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So what's new ? Hugh Watt. That's what !!
11.09.2007 BOARD WOBBLER
25.06.2007 THE DEMI-SE OF A
20.05.2007 FA CUP FINAL AND ALL THAT
With the international break, it has given me time to
think what is going on at our club. We have spent big and the
start of the season has not gone according to plan. Yes, we should
have beaten Sunderland, or at least got a draw, but when I heard the
rumours about Jol heading for the exit door ...
What is going on ? Not being privy to the Jol and
Levy/board conversations, I can only comment on what I have heard and
read in the media.
How can you give millions to a manager to spend during
the summer and then after a few games into the new season, think of
giving him the tin tack ? OK, the board did that with Hoddle, but
Hoddle had lost the last few games the season before and he had not led
Spurs to fifth place. Ah fifth place. Is that the fifth
place that says European football ? Is that the fifth place that we
secured for two seasons running ?
So history tells us that Jol can achieve European
football and nearly champions league footy if it had not been for some
dodgy lasagne and a few iffy away results, two seasons ago. So why
change the manager ? Only the board knows. I could
understand if the results or the style of play was not of their liking.
The timing of this debacle tells me that the board know
nothing of football and the only thing they do know is how to maximise
the turnover and profit margins of this great club of ours. Look
at the way the prices have shot up since they came on the scene. I
am not only talking about ticket prices but the whole package of going
to see the boys in blue and white. The results speak for themselves,
but what of the style of play ? Well, since ENIC we have seen Graham
(boring, but did when a cup), Hoddle (could not replicate his genius),
Pleat (a wasted year) and Jol (two different styles at home and away).
So, if you are telling me that they did not like his style then why not
get rid of Jol in the summer before you gave him the cheque book, and
get someone whose style you like ?
The other problem is with our director of football.
Who in their right mind would sell their best player to their rivals?
Yes, Damien Comolli. When Chelsea wanted Hasselbaink, Leeds
refused to sell him to them. And for Hasselbaink, it meant he had
to go to Spain and then to Chelsea. It was the same this year,
when Liverpool wanted Heinze from Man U. Selling your players to your
rivals will make you weaker and them stronger.
“You don’t know what you doin’” seems to ring true with
this board. When Jol said he could get a Champions League job, but
wants to stay with the club, is true, but how far can someone be pushed
? I would not be surprised if he did walk and who would we get ?
Whoever it was, they would have to start again. Jam tomorrow and
this weekend, with the pressure on. Spurs have not beaten the
forces of evil, since the last century and you can bet that the red tops
will already have their headlines written. If Spurs do win, all it
means to the big man, is a stay of execution. Jol does not warrant
a board such as this, and out of the two, the board should go.
Henry leaving the Gooners was on the cards and now he has
finally left. He cited that Dein leaving had an influence on his
decision and the fact that Wenger has only one more year on his contract
and that he was not given assurances that he (Wenger) would renew or
extend his contract.
When your captain and best player leaves the club, it is
not good. Henry is a world class player and any team would have
him in their side. He is the one player that would influence
players to join Arsenal, just as Bergkamp did. Dein, could also
sell the dream. Now, Arsenal has no one except Wenger, and he may
only be there for another year.
Since Wenger arrived at Arsenal he has always bought and
sold players, as any manager does, but once they knew that they were
moving to their new stadium they began to sell players that commanded
big transfer fees (e.g. Vieira, Cole) and lost players on free transfers
(e.g. Wiltord, Campbell, Pires and Bergkamp [who retired]). Wenger
has operated on a limited budget and has done really well. But, a
player of Henry’s stature wants to play with established players who
will challenge and win trophies, not players who are still learning
their trade. This was the second season that Arsenal have not won
anything and maybe Henry saw the writing on the wall for the coming
Arsenal has some players who have and will shine in the
league. Denilson, Walcott and Fabregas, but will that be enough to
challenge for the title ? I think not, but they may pick up a cup.
For the last two seasons Arsenal have not been the force that they once
were and Tottenham have challenged them for that fourth spot.
This coming season, has seen Man United invest over £50
million in players, Liverpool will invest in players care of their new
American owners, while Chelsea always have money to buy who they want.
Arsenal has tended to carry a surplus in their transfer dealings.
Now that Henry has gone, who will command a big transfer fee ?
have had their day and it is time for Spurs to step up to the next
The FA Cup
final is the signal that the season is over and for spurs it did go to
the last game of the season, for the second season in a row! Well,
having watched the final in the brand new stadium that is Wembley,
between Manchester and Chelsea, I really have to say that it was not the
best and that Tottenham should have been there instead of Chelsea.
when the draw was made that the fa would like a final between the
moneybags of the football league, so surprise surprise, as Cilla would
say those two clubs were kept apart. We nearly did spoil the party, and
I am convinced next season Jol will not make the same mistake in taking
of our best player and in so doing let the other side into the game
(Chelsea and Arsenal).
ball cross the line ? Yes it did ! The TV cameras spotted it, the
manager said it crossed the line and the other manager said nothing
about it. That is what happened, a couple of seasons ago when we played
Manchester and Pedro scored the goal that never was. Now, it has
come back to haunt them, and boy were they gutted about it. Karma.
tops are in full flow as to who we are linked with, and who will leave.
I scan the teletext, internet and back pages and groan when it is
someone I don’t rate (Reo-Coker) and hope that we get that certain
player (Bale). The good thing is that we are being linked to the players
that would strengthen our team, in the left back and left midfield
positions. The up shot is that it keeps my interest in the beautiful
game and Tottenham alive in the close season. I will comment on
the players that come and go in the coming articles.
statue of Bobby Moore being unveiled at Wembley, someone has had the
bright idea of having a statue of Billy Nick at The Lane. I know we have
Bill Nicholson Way, but a statue is what we should have had. Please sign
the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/sga77827/petition.html to
let our chairman do the decent thing.
season ticket price fiasco carries on with Newcastle the latest club to
freeze their prices and I was listening to the radio and over 38% of
West Ham fans will not be renewing. Now I know some of you would say
that that figure is to low, but what it does say is that the price of
watching a game of footy is very expensive and if you go onto the
continent you can watch Barca, Real Madrid or Bayen for as little as
£15! It shows what the game has come to when a programme for the fa cup
is £10 and a hotdog £4.50!