Date: 30th January 2019 at 9:05am
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Another sunny day in Punxsutawney.

You want a prediction about the weather? You’re asking the wrong Phil. I’m going to give you a prediction about this winter? It’s going to be cold, it’s going to be dark and it’s going to last you for the rest of your lives!

His Master’s Voice. Ouch…

There appears to be a divide between (again) normal human beings who support Spurs very passionately, and stark raving nutcases who are obsessed with championing the glacial movements of an Investment Company.

Which camp are you in? Well, here’s a quick test. When you go into work of a Monday and your co-worker asks you how Spurs got on, do you reply:

A: Squeezed a one nil against Watford mate, happy enough with that.

B: The last quarter ROI was favourably comparable to provisional forecasts; this was aided by non-football partnerships bearing fruit in overseas markets. Overall the medium term growth expectations are generally positive in a challenging environment.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Gazza waking up at night screa April 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    There was a moment in the terrible post match presser when Poch said

    ‘We lost…..obviously’

    That sums it up. It’s a helpless situation. I don’t believe that Poch can’t win things. He has over performed with a knackered squad. We have had some incredible victories. Still remaining in Champions league after what we had to do to do that was fantastic. I think that Redknapp would have called out Levy but he was never on those wages. I’ve been on here saying Levy Out since we sold Carrick to Man U. This signalled the intention for their whole tenure. I drove past the new ground the other day and yes it is a cathedral of concrete and glass but it only reflects the world we live in. Looking back at our beloved WHL will be like watching young boys on black and white tv in scarves and wooden spinning clackers. The time has gone. It’s buried. I wish I had been at WHL on that last day. Oligarchs, oil and nasty regime money rules our lives now. Certain people need to stand up. Poch needs to show some cojones and speak out instead of being so defeated…..’obviously’.

  • Gazza waking up at night screa April 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    BALD HEAD OUT!

  • eddie April 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    We all know of players could be brought in to improve the squad and for managable cost.However Levy/ENIC are not interested.Bottom line.

  • Marbella Spur April 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    It is not that I don’t blame Levy for our nonsensical lack of activity in the transfer market but I wonder if Poch is partly to blame. Don’t tell me that he didn’t approve the signings of either Llorente or Janssen. If we don’t achieve top four with the new stadium opening next season, then there will be a big problem for Levy and ENIC.

    • Gazza waking up at night screa April 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      No way did he say yeah give me nocludeo or Clinton or even Llorente because he has hardly played them at all. He does so when he really really needs to.

      • eddie April 12, 2019 at 1:00 am

        If that’s the case then he has no say in who comes in so why keep saying it must be someone who will improve the squad and be better than we have.The excuses have worn thin and he needs to show some cojones and tell us like it is.If he were to be sacked he wouldn’t leave here penniless.

    • eddie April 12, 2019 at 4:55 am

      If you follow Poch’s argument that any new signings must improve the existing squad and be the right kind of player,what have Llorente or Jansen brought to the team?I would suggest nothing apart from a drain on resources.There are plenty who could have done better,although in Llorente’s defence we have never played to his strengths.That doesn’t imply he has been a success,he hasn’t.

      • Only Me April 12, 2019 at 9:47 pm

        At the time, Llorente was a good purchase. He had PL experience and he puts them away. The issue is we simply didn’t play to suit him.

        • Harry Hotspur April 13, 2019 at 1:52 am

          Yup.

  • Marbella Spur April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    We do not have money to spend in the transfer market because Levy is wildly overpaid, rewarded himself a large bonus last year, normally paid in businesses for outperformance, the stadium is 100% over budget and Enic have continued to pay themselves large dividends every year, instead of investing in the playing staff. The only way to bring about any change is hurting ENIC in their pocket which is the only thing they understand which means boycotting home games. There are players that could be signed in this window, Tielemans is going to Leicester and Arsenal are in talks to sign Carrasco, good player, but we have no ambition to win anything, as Eriksen has deduced and he will be off.

