last Tottenham have a new Technical Director and a new Head Coach.
So was it worth the wait ??
With the appointment of Frank Arnesen,
Daniel Levy has made a choice of someone that is widely regarded as a
knowledgeable man on the continent and someone who has a good track
record. Anyone who has reared Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen
Robben, Philip Cocu, Jaap Stam, Mateja Kezman and Boudewijn Zenden has a
decent enough track record in getting players on the cheap or through
the ranks at his club. With his now infamous "black
book" of contacts across the world, we can expect him to pick a few
plums to join the club and maybe pick up on players who might benefit
the club. He has been quoted as saying he was frustrated at PSV
Eindhoven because he was unable to build a team without players being
sold on and hopes that his signings will make a team for some time to
Levy was reported as being at PSV as
early as January this year - supposedly speaking to them on how the club
should be structured or talking about buying Mark van Bommel, but
perhaps he was sounding out different matters, knowing that Hiddink
wanted to take Arnesen's duties on in a more English set-up at
Eindhoven. At that time, no doubt, the deal with Trapattoni was
probably lined up, but the news that Arnesen might be available and a
Technical/Sporting Director needed in the new regime would have alerted
Levy to his availability.
With experience of playing and being a
Technical Director in Holland, Arnesen will be an asset to the club and
will most probably operate in tandem with the new head coach, unlike
David Pleat, who seemed, from this viewpoint, to antagonise managers at
White Hart Lane.
With the arrival of Santini, he might not
be the prime suspect that we hoped would appear as Spurs head coach, but
he has a reputation in France and wider than that as a strict coach, who
has done very well at club and international level. Since the 2002
World Cup, when champions France were knocked out at the group stage
without scoring a goal and only one point, Jacques has turned them
around and they qualified for Euro 2004 with eight wins out of eight,
scoring 29 goals and letting in only two !! Considering one of the
men we were linked with was his predecessor in the French job, perhaps
we should be relieved at least Lemerre didn't get installed at White
A disciplinarian who
might shake up some of the more free-spirited egos at the club, Santini
appears not to suffer fools gladly. He bounced out some of the
more influential players at Lyon just before an important European tie
and disposed of Petit and Anelka from his current French squad.
You get the feeling that anyone who doesn't toe the line will be on
their way pretty quickly.
quickly Santini will come to terms with the Premier League remains to be
seen. Having been used to being a national coach with little day
to day involvement, will mean he will need to get back into the groove
very fast. He will have some of the work done for him by Arnesen,
of course, but the bedding in period will be crucial. How he will
interact with Dutch coach Martin Jol, if he arrives as is widely
predicted, will also determine the success of the move.
thing is for certain. For all the bon mots coming out of the Lane
about the new manager being consulted on the signings made since
January, you can bet Santini had nothing to do with any of them.
He would have known nothing about Michael Brown and he might have been
aware of Robinson, but would not have known much about the Leeds goalie.
I am sure that he had no input into our pre-season programme. I
bet he doesn't know where Hull is !!
Well, better late than
never eh ! I thought we would go back crawling to Alan Curbishley
the weekend before the season starts ! But hats of to Daniel Levy,
he has brought in two guys of real pedigree. With a vast knowledge
of European football, players, experience, etc. I have just finished
reading that Ronaldo would like to team up with Frank Arnesen
again. I almost wet myself. It's nice to be in the papers
for all the right reasons for a change.
Lizarazu seems to be
coming onboard on a free transfer, good signing. I would still
like to see Van Bommel or a player of his type come in. Does
anybody know much about Santini. He seems to be a disciplinarian
(banned Anelka and Petit from French squads) which is good, but he
doesn't seem to have won much other than a French title. Wyart
This is the bit where Spurs
fans say next season we will qualify for the Champions League, then sign
Raul, Totti, Zidane, and beat the Scum 5 - 0 in the Champions League
final. But I'm resisting the temptation (although it is hard
!). I'll settle for a top eight finish (he has got to learn the
language !), stability and consistency in the defence, and improving our
young talent e.g. Defoe, Gardner, King, Jackson, Robbie, Davies, Robinson
It's great that everyone
will start off with a clean slate, we might see more off Postiga and
Mabizela and hopefully Santini will be like a breath of fresh air to the
place. Let's give him a good bedding in period, maybe a season if necessary,
and pray to god that he's not another, Francis, Gross, Graham,
Houllier or my nightmares will start coming back! Again, well done Mr.
Chairman, you got their in the end.
It's a new day. Onwards
and Upwards and COME ON THE SPURS ...
Tunde, London N16
P.S. I think Anderton was
worth a pay as you play contract. what do you lot think?
we finally have our new manager then, what do you think good or bad
choice ? Or in all honesty were there that many choices ? If
by reading every paper is anything to go by, they have no idea either.
Loads of opinions which of course are nothing but opinions, but who
honestly knows how this is going to turn out ?
as I see it we have a whole heap of opinions, some good, some bad, some
which are of course absolutely stupid and obviously put out too fill
pages and excite plus energies the greedy public.
for my opinion.
1) If the players at Spurs at the moment - plus all new signings - are
happy with this signing, then its good news for us fans.
2) If they respect, listen and feel motivated by Santini, it's just got
to be better than what we had, which I might add was a team falling
apart. So it has to be good news, but maybe just not the best news
we were possible all hoping for.
I don't honestly see a lot of difference between many of today's premier
league players, not technically anyway, fitness most definitely, but
most importantly the mental difference. Now if Santini can replace
the "non-belief" Pleat could not shake, that will make a hell
of a difference. If Santini can get that winning feeling going and
make the player's feel pride and at home with our wonderful team, then
for me that's a winning formula, whoever the manager is.
Never mind Troy, its
seems the big odyssey of this year, especially in the North-East of
London, is the battle for a new manager of Spurs.
And after Ranieri (lovely
bloke, though perhaps not the most strategic of individuals !) knocked
us back, we really were on the ropes.
Excepting our fate, I
began to browse through the staff at the Lane on the website, planning
for who could be our next care-taker manager. After whittling it
down to a closely contested finale between the groundsman and head of
PR, it was looking like typical pre-season.
Then out of the shadows,
who should appear but some bloke who is managing the French National
team, apparently "Santini's the one". Now granted the
fella's previous job shows some managerial clout, though surely you
would have to question the motives of a man who would forgo potential
European glory for life down the Lane. Well folks, it seems we
have our own tag-team Santini and Arnesen, and after ten years of loving
our fair old club, I'd like to say I'd learnt my lesson and will wait
for the goods before I start mouthing off. But like every season, I'm
giddy as a school girl, after all next season, how can we not be in Europe,
were Spurs after all.
So within ten minutes, I've
already made an arse of myself and boasted to all my Gooner mates, how
"this time its going to be different". I haven't been
this sure, since my twenty pound bet on Zamora's twenty goal debut
season !!!!! But my idiocy aside, whatever the future holds for
them ... God speed to Santini and Arnesen, and more importantly God help
the rest of us.
COME ON YOU SPURS