|KARMA - the happiness of a
beings present life is the result of the MORAL quality of the actions of
the being in its previous life.
Lets look at Tottenham and the Tottenham board.
Remember Bill Nick ? Yeah, that
bloke that won us the double and made the blue print for the modern
team. Well I was reading Joe Kinnear's autobiography ("Still
Crazy") the other day and in it, he was saying when Bill Nick retired in
the 70's, he suggested to the board two names to take over as manager.
The board's reply was basically "Piss off ... we pick the
next manager not you," and Bill was shown the door.
Who did Spurs get ? Terry Neill I
think. What a coup ! Soon he got fed up and a guy called
Burkinshaw came along and we got relegated, but bounced straight back up
... just ... on goal difference, but then, within a few years, we became
a good team. In fact so good that we reached four Cup finals in
four years, winning three and losing one to Liverpool. We even won
another European trophy. Yeah, that's right another European
trophy. But wait, the board was not happy. Burkinshaw wanted
to pick the team and he wanted to buy the players - why ? - to keep
Spurs up where they belong. "Ooooh, no, no, no," said the board,
"we can't have you having too much say in running this business ... I
mean football club. Who do you think you are ?" Burky
replied, "Well, I cannot operate like this I will have to resign,"
"OK," said the board, "Piss off then. We know best."
And so 20 odd years of being in the
wilderness began, give or take one FA Cup and one League Cup in 1991 and
1999. We had Pleat, Venables, Shreeves, Francis, Hoddle, Ardiles,
Gross ... they all failed. Really, let's be honest, we were OK,
but not a top four side. Then a guy called Jol turned up.
Who ? That bloke who played for WBA ? Yeah that's him, lets
give him a try. Not bad - only managed to finish fifth two years
running behind Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal ... the so
called elite, but that makes us the best of the rest don't it ? So
a bit more team building. Buy some quality players instead of
selling ours - who knows ? "Ooooo, no, no, no," says the board. "I
(levy) will try to get that Spanish guy from Seville; the one who's won
loads of trophies cause we need to get in the Champions League right
this minute, not in two three four years time. No, right now, do
you hear ? All this money we are missing out on by not being in
the Champions League. It's not good enough. So Martin, thanks for
your time mate ... but piss off will you."
Then there is us - me and you the fans,
... what do the board want from us ? Yeah, that's right ,,, your
hard earned cash, but can we meet the players after the match in the car
park like the old days and feel like we all belong. "Ooh no, as
soon as the match has finished you fans can piss off. You're
causing a congestion and our executive box holders can't get out quick
enough to have a drink."
OK, so can we watch them train at
Chigwell ? "No, but you can stand like a vagrant at the top of the
lane and a player might lean out his Bentley or Roller and sign a piece
of paper for you, that's if it's not raining, because we don't want them
to get their hair wet as they have a sponsor's photo shoot to do later
in the day."
OK so how about a family day to meet the
players like they used to when I was a kid. "No. Not really,
because the players are tired after clubbing and running up a bar bill
all night and anyway you might sell their autograph on eBay and make
yourself £3, which is the price of our match day programme by the way.
Do you want to buy one ? It all helps the club you know."
Uumm maybe some other day then ? As
Burkinshaw said when he left, "There used to be a football club over
there" and I, as a fan, feel the same now because of this board.
You don't care about me, because if I desert you someone else will sit
in my seat.
So Mr Levy, maybe you are now getting
your Karma and the pressure is on you now to resign. Two points
from 24. I don't feel sorry for you - the club - or the so called
players - no not one ounce of sympathy. But I do feel sorry for
the fans - that's me and you - as they deserve better. Much, much
better. So do us a favour Mr. Levy ... piss off ...
spurs through and through