Date: 9th August 2018 at 5:06pm
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I watched Pochettino fiddling with this microphone and pulling his chair snugly under the desk as the presser was about to begin.

His hand then patted the neck of his t shirt, perhaps to ensure his chain was still concealed.

His eyes darted across the pilgrims from the press who’d made the trip Hotspur Way to hear him announce nothing.

His speech had the rhythm to it, of material that wasn’t off the cuff.

There was some pity me stuff about player fitness and then we got to the guts of it.

Welcome to Versailles is what he said.

A project of such rotten self indulgence; the parallels are suffocating.

King Louis XIV, on his deathbed, is said to have given his heir the following advice:

“Do not follow the bad example which I have set you; I have often undertaken war too lightly and have sustained it for vanity. Do not imitate me, but be a peaceful prince, and may you apply yourself principally to the alleviation of the burdens of your subjects.”

The disconnection from the urgent social realities of that time echo through the walls of this regrettable palace –  that’s upset everyone that doesn’t have a vested interest in the borough of Haringey.

A big well done to all the Dumb Dumbs who prepared themselves for this gigantic punt; namely telling Poch to have another go again with the same incomplete squad.

Levy is now revealed has having been fanning about trying to lowball for a proven failure – whilst being roundly ignored by the clubs that he was seeking to his foist previous bad buys upon.

I’ll go first.

Welcome to Versailles.

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

    • Mikespurs August 10, 2018 at 12:38 am

      Not even gonna link sky report of dimwoods comments…..oh dear…..

  • Dan-0 August 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    2008 and the stadium is announced as a project to allow the club to compete on a financial level playing field with the wealthiest teams in Europe.
    A decade later, the project is realised, but the reality is somewhat different:
    – A stagnant squad with a growing number of disgruntled players paid under market rate.
    – Supporters faced with ticket prices among the most expensive in the league.
    The club isn’t benefiting. The supporters aren’t benefiting. The only beneficiaries are the investment company that is gaining a £B property funded by the club and their front man who is now the highest paid chairman in the league.
    ENIC is a parasite. It’s about time the supporters saw through the spin and called them out.

  • Dan August 9, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Not really much to add , levy has pretty much ripped the soul out of this club . I was so pissed half way though this transfer window but just feel dead about the whole thing now . As many have said he’s shown the fans and current players that the football team is a side show getting in the way of the real business of real estate. If I was Kane , Toby,Eriksen Ali I’d put in transfer requests in January as a career is short and levy is all about long term returns on investment not football success. He’s embarrassed poch completely after the brave comments .

  • Blackfish August 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Look who is just woken up.

    http://www.thstofficial.com/thst-news/thst-comment-on-transfer-window

    “We have much to be proud of at Spurs. Nine of our players featured in the World Cup semi-finals. Over the last few years, a manager we revere has forged an exciting team that has challenged for top honours. And more fans than the Club cares to acknowledge recognise the challenges and achievements of running a sustainable business and building a top class stadium.

    But fans come to watch the team. A team that will start the season with many of its key members still tired after the World Cup. And a squad that most rational observers would agree could benefit from more depth. It is not unreasonable to question if it was really the case that, alone among Europe’s top clubs, Spurs could find no player who would improve their squad while our rivals strengthened theirs.

    Earlier this year, the Club objected to THST’s criticism of steep ticket price rises. It told us we could not expect players to be signed or wages to be competitive while we opposed those ticket price rises. Fans have paid the prices asked. And yet no signings have been made.

    We know that gate receipts are no longer as fundamental as they once were for financing transfer fees or wages. But ticketing income at Spurs is now higher than it has ever been. We are curious as to what that money has been used for. We have been told the stadium build will not affect transfer spending.

    We are told that we don’t have to sign players because we develop our youth. Yet four of our most promising prospects left the Club this summer. Of the current first team squad, just two regulars have come up through the ranks.

    We love what has been developed, but for all the great football we’ve seen over the last few seasons, there are no trophies to show.

    We have the highest paid Chairman in the Premier League. Our fans pay some of the highest prices in world football. Our support for our team and our admiration for what has been achieved remains strong. However, we believe fans are entitled to a full and credible explanation of what has happened this summer.”

