of ďSirĒ Billy Nick was a sad day for all of us connected with
Tottenham and the moving tributes by all, not least on this web site and
the memorial service have shown the affection that the great man was
However, in his death Bill may have given
us a final gift. That of breathing new life into our football club
(please forgive any blasphemous paradox). The indifference of
Jacques Santini and his plain bad manners is in stark contrast to all at
the club and in particular Martin Jol.
Jol's reverences to play the Tottenham
and Bill Nick way is surely the way forward.
As much as Santini had galvanised a
defence and a panache for 1-0 wins, teams had started to find us out and
play their games to counter our strengths and attack our
weaknesses. The downfall for Santini was the ridged game plan was
unable to change once the balloon went up.
Looking at the teams, the playing of
square pegs in rounds holes was not the answer (Bunjy, Tony Gardner at
left back), the continued playing of Jamie in centre or right hand side
midfield, when his lack of movement has become a major weakness. Redknapp
is fine when he has the ball, the trouble is that for 95% of the time he
is not in possessions.
The full backs not supporting the attack
was a major issue. Full backs get more space than almost any other
players and their ability is paramount to success of any team.
Jolís team have at last started to
score goals with some exciting play. The individual mistakes that
have seen as concede against the South London Rovers can be worked on.
Giving the ball away in areas that leave us exposed surely can be
In saying this, Naybet has been
fantastic, but to be fair he has been going through a rough spell
recently, awful at Fulham, exposed against Robbie Blake in Burnley and
poor judgment against Arsenal. Noe Pamarot is also concerning me
at full back. You can see why Santini wanted him. Strong,
good in the air and does not know how to cross over the half way line,
let alone cross the ball. He also has a habit of letting opponents
have too much time on the ball and being easily bypassed with simple
attacking movement. Jol may need to take action in these areas.
We obviously need cover at left back,
Edman is class, and we look a far better team with him in the side.
However, we suffer when he is out of the side.
At right back Pamarot has to improve or
Stephen Kelly given a chance, if not, playing Taricco at right back
should be a consideration. He used to play there (as well as on
the left) for Ipswich and is right footed, although he seems very much
out of favour.
A centre half is needed. I am sure
we all wish Deano receives goods news from his latest scan and a speedy
recovery. Calum Davenport may well need to be recalled from West
Ham. Neighbours of mine are West Ham season ticket holders (they
get everywhere, not matter how far out you move) say he is a fantastic
player. If Tony Gardner can grow into his frame then he can be the
answer. I hope he fulfils his potential and soon.
Apart from this, the playing of Michael
Carrick is good news. He has show more ability and drive then
others have all season (the stubbornness of Santini to not play Carrick
was the catalyst for his departure. Playing Keane in midfield while
Carrick was on the bench sums it up).
A right sided player is needed.
That player is Simon Davies. If anyone knows where he is can they
let that bloke who is playing in his shirt know. All sarcasm
aside, he is in need of a massive up turn in form. He has been
Up front, we have fantastic goal scoring
ability and if we get the service to them then we will score goals.
My feelings are that we may well have stumbled our way into the solution
As Jol said Arnesen is the Manager, he is
the coach. He coaches the first team and suggests the players that
need. Arnesen makes the decisions. At
last, we have people comfortable in their roles (No need for the divorce
Jol says that he wants to play good
football, score goals and not concede that many. The players
respect him, I think we respect him and his ambitions. I am sure
Bill Nick would have agreed with him in the style of play.
We can all talk about playing
great. Doing it is a different matter. However, it is a
great starting point and a great aspiration to aim for. The hard
thing is to achieve it. As I said maybe, just maybe this could be
the catalyst for us. I feel more confident of the future than I
have for a while.
Of course, it is all a matter of
opinions, but to play good attractive winning football is the Tottenham
and Bill Nick way.
Sometimes you donít know what you had
until itís gone. So, thanks Bill for making our club what it
was, in your death I hope you have also shown us what we need to be.