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Source: Tottenham Interviewed Prospective New Coach Yesterday
By Harry Hotspur -

According to a source close to the club, Spurs finally interviewed for the vacant managerial position yesterday and the man up for the hot seat in N17 was Graham Potter. Quite which boxes the Brighton & Hove Albion coach ticks for ENIC is beyond me.

The Seagulls finished 16th and – one more time with feeling – one might expect a club with a billion-pound stadium to aspire to more. More importantly, it strikes me as ambitious to believe that Spurs’ squad would pay any more attention to Potter than they did to Mourinho.

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Tangangry
Tangangry
7 months ago

I think Potter probably tops my list of “managers that might actually accept the job and probably keep us in the top 6 if we have a clear out”

Its a very short list.

Jimmyg
Jimmyg
7 months ago

Big Sam is a good shout for me. Relegation battle coming up. Club is in a downward spiral that we won’t get out of under Levy

Mike J
Mike J
7 months ago

Martinez is 6/4 with William Hill
and next favorite is…
Poch 2/1 with Bet Victor
followed by
Tan Hag 3/1 with Bet Victor
then…
Rodgers 9/2 with Bet Victor.
Follow the money…

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike J

When it comes to Levy, it’s less follow the money and more save the money

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 months ago

Would love Conte. Brendan Rodgers next. Dreaming though. The likes of Potter, Parker, Nuno and even Big Whale Sam being considered, really shows where we are.. The Lille or Ajax managers would do fine.. And if Kane wants out then he has to go abroad. Refuse to sell.. Or do the ‘David De Gea to Madrid’ fiasco. Make sure the paperwork arrives an hour too late.. If Kane goes then Jimmy Greaves will still be our greatest ever. He scored more and won stuff… Sir Alex would never sell him to a rival. We still have a small club mentality which is infuriating.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 months ago

Worth watching ‘Greavsie’ on BT sport.. Nice film/documentary, with some previously unreleased footage.

Bertoliver
Bertoliver
7 months ago

With the greatest of respect how are Man City our rivals? If we sell him to City it will upset fans of United,Chelsea and Liverpool as they see their premier league and Cl hopes evaporate.

Last edited 7 months ago by Bertoliver
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 months ago
Reply to  Bertoliver

We should be building our team around kane and going for the premier league. So I look at all the top prem teams as rivals.. They are competing against us. They stand in our way. Our hopes of winning evaporate.

Bertoliver
Bertoliver
7 months ago

To rival City would probably require spend north of 500million.
Chelsea spent 200 million from a better base than us and finished well adrift of them.
I remember not so long ago we could go toe to toe with them but as they have improved we have regressed

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
7 months ago

An apparent Hitchen recommendation.. It’s time for Hitchen to move on..

Sangepouche
Sangepouche
7 months ago

I would rather have Glenn Hoddle back…

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
7 months ago
Reply to  Sangepouche

You think working with Levy will do his heart any good?

Harry_Kure
Harry_Kure
7 months ago

How about that Galtier fellow at Lille? Dont think I’ve seen his name come up often as an alternative at Spurs. When he took over midways in the 17/18 season, Lille were 18th. This season they won the league. He’s been praised both for his tactics and his work with young talent.

Lille also have a famed sports director in Luis Campos… But maybe a double swoop from a team in a rather weak league isn’t what Levy is dreaming of

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
7 months ago
Reply to  Harry_Kure

Sounds interesting. He did well to beat a PSG team containing Mbappe and Neymar.

Osvaldo
Osvaldo
7 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

Think he’s off to Nice who are backed by Ineos

Harry_Kure
Harry_Kure
7 months ago
Reply to  Osvaldo

Nice? Wow. Thought they were an even smaller, mid table team. Seems like a sideways or rather odd move. But with big owners, maybe they can throw some money around.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago
Reply to  Harry_Kure

Galthier I think he’s been linked with Nice owned by wealthy English man Jim Radcliffe.

Campos supplies players from his company and at a nice profit. There is a lot of eye brows being raised in France at what exactly is going on there. Nudge, nudge.

Harry_Kure
Harry_Kure
7 months ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

After some research (aka googling his name) I see now that Campos actually left Lille in December, after the change in ownership there. Surprised no one has picked him up, maybe there’s something to the rumors about shady business then.

