There are no two ways about it, Antonio Conte is no less up to his armpits than Pochettino was at the end, Mourinho was when he was revealed as being the post-Poch man – not to mention Nuno when he was revealed as NOT the first choice.
Tottenham has some potentially great players and some players who have inarguably been endlessly proven to be past their sell-by-dates. Ben Davies has been with us for 7 years. Dele Alli has now turned in 6 years of service at Spurs. Eric Dier is in his 7th year. Harry Winks has also been our books for 7 years.
Hope for me was lost when Poch was ignored for 3 transfer windows (although Levy did a job buying Nelson and Saha for Redknapp) when we had a fighting chance for glory, and who did we eventually buy when the purge was over? Moura! He was hardly worth the wait. Having Levy at the helm for over 20 years has hurt far more than any hope.
As stated by many, Levy’s whole philosophy has to change along with the club’s recruitment for Conte to succeed. For reference see Mourinho’s tenure. Our academy has been pitiful in recent years, lots of reasons why, but we still should have produced more than Winks, KWP and Skipp along with a host of Gillingham/Colchester/Southend future stalwarts.
Managers like Jose, Pep and Conte need huge investment to win trophies, nothing mind blowing about that. Klopp has done a great job at Liverpool but he needed a load of cash and time to dismantle his team and start again eventually selling his best player to fund success. Is it time for Kane to go, for me it was 2 seasons ago? I am sure these coaches have improved individuals, but quality and attitude of their players counts for a lot and I know we need to see Spurs next season to see what Conte can actually do. I am not expecting miracles Between now and January expect more of the Everton performance. I agree that the loan system needs to be utilised, but those saloon doors better swing both ways.
As for appointing Jose and Conte, we needed them when we had Walker, Jan, Toby and Rose as a back 4. with Dembele and Eriksen causing carnage in the opposition’s midfield. Timing is key and I can’t help but think we have signed these guys and they haven’t stood a chance. I think we needed another Poch before Conte, someone who played a high tempo pressing game and got success out of players not deemed to be the highest calibre. Eddie Howe and Potter for all their detractors and lack of success are perfect for our club at the moment. We are in a worse state than when Poch took over, probably the worst since Ramos (and he won a trophy) or AVB, but at least AVB had some decent players?
From a business standpoint you’re entirely wrong. Every serious error of judgment committed by Levy costs ENIC money, even if it’s in the form of lost profits rather than existing cash. As the club will never be sold for more than it is worth, in spite of Levy’s reported posturing to the contrary, the several hundred million pounds of lost profits, courtesy of bungled transfer dealings, not to mention tens of millions in severance payments, is coming directly off Lewis’s ‘bottom line’.
Levy’s failure to deliver football success at Tottenham is costing Bahama Joe, as you call him, nothing. He paid 50million for the club which Levy reckons is worth 3.5 billion but is probably worth 2 billion so he is laughing. The club makes money,all the debt is on the club not ENIC, even taking into account all the severance costs for ‘failed’ managers.
So long as punters fill the stadium they are quids in. The only good news is that the outburst from the fans at the Man Utd game caused Levy to s.it himself. If he chooses to not back Conte expect more of the same.
He keeps stale players on, especially those he has purchased, because he is pathologically averse to taking a loss on a player. Furthermore, I believe his rationale for doing so is the old self-defence motive of ‘saving face’, as by taking a loss he is tacitly acknowledging the failure of the original purchase and more importantly having it traced back to him.
I actually believe this is the primary reason he refused to sell Harry Kane, as doing so would have been a searing indictment of his own competence in running the club. The star player and talisman leaving, because his ambition was not being met by the club, would have been traced solely and only back to Levy.
Needless to say it was just another in a long line of humongous errors by Levy, which will end up costing the club tens of millions of pounds, monies that could have been used to regenerate the squad. Just as well Bahama Joe has deep pockets, because the egregious executive errors of his errant godson are costing him untold millions!
