got those "far too
much money" blues
It seemed like déjà vu all over again.
In 1992, just before I headed up to
Enfield for the Eddie Baily testimonial match, I went out to get a
newspaper. Picking up the Standard, I turned to the back page to
find "Venables sacked" screaming out at me from the newsprint.
Having spent a nice afternoon watching a
DVD, I went out to drive down to Enfield to watch a Spurs Ladies match
and turned on the radio. Switching to TalkSport, I found myself
hearing something that I knew nothing about. "Spurs'
statement", "tapping up" and "Chelsea" all
followed in a conversation I felt that I ought to have known something
about but didn't. As the discussion went on, I started to form a
picture of what had gone on and that Spurs had put a statement on their
website. Knowing THFC, such a move would only be taken if they
were convinced that they were within their rights to do so.
So, the calls came in slating Chelsea for
the arrogant way they do business and then some pointing fingers at
Arnesen for taking the twelve(ty) pieces of silver offered by
Abramovich. Jason Cundy said he was not embarrassed about the way
his club were acting, while Gary Stevens followed him to say that
something had to be done to stop football sliding into anarchy.
I fully realise that "loyalty"
is an anachronistic concept in the modern game. It is obvious that Arnesen was using THFC
as a stepping stone. From going into retirement after his time at
PSV Eindhoven, Spurs offered him a task of reshaping the club.
Given a unique over-seeing role of identifying players, bringing in
young players, heading up the Academy and scouting network, as well as
negotiating transfers and contracts.
He had a three year contract to see this
through, but now he wants to chase the roubles at Stamford Bridge.
With him, when he goes (not if), will go the knowledge of the contract
details the Spurs players have, making Chelsea well placed to offer
riches beyond Tottenham's reaches. With him will probably go the
scouts he has put in place for Tottenham and the links to the contacts
he had, which Tottenham had virtually bought with his contract.
The Spurs physio has already gone and you will probably ask who will be
next ? Having reduced the Academy staff with some sackings already
and brought a new Academy manager in, who will finish the job ?
Chelsea are treating the rules of the
Premier League with disdain. As someone said on TalkSport, they
have shown that coming into money does not mean that they have either
manners or class.
The West London club might have a lot of
money, but they are morally bankrupt. Their glory hunting fans
will no doubt think that it is a great laugh, but one day the shoe might
be on the other foot. When the money that underpins their success
dries up, what then ? They, like their trophies, will dissipate so
quickly, like the steam that comes out of a pressure cooker, as the heat
on the club fires up with every new scandal that they instigate.
There is no real respect for anyone or anything outside of Stamford
Bridge. Abramovich and Mourinho conduct themselves like little
kids. Abramovich is like the character 'Spoiled
B*****d' in Viz, who, if he wants something, just gets someone to go
out and buy it. Mourinho seems to think he is the "Special
One" ... that's about right. Special in his own
mind. He thinks his side ought to go through to the final of the
Champions League because they are the better team and not because the
score said so. He's Special alright. He now thinks he is
special because he has taken his high-priced, bought-in team to the
Premier League championship. Well, whoopie doo. Perhaps he
might like to do it at a club where he doesn't have millions at his
disposal ... an achievement like David Moyes has done at Everton.
Can you imagine him motivating West Brom to stay up ?? No.
He is OK at the top of the tree, but if the club was struggling would he
be having the same (comparable) success ?
The whole thing about Arnesen going to
Chelsea stumps me. Where is he going to fit in with an ego-maniac
and a Russian Oligarch ? He is supposedly being taken there to run
their youth development scheme, by buying in young talent and bringing
it on so they don't have to pay out huge transfer fees. Is Roman's
empire crumbling then ? Are the Drogbas of the club a thing of the
past ? Where will the next title come from if there are no more
billions to spend ?
With Chelsea having just signed a 16 year
old from Bristol Rovers, you might ask why they need Frankie. Or
was this his first recommendation ?? Who knows. With Man U
and Arsenal having contacts throughout the world for youth players,
Chelsea will be another player in that level of the game, but with
(supposedly) more leverage to "entice" youngsters to go to
them. It won't be with promises of glory, but with illegal
approaches (no doubt) and some bags of nice sweeteners thrown in.
While Spurs might not have liked the
approach for Arnesen, Chelsea did not need to copy the Sporting Director
in to the letter requesting permission to speak to him ... unless they
had approached him already and this was just courtesy in keeping him
"in the loop". If they had gone through the right
channels, it would have resulted in Tottenham agreeing to let him go for
a huge settlement. And Chelsea would have been seen to have
learned a lesson.
