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Watch The Arsenal Autopsy: It’s Time To Change Your Way Of Thinking
By Harry Hotspur -

Nuno Espírito Santo cut a sad and troubled figure after the North London Derby, in his post-match moments the Portuguese had gone from refusing to blame his players, to refusing to blame anyone but himself. It was difficult to understand if even he knew what he had got wrong. Either way, the poor man looked mentally rudderless, just as Tottenham had for the overwhelming bulk of the game.

The task is now officially bigger than Nuno, bigger than any coach or tactician.

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

I see this engineered “fuel crisis” is causing non league matches to be postponed left and right. It always the little clubs and businesses this crap ruins, the elite carry on unaffected. That’s the idea.

jonnyspurs
jonnyspurs
3 months ago

It is the analysis of ENIC that is the key point. When the ledger, percent increases, and positive growth drive a company, do you really need to ask what or who suffers to achieve this?

The call to stop supporting the ENIC machine is on point. The culture of a business affects the product. We can moan about player performances, who was and wasn’t signed, the manager turnover, and who we lost to last week and that is the Tottenham talk and not truly the problem. All of those talking points are overshadowed by the larger entity looks to prefer to run the football side as a printing press to support it’s other interests
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I can say I have encountered this before and what has been suggested, to hit ENIC in the pocketbook, worked out for the footballing side of a local club in North America.

The sports and entertainment company which included a number or teams from different sports, including the football club, was previously owned by a pensions plan. The sole goal of that is quite clear. Invest in growth opportunities with the least amount of continued investment. The president at the time was, like ENICs fearless leader, great at getting infrastructure projects done. Such as arenas, condominiums and restaurants. What he didn’t have was one second of football club management.

All the short comings of running the club were totally overshadowed by the massive support of the team virtually unseen in the league up until this point. After 6 years the poor team performances, huge player turn over, and numerous managers coupled with increased season ticket pricing year after to year lead to a drop in attendance.

At this point two things happened. First the owner of the sports and entertainment company sold its controlling stake during the final months of the season. This went to companies that knew success that sporting success would bring home the bacon so to speak. This would lead to a new president that would change the course for the team.

Secondly, for the football club, due to such poor performances season ticket renewal was abysmal leading up to the final weeks of availability. With the product not living up to expectation and the need to sell tickets, the rate was slashed back down to first year pricing. A reduction across the board that meant for 40 percent of holders to get a 45 percent cost reduction. The new owners recognized the need for the supporters day in and day out for football and the revenue they do generate.

It took them a couple of years to clear out the deadwood in the offices and in the locker room but when they did, it lead to a domestic treble. A couple of more final appearances but now it was a winning team. The other teams they own have also won championships. Proper management and spending on the teams have lead to success on and off the field.

Fight the good fight, keep your dollars or pounds to yourself, make ENIC feel the crunch that failure brings and hopefully they won’t keep using Tottenham as a printing press. If you made it this far, thanks.

Sonificent
Sonificent
3 months ago
Reply to  jonnyspurs

Really interesting and whilst not good for the short term, I hope more season ticket holders vote with their feet, as my family have. Great post.

Sao Paulo Spurs
Sao Paulo Spurs
3 months ago
Reply to  jonnyspurs

Absolutely agree with this but the issue is this. Going to the football is not 100% about the football. It’s a day out with friends and family. It can easily be categorised as a hobby. To give that up is really difficult for some people as it’s something they look forward to, regardless of the result.
ENIC are very aware of this.

There is only one way i can really foresee any fundamental changes at Spurs and it is ridiculous to even write this. The only way i can see Levy stepping down is if we get relegated. Nobody wants that to happen and it’s highly unlikely but it’s the only way i can see…

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
3 months ago

Thing is. We can all eat & drink elsewhere. Support other local business. Anyone paying £80 odd quid for a replica shirt is beyond help anyway. All the same. Stay out of the superstore. It can be done, it’s whether there is the willingness to do it

jonnyspurs
jonnyspurs
3 months ago

That issue is the tricky part. When you’ve been to games for years and had the same folks around you, it feels like family and a home away from home. No one wants not to go. As the bad seasons went on and on, we started with not purchasing anything in the stadium and refusing to purchase new merchandise.

In my example, it’s the fact that the ownership change happened and that lead to recognizing the issues at hand which lead to the teams turn around and on field success.

del boy
del boy
3 months ago

shouldnt have signed ndombele ,or lo celso, doherty etc,but at the time of those signings they were well regarded players of no little skill. i believe they were signed with best of intentions,but of course its marvelous to be blessed with the gift of hindsight,unfortunately very few possess that enviable gift. plainly theres disrupting influences in the dressing room,exactly who and the reasons why are up for argument. its nothing new ,even nicholson suffered from it..its why he resigned ,in his words “the players dont listen to me anymore”. what irks me is the opinion that players want to leave “because the players ambitions dont match those of the club” is that the reason ronaldo left man united because man utd f.c had no ambition?..1 or 2 bad influences in dressing room can destroy the whole team,until they are rooted out nuno and anybody who takes his place has no chance.we can all guess who the disrupting influences are ,but guessing isnt knowing …on paper there is a wealth of talent at the club ,but talent without application doesnt get you very much. for me i support spurs through the good the bad and the ugly and will continue to do.