Impressive CV though. Brought in Bernardo Silva, Mbappe, Falcao, Mouthino, Fabinho, Lemar etc. to Monaco. With him at Lille and Monaco, players were brought in for a total of £65 million and players were sold for over £500 million (2019 numbers).

Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
7 months ago

Has it really come to this H?
Politely declined by supposed top targets so now on to the B list. Potter , Martinez.
I will have a pony on Scott Parker.

Pablito
Pablito
7 months ago

I’d rather have the pony in charge.

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago

Politely declined? By the sounds of it, some of them slammed the shutters like a wild west shopkeeper when a gunfight’s about to kick off.

With an apparent lack of serious top targets showing interest, surely this is some sort of indication that elite level managers think working under Levy may not be worth the hassle…

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
7 months ago

Reflects the position that we are now at under Enic and Levy.

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

Potter would be perfect, he has had Brighton playing fantastic all year and importantly they have a clear plan. Under Mourinho we were useless, time for a risk and an attack minded coach.

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Ah come on, seriously? He had Brighton avoiding the drop 2 years running. We’re trying to get back to securing CL spots at a minimum. Two completely different kettles of fish.

Pablito
Pablito
7 months ago
Reply to  BrenLong

If Kane goes (and with Levy and Hitchen talent spotting replacements) we could well need someone adept at the beating the drop next season.

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
7 months ago
Reply to  Pablito

Alladyce?

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago
Reply to  SimonSpur

It really wouldn’t be a complete surprise nowadays.

Osvaldo
Osvaldo
7 months ago
Reply to  BrenLong

Brighton generally played well and just struggled to finish chances. Not as exciting as Leeds but i dont think Brighton were beaten heavily too often.

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago

Potter just doesn’t inspire any confidence or ambition in me at all.
I know there are those saying he’s decent for his work off the field, but his stats aren’t particularly encouraging. Two seasons in the top flight and he’s got a 40% loss rate and his win rate is a smidgeon above 25%.

We’re in a situation where a club like Tottenham has an immediate need to get back into securing CL spots at least. I just don’t see how a coach who avoided relegation for two seasons is the man for the job. If saving clubs from relegation is good indicator of the right pedigree, then we may as well go for more experience and sign Allardyce. Jaysus wept.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
7 months ago

Poch is tipped for a second coming. 5/1 at some bookies. Just managed to come runners up again in a farmers league with some of the Worlds best players…..

That ship has sailed. No thanks.

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Paddy Power stopped taking bets on him over the weekend.

Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
7 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Chillax. Last week Nuno was odds on favourite.

john yorke
john yorke
7 months ago

If anybody as watched most of brightons games,if they had a decent striker they would be way up the league,a sound defence,creative midfield just missing the threat in from of goal.If levy and Enic are in charge i don’t think it matters who is manager.Levy is doing a fantastic job,saving Enic money,that’s his job,signing class players is not.Thats why we will never win the title,we have been close but adding another class player means spending money.We have had our chances and blew it,we are always looking for cheap options and bargain basement players.If we had acted like a top four side and sign bruno Fernandes when we were in front of the queue,or maddison when we again were favourites,same with grealish but it meant spending 60m ,20m or over 25m,would we be in top 4 with any of those players,i would say,100%,Yes.If kane leaves and we got say,Jesus,would we also spend 20 to 25m for Toney,who is scoring goals for fun,to support Jesus or run him in to the ground like kane with no decent back up striker.No chance when Enic can save 25m.While Enic are in charge we will win,nothing.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
7 months ago
Reply to  john yorke

We won’t have a decent striker soon. So no thanks

Osvaldo
Osvaldo
7 months ago
Reply to  john yorke

Agree on Brighton aspect. They missed a lot of chances. Had strong games against most the top sides because they had a good team ethic. I don’t think he’ll be a terrible appointment. However, will Potter attract top names? That may be the draw back, but to be honest I think Spurs need to be signing up and coming players rather than mega stars for the next season or so.

Pablito
Pablito
7 months ago

Panic over… we’re apparently speaking to Martinez too. Stats please…

Mike
Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Pablito

No… not Martinez… please.

Pablito
Pablito
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

It’s alright Mike. I’m sure even Martinez can look good if you use the right stats.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago
Reply to  Pablito

He’ll fix the defence alright.

matt
matt
7 months ago

We are so screwed

Finn
Finn
7 months ago

The key attribute for me is not the management of the players the coaching or the tactics, its if anyone can manage Levy.

