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Animated Money Graph: How Spurs And Arsenal Made Lots Of Cash But Didn’t Allow It To Improve The Football
By Harry Hotspur -

This is distressing viewing. Unless of course, you’re the sort of person that doesn’t regard what happens on the pitch as the ‘be all and end-all’, and take a deeper satisfaction looking at the wider picture. Like going to the Tate Britain and coming away not lauding the majesty of Turner’s work, but instead telling people you felt the introduction of the Wine Cellar was a ‘game changer’.

Bill Nicholson once said that it was magnificent to be in Europe, and this club – a club like Tottenham Hotspur – if we’re not in Europe… we’re nothing. We’re nothing. Lord only knows what he would have made of the way clubs are run in the 21st century. Money coming out of Tottenham’s ears, and yet under Mauricio Pochettino the Champions League final was an embarrassment as the Argentine was fielding his best XI that had already run out of steam. Now under Mourinho, we’ve just been ejected from a lesser competition, it’s difficult to know on balance, which experience was more humiliating.

All that currency sloshing about and neither side able to live up to their cosmetic appearances. A crying shame for all concerned. Well, nearly all.

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Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
27 days ago

That graph is fascinating.. And shocking.. If only the scouting and recruitment and football success (winning trophies) graph mirrored this.

East Stand
East Stand
27 days ago

‘Like going to the Tate Britain and coming away not lauding the majesty of Turner’s work, but instead telling people you felt the introduction of the Wine Cellar was a ‘game changer’.’ – 😂 😂

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
27 days ago

Thursday’s result was infinitely more embarrassing for me although I had no hope of winning the Europa. The Ch Lg was ours to win as Liverpool were just as shattered as us, but Sissoko pointing like an idiot (as if defenders needed telling where to stand or who to follow in the box) and starting Kane (who got out muscled by VVD in the penalty incident) did us no favours at all..

Most on here could see what was coming when Levy kept his hand in his pocket for 3 transfer windows and we were classed a ‘doom-mongers and failing to enjoy the moment’. The ones who buried their head in the sand, many a pundit too, kept saying ‘who is there to buy who can improve us?’ Pitiful. When we did buy a player Danny Rose had to Google them. No wonder he lost the plot, he saw the the clusterf*ck evolve internally. He must rank as one of the worse ‘agent’ pickers in the world though. He signs a 5 year deal only to watch his mate leave a year later on 3 times the money.

My issue is that the supporters of Levy and the building of the shiny new stadium took no issue with the lack of ambition on the pitch and think that because we might be successful in the future we can forgive Levy. There is no reason, other than utter incompetence, that we couldn’t have improved both the business and football aspects of THFC at the same time. The only losers out of this is us, the fans (and Danny Rose, if having £60k a week is losing!). We have been treated like prized mugs and that is not going to change now that Levy has Covid to use as an excuse.

Levy is running the football side of the club in to the ground with his chronic under investment and lack of ambition. I argued last Summer that Doherty was no where near the quality we needed to be successful and got rebuked by fans saying he was a great signing. Top teams simply do not buy the likes of Doherty, which shows we are not amongst them anymore. We desperately needed to replace Aurier last season and guess what, we still do.

Remember when we were signing top young talent that led us to improve (Modric, Carrick, Walker, Eriksen, Son)? Not all worked, but now more fail than succeed. Who the hell was involved in bringing Janssen, Gedson and Clarke to the club? And please don’t tell me how good Ndombele is going to be! Unless we play relegation fodder every week this guy is an unfit plumb (The Peter Griffin holding his knee after a fall is the most accurate analogy and funniest I have heard). Even though Hojbjerg has been a positive, does he even rank in the top 5 defensive midfielders in the Prem? For me Rodri, Fernandinho, Kante, Kovacic, Henderson, Fabinho, Ndidi, Allan, Doucoure, Rice, Bissouma and Phillips are better technically than the Dane. His ‘heart’ is unquestionable, shame the rest of the squad are not as willing as he is.