The FA will do nothing meaningful.
Anything will be a slap on the wrists and they will go on abusing the
system. Because they can AFFORD to. Taking appropriate
action to stop such flagrant disregard for other clubs and the rules of
the League is something the FA Premier League CANNOT AFFORD to do.
is a comic character from the magazine VIZ,
a young vain child with a self-sacrificing and suffering mother. The boy
is called Timmy Timpson and he lives with his doting, docile mother after
his father walked out immediately following his son's earliest outrageous
demand ('b*****d' is therefore used in its literal sense).
Timmy spends each story bullying, cajoling
and blackmailing his mother into buying him outrageous gifts and trinkets
which she cannot afford. Often the stories parody a topical event or
phenomenon (i.e. Timmy demanding all the merchandise and backstage access
at some popular band's concert). At school he is a loudmouthed,
cowardly, prejudiced bully though he rarely gets his comeuppance either at
home or school.
Definition from Answers.com ... how apt is
that last line ??
Here we go
again, then. Another typical
pre pre-season at Spurs following a relatively promising season and a
period of settled and sensible building and planning for the future.
One year into
the latest xx year plan:
probably selling Robbie Keane.
rumours Robinson will be forcefully prised from us – although for a
healthy profit – and the Ledley King/Jermaine Defoe to Chelsea/Scum/Man
U rumours haven’t even been dragged out yet.
We’ve had the
revelations in the press that the club wasn’t aware of the qualifying
round we would have to play should we be pulled from the Fair-Play hat,
potentially casting our pre-season plans into chaos.
Arnesen, Mr. Building Spurs For The Future, wants to leave us.
So less than a
year on from Santini, Arnesen and Jol arriving, it’s a case of and then
there was one.
Now, I used to
be a “glass is half empty” type of guy, but these days I’m more of a “some bugger spat in my
lager and now I’ve got a full glass that’s utterly worthless”, sort
of person, and I blame Spurs for this.
Every time they seem to be heading in the right direction, they
turn themselves around and strike out the opposite way, but this time,
I’m not so sure.
Frank, what was he doing ? Where
are his Petit and Vieira ? Wenger
bought these to the Scum with him, or at least within his first year.
Hardly no one on the planet had heard of them in terms of world
football, and they looked like mugs for a short while, but once they
adapted to English football, the two of them, sadly, oozed class.
What has Frank done for us in his first year ?
A lot of very solid signings, in all the right places:
Edman, Pamarot, Carrick, Mendes, Ziegler, etc., but also some
slightly worrying ones (am I the only one who starts to get the shakes
whenever Atouba gets the ball in our half of the field?) and some that
might never work out – Calum Davenport looks like he might be one of
these, and although it’s great to see us investing in youth and
potential, when the fees are in excess of a million, you start to think,
how much did Scum pay for Toure and Senderos, both regulars who were never
farmed out on loan the second they got there ? Sadly,
when held up against our closest and bitterest rivals, we still don’t
seem to compare.
theme, we’ve also been paying a lot of money out for more established
players. Reid and Dawson were
hardly cheap. There are
general doubts about Reid, but I like him, and hope he’ll become a
has simply looked like a class act. But
did we need Frank to find them? They
were playing in a major league and have been involved in different tiers
of their national sides for a while now.
If you’re a football man – and I’m not, I’m a Spurs fan
who, therefore, rarely watches European football and only takes notice of
international football when the qualifiers and tournaments come around,
and is unashamedly blinkered to the talents of players from other domestic
clubs unless Spurs look like they might sign them – you hardly need a
magnifying glass to see there are a couple of good players up at Forest
and a few million quid will get them.
The same with Routledge and Andy Johnson.
Overseas football might be a different matter, but with agents
supposedly on the phone every couple of minutes saying I’ve got this
bloke called Rebrov who’s the highest scorer in that competition
you’ve never got into and a few gazillion roubles will get him, how hard
can it be ? I know I’m
simplifying things, but was Frank ever needed in the first place?
don’t think so. That’s
not to say I’ll be sorry if he stays, so long as he chooses to stay and
doesn’t just get penned in by his contract – he’s certainly made a
better go of Director of Football than Pleat ever did, and Venables before
him. But if he does go, I’d
like to see Jol put in his rightful place as the man who chooses the first
team, buys the players he wants to go in it, and sells those he doesn’t
think quite make the grade. He
seems up for the challenge. Let’s
see if he’s up to it as well.