Anyone with any kind of resume will know about Levy; even if gag orders stop anyone bagging him in public. The grapevine will be full of rumours of how hard it is to work with him especially if your aspirations meet his avarice head on. Potter may just be niaive enough to think he just might be able to do a Poch, but maybe he sees a spell at THFC as a stepping stone to the level of top ten EPL club management.

Leaving HK aside, the re-build needs to be comprehensive, at least 7 players out as soon as possible and at least 4 quality players in. But the Internationals will hold that up and warp the perceptions of player values: I can’t see Levy biting any bullets and offloading for less that market price however much we need a sale to clear the shelves.

So much the same squad with a bit of cheap tinkering and tinsell, a journeyman coach doing the best he can within the parameters of what he’s been told.

I can see middle to bottom half of the table and that’s with HK: without him we might be severely embarrassed………. first Championship club to grace the ESL anyone?????

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Finn

I wonder which club you actually support…

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Considering Finn has contributed blogs to this site and his other posts and contributions it’s bleeding obvious who he supports. 🤦‍♂️

Ginger doc
Ginger doc
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Finn clearly supports spurs, not enic, and points out the reality of the current regime . Wonder no more

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago
Reply to  Ginger doc

If you don’t toe the party line, it’s Siberia for you.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

Da, comrade!! 🤣🤣🤣

John
John
7 months ago

No-one else wants the job because they know how difficult it is to work for Levy. We are not the attraction some people think we are & the smart experienced foreigners that Levy fancies, apart from Martinez, aren’t interested so we go with the best of a 2nd choice bunch.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  John

Yes, second tier choice of manager and entry into a third tier European competition. These truly are wonderful times; we’ve never had it so good!

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
7 months ago

If you look at the xPts table for the season, Brighton are 5th, Spurs are 10th.
Goals conceded by BHA and Spurs are virtually identical.
The major reason Spurs finished so high is HK scoring and making so many goals. The major reason that BHA finished so low is that they couldn’t convert their chances.
I wouldn’t write off Potter.
Jürgen Klopp went to Liverpool, leaving Dortmund after one of their worst recent seasons. Liverpool recognised that Dortmund had suffered hugely from the loss of Lewandowski’s goal scoring and this had obscured the team’s inherent decent performances. The detailed analytics showed that Klopp was doing the right things, he just wasn’t getting his just rewards. Liverpool made a judgement call that in the end has turned out very well.
Potter might well do the business with a better class of player.
With all the talk of exotic foreigners who have won titles abroad, I am reminded of the disclaimers on the ads for financial products; ” past performance may not be indicative of future results”

Mike
Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

You and Vlad have switched my opinions to consider Potter suitable (although others are too).

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

Exactly where did Brighton finish over the last 2 seasons? No x-this and x-that.

You’re also forgetting that Klopp won the Bundesliga with Dortmund and got them to the CL final so he had form as a good manager. Hardly a punt.

Last edited 7 months ago by Essex Tony
BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

What on earth is a xPts table?
Surely the only table that matters is the actual points table.

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
7 months ago
Reply to  BrenLong

https://understat.com/league/EPL/2020

XGoals for and against used to calculate winners on the basis of actual performances.
Widely used in sports analytics across Europe to advise top professional clubs how to maximise their chances of winning matches. Even MOTD briefly displays the results.
The disparity between XPts and actual league position arises because football has an element of fortune.

Podolski said” football is like chess, but played without the dice”. I think it is played with dice, to some extent.

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

Perhaps the dice in this case is the unpredictable nature of VAR interpretations 🙂

Cheers for the link.
At first glance, it reads more like an indicator of chances created. Perhaps there’s an element of fortune, but it doesn’t seem to factor in benchmarking for specific players… i.e. who is more likely to score, Kane shooting from 8 yards or Dier from 18 yards. Both chances, but there are markedly different probabilities.

This sort of analytics appears to be more suited to betting markets.

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
7 months ago
Reply to  BrenLong

Fundamentally it is a measure of chances created, you are right. Each chance is graded as a probability of scoring, based on field position and (supposedly) who takes the shot/header. So a shot from HK on the penalty spot would probably rank 0.7 whereas a header from Dier on the corner of the penalty area would rank something like 0.02.
I think Arsene Wenger was a big believer, hence his determination to get Arsenal as close to goal as possible before shooting. Shots from outside the box were a rarity as they were considered unproductive.
The same applies to defence; if you keep the opposition outside your penalty area, in theory you reduce greatly their chances of scoring.
World class finishers like HK, Aguero etc tend to score more goals than the xG stats predict, and great shot- stoppers do the same for goals conceded. But I think all experienced football watchers intuitively know this anyway!