  • Panama Paul April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    We now find ourselves in a very ironic situation. Poch says that Champs League was targeted for this year (to coincide with the new stadium?) and that he over-achieved by qualifying earlier. The stadium isn’t ready but will be for the 2019/2020 season so we need a top 4 finish THIS year (as per Poch’s original timetable) but it is anything but nailed on. The one year it absolutely has to happen and it very well might not. Bugger.

    • Tappaspur April 11, 2019 at 5:39 am

      Complacency with the “product. Didn’t alan sugar say “the moment you take your eye off the quality of the product you’re f u c k e d. Hypocrite

  • eddie April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    If I recall from H’s graphic yesterday,Levy pays himself more than twice his nearest rival as a bonus.WHY?
    He’s overseen a vanity project that has overrun by 100% and invested nothing in the playing squad.In any other business that would probably result in the sack.
    Boycotting home games will not impact financially at the moment as season tickets have already been purchaced.However a high percentage of our remaining games are to be televised so we can be shown the empty seats like the arse last season.
    If the season ends up trophyless as appears extremely likely then next season’s ticket sales will be interesting.Levy’s vanity project could start to unravel.You will be able to buy NFL junk though.

  • Billy the yid April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    What exactly is doing it the right way anyway?! Go and ask a rent boy if he’s bothered how they did it when they won all the trophies they did. Or a city fan now. Fans are fans of a club and want to see it win. And I’m pretty sure we would have done with even 2 quality players added without selling the quality we already have. The levy gang can stick the moral high ground up their exhaust I want to see spurs win trophies

  • Ronan April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I see a demand was issued to you on the last blog to just shut up about enic because nobody is going to pay them what they want to go away.

    I hope H you are not cowed into not following this advice. To impose self-censorship and clamp down on any anti-enic dissent would simply mean passive acceptance that spurs can only add good players by selling better ones and treating zero net investment as a permanent fact of nature.

    I am sure even the entity who demanded that you shut up knows deep down that it is really not a fact of nature. Rather it is a very deliberate austerity policy, enacted long ago by the enic tape worm to benefit only itself. The best these billionaire “investors” could realistically have hoped for when hatching this austerity policy was passive acceptance by the bewildered herd. So they must have been astonished and hugely encouraged to see the grift being angrily defended by large numbers of spurs fans .. celebrated even as the hallmark of “a well-run club” that is “doing it the right way.”

    The reality is the grifters have never been put under any pressure by spurs fans to achieve the glory and honours that used to be associated with THFC .The glory glory days of the Pathe news era are never going to return by celebrating the permanent austerity of the English National Investment Company. The enic tape worm must be made to feel deeply uncomfortable and face intense pressure to emulate the straightforward, football-success oriented model of Liverpool’s owners. Otherwise nothing is going to change for poch and this team, except for the worse.
    Caving in to the predictable angry honks of sea lions or the slap of a seal’s flipper is something that would benefit only the parasitic tape worm, not spurs.
    Please stay right on their ass.

    • Harry Hotspur April 11, 2019 at 6:09 am

      The people are book-burners, Ronan.

      Scared people always show up when too many questions are being asked.

      I’m operating a zero tolerance on pro ENIC propaganda. People can post it elsewhere.

      We’ve covered all the excuses and the bottom line is that this investment company are toxic to Spurs.

      • Aussie in Switzerland April 11, 2019 at 10:35 am

        ENIC are pretending to be visionary (Stadium etc), they are anything but.

        Only an Arab would buy us now, spending with their heart, and not with an eye on profit. Russians and Chinese billionaires seem to be pulling their heads in these days. And will a priminent Arab buy the “Jewish” club? I’d think it may be a political risk for them….. we could be fucked for a very long time

        • Tappaspur April 11, 2019 at 11:14 am

          Just have to hope they’re no more excuses when the debt excuses run out. Oh yeah the Hotspur way stadium. Whats that gonna be £100 mil? or when ENIC by the broad water farm estate and build 3000 flats on it!!

