim,Newry Spur. January 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Poch’s epitaph.

  • Jim,Newry Spur. January 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    “Nothing to say,” “It is obvious “, wise words indeed.

  • Matt January 22, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Its shocking how Poch won’t use some of his capital to force Levy to buy decent players. Is he already halfway out or is he looking at the current Wenger model on doing above average and never threatening anything meaningful? Either option isn’t good for the fans. Totally agree with this site that much of our fan base is in denial over the ownership and they have zero ambition to be successful. 36k to 61k revenue isn’t the core revenue a successful club looks at. Smoke and mirrors from a c*** of a chairman

    • Freund or Foe January 22, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      MAYBE POCH DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH CAPITAL. HE CAN USE SOME OF MINE, I’VE GOT PLENTY.

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

        Can I have/borrow some. I need new clubs.

        • Freund or Foe January 22, 2018 at 7:41 pm

          I don’t think Matt meant money mate, if he did then I retract my offer.
          And why the fluck do you need new clubs? You’re a single digit handicapper, you don’t need any extra help 😁

          • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm

            I need to get sharp so I’m a fine tuned machine when you show up. 🏌️‍♂️

            • Freund or Foe January 22, 2018 at 7:57 pm

              I’ve not played for a few months 😞, so I’ll get my excuses in early.

              • Horndog 🇺🇸 January 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm

                With a foot of snow on the ground, the rust gathers daily. ❄️⛄️

                • Freund or Foe January 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm

                  Cripes, that makes it kinda difficult! When are you usually clear of that shit, or is it hard to tell?

                  • Matt January 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

                    Are you also based in the US? Where? I’m between Florida and NYC but about to relo my family to Charlotte

                    • Freund or Foe January 22, 2018 at 8:10 pm

                      Not me Matt, but Horndog is from Nebraska. My mum was in Florida for over 20 years, but she moved just outside Dallas last year.