Dexter
Dexter
3 months ago

Can’t say anything contrary to that evaluation, except that who replaces Nuno?
Yes, the guy has no clue. Not an iota of a plan. He stood in his technical area for 90 minutes with his arms folded, puffing out his cheeks occasionally. I didn’t once see him communicate with the players – maybe he did but I was staring at the ceiling at the time. I did that a lot. No passion, no desire, certainly no idea, and by all accounts no man-management skills whatsoever.
But it took 2 months to sign him for a reason. Simply that nobody worth their salt wants to come here and work under Levy and ENIC. Conté laid down his demands and his expectations and he was spat out like a coffee Revel.

My funding of ENIC has been withdrawn and it won’t be coming back. I bought my first shirt in three years a couple of weeks ago from a website that sends them from a factory in China.
It took 5 weeks to arrive, but I had a little smile to myself when it did. My little act of defiance is not going to cripple ENIC, but if we all do similarly, they’ll f**k off eventually and give us our club back.

Sonificent
Sonificent
3 months ago
Reply to  Dexter

Harsh on the coffee Revel. Orange is by far the worst.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
3 months ago
Reply to  Sonificent

Nah ! Toffee… proper filling puller

Sonificent
Sonificent
3 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

The minstrels are my fave!

Dexter
Dexter
3 months ago
Reply to  Sonificent

🤣 Oh no no no. Orange are the best. Them and the orange creams in Quality Street.

Sonificent
Sonificent
3 months ago
Reply to  Dexter

I must be anti-orange. I remember dreading Xmas when my great aunt would give me a pair of socks and a Terry’s chocolate orange. Terrible

Dexter
Dexter
3 months ago
Reply to  Sonificent

I’m anti-orange. But it’s my prerogative, I’m Irish.

Cyril knowls
Cyril knowls
3 months ago

Bigger than any coach or tactician, I do not agree this squad are not world beaters by any standards but they are better than we see against Arsenal,

Nuno seems to be stuck between styles exactly as Mourinho did for me it is exactly as Joshua did Saturday instead of using his bulk and power
he tried to outbox the very best of boxers

Nuno simply set them up to there strengths, we all know this is not a top four squad but let them play as they did against Chelsea first half
that was simply the best we have been for ages, obviously Chelsea are amongst the best and Touchel out foxed Nuno

you have one of the best attacking forces around get the ball to them on the floor or in behind but quicker and preferably through the midfield not just lumping it to Kane who rarely wins the ball like that

if not Get Redknapp in (cannot believe i am saying this) but believe me 3 weeks and you would have a happy attacking team IMO

East Stand
East Stand
3 months ago
Reply to  Cyril knowls

It’s fair to say that this team lacks any discernible identity. Hardly surprising after the way things and been allowed to rot from the inside over the last couple of years and the managerial changes.

We need an identity and defensive football will NEVER be part of that at Spurs and it’s a dated concept in English football now. You have to defend well of course, but setting up defensively never seems to end well in the Premiership for most teams.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
3 months ago
Reply to  Cyril knowls

I’ve got a feeling that the first 3 games were Nuno’s style but not what Levy wanted to see (DNA anyone?), so Levy probably stuck his nose in (we all know he just cannot help himself), and influenced Nuno’s tactics to be more offensive minded and play Levy’s brain fart transfer in N’Dombele.
Consequently we see the disjointed performances that followed which went rapidly downhill in the last few games to a standard I can’t remember a Spurs side being so bad in a long while.
The first half against Arsenal was a sackable offense in my mind. It was basic schoolboy errors you’re more likely to see in Football Manager 2021 than in real life.
However it’s certainly not all Nuno’s fault. The squad is paper thin and dyslexic. Several of the “stars” have sussed out Levy’s MO quite some time ago and don’t like, and consequently want out. Morale is rock bottom.
Nobody else is going to want the job, Daniel “Masterclass” Levy is still paying Jose’s wages so I can’t see him pulling the trigger on Nuno yet. Levy has gone around in so many circles he has now disappeared up his own exhaust pipe.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago

Your last sentence has made me chuckle.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago
Reply to  Cyril knowls

The bit about Redknapp and a happy attacking team is a possibility, I feel, though Harry hasn’t been at the coal face in quite a while, and I don’t think he’d be a long term option; but, short term, quite possibly.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago

This is only a European conference team at best, however.