      • Ronan April 11, 2019 at 2:44 pm

        Good stuff because i expect there to be a doubling down on enic apologia once it becomes apparent the stadium isn’t bringing an end to the policy of zero net investment. There will be many wise assurances that enic’s billion pound folly will quickly bring an end to their austerity policy or at least “one day” it will.

        • Tappaspur April 11, 2019 at 9:13 pm

          All they had to do was Chuck a reasonable amount of money to the manager once a year then do what they do with the rest. Greed will always be mans downfall.

  • Kosta14 April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Who cares about beating Real Madrid I want trophies

  • eddie April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Poch really is mirroring Mourinho’s demeanour during the last throes of his tenure at OT.Not so much in blaming the players,but making more subtle digs at the owners and chairman.Unfortunately I think they are going over Levy’s heaor he’s choosing to ignore them.
    Tonight’s result will be crucial because a win will put us only two points behind City.If that isn’t incentive enough I don’t know what is especially as our run in is better.How much more can he get out of a shagged out squad?
    Am I being over optimistic?

  • East Stand April 10, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Anyone who wants Poch out needs to consider several key facts.

    1. We would not be in the Champions League without him as our spending levels equate to about 8th position in the league.

    2. ENIC/Levy aren’t going to leave and we have seen how royally they have fucked up in the past. A good example was appointing Ramos and Comolli, winning the League Cup in 08, then that summer selling the team off and the team plunging towards relegation the following season.

    3. Poch is the only hope of stability and dignity being maintained under these clowns, as no other manager could do what he’s done under their constraints.

    4. Did you enjoy playing against and beating Real Madrid or not?

    • Only Me April 11, 2019 at 12:12 am

      I don’t think anyone (with a brain) wants Poch out so much as want him to stop being a puppet. I think he is a good manager and got us going forward, but his personality is now stopping our progress. Much like ENIC, moved us from mid table and going up the league from our own club earnings…however we are now at a point where we need a seismic shift in the way we spend and our attitude. I wouldn’t swap the CL for a cup…however, if the goal is to JUST get into the CL each season, I would rather win a cup. The money and prestige from the CL is supposed to help us attract a better calibre of player, but we haven’t done that. We are aiming for top 4…I would argue that Poch probably does not even have any part of his salary linked to winning anything, top 4 is probably his only bonus target.

      • East Stand April 11, 2019 at 3:20 am

        He either tows the line and does his best or walks out, it’s as simple as that. I’d rather the former, frustrating as it is. ENIC out.

    • Harry Hotspur April 11, 2019 at 6:09 am

      Poch must stay.

      It’s ENIC that are the problem.

      • Tappaspur April 11, 2019 at 10:35 am

        Please keep saying that. Imagine a backed poch. We’d be killing it. POCH MUST STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Tappaspur April 11, 2019 at 11:14 am

          If poch had citys squad Liverpool wouldn’t be top.

  • Gazza waking up at night screaming! January 30, 2019 at 10:52 am

    BALD HEAD OUT!

  • Gazza waking up at night screaming! January 30, 2019 at 10:42 am

    There was a moment in the terrible post match presser when Poch said

    ‘We lost…..obviously’

    That sums it up. It’s a helpless situation. I don’t believe that Poch can’t win things. He has over performed with a knackered squad. We have had some incredible victories. Still remaining in Champions league after what we had to do to do that was fantastic. I think that Redknapp would have called out Levy but he was never on those wages. I’ve been on here saying Levy Out since we sold Carrick to Man U. This signalled the intention for their whole tenure. I drove past the new ground the other day and yes it is a cathedral of concrete and glass but it only reflects the world we live in. Looking back at our beloved WHL will be like watching young boys on black and white tv in scarves and wooden spinning clackers. The time has gone. It’s buried. I wish I had been at WHL on that last day. Oligarchs, oil and nasty regime money rules our lives now. Certain people need to stand up. Poch needs to show some cojones and speak out instead of being so defeated…..’obviously’.

