Date: 15th February 2018 at 11:04am
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Ryan Mason is a likeable bloke. As per Harry Winks, his unaffected haircut and the thankful absence of utterly meaningless inky squiggles over every spare inch of him encouraged me to warm to him.

Regular readers will know I lack any politically correct credentials and in this seminal age of snowflakery have been chastised by idiots for essentially being evil on various levels…

8 years Ryan Mason was at Spurs and sadly they produced nothing of any consequence, yet he was likeable enough in the manner that he played that I was guilty of wanting to see him be given more starting XI berths – but that was just foolish wishing. The gaffer and the coaches watch the players all week long every week and thefore they have a better hold upon whom to select.

Pochettino tips Mason for a second career as a coach. At Spurs.

Based upon what I wonder? Maybe Pocheroonie is just a bad tipster, he did after all also suggest that Marcus Edwards was the next Lionel Messi – a prediction that looks wildly off beam given the lad’s apparent  inability to mix well with others.

Black coaches exist, but the list isn’t a long one. Which reflects strangely in terms of numbers when one considers just how many black and mixed ethnicity players there are and how many of them are straightforwardly dynamite at playing football.

The question is, why is the conversion rate of non white players into management so low and why are there so few non white managers generally?

Scott Parker has found himself a coaching job at Spurs – and the suggestion is that Mason could follow a similar path. Now just like I never saw why Mason didn’t get picked very often to start for Spurs, I’m equally struggling to get me head around this mooted ascent into management.

Scott Parker’s elevation has been nothing short of utterly baffling. What a man who trademarked the 180° turn has to impart to youth players is beyond my imagination.

EDIT: I’ve just been reminded of that other piece of white junk; Tim Sherwood. Who too deserves a mention as possibly the biggest splodge of white pus to have ‘earned’ high office in football. His CV features relegating two sides and sneering quite a lot.

Am I suggesting that there should be a ‘non-white quota’ when it comes to coaching recruitment? Clearly not or I would have said so and I haven’t. Meritocracy or death is the only way.

However what I am saying is simply this, Spurs have had an abysmal track record with their coaching staff. No continuity, no achievement, the Academy lads are hopelessly languishing in the doldrums of their divisions and the conveyor belt of talent the Bald Weirdo alluded to at the NASDAQ Event last year was a total lie. Hokum. Jive. Made up.

Might it be time for Spurs, operating in a sport awash with so many seemingly endemically unpleasant cultures, to look beyond the next whitey hovering about outside Hotspur Way?

 
Comments
  • Robert Green February 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    so many are talking below about “traits” and “intangibles” and “intelligence” and so on. it’s unconscious bias on an extreme scale.

    the NFL has a rule called the Rooney Rule they instituted which requires owners to at least meet with POC for all of their open jobs, especially head coach. but the real path to success is of course who has the assistant jobs, the U-18 jobs etc. and that’s where the real tale is told. if Poch’s assistants look like Poch, they will get hired by second tier Championship or Prem clubs and get their chance to succeed. like begets like.

    i hire hundreds of people in my line of work, and getting away from these biases is work. it’s something you DO have to do out loud. your circle of friends is a good predictor of what you see in the mirror so getting beyond that is key to having true diversity.

  • Lou Spurs February 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    I have read your stuff for years and do enjoy the majority of it, however I feel this is a bit weak and the right amount of controversial to act as click-bait for the Tottenham faithful.

    I do not know Ryan Mason personally but from what I have seen he has all the right personality traits, and intelligence to be a football manager. He has an excellent and willing mentor in Mauricio Pochettino and has a unique advantage in that at the age of 26 years old, the beginning of the prime a footballing career for most, he can begin his development in coaching and change his perspective of the game. All this with having played so recently at a very high level under one of the best coaching teams in the world to draw influence from.

    If you look at Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas, both had limited to no playing career but had excellent mentoring (Bobby Robson, Louis Van Gaal etc.), the right footballing brain and strength in character and have seen massive success.