As for Frank,
the question Spurs need to be asking, is why did he want to leave for Chelsea
? If it’s money in terms of
his wages, then screw him – how much money do these people need?
If it’s money to spend on players, then fair enough (to a
degree). In all walks of
life, we want the best tools in order to do the best job.
Yet Frank knew our limits when he came here – unless Levy lied to
him, or unless the limits were explained and then tightened.
Another reason for the defection could be he’s realised he
can’t cut it at Spurs. He
failed to get Van Bommel, who’s been quoted in the press as saying Spurs
just weren’t big enough, and he appears to be failing in our seemingly
never ending quest to get Owen Hargreaves on board.
If, for various reasons, you can’t fulfill the remit of your job,
then what’s the point in getting out of bed in the mornings?
scenario is that behind the scenes the club is in some sort of turmoil on
a personal or financial level, and we’re about to see another El-Tel,
Sugar style melt-down. Would
Spurs ever recover if this were the case ?
the above, Frank came here to do a job and he hasn’t done it, and in
only staying for a year, he didn’t give us much of a chance, did he ?
Thanks for nothing, Frank.
In terms of the
have behaved, well, do unto others… Rupert Lowe hasn’t got much to
laugh about these days, but he’s probably having a chuckle after the
ham-fisted way we took Hoddle from him.
And everyone up at
will be thinking, you weren’t shy about letting the press know you
wanted Reid and Dawson. And
Simon Jordan at Palace will probably be turning cartwheels screeching,
have some of it yourselves, you tossers.
Football’s just a food chain, and at this moment in time, Chelsea
are higher up the food chain than we’ve been for a long time now.
At least they kept this out of the press, even if they did copy
Frank in on their letter, then talk to him irrespective of what Spurs said
they could do. Personally,
I feel the club are right to suspend Frank.
They are right to sue Chelsea for every rouble they can get out of them.
But we don’t have the moral high-ground here.
We’re just the victims of a game we don’t mind playing
What I find
most baffling about the whole affair, though, is why do Chelsea
want him ? I can see why
Spurs need someone who carries his “doors open/phones get answered”
reputation. But if the
tea-lady at Chelsea
phoned most clubs, she’d get an answer these days.
They’ve got Kenyon rampaging over everyone as it is.
Why do they need anyone else ?
If it’s because Arnesen goes about his job quietly without
upsetting anyone and they want to improve their image, it seems a bit of
an own goal so far.
My worst fear
is it’s just the best way they can think in getting King and Defoe to
join them. How much fun
will that be for us ? Pot-less,
Frank-less, no Robinson, no King, no Defoe, no Davies, no Keane, and West
Ham back in the Premiership. If
there’s a God, it’s tempting to think He’s a Gooner, but in all
truth, I’m not so sure. If
Frank’s defection does one thing, it sinks Levy’s argument that having
a Director of Football does away with the sudden shift in direction that
occurs when managers leave or get sacked.
Even Levy must now see it just postpones that sudden shift in
direction till the director of football leaves or gets sacked.
After Venables and Shreeves, Pleat and anyone, Frank and Santini,
and now, finally this, it could be the end for Directors of Football at White Hart
Lane. If we can get a million
quid compensation into the bargain, twelve points deducted from Chelsea,
and maybe Scott Parker as well, then good riddance to Frank, and hello to
PS – just
heard we might be sacking Kanoute, Mido and Atouba for not bothering to go
on our trip to Mauritius. Happy holidays, Spurs fans.
Enjoy the summer break in the knowledge your club is moving
forwards as usual…
How disappointing that Frank took on the
role at Spurs, signed the contract, and now appears to be more interested
in money than proving himself to be the genius for spotting talent that
his reputation is built on. It begs the question "What
value will he add to Chelsea ?" They already have the
best squad in the Premiership and possibly Europe. If they spend a
mere £20m (small change to their Chairman) they can fix the right-back
problem and have no need for a top scout like Frank.
Moreover it makes a mockery of any contract - how can we ask players like
Defoe, Robinson & King to commit to the club, when the people asking
them to commit show no commitment of their own ? This tapping
up, along with the Ashley Cole affair (which a Tottenham director testified
at) will have long-standing repercussions in the game. If allowed to
continue to its logical conclusion, there will no longer be a 'Tottenham
Hotspur' team, merely the 11 individuals currently at the club this week
deemed best to play. In turn this will result in there being no
local pride or community partisan following. Imagine a
constantly changing 11 players playing for Tottenham at a purpose built
multi-sports stadium bought from the Olympic committee somewhere in
Stratford and you might have vision of the future.