  • Marbella Spur January 30, 2019 at 10:34 am

    It is not that I don’t blame Levy for our nonsensical lack of activity in the transfer market but I wonder if Poch is partly to blame. Don’t tell me that he didn’t approve the signings of either Llorente or Janssen. If we don’t achieve top four with the new stadium opening next season, then there will be a big problem for Levy and ENIC.

    • eddie January 30, 2019 at 10:41 am

      If you follow Poch’s argument that any new signings must improve the existing squad and be the right kind of player,what have Llorente or Jansen brought to the team?I would suggest nothing apart from a drain on resources.There are plenty who could have done better,although in Llorente’s defence we have never played to his strengths.That doesn’t imply he has been a success,he hasn’t.

      • Only Me January 30, 2019 at 10:47 am

        At the time, Llorente was a good purchase. He had PL experience and he puts them away. The issue is we simply didn’t play to suit him.

        • Harry Hotspur January 30, 2019 at 10:55 am

          Yup.

    • Gazza waking up at night screaming! January 30, 2019 at 10:43 am

      No way did he say yeah give me nocludeo or Clinton or even Llorente because he has hardly played them at all. He does so when he really really needs to.

      • eddie January 30, 2019 at 10:51 am

        If that’s the case then he has no say in who comes in so why keep saying it must be someone who will improve the squad and be better than we have.The excuses have worn thin and he needs to show some cojones and tell us like it is.If he were to be sacked he wouldn’t leave here penniless.

  • Panama Paul January 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

    We now find ourselves in a very ironic situation. Poch says that Champs League was targeted for this year (to coincide with the new stadium?) and that he over-achieved by qualifying earlier. The stadium isn’t ready but will be for the 2019/2020 season so we need a top 4 finish THIS year (as per Poch’s original timetable) but it is anything but nailed on. The one year it absolutely has to happen and it very well might not. Bugger.

    • Tappaspur January 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Complacency with the “product. Didn’t alan sugar say “the moment you take your eye off the quality of the product you’re f u c k e d. Hypocrite

  • eddie January 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

    We all know of players could be brought in to improve the squad and for managable cost.However Levy/ENIC are not interested.Bottom line.

  • eddie January 30, 2019 at 10:24 am

    If I recall from H’s graphic yesterday,Levy pays himself more than twice his nearest rival as a bonus.WHY?
    He’s overseen a vanity project that has overrun by 100% and invested nothing in the playing squad.In any other business that would probably result in the sack.
    Boycotting home games will not impact financially at the moment as season tickets have already been purchaced.However a high percentage of our remaining games are to be televised so we can be shown the empty seats like the arse last season.
    If the season ends up trophyless as appears extremely likely then next season’s ticket sales will be interesting.Levy’s vanity project could start to unravel.You will be able to buy NFL junk though.

  • Marbella Spur January 30, 2019 at 10:10 am

    We do not have money to spend in the transfer market because Levy is wildly overpaid, rewarded himself a large bonus last year, normally paid in businesses for outperformance, the stadium is 100% over budget and Enic have continued to pay themselves large dividends every year, instead of investing in the playing staff. The only way to bring about any change is hurting ENIC in their pocket which is the only thing they understand which means boycotting home games. There are players that could be signed in this window, Tielemans is going to Leicester and Arsenal are in talks to sign Carrasco, good player, but we have no ambition to win anything, as Eriksen has deduced and he will be off.