    Pochettino has always been a huge fan of Ryan Mason, not because he is a privileged white boy but because of his character and talent – which he could potentially used to craft out a great career in management.

    I wish him all the best.

  • Bruxie February 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Who’s judging?

    A qualified coach?

    I suggest we leave it to those who know the business and the people involved.

    It might make for a discussion or debate on blogs but it’s ultimately pointless.

  • King Leer February 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    This plaice is a bit dead. Must be some of the fishy customers.

  • East Stand February 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Mason has tattoos by the way…

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Poverty badges

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Tough stickers

  • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Imagine a world without white people……if that makes you smile, you’re a fucking racist….now get off our internet…..

  • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I would much rather have a Black Chap next door than a Gay Lad as long as it didn’t have an effect on property prices.

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      True story, gay neighbours burned their apartment and destroyed ours in he process…..fun times

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

        And then went to prison

      • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

        Insurance job

        • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm

          Lovers tiff, then insurance fraud

          • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm

            They found metho on the bed, and 100 melted plastic dildos

    • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      You didn’t need to tell us this. We knew.

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm

        If the gay neighbour was also black your main problem would be keeping Milo Y, out of your building……conservatism is the new counter culture……

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      Gay movement into suburbs is a massive predictor of future price growth……but not in Islamic countries

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:54 pm

        Ahh come on MS, where are you? Bite ya bastard……

        • MysteriousStranger February 15, 2018 at 7:59 pm

          Sorry, was too busy reading about the pro Trump White Supremacist piece of shit with mental health problems who killed 17 in a school shooting.

  • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Conte would sort out the Arsenal defence pre season, they would be a vastly different proposition. Having lost 14 of their last 26 away games in PL.

  • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Just seen Paul Stewart on the news, he scored and was our MOTM in the 91 FA Cup final, Venables took him from Man City when they were relegated, he played In a good Spurs team during his time with us.

    • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Its a shame to see him on TV under those circumstances. I have a lot of respect for him for speaking up though.

      • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm

        Agreed, we never really know what baggage a player brings but this Bennell case and it’s like must never be allowed again, sadly those who were informed either didn’t believe or just failed to act for fear of rocking the boat, culpable due to inaction.

    • baz February 15, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Paul Stewart was shit

  • Bob February 15, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Have done Harry and it reads just the same. Got my (non white) wife to read it too and my mixed race kids. Yup, they all read it the same.

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Harry is warming up his violin

    • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Bob, have you tried using a decent British boot polish, opposed to that antipodean Kiwi muck?

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        Hoi you fucker….that shit is Aussie, despite the name

        • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm

          But it was first made by Scots in Melbourne, so blame the Scottish

        • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm

          Heheheheheh

  • mattspurs February 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    The PL’s only black manager spent 25 odd years on our staff

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Focus on equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome…..to do otherwise is soft racism

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        And tell the feminist whores to do the same with their quota shit

  • Bob February 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Not sure this article has any value or point to make beyond a little tongue in cheek mischief, but as the playing staff show, we moved beyond race a long time ago but it seems some bloggers haven’t got there yet. Personally I think we have far too many Latinos on the management staff and…….oh, wait a minute………

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Just don’t mention the pay gap between Indian and Chinese men to everyone else in the West……it doesn’t fit the white guilt narrative…..

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm

        Oh and Harry said you can find the point of his post in the men’s toilets at Victoria Station…..try the stall with a hole cut in the wall….

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 15, 2018 at 1:16 pm

        If you want a real discriminated against race in football, look at Pakistani and Indian decent kids trying to come through.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm

          *descent

        • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm

          How are the white kids going in Islamabad?

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

            Rickshaw?

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 15, 2018 at 1:20 pm

              Oh, I thought you said ‘to’

    • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Bob, this has enormous value and point. Try blacking up and reading it again you big fat honky.

    • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      No Barry Bennells though, thank the Lord.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 15, 2018 at 1:22 pm

        Noncing is largely a white practise.

        • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 1:27 pm

          Haha, you need to get out lad !

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

            Whites will always be pro in that area.

            • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm

              We are acting out because of all the white slavery over the centuries that no one ever hears about…..where are my reparations cunts? Someone call the Sultan

              • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 15, 2018 at 3:07 pm

                We’re brilliant at all the evil.

        • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm

          Not in Rochdale it aint

          • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm

            Noncing is primarily a religious practise

  • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Been an interesting little social experiment this post.

    3 previously banned Herberts get allowed back in and each one makes a dig and evaporates when replied to.

    Thus proving they add nothing, and simply exist on here to ‘be clever’.

    Well done. I like being right.

    • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Peace Brother,Peace.

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      I enjoyed your post, and expected more vitriol from our bleeding heart white guilt leftist friends on here.

      • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        He he he, they refused to bite mate, what can I do?!

        • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

          Where is MS when you need him…..my bait is in the water now….

          • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm

            Here kitty kitty…

  • David Dillenberg February 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Last night I had visions of Conte being the next Spurs manager.
    Bad dream nothing more!
    Over and out.

    • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Those dreams can make for an unnerving first few minutes of a new day.

    • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      What a left field dream that is. I don’t think he’d do anything except ruin the squad.

      • David Dillenberg February 15, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        He has won silverware and constantly runs up and down the touchline in a delirious state?

        • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm

          Pisses off his main striker in the summer, then complains the team lacks a striker. Joker.

          I’d say Costa won the title for the chavs last season.

          • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:39 pm

            Costa is a brat and Conte is a man who has done it and won it.

            • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:41 pm

              Like Suarez, Costa is a **** but a brilliant goal poacher.

              • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:46 pm

                Given a horrible ultimatum, I’d rather Conte than any of them or that guy who manages manuure be employed at the lane

            • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm

              Conte is a dead man walking at Cheatski. He should jump before getting fired, but maybe he’ll get a mega bucks payoff.

      • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:34 pm

        I had a dream last week where we had sold Son to Newcastle. In the press conference Sonny was wearing their new grey with splashes of pink one-piece spandex away kit.

        • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 12:48 pm

          Have you been to “Mushroom Mountain”……

          • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:57 pm
            • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 1:39 pm

              I was at Mushroom Mountain this month….fucking kids visiting were nearly the death of me….too old for this shit

    • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      The Wizard of Chav

    • Mad Carew February 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Methinks he is almost certain to roll up at the Emirates next Season.

  • Davespur February 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    it isn’t ryan’s fault he isn’t black

    • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      A few weeks of intensive tattooing would change that.

      • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        Too much mate, way too much.

        • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm

          I saw a guy a few days with a mostrosorous facial tattoo. It’s rude to stare but with that on his face it was hard not to

          • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm

            Attention seeker, wants people to look.

            • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm

              The guy I saw, his tatts were amature. The good idea when you are drunk type of tatts done by your out of their nut so called buddy.

  • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Regarding the career path into management, we also have the situation where British candidates of any hue seem to be out of the running to manage any top team.

    • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Moyes seemed to be very unfortunate into getting dumped at ManUre.

      • baz February 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

        I wanted Moyes at the time when we took up with AVB

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Racist!!!

  • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Plenty of black coaches in Africa, plenty of Asian coaches in Asia…..let’s all now have white guilt for the millionaire football coach fraternity in Europe

  • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Chris Houghton is doing well at Brighton, and he learnt his trade as assistant manager at Spurs. He is one of our own!

    • David Dillenberg February 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Do I interpret your coded message for saying he is the next Spurs manager?!

      • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        I always wondered how he’d do back home, but there is no vacancy for the next few years .

    • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Hughton!

      Weird autocorrect.

