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“We are now back to tokenism” Ridiculous comments from Kieran Maguire shows outsiders just don’t understand Tottenham
By Bruce Grove -

Kieran Maguire has slammed Tottenham for going back on their promises to engage their fans more often following their recent act.

In the aftermath of the European Super League fallout, Spurs had promised to listen to their fans more often in order to avoid making decisions that the fans won’t support.

To some outsiders like Maguire, that seems to be all talk after the Tottenham Supporters Trust revealed recently that they requested a meeting with the club, but it was rejected.

Following an inconsistent start to the season, THST wanted to discuss the ongoings at the club with its executive.

Spurs turned down the request to meet and financial analyst, Maguire reckons they are now back to the days before the European Super League fallout.

He says we’re back to when there is almost no engagement with the fans from the club who are now being treated with contempt.

He told Football Insider: “I think the original mea culpa of the Premier League Super League clubs has evaporated.

“We are now back to tokenism in terms of true engagement and listening to fans’ concerns.

“Fans are there to be held in contempt, monetised, and provide a backdrop for the television audience.

“This is indicative of the sheer contempt in which Spurs fans and many other fans are held. It’s disgraceful.

“And that is by the people who are in charge of the day-to-day running of their club, who are meant to represent them.”

This is what happens when those with little to no knowledge of Spurs spout their mouths off, they make themselves look foolish.

There are huge problems at Tottenham, we all know that but the idea that the THST is the answer or that they speak for the fans is for the birds, they do not and Maguire would be best served to stick to what he knows rather than opining on something he is clearly ignorant about.

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Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
3 months ago

I could not disagree with you more Bruce. I do not know if you have been a Spurs fan for long or whether you are even one, but whilst THST is hardly likely to impact that little ar**hole Levy’s tactics, Kevin Maguire is quite correct when he states that the fans are being abused by all the ESL owners. Post the ESL debacle, there was a certain amount of mea Culpa by the owners which has quickly evaporated. It was exactly the same when some clubs attempted to furlough their staff. Levy’s version of an apology comes through gritted teeth and a discernible twitch of his sphincter and is quickly forgotten. Levy, amongst other owners is only interested in rinsing the fans. The fans are there to provide a background atmosphere in the stadium and to buy some overpriced tat. The only way to make Enic change their mind over their their lack of football success is if the team plays in front of a half empty ground. This might have some effect as it might speed up their inevitable departure as the temporary guardians of a once great club. Ironically , Levy’s success at enriching Enic’s property portfolio has come at the expense of football success and has left a generational debt on the balance sheet. Any putative new owner realises that in order to attain football success, they will have to totally rebuild the team which will be an expensive exercise. Penny wise and pound foolish is the politest thing I can say about Levy, but make no mistake, he holds the fans in utter contempt.

Sonificent
Sonificent
3 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Great post. The last day at WHL was one of the saddest of my life. Putting money into the squad at that time would have put us in touch with City et al. Instead we are left with millions in debt and a skeleton of a playing squad.

Bren Long
Bren Long
3 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Fans are merely patrons

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
3 months ago
Reply to  Bren Long

That’s what they say at the Augusta golf tournament about the fans!

archilbald&crooks@large
archilbald&crooks@large
3 months ago
Reply to  Bren Long

Client reference numbers – tells you all you need to know

archilbald&crooks@large
archilbald&crooks@large
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruce Grove

Correct. THST are the ineffective controlled opposition in this scenario.

Limerick AL
Limerick AL
3 months ago

Useful Idiots?

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
3 months ago

He’s talking sense from what I can judge. ENIC don’t give a monkey’s about the fans other than seeing them as client reference numbers that bring in money, lots of money.
I think it’s maybe you Bruce that doesn’t understand the reality? Sometimes people on the outside have a clearer picture because they are impartial judges.

Sonificent
Sonificent
3 months ago
Reply to  Bruce Grove

Great response, Bruce and I think the article could have been construed in different ways, in fairness to the comments of my fellow fans. I applaud your journalism and intelligent rationale of the article. THST are a group of windbags and have zero credibility IMHO.

East Stand
East Stand
3 months ago

‘There are huge problems at Tottenham, we all know that…’

Hold on, how so with the ‘best facilities in world footballl’?

I have no confidence in the THST, however his broader point about how the fans are used by clubs and specifically by ENIC is spot on.

You don’t need to know the club intimately to draw that conclusion, so stop this pretence that you do. If Daniel isn’t going to explain what’s going on, other than in pre scripted ’Stazi style’ propaganda, then when is he actually going to address the fan base exactly abs in what manner?

I think everyone is tired of being patronised and treated like mugs…

Bren Long
Bren Long
3 months ago

So, a few months ago, a group of customers of a division in an investment group demanded one of them be appointed to the board of directors and they ended up with a promise of better customer engagement.
Fast forward, and that same group of customers are now demanding that the private investment group meet with them to inform them of the company business strategy.
Is there any tangible reason why they feel aggrieved to have been told where to go?

Harry
Harry
3 months ago

The THST are in cloud cuckoo land if they ever believed to club would engage and take on board suggestions from them.

ENIC are a ruthless investment company who have got where they are today by being hard nosed.

THFC are their property portfolio which also happens to have 20 odd people running around on a bit of grass they also own.

For twenty years this cash cow has rewarded the owners and associates with handsome dividends.

Until revenues take a massive drop ENIC will remain custodians of THFC continuing to fleece it’s very loyal fanbase.

The club in the North-East have got their wish for new owners, their old chairman had wanted out for years, but still hung around for 14 years.

Even if there is mass protests Enic will sit tight, only will they move on when their sky high asking price is met…….and that will put off any serious investors.

East Stand
East Stand
3 months ago
Reply to  Harry

Anti ENIC songs at home games should poison the atmosphere for Daniel nicely,, they’re coming down the road at this rate. Nice shiny stadium, and undercurrent of unrest. Great, just what we always wanted!

Archibald&Crook
Archibald&Crook
3 months ago
Reply to  Harry

Spot on

archilbald&crooks@large
archilbald&crooks@large
3 months ago

I’ll second that Steve. Miss you. Garth x

archilbald&crooks@large
archilbald&crooks@large
3 months ago
Reply to  Harry

Well said Harry.
and this made me chuckle ( the truth hurts ;)) “THFC are their property portfolio which also happens to have 20 odd people running around on a bit of grass they also own.”

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