Until we start matching the others in our recruitment we will not improve. Levy has failed miserably in terms of improving a football team capable of sustained success. One ‘successful’ manager out of 13 is not good enough, but Poch has been left to face a barrage of unfair criticism. Poch supporters, me being one, knew he was massively let down by Levy. The Mourinho brigade now know he has been treated just as bad as Poch. The common denominator, who also left Harry Redschnapps with Nelson and Saha, is the baldy micro manager. He has though given us the world’s leading Training complex where our players never leave once injured and can’t………. train. I read that Liverpool’s VVD has started more games than Lo Celso this season! Lamela hibernates every year at the start of November and Harry Kane has a room full of x-rays of his ankles. Son is another. Whatever goes on behind the Training Centre doors cannot be good. Our players are always broken.

When fans are allowed back in the stadium there has to be a concerted effort to force Levy out. We have to stop the media love in with Levy, force an alternative narrative that I believe most fans want. It’s not as though Levy has put a penny of his own money in to the club. As a CEO he is a fraud and he has to go.

Nike
Nike
27 days ago

Shows what a good job Levy is doing. Foundations are there. Just need a squad overhaul!

Pablito
Pablito
27 days ago
Reply to  Nike

We’ve been needing that from the first day they arrived so why haven’t they done it yet? We’re 22 years in. Eventually even you will have to accept that ENIC don’t care about the football side of our club. The sooner the better.

Nike
Nike
27 days ago
Reply to  Pablito

Clearly ENIC care about the football side. They’ve made some good signings. At start of the season most fans were impressed with the transfer business. Sadly only PEH and Reguilon look good enough but the bigger problem is the players still in the squad that are not improving and in some cases are stealing a wage.
Spurs realistically couldn’t have signed any more players in summer as it would have been too many new faces. A problem we faced after Bale departed.
I expect a number of departures in summer and probably at least five first team level players in. If not, I’ll join ENIC out.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
27 days ago
Reply to  Nike

I thought it was a good window.. The foundations would be there now, if it wasn’t for the 1.1 billion pound debt. To think we had a kitty of 340 million odd that was eaten up first, these figures are closer to 1.5 billion now…. Imagine the team and players we could have got with that money.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
27 days ago
Reply to  Nike

Every 3 years we “just need a squad overall”….

It’s called Jam………neverrrrrrr

Henry12
Henry12
27 days ago

Losing to Zagreb was definitely more embarrassing than the Champions League final.

Philbealog
Philbealog
27 days ago

This is why Levy’s job remains secure despite his incompetence in the transfer market. One aspect of his role in the current malaise that has been largely ignored is the failure to remove disgruntled players who have clearly become dressing room cancers. There are several individuals who are popular with their teammates but have been publicly humiliated by extended periods sitting on the bench or even being left out of the squad altogether. Clearly those same individuals will be complaining to the buddies about how unfair Jose has been to them and eliciting some sympathy in the process. This should have been nipped in the bud before it got to this point and now it is hard to imagine Levy supporting his manager by launching the necessary fire sale over the summer, whilst the discontent continues to fester. Does anyone seriously think that the likes of Danny Rose are sitting quietly in the shadows and accepting their fate? Nope, you can bet he is having a wonderful time stirring the pot, along with others such as Winks who may not make as much noise outside the club but have a lot to say inside it.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
27 days ago
Reply to  Philbealog

Levys job remains secure because he joint owns Spurs.. He would have to sack himself after a verbal and two written warnings.

VancSpurs
VancSpurs
27 days ago

Is this total profit from 1993 overall?
Can you give me some more info on the graph H?
Few beers deep.
Where’s Man City an Chelsea?

justin
justin
27 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

What is the graph measuring though? Is it income – spend? What is the minus figure bottom right? IS that how much less we spent that Manu or how much profit we made but didn’t spend? Why aren’t most of the top teams in the graph?

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
27 days ago
Reply to  justin

Each graph measures the yearly revenue/profit.. The minus figures in bottom right I think is the overall spending of everyone… Chelsea and Man City have spent loads so thats why they don’t top the graphs. Similar to Liverpool. Man United have spent but they make so much revenue thanks to the Sir Alex era, so they are always up there.

Pablito
Pablito
27 days ago

Winners of the balance sheet league. ENIC’s key metric for success.