  • Camus February 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Mason seems a great, humble, likeable chap, and what has happened to him is tragic. I’m genuinely gutted for him. In truth, I never felt he had the tools and talent to become a first team regular with us, and so it proved, but he was Spurs through and through and always gave of his best. I thank him for that, genuinely.

    I welcome the empathy from the footballing world towards his retirement, and from Poch too. I think Poch had a lot of time for him. Should he become a coach at Spurs though? Not for me, or not yet anyway. Maybe for the U-17s or something? Any higher than that seems a move born out of sympathy only. Sorry if that’s controversial. Not sure that Parker should be there either. I get that there’s some merit in having some recent ex-pros around the place, but on the whole I’d rather we brought in recognized coaches who have been in that career for 15-20 years and are highly respected. I may be a dreamer though.

    • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      A key point Camus if poch was with us is could Ryan follow Pochs ideas. I think first though he would have to prove himself and politicaly its best he tried somewhere else first and then be brought into the fold

      • Camus February 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm

        I’d agree, Ron. Poch learnt his trade elsewhere for a number of years before coming to a top 6 club as head coach.

        • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm

          Yep

    • David Dillenberg February 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      IMO Michael Dawson (harshly denied a deserved testimonial for his long service) would be a great asset to the ambassadorial role / coaching staff?

      • Camus February 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        On the basis that he seems a lovely guy and he loves Spurs?

        • David Dillenberg February 15, 2018 at 12:11 pm

          Yep plus his warrior qualities!

          • Camus February 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm

            I like the guy. Maybe we can use another ambassador.
            I’m sure there are only so many free lunches to hand out, and Graham Roberts is certainly filling his boots(!), but if Daniel’s picking up the cheque so be it…!

        • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:11 pm

          👍👍👍

    • Freund or Foe February 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      I understand your sentiment Camus, but don’t agree. Of course he wouldn’t be thrust into first team coaching, or even academy to any senior level, but I don’t have any issue with him or Parker coaching at lower/younger levels. Surely we want to implement Poch’s “philosophy” throughout the club? I see an ex player who Poch has already said was a big part of the change he has made as an ideal candidate for coaching roles. All our top coaching roles are taken by top coaches who Poch trusts, and who understand how he wants to work, it’s not as if we’re talking about him replacing Jesus, for Christ`s sake (see what I did there?) It’s a no brainer for me to let him learn his trade under the guidance of the structure we have. He might make a good coach, he might not, but he certainly knows what is expected of our philosophy.

      • Camus February 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

        No one replaces Jesus! (I’m sure John the Baptist feels a tad hard done by though, as he was the forerunner!)

        • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

          John was a bit miffed having his head chopped off to amuse Salomé.

          • Freund or Foe February 15, 2018 at 12:33 pm

            Yeah, I think that would grate on me a bit.

      • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Theres a lot of truth and sense to your post FoF. If it was a problem for any reason though and didnt work out I think it wouldnt be good for both parties. Going somewhere else first to get your feet wet instant a bad idea.
        Years ago Toyota realized they couldnt get enough creativity out of their staff as they all followed religiously the line of the company so they opened a division of people that never were at Toyota and some not even in the car industry to give them ideas that were not set into what they were doing every day.
        Both views are not wrong

  • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    We’ll never know how Ugo Ehiogu would have seen his career develop, RIP.

    Meanwhile, Judas Scumball tries to play the race card whenever he can.

    • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      You mean Red or Navy?

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        As we used to say in the RAN….the Navy is the senior service…..

  • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 11:51 am

    The GB ladies’ curling team are very easy on the eye, I must say. Currently playing China. Good luck and watch out for Claire Balding!

    • Freund or Foe February 15, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Would you like to sweep them off their feet, Glos?

      • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 11:55 am

        I’m certainly rooting for them FoF!

    • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 11:55 am

      I think you will be hard pressed to find a black person on the GB curling team. It is a racist sport and I am having none of it.

      • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 11:58 am

        I’m not having that slur. Its predominantly played in Scotland as is traditional, and the fact is that there isn’t a large immigrant community up there. So what do you expect in those circumstances?

        Also, is your racism remark ignoring the Asian teams that play the sport?

        • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm

          crikey! Was to be taken in jest, gloster. Im not calling you racist!

      • Freund or Foe February 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm

        Crikey.

      • David Dillenberg February 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Unless I am mistaken there are no black racing drivers in Formula 1. Does that also make it a racist sport?

        • David Dillenberg February 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

          Response to OP

        • Freund or Foe February 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

          I can think of one British guy, though he’s not been very successful.

          • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

            Ah FoF nailed that already 🙂

        • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

          I WAS JOKING! I DONT THINK CURLING IS A RACIST SPORT.

          And are you serious about F1…I assume you are joking too?!

  • Ronan February 15, 2018 at 11:48 am

    The conveyor belt of saleable talent does seem to have stalled since the sneering reducer stopped being technical director. Could it be that his repugnant, bullying “tough love’ was actually effective in getting yutes to fulfil their potential?

    • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Morning Tim.

      • Ronan February 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

        Just a view I’ve heard repeatedly from H’s buddy Windy on the fighting cock pod, probably the biggest spurs academy geek there is. He’s disappointed Sherwood’s successors haven’t matched up in terms of producing players fit for pl football.

        • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

          Wendy is one of the biggest time wasters out there. The fact that he backs Tim speaks volumes. Dear oh dearie me…

          • Ronan February 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm

            He’s been one of the biggest boosters for the academy. But even he is now complaining that it’s no longer the conveyor belt it was. Sherwood’s a dick of a man but it was his achievements at that level that convinced levy to make him first team coach .. and to believe that the academy could keep on producing Bentalebs, Masons, Townsends, etc, etc

        • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm

          I dont understand why Tim Sherwoods name keeps cropping up in serious discussions.?! He was a terrible manager, more than once. In fact in a steady decline from job to job. He is also, a complete bell end

          • Ronan February 15, 2018 at 1:27 pm

            It’s because issue being discussed is spurs academy coaches.

  • Paxton February 15, 2018 at 11:48 am

    An interesting discussion point for sure …..

    But a few facts to give better context:
    Ryan Mason has rather a large amount of dodgy tattoos – His right arm has barely any skin visible!
    Scott Parker took over from Ugo. Chris Powell, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand have all had fairly high level coaching positions at Spurs, and from what I can tell that puts us ahead of many clubs.
    Has Ryan actually been offered a full on coaching role at Spurs? Or has Poch just said we’d help him? Maybe working with kids whilst he did his badges

    But there is a problem of race in football. I think chairman are the biggest culprits. Most managers below the age of 50 would have played their whole careers in teams with countless black team mates and are mostly open minded towards what they can bring to the game
    Most chairman have come from heavily white industries and professions and some clearly have a stereotypical view of black players
    The influx of foreign owners might make a difference over time …

    • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      This is such a narrow view. Business people dont care about colour they care about the bottom line. If this person helps the bottom line or helps make the product better or can sell the idea they will go for it no matter what
      Its a different world today. Up to the 60’s and yes afterwards too there was a disrust of the other. Anyone was different. The world had come from a lack or resources to change. People were afraid.They wanted to protect themselves,they were afraid of anyone that was different. Today its changed to a certain extend and hopefully it would change more.
      For me there is a good and bad in all and everyone needs to have a chance.Saying that showing responsibility is important for all and developing a track record is important.

    • caveman February 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      There was also Chris Hughton!

      • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

        See above Cavey.

  • OrganicPaper February 15, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Sadly football reflects many walks of life where we see ‘minority groups ‘ represented heavily at the bottom of the pile but when it comes to elevating to decision makers and positions of power, oddly overlooked.
    Is this institutional racism? Maybe. I suspect things will change albeit slowly. It would be good to see a black manager at a top, top team to create some aspiration among others which is surely lacking.