The sad thing is - for every Ashley Cole there is a Dean Richards or
Willem Korsten - guys trying to make a living in a very short career,
which is cut even shorter by unforeseen circumstances. At
present they have some kind of protection in their contract, that the club
will stand by them for better or worse to provide for them even if they
are not playing. In the future it will be "no play no
pay" which will probably mean increased wages for the players but
reduced risk for the clubs and the players will only ever get effectively
short-term contracts and if they are prematurely injured - tough luck.
What this ultimately boils down to is greed for the gifted and lucky
winning the day. At one level you can't argue with that - it's
market forces and its what the West is built on, but for a sporting event,
I think the very spirit of the people's game of Football it will be lost
Tottenham Fan for 32 years
dislike the BBC, I watched a first half of women's football, just in order
to see our make or break (sort of) half time draw for the UEFA
Cup. But thank god for Sky Sports news, my genuine hope for a bit of luck
at the end of this distinctly luckless season was knocked back.
from that, my main issues are ;
Arnesen, how much is he to blame ? I feel will be the major
discussion point for many Spurs fans. He seemed as happy as Franky
throughout the season and appeared to be moulding a club to his
liking, the Arnesen revolution is/was (you decide) taking shape. Now
we have a Sporting Director who wants away and a managerial system that
potentially could be broken at its base, who could replace him?, Do we
keep the continental system ? And what of Chelsea, surely only a
points deduction could truly act as a deterrent to the bottomless pockets
of Mourinho's men. For my part I feel we should continue to rebuff
any Chelsea approaches and keep our man, after a season he strikes me as a
professional enough man to continue with his job, keeping the clubs
best interests at the fore. If Jose wants him that's enough to tell
me, in Mr. Arnesen, we have the best exponent of our chosen management
system in European (possibly world) football.
there is Robbie Keane, truly an enigma. Reid -> Keane -> Volley
-> Goal, its a simple chain, but once Robbie went off Ireland were a
different team. Now I know he can be frustrating and missed chances
come with his game, but we all shout from the roof tops about Jermaine,
but truly is he much more clinical than Keane? ok he probably is. My
biggest problem comes with who replaces "Keano" ? AJ (Andy
Johnson) - are we not buying a player very similar to Defoe. So
really what I'm getting towards is, let's leave Jermain and Robbie where
they are fighting out for the "little guy" spot, and if we are
going to make changes to our strike-force I think it really should come in
the "big man" spot. Two obviously talented players in
Freddie and Mido, but one woefully inconsistent and the other unable to
get on the pitch in the first place. Me, I want us to sign Jan
Vennegor of Hesselink, purely so I can get it put on the shirt, and for £3/4
million he looked a good player for PSV in the Champions League.
... maybe they will all stay, or maybe they will all go, but one thing
returns next year ... Wembley. We never really did get on that well
with Cardiff, and our record at the "home" of football ain't too
bad so what are the odds on spurs, because it might just be worth a
few pence here and there.
The eternal optimist
I was about to write a perspective on the
2004-5 season from Down Under. Instead, I would just like to say how
miffed I am about Arnesen.
We should expect nothing after Sol
‘I’ll never leave Spurs which dotted line do I sign on Arsene ?’
Campbell. Of the three musketeers from last summer we’re now down to
one. Chelsea are the Harlem Globetrotters of football – why
don’t they just buy out every other team in the Premiership and have
done with it ? Our only hope lies in an oil drought, Putin being
overthrown, that other Russian oil bloke getting out of jail and Roman
getting put away. Anyone know any Russian revolutionaries ? (Anyone
reading this from the KGB – I’m only joking).
As David ‘Bitter not me’ Pleat thanks for your usual snide comments
you were on your way out anyway and had been at the club for 5 years where
we won one trophy. Chelsea can also mark down another achievement this
season - that of Spurs and Arsenal fans uniting on one subject.
How much they hate Chelsea.
Rant over I’m going for a lie down.
Although Arnesen was the man who discovered
Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy, etc. He brought to Tottenham Edson Silva
and Dougie Bakari.
OK, so Reto Zeigler has been a revelation,
but the likes of Space Dilveski and David Limbersky, haven't worked out.
