Arsene Wenger was arguably on the back foot from the moment The Emirates Stadium opened its doors in 2006. This footballing legend had steered his sides to 5 Premier League titles, but the 2003/04 season was the last time that Arsenal were the champions of England. After the summer of 2006, everything changed. The only silverware that kept their fans heads up, came from the FA cup, with the Gunners lifting the once cherished domestic trophy 3 times, in 2014, 2015 and 2017. The
The FA cup was always a big betting event much like the Grand National where everyone was looking for hints on the right team to back, using the services such as soccer-betting.pro to have the edge for the big occasion. After all, this was the trophy that was synonymous with open top bus parades and fans lining the streets.
The ‘street value’ of the FA cup sadly began to dwindle, mostly due to pressure from the elite sides needing to prioritize the Champions League, simply because it was a better payer. The combination of prize money and broadcast rights from UEFA inevitably left both the FA Cup and League cups as poor relations, afterthoughts. There had been a mood shift across English football’s fanbase. Some millennial fans have become fascinated with Deloitte reports, record attendances and in-stadia refreshment options. Older fans inevitably felt their own interest wane, clubs frequently fielded second tier selections in the rounds and TV companies no longer gave the final hours of build up. The competition had sadly lost its cachet.
As for Tottenham, the situation for us has been inarguably worse. In the 21st century, we’ve won a solitary League cup. There were no “happier times” before we redeveloped our premises.
Arsene Wenger weathered the choppy waters for 12 years before being pressured out of his job. Mauricio Pochettino walked into Spurs’ new home on April 3rd 2019 and was handed his P45 barely six months later on November 19th 2019.
Poch had no tangible feel-good factor from silverware to keep him going.
In fact, the Argentine had publicly debased the FA cup, claiming it wouldn’t change lives of take Tottenham to a different level.
5 and a half years of “building” ultimately resulted in Mauricio reaching the European cup final. But this was a peculiar game, in which the Spurs players looked utterly fatigued, not just physically but mentally.
An unpalatable but not entirely unexpected dreadful start to the 2019/20 season cost Poch his job. Pochettino’s magic had evaporated and Levy watched Tottenham sink down the Premier League table.
So what of José, will there be any discernable variance from the ENIC strategy? Mourinho is a serial winner and already we’re witnessing the Portuguese field strong XI’s in the FA cup.
The irony or course, as the gaffer pointed out in his presser yesterday, is that Spurs are so handicapped by injuries, there weren’t really any other options open to him!
Tottenham currently have a stellar stadium, but only a threadbare team with which to showcase within it.
Mathematically, Spurs are still in the race for Champions League qualification, but the moment one starts using such phrases, its clearly coded language for “don’t hold your breath”.
An FA cup win would work wonders for Tottenham. It might not send the club’s accountants cartwheeling, but it might go some way to restoring confidence in the FOOTBALL club with fans who care more about silverware than the somewhat esoteric business of being London’s highest earning club.
The cold reality of football is that fans expect to have a decent strength and depth in their squad. Nobody looks at the gaping hole in our midfield and says, “Ah but the club income was £459.3million”.
It is a proven fact that FA cup wins have healing properties, Mr Levy.
Who knows, Spurs succeeding on grass, opposed to just paper may be a useful factor when it comes to season ticket renewals.