  • Billy the yid January 30, 2019 at 9:57 am

    What exactly is doing it the right way anyway?! Go and ask a rent boy if he’s bothered how they did it when they won all the trophies they did. Or a city fan now. Fans are fans of a club and want to see it win. And I’m pretty sure we would have done with even 2 quality players added without selling the quality we already have. The levy gang can stick the moral high ground up their exhaust I want to see spurs win trophies

  • Tappaspur January 30, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Levy has pochs honour locked in his safe. Right next to the “project” contract.

    • Tappaspur January 30, 2019 at 9:58 am

      I dont know where he keeps his balls.

  • Ronan January 30, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I see a demand was issued to you on the last blog to just shut up about enic because nobody is going to pay them what they want to go away.

    I hope H you are not cowed into not following this advice. To impose self-censorship and clamp down on any anti-enic dissent would simply mean passive acceptance that spurs can only add good players by selling better ones and treating zero net investment as a permanent fact of nature.

    I am sure even the entity who demanded that you shut up knows deep down that it is really not a fact of nature. Rather it is a very deliberate austerity policy, enacted long ago by the enic tape worm to benefit only itself. The best these billionaire “investors” could realistically have hoped for when hatching this austerity policy was passive acceptance by the bewildered herd. So they must have been astonished and hugely encouraged to see the grift being angrily defended by large numbers of spurs fans .. celebrated even as the hallmark of “a well-run club” that is “doing it the right way.”

    The reality is the grifters have never been put under any pressure by spurs fans to achieve the glory and honours that used to be associated with THFC .The glory glory days of the Pathe news era are never going to return by celebrating the permanent austerity of the English National Investment Company. The enic tape worm must be made to feel deeply uncomfortable and face intense pressure to emulate the straightforward, football-success oriented model of Liverpool’s owners. Otherwise nothing is going to change for poch and this team, except for the worse.
    Caving in to the predictable angry honks of sea lions or the slap of a seal’s flipper is something that would benefit only the parasitic tape worm, not spurs.
    Please stay right on their ass.

    • Harry Hotspur January 30, 2019 at 9:53 am

      The people are book-burners, Ronan.

      Scared people always show up when too many questions are being asked.

      I’m operating a zero tolerance on pro ENIC propaganda. People can post it elsewhere.

      We’ve covered all the excuses and the bottom line is that this investment company are toxic to Spurs.

      • Aussie in Switzerland January 30, 2019 at 10:07 am

        ENIC are pretending to be visionary (Stadium etc), they are anything but.

        Only an Arab would buy us now, spending with their heart, and not with an eye on profit. Russians and Chinese billionaires seem to be pulling their heads in these days. And will a priminent Arab buy the “Jewish” club? I’d think it may be a political risk for them….. we could be fucked for a very long time

        • Tappaspur January 30, 2019 at 10:15 am

          Just have to hope they’re no more excuses when the debt excuses run out. Oh yeah the Hotspur way stadium. Whats that gonna be £100 mil? or when ENIC by the broad water farm estate and build 3000 flats on it!!

      • Ronan January 30, 2019 at 10:11 am

        Good stuff because i expect there to be a doubling down on enic apologia once it becomes apparent the stadium isn’t bringing an end to the policy of zero net investment. There will be many wise assurances that enic’s billion pound folly will quickly bring an end to their austerity policy or at least “one day” it will.

        • Tappaspur January 30, 2019 at 10:23 am

          All they had to do was Chuck a reasonable amount of money to the manager once a year then do what they do with the rest. Greed will always be mans downfall.

  • eddie January 30, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Poch really is mirroring Mourinho’s demeanour during the last throes of his tenure at OT.Not so much in blaming the players,but making more subtle digs at the owners and chairman.Unfortunately I think they are going over Levy’s heaor he’s choosing to ignore them.
    Tonight’s result will be crucial because a win will put us only two points behind City.If that isn’t incentive enough I don’t know what is especially as our run in is better.How much more can he get out of a shagged out squad?
    Am I being over optimistic?