When you have the player turnover we have had in the last year, law of
averages would dictate you dig up the odd star. Most of his signings have
been no-brainers. Mendes was a European cup winner, Carrick was wanted by
everyone, Andy Reid was scouted by David Pleat.
So lets not get carried away! We have made
the mistake in the past of labelling people as indispensable. But after
Hoddle came Gascoigne, Lineker came Sheringham, Campbell came
King. Someone will replace Arnesen if they need to.
Getting the best players is one thing,
making them a team is another. Let us not forget that Martin Jol is the
star of the show, and has said he is happy to stay.
Lets not become bitter like Southampton, we
all know where they ended up. Lets not go running to the FA a la Rupert
Lowe to grass up the big bullies. That got boring really
quickly. Yes Arnesen is a loss. But lets focus on what we have,
instead of moaning about what we should have.
Altogether now ...
Martin Jol, Martin Jol, Martin, Martin Jol.
He's got no hair, but we don't care. Martin, Martin Jol!
typical "new money". No style. No class.
like some of their football this season.
One. No negotiating through the channels. Just go straight for
what you want and cut out the middle man.
new club motto ...
No Evil. Chelshear No Evil. Chelspeak No Evil."
reality, everyone else knows that they are evil.
Shaun Livingston's take on events, click here.
I am severely p***ed off with Chelsea for stealing Father Frank, but it
could work out well for us. The likes of Forssell, Parker and
Carlton Cole would be welcome additions to our talented but thin
squad. I'm especially keen on Parker, who is a superior player to
Michael Brown, and could fit in nicely alongside any one of Mendes,
Carrick and Davis.
Forssell would be a direct replacement for
Keano, who's clearly intent on a move to Celtic and the Mickey Mouse
Cole is big, strong, quick and a better long-term bet than the unreliable
I doubt that we'll get all 3 but Chelsea will want to keep us sweet
As Pleat said, it all stinks a little bit,
how we saved Arnesen from retirement, allowing him to establish his
reputation over here only for him to abandon us. But the harsh truth
is that he'll be gone soon and we're in good enough shape to continue the
progress made under Jol.
We don't need a new director. All we
need in is Routledge, Parker and Forssell, with Bunjevcevic, Mido, Naybet,
Brown, Atouba, Pamarot, Jackson and Keane all to exit.
Case closed. It's good to be back!
Not sure you're looking for contributions
to this debate but got to add my 2 cents worth...
We're playing this all wrong !
Should have been principled and gone straight to the FA with our grievance
instead of pussyfooting about over money. As Tony Blair or George Dubya
will tell you:
DON'T NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS
Just a word or two about the recent goings
on (maybe I should have submitted it to 'I Was There').
What Keith Burkinshaw said about
"there used to be a football club over there" has been well
documented, but what I personally recall is that at the end of
the 1983 or 1984 season he walked out into the middle of the pitch to
address everyone, home and away fans, and said 'It's YOU the fans
Not any longer it isn't, nor then, nor ever
in fact and Keith was no doubt resigned to this. A measure of
football's 'progress', if I take my eye off the ball, Irving
Scholar almost seems to be one of the good guys for a few moments before
it all comes flooding back !
It's all part of being a Spurs fan and I
should be used to it after nearly four decades, but some berks never
I come from south-west London originally
and support Tottenham because the Friday before the 1967 Cup
Final everyone at school was lined up in the playground and interrogated
by the seniors about their footballing loyalties. With
self-preservation uppermost in most people's minds there was
near unanimous support for Chelsea. But my best mate was known to
come from the Tottenham area, defiantly declared his N17 loyalty and
was promptly duffed up. Being a quixotic idiot who'd seen too
many stiff-upper-lip British war films, I followed suit and got a pummelling.
Nevertheless I was convinced I had done the right thing.
On Saturday though I started to think
that maybe the bully boys (the playground ones then and the Stamford
Bilge ones now) had won out in the end.
But then I reflected on past times.
Rougvie, Bumstead, Droy, Britton versus
Hoddle, Gilzean, Mabbutt, Ardiles. Now who's the winner
That's the past sorted !
The present ?
We've got the best manager and squad of
players in years - WITHOUT buying up anyone that could conceivably
pose a threat.
That leaves the future.
The future is blue, NAVY blue.
At First ... "A Bottom of the Stomach
Pit Sensation"... four days later ... after scouring the Spurs Sites
and latterly MEHSTG ... a "Refreshing, Optimistic Outlook" ...
