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“This is Greg Johnson, and I want a calculator brought to my office immediately”
By Harry Hotspur -

Greg is Head of Regional Sport for Reach PLC, which includes Football London. Greg Tweeted this, yesterday.

I politely asked him to substantiate the ‘£135m’ and didn’t get a reply.

Here’s what Football London worked the transfer spend to be. Which is just another example of everyday prejudice at work.

I think I’m going to make myself a Non-executive director of biscuits for Harry Hotspur PLC.

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Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
8 days ago

I’m not entirely sure the money spent figure is as helpful a gauge as the number of players brought in and their perceived quality. I seem to remember a fairly universal appreciation on this blog of most of last summer’s purchases and a sense that Maureen got a good lump of what previous manager’s hadn’t; in quality not outlay. There was a sense that something had changed and Levy had finally employed a manager who was a good draw, and that Levy was getting good deals done, aside from the Skriniar disappointment.

Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
8 days ago

As I understand it, Vin & Doc are players Maureen was keen to bring in.

Sandro
Sandro
8 days ago

Bergwijn was circa 30M

East Stand
East Stand
8 days ago
Reply to  Sandro

Oh yeah, totally forgot about him! So the figures pretty much check out basically.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
8 days ago

He’s no doubt done the classic, something I’ve argued in the past to the odd Levyite who doesn’t understand the spin and misdirection….he included Lo Celsos fee. Which was also included by the “look what Levys spent!?” loonies in January. Classic stuff. Levy is the master at this kind of game.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
8 days ago

In any case 130 odd mill is hardly cutting it, especially when it’s 3 or 4 players worth.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
8 days ago

*January 2020

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
8 days ago

My biscuit is a Gypsy Cream Harry thanks.

We don’t need outsiders stirring things, we can do that ourselves. If it would change the fundamental problems at Spurs I’d want Mourinho gone but it won’t fix them.

Being happy with the squad, that’s for the dim-witted. Jose knows exactly what’s wrong, aka the request for Skriniar for starters.

James Connolly
James Connolly
8 days ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

He requested Toby and Dier when at Man U. Now he has them.

James Connolly
James Connolly
8 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

I believe he got Dier to sign a new 4 year deal in September, Toby a similar length one last year.

East Stand
East Stand
7 days ago
Reply to  James Connolly

He did, both of them signed new deals a few months after Jose arrived. He obviously deemed them fit for service. Or was it just Hitchen and Levy?

However, the idea that Jose has been completely passive in every single one of these decisions is slightly ridiculous.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
8 days ago
Reply to  James Connolly

That comment is the literal definition of a facepalm movement. Incredible….

James Connolly
James Connolly
8 days ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

He encouraged both to sign new long term contracts last year, Tony.
is that incredible?

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
8 days ago
Reply to  James Connolly

Contracts were extended by Levy to protect his assets and avoid having to buy new players, that’s his MO. Incredible that you are happy to accept that rather than spending money on bringing in better players and supporting his manager and tying both hands behind his back expecting this squad of perennial bridesmaids to suddenly get married.

Last edited 8 days ago by Essex Tony
James McKevitt
James McKevitt
8 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

😂🍪

East Stand
East Stand
8 days ago

I suspect he’s probably including the Gio deal being made permanent (approximation used here) (£40m) Reguilon (£35m), Doherty (15m) PEH (15m) Rodon (15m).

You’re up to £120m with that lot, the extra 15m might be odds and sods or a more accurate retake on the above fees.

It sort of checks out for me.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
8 days ago
Reply to  East Stand

According to TransferMarkt the total spend is 100 mill and sales are 12million so 88mill net spend, figures rounded where appropriate.

https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/tottenham-hotspur/alletransfers/verein/148

East Stand
East Stand
8 days ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

He was probably referring to transfer outlay rather than net spend. Certainly biased against Jose but not wildly inaccurate in relation the broader point he’s making. The Gio deal was already agreed if the club wanted to change it from a loan to a permanent deal.

Not sure Jose had much say in that one to be fair but he didn’t stand in the way of it either (evening if he could have). So technically it’s a £40 odd deal done on his watch.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
8 days ago

Tell Greg he forgot to carry the 1 and keep fighting the good fight Mr. Hotspur