BrenLong
BrenLong
7 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

I’ll look into it more. Thanks… Every day is a school day

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
7 months ago
Reply to  BrenLong

Here’s the reading I have been doing for my homework…!
https://www.ipgbook.com/football-hackers-products-9781788702058.php?page_id=21

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  BrenLong

You can quote all the stats you want, doesn’t change where they finished, does it? If that’s one of the criteria we would use to recruit a manager then God help us.

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago

Obviously cheap.

England Mike
England Mike
7 months ago

You have to consider who is available and who would be a good fit under the circumstances, I think Graham Potter ticks enough boxes for me, so IF the reports are true, then this is a positive with no negatives.

MATHI JRN
MATHI JRN
7 months ago

Consider Zidane a proven guy of Real Madrid

Nikhil
Nikhil
7 months ago

Who would be better though? Allegri? He’s been out of management for a couple of years and is waiting for a call from Madrid or Juventus. Zidane? Never managed shit players; Conte? I like him but would never work with levy (not to mention he might not want to leave); Simeone? Highest paid manager and his transfer record is terrible.
Let’s face it even if you think Potter is beneath us, there is no one better than him that is available (I would say Ten Hag is comparable).
Also at this point, we need stability and a rebuild, and Potter looks like the best candidate for that.

Sandro
Sandro
7 months ago

I wouldn’t mind betting they have been rejected by quite a few on their list and that’s why we are interviewing Potter. They must have given up all hope of keeping Kane and want Potter to spend wisely.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Yes, of course they probably have been, Sandro.

US Spurs
US Spurs
7 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

save wisely might be the better mandate under Levy

Sao Paulo Spurs
Sao Paulo Spurs
7 months ago

I have nothing against Graham Potter. In my opinion top flight football is riddled with misguided perceptions regarding football managers. Frank Lampard is a classic example. One semi decent season with Derby and he’s catapulted into the Chelsea job and everyone thinks it’s a genius appointment. He may never recover from that.
Mr. Potter has been managing for 10 years but everyone assumes he will struggle with a “top job”. I personally would push to find a manager with some experience in the Europa or Champions League comps. If we get knocked out of the Europa Conference Spurs will hit a new low even I didn’t think we could reach.
If the plan is to sell all players that want to leave, sell all the players we want to get rid of and truly rebuild the squad with hungry young professionals then Graham Potter could be just the man to oversee that. I am assuming Levy has a plan.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago

A manager that knows the English market. I want proven Premier League talent, no more expensive average players or two for ones from France. One glimmer of hope is Hojbjerg, that to be fair was a good buy.

Sao Paulo Spurs
Sao Paulo Spurs
7 months ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

I don’t think there is an “English market” anymore. You can still pick up a Vardy here and there but most of the best young English talent is either already with a club or an agent by the time they are 12. We do need a manager with a clear philosophy on how he wants us to win games and the the ability to improve players.

MATHI JRN
MATHI JRN
7 months ago

Precisely too big a club to handle besides managing senior players requires experience managers not guys who have merely improved a squad!

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago

Potter took Ostersund, a town with a population that wouldn’t even fill our stadium, from the absolute bottom of Swedish football to challenging for the title and european qualification in less than 7 years with some of the most innovative and unorthodox coaching methods of recent years. They performed well in the Europa League, beating well established clubs like Galatasaray, Hertha Berlin and even Arsenal.

What he has created at Brighton is even more impressive, when you look at their relative xG/xGA stats and how much better they are than their actual realities, and then analyse the games, you realise that outside of their keeper problems, which they halfway solved by replacing Matt Ryan, their main defensive deficiency is set pieces, particularly corners and that their main offensive deficiency is having Maupay & Welbeck as first choice strikers. Brighton have a full time first team coaching staff of 4 people. They don’t quite have the coaching resources that other clubs do.

Tottenham had an xG of 54.8 for the PL season, with an xGA of 49. We overperformed our xG by 25%, scoring 68 goals, and overperformed our xGA by around 5%, conceding 45 despite our awful defence. By contrast, Brighton had an xG of 51.6, only 3 lower than ours despite the large gulf in quality of player, and they underperformed this by 20%, only scoring 40.