Might I recommend the thoughts posted on
MEHSTG to bring a level-headed and perceptive view on the ''Leaving of
Arnesen''... not to be confused with a famous TV series based on a
scouserside locale ...
Having read the angst on Spurs Community (I
suppose you can mention other good sites as it is generally a thoughtful
Post Board) you could certainly become somewhat depressed at the trend of
Football and our Club as well ... greed, disloyalty, avarice, in no
particular order after all apparently in Russia everyman has his
price ??? Well, it's not always the case ... Paul Robinson (hurrah!!!).
Alas. Begone. A refreshing visit to
MEHSTG tonight puts it all in perspective ... woes are sated, dire
thoughts are banished ... the progressive revolution at WHL will
continue ... to highlight but one of the illuminatory sparks ... pardon
the editing of what was said but in short form ... what did Arnesen do
thus far that was particularly insightful as regards incoming players, say
apart from Ziegler, but certainly no Ronaldos. So, he goes from an
upper echelon post to a semi also ran at Chelsea ... albeit well paid.
Much more in an erudite style is recounted
on the MEHSTG post-board section ... some great uplifting reading ...
This piece was born out of initial anger at
arrogance which subsided into a reaffirmation of why you would not want
Abramovich at your club despite his many millions or is that billions ...
who cares !!! Better to get there honestly and morally than
"Oops, I don't know the boy ... I was in Italy on that day" and
certainly not "managing" to incline on a couch with others
in a prominent London Hotel with the said boy. Mind you, good on
Arse for going through the hard yards of lodging the official complaint
and all the complication that entails. Even given the insignificant
fines, yes it was worth it, because others will do likewise and at some
stage a somnolent FA will finally wake up to salvage a great game.
Hey ... sorry about the extended mileage of
what was meant to be a quick dash to the bottle-shop but when the Flag
fell having put pen to keyboard to pass on some thoughts on why THFC is on
the right track ... (I obviously got stuck on the M25 behind a large
Croatian driven double-decker travelling at high octane speed ... a driver
who last slept 73 hours ago) ... we are wholeheartedly on track. I
don't know who does his PR, if anyone, but a certain MJ certainly knows
how to rally the troops (players and fans alike). Methinks a greater
loss could have been ... after all it was Man U who initially chased him a
little while ago. Thus, with MJ, who is the player conduit on a day
to day basis, there is little to fuss about.
Can I but to return to the original spark
for these musings .. after an initial kick in the guts with the Arnesen
news, it is really but a transient paragraph in our rise and rise ...
don't believe me ... read the previously referred to great posts on
Hoddle 10 (Couldn't manage
but God could he play)
this is a great example of people thinking they are bigger than the game.
will get along without Arnesen.
has got along without Chelsea being successful for fifty years.
will make sure that they continue building and attempting to go in the
right direction with Martin Jol, one of the best manager's we have had in
Premier League need to take Chelsea down a peg or seven.
it will not happen, but with the money available to them any fine is a
waste of time, so what the FAPL need to do is to make them hurt.
them miss out on the Champions League for two seasons.
them start the next two seasons with a 12 point deduction.
we will see how good Mourniho is ... if he wants to stay there.
We will see if he is the Special One.
will see how much the players want to play for Chelsea.
Or will they just chase glory with another club.
will see how Roman Abramovich likes the taste of his own medicine.
He might get fed up with this particular toy and bog off to another
the legal implications prevent the FAPL taking such draconian steps, but
only something like that would stop the Arrogant Blues from destroying any
semblance of fair play and the game we love.
This whole affair 'STINKS', let me explain why:
Firstly, to have a club like Chelsea behaving like they can 'tap up'
anyone without playing by the rules, is not only worrying for us Spurs
fans, but for all fans who expect their club to behave within the
framework set out by the Premier League Association and the Football
Secondly, to have our chairman Daniel Levy behaving like an 'Arthur
Daley', and actually sitting down with these people (Kenyon etc) and
trying to extract players and cash is systematic of the 'greed culture' of
Premiership Football today. As David Pleat commented: 'There is no
loyalty in football today.'
If Levy is so sure that Chelsea have acted inappropriately, then take them
to the Premier League Association and let them 'throw the book' at
Chelsea. They will have to set a precedent, after all Chelsea have
been found guilty over the 'Cole affair', and their punitive actions will
be closely monitored by UEFA and FIFA.