    THST Board
    9 August 2018

  • Stoke Spur August 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    There are several 3 word captions that spring to mind, here are some
    1) F*cking f*ck f*ck
    2) F*cking Levy out
    3) No f*cking ambition
    4) F*cking greedy f*ckers

    Yes it is a rant, but with no new signings it shows the players that the management has no ambition to progress, to strengthen, to consolidate what has been building over the past few years. All the teams above and below us have strengthened to some extent, some have purchased proven talent others potential, and some have even purchased shite, but even so it is still someone. Who is there at the club to push Kane to bigger and better things, FL certainly up to the job.

    The window shuts and then the manager says that there was nobody to strengthen our squad, but he was fannying around trying to sign a 3rd rate midfielder only hours beforehand. It is complete and utter bollocks, there were plenty of players available, some even on a free transfer, and if it is true that Kane is on £200K+ then wages should no longer be a problem.

    If the manager has any integrity then he shall be leaving soon, as it was only a few weeks ago that he signed a new contract and being told that he had money to spend was a major factor in this decision.

    I love the Spurs, but hate corporate management, the sooner we get a true Tottenham man at the helm the better, but for now we are a laughing stock, even for the Woolwich and Wet Spam brigades.

  • Tappaspur August 9, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Sissoko and nkou have to stay now.

    • Mattspurs August 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Do we not have to get rid of one of them?

      • Tappaspur August 9, 2018 at 8:18 pm

        They are better than nothing (for now) many games

        • Tappaspur August 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm

          we are forced to keep them both. Vincent j can leave. NO one else.

  • Accy August 9, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Herc speaks

    I will reflect with no emotion, as at the moment I am farking ballistic.

    http://www.spurscommunity.co.uk/index.php?threads/the-summer-transfer-window-post-mortem-thread.134051/page-4#post-6000396

    • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      He’s a soldier, I’ll give him that…

      • Accy August 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm

        More

        In a nutshell. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR THE BULLSHIT ABOUT WE HAD TO SHIFT FIRST, HG ‘Meh, meh!’

        Daniel Levy COCKED UP! And before anyone starts defending him. Privately is known why I state this strongly.

        For the record, I vote very strong-NO CONFIDENCE in DANIEL LEVY conducting our transfer business. And he SHOULD be removed from this role. Give someone else the budget, and let them deal with it!

        STICK TO THE COMMERCIAL BUSINESS OF OUR GREAT CLUB Daniel.

        Please nobody start singing roses over his Poch is happy. That is not technically true! There are reasons I have shared privately. And we run a great risk of him walking in 12 months.

        http://www.spurscommunity.co.uk/index.php?threads/the-summer-transfer-window-post-mortem-thread.134051/page-7

        • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 8:23 pm

          Talking to Glad at 10pm. Had a text saying Poch has a break clause after one year!!!

          • Lilywhite without the II August 9, 2018 at 8:38 pm

            I’ll stay up…keep us posted Robin..

          • Paddio August 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm

            Thought clauses weren’t a levy thing

            • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 8:56 pm

              Same here!

  • Badger August 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    The Cheese Room

  • Thepin August 9, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    BIG ASS TITTIES!

    • paul August 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Can’t really go wrong with big ass titties

    • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      More please

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? August 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    That’s top 5 leagues in Europe too. Only team to not sign a player reference. Astonishing.

    Myra’s still so bery bery happy

  • Stephen Baker August 9, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Hang on a minute. Wasn’t this the team that beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund last year? No friend of Levy but isn’t this the team who have fuelled and built the smartest new stadium in London? How many of the PL will look forward to meeting TH. The team is basically is still there and with some niggles ready to go babies or not. The focus shouldn’t be on Levy but Poch and the team. Let’s look forward to what they can achieve again and stop whistling at the moon. Get behind them because really apart from the hype there’s not too much in front of them. All of the rest who have to integrate their new players into the team will have to deal with a ready-set of good players who are ready to go. COYS

    • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Piss off, we’re busy here organising a lynching!

      • paul August 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm

        I’ll bring the Kool Aid

        • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm

          My name isn’t James O’Brien, and I approve this message

    • mattspurs August 9, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Yeah but they lost to Juve because they were too inexperienced…

    • Lord Croker August 9, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Come back after the toon away result.