  • Kosta14 January 30, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Who cares about beating Real Madrid I want trophies

  • Only Me January 30, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I have mates that support United (and actually live in Manchester) that openly would rather keep Ole than get Poch. Many simply say he is full of excuses and will never win anything as after openly deriding trophies how is he supposed to pump up players to the right level for a final.

    Lets say we reached a cup final and a few days later we have a league game that if we lose we will come 5th…how does he convince players to take the final seriously? Would he even take it seriously?

    What if the cup game was after the league game? Does he risk every important player for the league game? What if said final was the CL and the league game was a hard but winnable one? I really cant see how being open with the “cups don’t matter” attitude will help anyone.

    • Ian January 30, 2019 at 9:22 am

      We can win cups too we just need more quality in depth just showed on Sunday the B team were not good enough Soubds like we’ve missed out on Tielemans too by all accounts another great player goes amiss as Poch wasn’t convinced

  • East Stand January 30, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Anyone who wants Poch out needs to consider several key facts.

    1. We would not be in the Champions League without him as our spending levels equate to about 8th position in the league.

    2. ENIC/Levy aren’t going to leave and we have seen how royally they have fucked up in the past. A good example was appointing Ramos and Comolli, winning the League Cup in 08, then that summer selling the team off and the team plunging towards relegation the following season.

    3. Poch is the only hope of stability and dignity being maintained under these clowns, as no other manager could do what he’s done under their constraints.

    4. Did you enjoy playing against and beating Real Madrid or not?

    • Only Me January 30, 2019 at 9:24 am

      I don’t think anyone (with a brain) wants Poch out so much as want him to stop being a puppet. I think he is a good manager and got us going forward, but his personality is now stopping our progress. Much like ENIC, moved us from mid table and going up the league from our own club earnings…however we are now at a point where we need a seismic shift in the way we spend and our attitude. I wouldn’t swap the CL for a cup…however, if the goal is to JUST get into the CL each season, I would rather win a cup. The money and prestige from the CL is supposed to help us attract a better calibre of player, but we haven’t done that. We are aiming for top 4…I would argue that Poch probably does not even have any part of his salary linked to winning anything, top 4 is probably his only bonus target.

      • East Stand January 30, 2019 at 10:57 am

        He either tows the line and does his best or walks out, it’s as simple as that. I’d rather the former, frustrating as it is. ENIC out.

    • Harry Hotspur January 30, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Poch must stay.

      It’s ENIC that are the problem.

      • Tappaspur January 30, 2019 at 10:07 am

        Please keep saying that. Imagine a backed poch. We’d be killing it. POCH MUST STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Tappaspur January 30, 2019 at 10:09 am

          If poch had citys squad Liverpool wouldn’t be top.

  • Dele Dave January 30, 2019 at 9:08 am

    LEVY OUT

    • harryabbots January 30, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Levy out-out

  • Tappaspur April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Levy has pochs honour locked in his safe. Right next to the “project” contract.

    • Tappaspur April 11, 2019 at 6:09 am

      I dont know where he keeps his balls.

  • Only Me April 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I have mates that support United (and actually live in Manchester) that openly would rather keep Ole than get Poch. Many simply say he is full of excuses and will never win anything as after openly deriding trophies how is he supposed to pump up players to the right level for a final.

    Lets say we reached a cup final and a few days later we have a league game that if we lose we will come 5th…how does he convince players to take the final seriously? Would he even take it seriously?

    What if the cup game was after the league game? Does he risk every important player for the league game? What if said final was the CL and the league game was a hard but winnable one? I really cant see how being open with the “cups don’t matter” attitude will help anyone.

    • Ian April 11, 2019 at 6:09 am

      We can win cups too we just need more quality in depth just showed on Sunday the B team were not good enough Soubds like we’ve missed out on Tielemans too by all accounts another great player goes amiss as Poch wasn’t convinced

  • Dele Dave April 10, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    LEVY OUT

    • harryabbots April 11, 2019 at 12:12 am

      Levy out-out