I cannot see any kudos in Levy portraying our club as a 'let's take them
for all we can get' club and we are being made to look extremely churlish
over this affair the longer it drags on.
The fall out from the Chelsea/ Arnesen
affair has put a black cloud over our shoots of recovery that has taken
place last season.
To conduct a review of last season, which
in the main was very positive has been over shadowed by this somewhat
sleazy way of conducting business.
The rights and the wrongs of this can be
debated on all sides. Do you class a Sporting director (or a player
as in the Ashley Cole) as a employee or as an asset to the club.
Both can be argued, but I suspect that the
legality of contracts will determine that Arnesen (and Cole) are
employees, and will not afford the current employer legal benefits of
another company trying to obtain an assert.
An asset will have more protection from the
current "owner" than the employee.
As such a notice period is in Arnesen
contract which he has the legal right to invoke at any time.
However, the game of association Football
has rules and code of conducts that should be observed so that you can
participate in the competition.
It is in this area that CFC fall down on.
Regardless of the fact they have allegedly
broken these rules and are allegedly conducting business in an immoral
fashion, seems to have little impact on the charges at the Premier league
who seem to want to hide in a corner until the storm goes away.
Fundamentally all employees should have the
rights to talk to any employer and potential employer at any time.
There is nothing illegal in Cole or Arnesen
seeking employment if they so choose, much the same as your or I can. We
can all apply for and go on interviews while we are still employed.
The difference is that if you are a senior
executive for a company and you go to a rival company in the same position
you implicitly take all the knowledge and details of your current employer
to your new job.
And this is what makes the whole Arnesen
affair stick in the throat. It was us that gave him a job when he was
thinking of retiring from PSV it is us who have raised his profile, so
that he can be given a vast improvement in terms.
It is us that have bank-rolled his spending
spree and gambling on many many players. Some if not the majority may not
make the grade. For every diamond he has bought there have been some
Please don't interpret this as sour
grapes. I would certainly wish for the current roles and structure
to be in place. Jol and Arnesen seem to have a good working relationship
with defined roles. They work well together.
It is difficult to see it working well with
a British director of football. We may well look abroad if we fill the vacancy. However, one name that could be thrown in the
frame is Bobby Robson. He has status respect and may not interfere
too much in the playing side, as he has also worked with a director of
football on many occasions.
In conclusion of this affair we need
to get as much compensation as possible. Daniel Levy should go for
£10 million. It is unrealistic, but they may well meet at lot higher than
Lets be honest. Money means nothing to CFC.
They could be docked 30 points and still finish in the top four.
All that can happen is that we become a
pain in the arse. And who needs a pain in the arse.
Arnesen may not have done anything illegal,
but he certainly has not conducted himself with any moral high ground.
So, I have taken up much of your time dear
reader and I look forward to another season of building us back up and
progression in the league.
A few more players in, a few out and if we
can keep the buzz about the place we will go places.
I think Levy should do what is best for our
club. If he reported it to the FA Premier League, they would not do
what is best for the game, so let's be quite parochial about it and
feather our our nest from Chelsea's misdemeanour.
By his actions, Arnesen has not covered
himself in glory in this affair.
And don't forget, as the man said "The
game is about Glory."
Come on you Spurs
The Funky Phantom
should take the money/players from Chelsea. Docking them points will only
help Man Ure and Arse.
latest news that Tottenham are asking for £15 million for compensation
from Chelsea for Frank Arnesen has been treated as a bit of a joke in some
are being seen as money grabbing opportunists, cashing in on Chelsea's
arrogance in not following accepted procedure.
looking at the case realistically, Arnesen was brought in to build
Tottenham up into a club who would challenge for trophies and get into
Europe on a regular basis ... something that FA himself said he could see
happening in the next couple of years.
taking this into account, the fact that he is leaving before the job is
finished, what exactly will it cost Spurs in potential earnings from not
getting those European places and missing out on the players who might
take us to that level ?
reckon on £20 million per season in the Champions League, then,
personally, I think that £15 million means that Chelsea will be getting
sweet FA on the cheap.