Where you start to see a big difference though, is defensively. Brighton had an xGA of only 37.7, that’s almost 33% lower than ours, but they underperformed that by almost 30%, instead conceding 46, which is practically the same as ours. This means that defensively, despite having significantly worse players they’re comparable to us, and it’s worth mentioning of these 46 conceded goals, around 20% alone came from set pieces.

Brightons xG/A differential is 14. That puts them not only above us on paper, but challenging in the champions league places, with a defensive record that is more impressive than Manchester United, who finished 2nd. They trail City by some margin, but so does every club.

Potter is being massively let down by the quality of his attacking personnel. If you give him Son, Kane & Bale, and just go with a conservative estimate of xG overperformance that players of this quality give you, we comfortably qualify for the Champions League. If you factor in the impact that his systemic philosophy would have on our ability as a team on the whole, therefore increasing our relative performance, we wouldn’t be far behind City at all, and would be clear of every other contender, including coaches with experience of the biggest nights in european football.

I’ll take the quantifiable over ephemeral any day of the week

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Vlad, I have just posted a similar, though less detailed comment before seeing yours.
Well said.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

I’m glad you did chief, I get my comments removed here quite often because let’s just say I don’t get along very well with Harry and co.

Pablito
Pablito
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Where are they in the league? I understand that stat.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Pablito

You and every other manager except Pep would be struggling to stay in league football with Welbeck & Maupay up front lmao. Turn it in.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

So he’s done his best with what he has at his disposal is what you’re saying? In that case, not the manager we need. If he’d improved them from 16th to 8th then I’d be interested as that shows progress but 2 seasons with no progress is not great credentials for a prospective candidate for the manager position. May as well go for Sean Dyche as well while we’re at it.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

What you’re saying doesn’t mean anything my man. Sheffield United were challenging for Champions League in their first season promoted. Would you have taken Chris Wilder?

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

No, because he wasn’t proven at the level that we need and if you can’t comprehend the points I am making that is your problem, “my man”.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

So you were talking about strawmen and now you’re attempting a cute little logical fallacy of your own with that tone argument. Chill on the quotations geezer.

You’re clearly not a mug so why would you think I couldn’t comprehend your arguments? You didn’t make an argument initially to my actual positive case for Potter, in fact you didn’t even contradict it, so why are we concerning ourselves with comprehension of arguments now?

If you want to have a debate, join a club

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

The only near certainty in all this is that the next manager will ultimately fall short. It’s just about impossible to fulfil potential under the poison dwarf.

Ginger doc
Ginger doc
7 months ago

Exactly

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Tone is not a logical fallacy🤦‍♂️ I’ve consistently stated why I don’t feel that Potter is the right manager. Don’t need a club to state an opinion, this platform will do nicely.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Who is responsible for buying Maupay and Welbeck?

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Pray tell who else could they have possibly bought chief?

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Maupay cost Brighton approximately £20 mill from Brentford. Watkins cost Villa £25 mill from the same club. I was led to believe that Brighton felt Potter should have got better results and were going to review his position at the end of this season.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Absolutely. Dean Smith is someone who I respect as he has learned from his first season, identified some good quality buys and progressed.

Pablo
Pablo
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Just what we need, another manager who won’t stand up to the chairman to get the players we need. In all your reading of the stats you may have missed the fact that a large part of our playing squad is sh*te. Maupay and Welbeck level in fact. Remove Harry Kane from our squad and the quality of the remaining squad is dire. There aren’t many managers that will be able to do much with that. We need a manager who can stand up to the chairman to get the player upgrades we need or, alternatively, a miracle worker. Potter isn’t either.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Pablo

Inability to “stand up” to Levy is based on what exactly? Your feelings? Levy hired the most accomplished manager in world football (at the time). He certainly couldn’t “stand up” to Levy & ENIC could he? Otherwise he would have lasted a lot longer than 17 months!

I’m sorry mate, but I don’t see how by your own estimate, we’re anything other than doomed if what we need is someone with some abstract notion of bravery to singlehandedly force a multinational corporation to throw hundreds of millions at sporting achievements through sheer force of will.

