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Opinion – Last night was actually a good night for Tottenham Hotspur FC

By Bruce Grove -

I was always going to do an opinion piece on what transpired last night but decided to wait until I had a good night sleep and tempers had cooled before I gave my take on what we all witnessed.

I am glad I did because I have changed my mind significantly and I am no longer that angry and am in fact, pleased.

The reason is simple, the embarrassing defeat to Mura means there is no more hiding, no second chances, no papering over the cracks, no more excuses.

You see, if we had won or even drawn the game then things would have just carried on as usual and all eyes would have turned to the Premier League at the weekend.

Maybe we win at the weekend, maybe we lose, either way, it is just death by a thousand cuts and slow painful death.

What Tottenham needed, what Daniel Levy and Antonio Conte needed more than anything was to be faced with the true reality of the situation and that is what last night has done, the inevitable simply cannot be avoided now.

Losing to a depleted Leeds United at home could have been that wake-up call that the hierarchy at the club needed but chances are it probably would not have been enough, a humiliation was needed and thankfully it has come in a meaningless competition that no one cares about.

Being humiliated in the league or domestic competitions is far more damaging and so rather than looking at last nights defeat as the end of the world, it could finally signal a new era in N17.

If Conte quits it is hard to see Levy surviving, if the Chairman does not back Conte in the January transfer window, that could signal the end of Levy, all roads now point to Levy, that is what last night really has brought us.

So yes, last night was actually a good night, the loss is not that damaging in itself but ignoring it would be fatal for Levy and means everyone that counts at the club knows full well what is needed now, without the humbling against the Slovenian minnows we could have limped through the January transfer window, that cannot happen now.

Short term humiliation for long term gain is how I now see last nights horror show.

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Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
10 months ago

Lets hope the utter embarrassment of last night is a wake up call. Because if drastic action isn’t taken soon Levy will see his stadium turn against him again. Conte won’t hang around either, he doesn’t do humiliation. Levy has got one chance only in January to start putting his years of neglect right. No more punts, just go out there and buy established, quality players. Players for now not tomorrow. Also we need to shift half the squad, that ain’t going to happen overnight. Levy has bought so many bang average players that the team has become bang average, we’re top half C-Ship outfit now, it’s pathetic the way this club has been allowed to slide since the greatness of Pochettino.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
10 months ago

I’m not buying the wake up call line. We have had more than enough wake up moments this last three years.

Much as I hope ENIC’s days are numbered I’m not sold on that either. Levy has leveraged the club into an almost unsellable asset.

Only a mass boycott on a scale never seen before will shift ENIC. That is unlikely given the docility of the stadium fans.

Ashleigh at Newcastle proved that even the most unpopular regimes can survive for many years.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
10 months ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

Well said..
Levy has made Joe Lewis and the Levy Family Trust over 1b in 20 years including taking into account debt…this is a success for a property investment company…it would take a huge bid to get rid of them or why leave, its a cash cow…

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
9 months ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

Yes, and that despite Newcastle having one of the most passionately committed set of fans.

legoverlass
legoverlass
10 months ago

I felt the same about last night’s result. Setting aside the abject apathy of watching such a performance, there was a part of me that relished the irony of a club with a billion-dollar stadium losing to a club about 300 places below them in the football pecking order. I salivated at the thought of Levy watching this with beads of sweat trickling down his shiny dome as he contemplated the investment that he will be asked to make and which he has to be seen to now provide. This constant win one lose one paper covering the cracks groundhog day we have been locked into has to finish under Conte. Failure to back Conte will see Conte walk and most possibly into the outstretched arms of Man Utd with Ralf Rangnick stepping into the role of Managing Director of football. That would possibly be a dream team combo for the Mancs. Perhaps Levy is already thinking of that being the opportunity to bring Pooch back as a forlorn attempt to appease the rage of the supporters.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
10 months ago
Reply to  legoverlass

Poch to Tottenham Kerrching ..Disney Hotspur..Dear oh dear..really hope it doesn’t happen..

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
10 months ago
Reply to  legoverlass

Nobody can sort this mess out it’s beyond salvage. I sincerely hope Poch stays away.

at large
at large
10 months ago

I said it a month ago that it’s win-win. Conte wins, we win. Conte loses, ENIC out, we win.

But why would Conte sign up for this? It’s even more of a win-win for him. He’s got an 18-month 20m quid paid vacation at a 5-star countryside English lodge. If somehow he wins something at Spurs, he is indeed a magician and get any other job he wants. If, as more likely, this ends in tears, no one will blame him for it since it’s an impossible task and he’ll be rewarded for trying, and then he get any other job he wants.

Sandro
Sandro
10 months ago

I wanted to think the same – it was actually a good night for us because Levy is backed into a corner. But Daniel will find a way of saving his skin if it all goes pear shaped with Conte because he isn’t backed. Levy is too deeply imbued in ENIC to be forced out, too proud to quit and if anyone thinks the fans of THFC could truly muster a forceful and sustained campaign to get him out then they are sadly mistaken.

Even if somebody came along with a £4B offer to buy the club, Levy would find it almost impossible to let go of the reigns.

Our only hope is that the murmurs coming out of Hotspur Way are true and that Paratici has been given the power to transform the club and this will be matched by the funding required.

In defence of our beloved leader I will say that he has been consistent in his ‘plan’ to improve the infrastructure so that we can generate the funds to improve the team. He has now employed one of the best current coaches in world football, was that to appease the fans and give a good impression or was it because ENIC are now ready to invest and they want someone they can trust managing with those investments?

Time will tell.

kjb
kjb
10 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

“too proud to quit”? You mean too arrogant!

Harry
Harry
10 months ago

Danny boy is backed into a cul de sac with nowhere to go, he has no other choice but to invest in the squad.

It’s a win win situation from where I’m sitting, he either backs Conte to the hilt or he walks away from the club forever.

Both scenarios are ideal to me.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
10 months ago
Reply to  Harry

Agree with Bruce Grove and yourself Harry, doesn’t mask how disgusted I am with some of those players. Thank God we weren’t playing in the all white strip of our more magnificent European nights…travesty.

EssexTony
EssexTony
10 months ago
Reply to  Harry

There’s no way Levy will suddenly become a reformed Ebeneezer Scrooge. He’s making too much money for his Trust and Patagonia Joe to give a sheeite about the football. Even more worrying is that there are still “fans” in Twitterland who think Levy’s doing a great job because the club is “self-sustaining”!! The level of delusion is what will keep generating profits and people coming to the games because they seem to think that we should be grateful we have a club at all. The mind truly does boggle🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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