  • Marbella Spur August 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    there is no business model that is bulletproof.

    • AndySpursSA August 9, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      And clearly our football model is being castrated by our business one

      • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm

        Yup.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? August 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Keita Blades coming

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? August 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      *Balde

      • paul August 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm

        What’s that you say?

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? August 9, 2018 at 7:43 pm

          Late transfer news…..Levy reversed into him in the car park so its off.😌

  • Marbella Spur August 9, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    The club is for sale. Hate to say it, but perhaps Enic’s timing could be perfect. Is the current Premier League business model sustainable? Are Sky and BT going to continue to pay ridiculous sums for matches? Are current transfer fees and salaries sustainable? When do the supporters get fed up with overpriced ticket prices and merchandising for crappy replica shirts? Eventually, the worm always turns.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? August 9, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      And soon theyre banning headers. 💁

    • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      The model is bulletproof.

      Ready yourself for the Amazon Cup and the Netflix Premier League (or vice versa)

  • JennyBro August 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I think levy has now alienated most clubs against himself due to his past actions. Nobody likes a cheapskate dodgy dealer who feigns poverty to get a discount, and nobody likes receiving offers for players that are insulting. Levy routinely is both. The pigeon has come home to roost. It was ironic that Leicester shot him down so late in the window, almost like they wanted to teach him a lesson.
    As for future transfer business he is toxic. The best thing Lewis can do is either allocate Loch a budget and allocate him some staff to play the market, or bring somebody new and untainted in. Levy has screwed over one to many clubs I think, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some industry ride alliance against him.

    • JennyBro August 9, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Villa not Leicester!

      • JennyBro August 9, 2018 at 7:21 pm

        I fucking hate auto spell….

      • mattspurs August 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

        Of a 25 man PL squad, Grealish would have been 24th ahead of Gazzinga. With some decent coaching he’d be ready for a PL Spurs start in 2020. He’s didn’t even make the championship team of the season las season. He’s not worth more than £20m – panicking and paying £30m would have been the stupid thing to do.

        • JennyBro August 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm

          Yet Poch obviously wanted him, I think because he would have fitted our play style. He’s played in the PL

          • JennyBro August 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm

            He’d be way higher than you make out, would take Eriksens place in cup games I’d wager. You do him a serious injustice.

            • mattspurs August 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

              We’ve got Lamela and Moura wanting games too

              His level is West Ham

          • mattspurs August 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm

            Who knows? But he wasn’t really a signing for this season – one for the future with a good chance of a sell on price. Chances are Poch would have left before he actually got a PL start.

            Pritchard, Mason, Daniels, Smith, Townsend, Livermore have all played in the PL

        • AndySpursSA August 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm

          Also glad we didn’t drop big money on him, not convinced he’s any better than Winks… would frankly rather have gone for Shelvey

          • JennyBro August 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

            Shelvey hasn’t kicked on and winks is crocked

            • AndySpursSA August 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm

              I quite like Shelvey, a bit different to our current options, a little agro, a little forceful drive from midfield. And Winks deserves a chance to prove himself, cant write off players after one injury. And 70 million for Zaha… after his failure at Utd that’s a risk I’d rather Chelsea took

  • mattspurs August 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Brave or bonkers

    Oddly kept 3 quality players we looked to be losing and keeping 3 shit players we wanted out.
    Poch is going to have to rotate a lot better than he has In the past – outside a first 11 in a fully fit squad we’ve now got Toby, Danny, Aurier, Moura, Lamela, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko and Lloriente all wanting to play but getting disgruntled and rusty. Everybody fit and 3 of them don’t even make the bench. Then there’s a bunch of hungry kids wanting in…

    • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Name the hungry kids…

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? August 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm

        Oliver twist….?

        • Harry Hotspur August 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm

          Brahms?

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? August 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

            And Liszt?

      • mattspurs August 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm

        The one’s who get denied access to the cheese room?

        KWP, CCV, Foyth, Onomah, Amos.
        Onomah in particular has basically on last chance at making it as a Spurs player – he’s 21 so now the same age as Kane, Rose, Walker / Townsend, Carroll made their Spurs debuts – boom or bust for him.

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