At some point you have to stop trying to push past the brick wall that is material reality your idealism has run up against.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

If I was a highly confident and talented manager I would only take the Spurs job on the understanding that I was to have full control in playing matters (it would, of course, still be the CEO’s say on whether the club could afford to sign this or that player that I requested). And if I didn’t get full control, I would resign and explain to the world why I had done so ie no gagging arrangements!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  Pablo

It’s impossible to do a proper job under the interfering control freak that is Levy and surely that’s now becoming universally accepted. I don’t suppose it will stop some young managerial hopeful from having a stab at the job, though and putting a dampener on their future prospects.

When Jock Stein was manager at Dunfermline, Hibernian’s autocratic chairman of the time, Harry Swan, made overtures to Stein, who – used to complete control at the Fifers – replied with a “brutally jovial” ‘Needing an office boy then, Harry’. Any sensible manager should reply in similarly withering fashion to our esteemed supremo.

Stein incidentally did join Hibs later where he quickly transformed them and unleashed the talents of probably the finest player most of you on this site have never heard of: Willie Hamilton. Of course, due to personal shortcomings, he didn’t have that outstanding a career but when Roy Aitken asked Stein how good Hamilton was, the big man’s reply was to think of Kenny Dalglish and imagine someone as good!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago

I omitted to say Stein joined Hibs after Swan had stepped down.

Sao Paulo Spurs
Sao Paulo Spurs
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

I don’t think Potter would be a bad choice as our manager. I think he’s a very impressive candidate. Like i said, football is full of misguided perceptions. Would a Dele Alli respect/respond to a Steven Gerrard more than a Graham Potter? Probably. This is the issue we have. Our squad is full of under performing, over paid prima- donnas. If the plan is to rip up our squad and start again then i think he’s a great choice. However, we can’t ignore the amount of managers who’ve tried to get a tune out of this lot with zero success. I wouldn’t be against a complete overhaul but we all know Levy hangs on to a player until the price is right. Just speak to Danny Rose.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago

You make a fair point but you have to remember Potter gets professional footballers to perform in plays and write freestyles. His man management style is something that practically nobody in football has experienced before. He places extreme emphasis on psychology and mental health, forcing players outside of their comfort zone to make them more well rounded individuals on and off the pitch in an attempt to breed a cohesive mentality into them.

Poch babied Dele Alli for almost 4 years, allowing him to play his natural game as the prodigal son of Thomas Muller, and then when Levy let him down with recruitment, forcing us into the awful Winks Sissoko pivot, Poch failed to get Dele to adapt to playing in Midfield because he’s like quicksilver.

Jose challenged Dele with his usual confrontational style and reaped the benefits for about 10 games. Then it all started falling apart and when Dele didn’t respond to the firm hand, Jose made things worse by freezing him out. His way or the highway as per.

Perhaps it’s time for a different approach.

Sao Paulo Spurs
Sao Paulo Spurs
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Agreed. I’d love a forward thinking manager to come in and really change our playing style, mindset and tactical awareness in the way Poch was trying to do. Whoever takes the job needs to be given the right tools for the job. We need more than a professional turd polisher. I’m not saying that Potter is that but i don’t think i can sit and watch another poor bloke try to get blood out of a stone and then get sacked for his troubles.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

The only quantifiable that is valid is where they are in the league. There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. You just used a heap of them.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

At the end of the day, though, Brighton, without the idiot, Levy, is probably a lot easier to manage.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

He’d be an interesting appointment but as Wenger said about Arsenal’s transfer policy, the fans wouldn’t tolerate players costing a few million.

Levy wants some one flash someone like Mourinho with a big reputation.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago

The Europa conference is a no win situation; club wins it amongst all those clubs that finished SEVENTH and the Lichtenstein cup winners and such like. Wow! And you’re prioritising this just so that we win some silverware, some absolutely pointless silverware.

Fred
Fred
7 months ago

Regardless of stats, Brighton played us off the park earlier this season, at a point where we where still after top 4.

Inferior players making up a team that was able to make mugs of us. Give him some better players and see what he can do?

He’s been talked about for a few years as one of the best up coming managers – much more so than Eddie Howe or that mug at Leicester who’s a proven bottler – what did he do with Liverpool?

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  Fred

1 game is not a measure of success. A lot of teams played us off the park. Aston Villa played Liverpool off the park and us too, where did it get them? Where did Brighton finish?

England Mike
England Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

Potter will prove to be a more successful manager than Poch or Dean Smith.