    Not sure what the Chris Powell bashing is all about in this context. Surely he is someone to hold up as an example.. ex pro who has had good managerial positions and doing well at Southend so far.
    (predicting the cries of “yea but he is shit” etc etc…) He is operating at a good standard of professional football. Thats not shit, its just not the top table

    • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Chris Powell is probably a wonderful human being. I snapped when he was brought in as scout at Spurs because he is million miles away from the required standard – aka shit.

      Bully for Southend.

      Meanwhile we’re supposed to be a serious force in the same breath as European royalty such as Juventus and Real Madrid.

  • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Hoddle wasnt the same level as a manager that he was a player,and could Gascoigne even manage himself.
    Its more than handy to have been a player but its not essential. Being able to handle players,understanding strategies,being disciplined and thinking creatively and being responsible are a few things that would be handy too also having a nice suit and hair stylist

  • Dancingbarber February 15, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Well done Harry . Stretching a sympathetic compassionate commentary regarding a sad end to a young guys career into an inelastic conclusion that was never said.

    • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 11:56 am

      If I’ve translated that into English – you’re denying Poch has tipped him for a coaching job at Spurs?

  • 1882is mypassword February 15, 2018 at 11:33 am

    sorry to contradict you Harry, but Ryan is very well inked.
    Good luck to the boy.

  • Quiz February 15, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Scott Parker was your classic leadership player that wore his badge on his heart. The youth needs inspiration and the drilling of team and club, the training grounds provide a great infrastucture for an inclusive team that embodies team values and potential to progress. Fuck, who better than Scott Parker to provide inspiration? Ryan Mason also held club values to heart and played for the badge which was why he was a fan favorite, that mentality is required for success not the mentality of this blog.

  • LOL-1175 February 15, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Is it just me but in recent months weren’t Spurs ridiculed by this forum for bringing Chris Powell (a black coach) into the setup. Talk about contradictions…….

    • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Chris Powell is shit.

      Do you know what a meritocracy is?

      • FFMSpur February 15, 2018 at 11:25 am

        In his first four games at Southend he has won 3 games and drawn the other with the league leaders. I would say the jury is still out rather than definitely suggest he is s**t.

        • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

          His CV is wall to wall shit. It looks like an artists impression of an explosion in a Dysentery Factory.

    • Quiz February 15, 2018 at 11:34 am

      The success of any coach; black or white, is lottery that depends on the talent at that level, to even draw the affirmative action card in the blog is reaching for a narrative to say the least. I clicked I guess …

  • no February 15, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Are you fucking stupid? what has playing ability got to do with coaching ability? Wenger, Klopp, Mourinho, Ferguson. What do they have in common??they were shite players. I also can’t believe this relentless peddling #everywhitepersonisracist agenda. Last time I read this piece of shit blog

    • Freund or Foe February 15, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Last time, or last but one?

    • gloster1861 February 15, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Farewell then. Plenty of fan boy sites to be unchallenged with.

  • StuSpur February 15, 2018 at 11:13 am

    The world of top level coaching is one of the last unknown frontiers.
    If Tim Sherwood can be given a gig then it does raise questions as to how well equiped a board is select the right one. Maybe this is where a director of football comes in, but then who picks the DOF? 🤷‍♂️

    • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Christ, I should have includeded Sherwood – what steaming pile of pus he is.

      • StuSpur February 15, 2018 at 11:23 am

        To be fair to pus, that actually serves a purpose 🙂

        • Harry Hotspur February 15, 2018 at 11:31 am

          …and is less hateful

  • ronwol196061 February 15, 2018 at 11:13 am

    I would imagine,and rightly so,that Poch will tell him to maybe try a lower division club first to get his feet wet. If Poch wants success for us and Ryan he should do that as if it didnt work out at Tottenham it would be a bitter pill all around. Poch has a certain way of thinking and any younger coaches and managers would have to follow that route. Find his feet then take him on