Sao Paulo Spurs
Sao Paulo Spurs
3 months ago

I watched the video and although I agree with majority of what you say I think the way you patronise your viewers/subscribers is unnecessary.
You have a dig at Daniel Levy for treating the fans like client reference numbers but anybody who disagrees with anything you say is either stupid or deluded.
A lot of what you “predicted” would happen at Spurs has been obvious and most people on this blog or outside it said the same many months/years ago too. Levy has been doing a bad job for 20 years now, you can hardly call yourself a genius for predicting that form might continue.
As for Romero I seem to remember you saying “this lad is the real deal” and “get him signed”. In your latest video you are mocking anyone who claims we’ve signed “Serie A’s best defender” .
This is a pretty decent blog and during frustrating times it is nice to have a forum to get things off of your chest. However, you don’t need to talk to people like they are morons and you are a superior intellectual guiding them away from an idiotic existence.
You did mention you had 50k subscribers and I’m guessing this has amplified your feeling of self importance. Don’t get too big headed you might end up like Daniel Levy…

East Stand
East Stand
3 months ago

Fair points but I feel that perhaps you’re lacking the context of it?

Harry Hotspur
Harry Hotspur
3 months ago

You talk a lot but might try listening, at least as much. I specifically said that I did not have 50k subscribers.

Additionally, I have been telling people how flawed the ENIC business model is for some time – and received endless abuse as result.

As for the comments about Romero, they were made before he signed and then delivered just 85 minutes of Premier League playing time. Which is unacceptable.

If you don’t like how I speak, stop listening to me, and for pity’s sake, never provide anyone with unsolicited feedback – you’re not qualified 👍

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
3 months ago

Will the troll who clearly doesn’t have the courage of his convictions either stop down ticking perfectly valid points or write something in opposition.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
3 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

I think we all know whom it is…

Callmematty
Callmematty
3 months ago

Got to think his days are numbered. If he doesn’t know by now that he should be either throwing the players under the bus or whining about the referee, then what hope has he got?

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
3 months ago

It’s the worse I can remember. It makes you think that Mourinho actually did rather well with this bunch of misfits and the DNA draining godfather breathing down his neck.
I don’t see any way out of this tbh. Levy has made our club so toxic that we’re a poison chalice. Worse still our chairman has become the most hated man in football and people out there are beginning to silently question his mental health. There can be no other reason for his bizarre chain of decisions over the last 20 years, I’d say beginning with the cruel sacking of Martin Jol and continuing unabated until now, with a average manager sacking gap of just 2 years.
Levy is a psychopath. There can be no other explanation for the way he uses people and then fires them, or prevents players from being paid what they are worth or getting away from Titanic Hotspur. He is more ruthless than Stalin but without any claim to improving anything, to the contrary.

Paxton Road Row 5
Paxton Road Row 5
3 months ago

“More ruthless than Stalin.”

Get a grip, man.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
3 months ago

In Stalin’s defence he never cocked up a football club lol.
Poetic license, you get the drift though.

Last edited 3 months ago by Glory Costs Too Much
Harry Hotspur
Harry Hotspur
3 months ago

Woke off

East Stand
East Stand
3 months ago

Spot on, he’s a megalomaniac. He’s not comfortable with a manager beginning to hold sway with the fanbase, whenever they do well over a sustained period he begins to poison the water, bit by bit undermine the manager until something gives.

Levy want’s the fan’s tongue’s fully up HIS backside and nobody else’s.

Well, sorry Daniel, that’s never going to happen even with you ‘delivering’ the NFL arena 18 months too late and twice over budget.

Sure, by all means congratulate yourself and give yourself an extra 2m bonus on top of the 5m salary you get. For creating the 800m of generational debt for the club to shoulder. Oh, and the ONE minor trophy in 22 years with you at the helm.

Well done, we loves ya!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

The projected cost for the stadium was, at one stage, 700 million, but I seem to remember it actually being just 400 million previously and, with the way these building projects go, thinking that’ll probably be 700 million then. And, then,soon afterwards, the projected figure WAS 700 million… and what was the final figure? 1.3 billion?

del boy
del boy
3 months ago

youre forgetting that stalin left a mountain of skulls behind him wherever he went. ridicolous analogy and best ignored

Sonificent
Sonificent
3 months ago

In most businesses, the performances and senior management turnover, coupled with a lack of success would lead the Board to question the ultimately making these poor decisions. Lucky Levy works for his godfather who doesn’t measure success as anything related to football operations.

Chris_1882
Chris_1882
3 months ago

I think he’s gone as of last night

Mark
Mark
3 months ago

Club needs an enema from top down, at this point might as well give the kids a go at it.

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