season over and one that has left a few fans with a football equivalent
of a severe hangover. The last two games of the season were just
utterly horrific. My mate and I had got two front row seats at the
Riverside. "How lucky were we ?" he said
sarcastically. We turned in one of the worst displays of the
season, and apart from Glenn's opinion that Perry's sending off was a
harsh decision by Uriah Rennie, we cannot cling onto that for any excuse
for that performance.
Juninho, Maccarone, Nemeth and all went
through our midfield and back four like a knife through butter, and if
the performance wasn't enough to send alarm bells ringing in the board
room, then the amount of season tickets being thrown onto the pitch
during the home reverse against Blackburn must have done. The
strains of "You're not fit to wear the shirt" had also begun
to ring out in at least one corner of the ground during the game.
We all want success for our club, it goes
without saying. Hoddle was, to me like thousands of others, as
idol as a player here, and, as such, as a Spurs icon, I want him to do
well as manager. ENIC will have to match his ambition to bring the
better class players in. Pleat has reputedly said we are in as
good a financial position as any Premiership club to reinforce the squad
(bar those who are in the Champions League next season), but a degree of
caution is called for. As was seen in the January transfer window,
when the club didn't move in and sign a striker despite the obvious lack
in depth we had in that position at that time. Rumours abounded we
were set to get Michael Ricketts and were pipped at the post by Boro.
Given that he has not been a prolific
scorer since going there (and I believe has been injured for most of his
spell there) it is perhaps fortunate we didn't sign him at the time !!
At the moment, I feel our strongest
players are Keane, Richards, Carr, Davies and, on his day, Ledley King
(although his concentration has lapsed in a few games this
season). I am not personally convinced that the likes of Bunjy,
Taricco and Acimovic are of the class we need and a delve into the
transfer market is desperately needed.
But only top quality signings will move
us forward now. Stop gap signings will only see us treading water
and we have too proud a tradition to remain as a mid-table side for
Keep the faith.