I don’t really understand what the expectations are from watching that video. Conte still hasn’t been in the job for a week and his tenure is already being written off as another Levy bungle.
If you listen to Conte he always references the stadium & training ground when stating Spurs is place for him to work. He is not waxing lyrically about the players. He knows what we know about the squad and probably a lot more. I don’t think there is a single football fan in the world who doesn’t think our squad needs churn.
The transfer window doesn’t open until Jan and there are a lot of football games to be played between now and then. He will need to keep some fringe players onside as no doubt they will be needed.
If you are expecting Spurs to sell 7 mediocre players and buy 7 world class players in January you might need to review your expectations. Paratici & Conte have a relationship so it will be easier for them to identify agreed targets in January and make those moves. However, we won’t see marquee signings. It will most likely be loans in and loans out to freshen up the squad for the second half of the season.
Look, Levy has been an awful chairman when it comes to football matters. I’m not a fan but appointing Conte is the most positive thing this club has done in the last 20-30 years. In my opinion. I could be wrong but i can’t remember the last time we hired a manager at the top of his game rather than on the way up or down.
As for the whole “i told you back in [insert month]” and “now you can see that i’m right and you were wrong” nonsense. This is Spurs we are talking about. Probably the easiest club to predict in the world. We don’t win anything and when it comes to footballing matters we are a complete mess. There you go and remember, i told you this in November 2021!
It’s the hope that hurts and it’s my hope that the Paratici & Conte combo can still succeed despite Levy’s shortcomings.
Exactly, Daniel loves his scapegoats, this idea that all the failings are ‘despite’ his ‘best’ efforts is completely laughable. He keeps the stale players on because of some obsession about small change. It’s his culture, the DNA he has created for the club, no less!
Like I always say, the boys in the loading bat aren’t the ones that create the culture, the face and the personality of a business. It comes from the very top.
So true and on the spot thank you.
The situation is as follows. We have a serial winner in Paratici (as Director of Football), working in tandem with a serial winner in Antonio Conte (as Manager), unfortunately under the footballing stewardship/chairmanship of a serial loser in Levy and anyone who thinks that Levy, as ENIC’s representative on Earth, is going to change the modus operandae of the club, for the benefit of Antonio Conte, let alone the fan base, is gravely deluded.
Levy will continue to peddle the fraudulent mantra that we are ‘a self-sustaining’ club, which is a euphemism for ‘we don’t invest our own money in the club’, whilst in reality saddling the club with $1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars worth) of debt financed real-estate, collateralised against THFC, manifestly not financial proceeds derived from ‘self-sustainment’! Is Levy going to similarly debt finance the purchase of the players we actually need, to regain our top 4 status? Not a chance!
Levy will attempt, as always, to build the team on the cheap. Manifestly he has hired Paratici to replicate Juventus’s strategy of paying big wages to acquire ‘out-of-contract’, big name players, on free transfers. However under Levy our transfer dealings will continue to be drawn-out, protracted affairs, involving haggling over minutiae, going back on agreements, quibbling over payment terms, etc. The leper, pardon me, leopard, is not going to change his spots!
Notwithstanding the huge impediment of Levy at the helm, I do expect to see an improvement in performance under a world class coach like Conte and better player acquisition under Paratici, now that abject nonentity Hitchin has been relegated to a wholly subordinate role. Nevertheless I remain entirely cynical that any silverware will ensue, in spite of the honest endeavours of the two Italians. Our best hope frankly remains a buy-out by a world class outfit like Amazon, to finally remove the parasitical ENIC axis from our midst.
The complacency comes from the top. The players know that the owners aren’t that worried about trophies or title challenges. Players that would be dropped or sold on by any other top 6 club, are allowed to hang around, stinking the place out..
I think someone said that seven of the Spurs players remain from the last time Conte managed Chelsea. More like a retirement home than a football club.