Might as well make a virtue of necessity
'Tottenham are not a selling club'.
'Oh yes we are '.
'Oh no we're not'
'Modric is not for sale at any price'.
'Oh yes he is' .
'Oh no he's not'.
Bold statements and I wish that they were true.
Which bit of 'not for sale' do I not understand?
Well 'not' for a start.
Daniel Levy may have backed himself into a corner over Modric but if not in this window then probably the next we will sadly wave our little Luka goodbye with his suitcase neatly labelled, 'Please look after this Croatian, thankyou'.
We are a selling club because the finances of football determine that we are forced to be exactly that. No billionaires and their accountants to plot their way round the new regulations;
no Super Stadium to double our match day income and no likelihood of any such development for several years.
It is our only method of generating the sort of money we need if we are to stay somewhere near the front runners.
At the same time we need to nurture our young talent, Bale, Lennon, Sandro and Rose with one eye to the profit motive. Or buy cheap some of the senior players available, Davids, Gallas, Friedal, were good examples as experienced stop gaps to bind the team together while we cement our position in the top six .
Don't get me wrong I am not pointing the finger at Levy, ENIC, Joe Lewis or the top money men. Harry and Kevin are just innocent bystanders in all this. It's the logic of a financially stable club in a financially unstable world.
Lets sit it out for a while and see if the new restrictions work; or if the Murdoch empire implodes following the recent revelations; or if the financial crisis spreads to football. Birmingham's billionaire has had his assets seized; who knows the world might return to sanity.
In the meantime Iv'e got a plentiful supply of seasick pills and I am prepared to take to the lifeboat as the good ship Premiership founders and we can perhaps help pick up the survivors.
The football world has gone mad and I see no reason to join the insanity in pursuit of short term, or evern long term, success.
If Modric goes will van Der Vaart and Bale be far behind? Fine if that's the onle way to survive without a stadium, without paying ludicrous wages, or being taken over as the vanity project of someone with more money than sense playing with dubiously acquired assets.
We have long suspected that this has been the implicit system at Spurs. We have been a selling club for some time.In a sense this is not the moment to change. Our failure to make fourth again is at the route of the problem.
Doing it again looks unlikely though our failure to repeat it had nothing to do with Stadia, billionaires, wages or Harry' press performances. Check out the results of our last dozen games Lets make our situation explicit at least to ourselves
As long as we sign decent players in every sense of the word and play attractive football I will be content. Decent footballers rules out Joey Barton though he might appeal to Harry. He's not much worse than Parker, younger and on a free. It will also get up the noses of the Tottenham purists and Harry might at least tease us with his name even if we don't sign him. I would imagine that he's on silly money at Newcastle anyway.
We might make it again into the CL soon though it's not looking likely, so just take a step back and relax.The £90 million or so (edit) we get from Modric, Bale and Van Der Vaart and eventually Sandro will help us rebuild and by the time the dust settles everything might look different.
It's not my preferred way: wage caps; restrictions on foreign owners and players, stricter home grown rules; stingent application of the financial rules would all help level the playing field., but for the moment money talks very loudly indeed.It drowns out everything else.
In the meantime give youth and the up and coming players and a couple of old-timers a chance, and enjoy the ride.There's more to football at Tottenham than just winning football matches at any cost.