Bertoliver
Bertoliver
7 months ago
Reply to  England Mike

Not disputing that Potter might be an interesting candidate but will he get a team into the top 4 four years running and win a Champions league?

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago

Potter would be Pochettino lite. A manager of a lower placed team, Southampton in Pochs case, it proved he could manage a Premier League team.

But as they say, that was then and this is now.

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

Cue for a song “then was then and now is now”

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago

Potter is the best British Manager in the world by a country mile, and if you don’t understand this you don’t know ball.

Matt
Matt
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

😂😂😂

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Potter is clear of Lampard, Gerrard, Rodgers, Smith, if you don’t believe me perhaps you should do some research into his work on and off the field.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

I think what some fans don’t realise is managers come with their own teams now, they’re the front of house but there is a huge team of chefs in the kitchen. Gerrard is a good example, excellent backroom staff behind him.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Whilst there is no doubt that he is a very academically accomplished football person his only achievement was with Ostersund in the Swedish league so forgive me for not being terribly excited by this rumour. This is a results business and he hasn’t done anything of any consequence to generate a reputation or record sufficient to justify his appointment as our next manager.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

Reputation and Record are misconceived notions of football. Past indicators alone are not enough to be predictive of future events. If they were, then Mourinho should have won the treble at our club.

I suggest you ask Pep what exactly Potter’s reputation is within the game because he agrees with me and he’s the best manager in the world. How’s that for achievements?

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Someone saying someone is good is not an achievement, it’s an opinion. Reputation and record are key factors in any recruitment process as well as their performance at previous clubs. As to Mourinho, show me a manager who could work under the current regime and win a treble in 17 months. Classic straw man argument.

VladimirIlyich
VladimirIlyich
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

The irony of pointing out other people’s straw men. I think I’ll stick to listening to Catalonia Josep if it’s all the same to you!

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

There is no irony present. You presented the fallacy, I merely pointed it out. Pep’s opinion carries some weight but if that’s your main basis for recruitment then I glad you have no say in it.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

Yes, after all, Ferguson highly recommended Moyes for the Man U job, but then, perhaps Moyes wasn’t given enough time to turn things around at a club that was showing definite signs of decline. Never a good time to join a club, when a cycle of sustained success is drawing to a close.

England Mike
England Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

He beat the scum at the library, with those amateurs.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  England Mike

If that’s your definition of success then you’re not setting your sights very high.

England Mike
England Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

If he did it with that team then surely he could…….mmm then again !

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

An interesting guy, very thoughtful and a bit left field but he suffers from the fact he’s English, if only he was called Potterino..

Pablito
Pablito
7 months ago
Reply to  VladimirIlyich

Brighton are improving under him are they?

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
7 months ago
Reply to  Pablito

That would be a no, but Pep loves him so he must be good🤔

Pablito
Pablito
7 months ago

Oh dear.

Spurs est_1882
Spurs est_1882
7 months ago

April 1st was ages ago!! I really hope your source was high. Potter is a dreadful choice. He is not a “winner” in pedigree or mentality, his style of play is poor. I would prefer Houghton if our only options were Brighton managers.

I get the feeling only category he ticked is he is the only one not blocking Levy’s number.

Des TB
Des TB
7 months ago

Graham Potter seems a really nice bloke and if he didn’t come to Spurs and hit the ground running , it may well break his spirit.

Ian
Ian
7 months ago

God help us next season 😩

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
7 months ago

Yes man. Happy to be there. Parker/Mason/Potter. Looks like Brendan is taking the clever route so this is it….

Simon Dweck
Simon Dweck
7 months ago

No no no no no Not even Harry Potter is the right manager. There is only ONE magic one, Poch and he wants to come back

Pipespurs
Pipespurs
7 months ago
Reply to  Simon Dweck

but realistically unless we sell winks, siss, dier and Alli the cross which deserted him is still there so how could he change their attitude

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
7 months ago
Reply to  Pipespurs

Quite! He’d be returning to find the same crap situation awaiting him ie some average, washed up players (who were perhaps no longer listening to him) and limited funds to dramatically turn things around. For the sake of your sanity, don’t do it, Poch! It’s generally a pretty sound saying that you can never go back!

StuSpur
StuSpur
7 months ago

Classic Levy, all fur coat and no knickers

Ginger doc
Ginger doc
7 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

For all the well made and salient points peeps have made above, this is the reality as presented by stu

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