My last word on this affair - honest - though
I didn't expect it to be dragging on into a third week so maybe it's not
! My instinctive reaction was make the rotters pay, report them,
make sure they lose points or something. (Best idea I saw somewhere
was to give their place in the 'Champion's' League to Liverpool ... though
personally I think it should have gone to the party that was directly
damaged, heh-heh). But the FA (Football Association, Frank
Arnesen, what else could it stand for) were already making their excuses
on the Saturday afternoon the story broke and it was obvious they would do
as little as possible. Levy did (is doing) the thing he is
paid to do - what is best for THFC. I was all indignant at first, Spurs
had right on their side etc, until I remembered that a couple of
weeks earlier on the official website the club had been trying to
flog off a load of old stock by jumping on the fan-led 'wear something
white' bandwagon. Money is all-important in football and as such
Arnesen's actions while not laudable are understandable. This became
all the clearer when I read the following in Private Eye today, which
prompted me to write to MEHSTG:
The Observer was cock-a-hoop about its
exclusive interview last Sunday with footballer of the moment, Ashley
Cole. But the feature nearly fell through.
Cole had initially agreed to do the
interview on the proviso that the Obs kitted him out in a Prada suit. No
problems there until he said that he wanted to keep the suit and asked the
newspaper to take care of the matter. Prada wasn't prepared to play ball
so editors were left frantically asking favours from other designers
to keep the arsenal [my omission of capital letter] footballer happy.
He eventually walked off with a £1,000 suit from Paul Smith.
Ashley Cole earns £50,000 a week. In his
Observer photo last weekend he wore not only the suit but a wristband
proclaiming...Make Poverty History.
All right, it's an Arse player and
that, but it could easily have been another player at another club.
Anyway I had just read that when I got home and found out that Steve
Bruce is 'devastated' that he's been thwarted in signing Lee Bowyer
by a section of the fans. Is money THAT important ?
Apparently so to the people that run football.
DEFINITELY my last word on this whole
sorry, sordid saga.
He's an astute and intelligent bloke and
has put this tosh out to placate somebody or other. Surely he knows
that nobody at Spurs believes it was always being at the back of the
queue rather than the prospect of loadsadosh that prompted him to go
to Stamford Bilge. Only an idiot would believe him ... so maybe
it is meant for the FA.
He was brought in to help put us
nearer the head of that queue - that was an integral part of his
job - at every job I've gone for I've had a fair idea what the
salient bits were and I just can't believe that Levy, an intelligent and
astute businessman whatever you may think of him, omitted this from the
... Be a hoot if we get Saviola ahead of
the Arse now.
Arnesen's comments just make him look like
If he really believes the things he says,
then he must be naive in the extreme and I fear for what will happen to
him at Chelski, where you have to watch your back for the night of the
His job at Chelski is nothing more than a
babysitter and he will soon be whingeing about it not being fulfilling and
he wants to be buying real players ... not just kids.
But then he will look at the huge stack of
cash sitting in the corner of his room and remember that he has to keep
his mouth shut or it will disappear ... just like his credibility.
Some people are just unbelievable.
What is Arnesen trying to say ? That
he didn't know that Spurs were not top of the league and winning the
Champions League every year ? That there was an unlimited budget for
singing players above every other club in the world ? That Spurs
were obliged to let him walk out on them just because he felt like it ?
Where does Arnesen get off ?
Hopefully he will be fully contented in his
new role at Chelsea bringing in cheap talent at the youth end of the
market. Who will want to go and try to break past Ronaldinho and
Shevchenko, when they can play regularly elsewhere ?
He will really have a job on his hands then
Steve, Ponders End
I must say that I wasn't peaved at all by Frank's comments in the NOTW.
In fact, me and the family had a good laugh at it because he came off
looking like a twat.
By saying that we can't get good players
reeks of ignorance. Look at the evidence.
Michael Carrick, a player that Wenger had
viewed as a serious replacement for Vieira, until she decided not to go to
Real Madrid. That's how potentially good Carrick is.
Then we have Pedro Mendes, a man that has
UEFA & European Cup winners medals. Is he not a good player,
Frank ? What about Paul Robinson, the best keeper in the land, a man
that was signed BEFORE Frank came to Spurs. Defoe chose us, rather
than waiting for a move to a bigger club, perhaps. Reto
Ziegler is a bloody good player, who AC Milan were looking at before
Oh dear, Frank...made a bit of an arse of
yourself, didn't you pal.
Perhaps what he meant to say was that Spurs
are not quite ready to attract the superstars to WHL. Names like
Figo, Zidane, Nedved, Davids, Van Bommel and Rosicky. But then
again, who can attract those sorts of players ?
I didn't hear Van Bommel or Figo clamouring
for a move to Highbury, Man Utd or even Chelski !
So, we are hardly at the back of the queue,
but Chelski are at the front when it comes to giving me belly laughs.
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