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Friday, 8 June 2012

Today could be the day.

Kranjcar's gone but if we could just shift Jenas
 this whole thing will clear.

The JimmyG2 Column


Just an opportunity for me to cast a jaundiced eye on the exciting things which are not happening here at home and abroad.

Much ado on the webwaves concerning Harry and his new deal. Senior Spurs bloggers seem to have lost patience as the implications of coming fourth but not making the Champions' League weigh heavily on our prospects for the immediate future and for our capacity to retain our key players.

It is rumoured that today could be the day for the arm wrestling to begin. Harry is being widely advised to take the long walk of a short thick piece of wood from the not quite sinking ship but in view of the imminence of the European Championship a becalmed vessel in search of a new direction.

The options for Harry vary from: 'Go straight to Hell, do not pass Daniel's Office, do not collect your finishing fourth bonus; through a one year rolling contract; to another three or four year stint as we've never had it so good. Well not recently anyway.

Now the middle of the road is a dangerous place to picnic but I think that's where I find myself at the moment. Recent comprehensive research suggests that there is often a new manager bounce in the short term but that usually it makes little difference to long term prospects.

So clearly the time to change manager is at the beginning of an extended blip. I'm sure you don't need me to point out the difficulties of putting that theory into practise.

There are exceptions both ways : think Pardew and Di Matteo; but ponder Keane and Ramos whilst you do so. Harry who can hold two contradictory opinions simultaneously thinks uncertainty over his managership will weigh heavily on the players although he maintained earlier that when he was up for the England job it made no difference to them.

Meanwhile the Vertonghen saga is hopefully inching closer to conclusion. I hope they're not arguing over the finer details like where his peg will be in the dressing room and ignoring the bigger picture. As if they would, especially with Ledley's future still in the balance. Another announcement which was expected before now.

But the 'dead wood' log jam seems to be moving at last.. Kranjcar has definitely been sold apparently for more than we gave for him which is the first criteria on Daniel's check list. I wonder if we have ever managed to make a profit on someone we got for free?

Speaking of which Nelsen is probably almost definitely on his way to America and Bassong back to France. Remy is waiting to see if Harry is staying, though whether he will sign if Harry goes or not sign if he stays is not quite clear.

Van Der Vaart picks a different club from the map of Europe every time he speaks. If it's June it must be Italy. May's favourite was to go back to Holland. I'll eat my notebook and pencil if he isn't at Spurs next season whether Harry stays or goes.

The Modric and Bale transfers seem to be on the back burner at the moment but we need to keep an eye on them just in case they boil over. I read that Manchester Utd have offered £23 million as an opener but Daniel won't even open an eye for that amount let alone get out of bed. He is 2-1 to be a Man. Utd player for next season

Real Madrid are apparently keen on Luka and that would suit us better as they will pay more and he won't get to play against us. Well not this season anyway. With my Spanish connections I might get to see him play at the Bernabeu. It will be interesting to see where he plays for Croatia. Bilic is no fool and tends to play him deeper than we usually do.

The British political hierarchy have come up with an excuse not to go to Ukraine for the opening rounds. Some trumped up story about human rights. They all went to China for the last Olympics didn't they? They are clearly hoping that we get knocked out early and then they won't have to go at all. They seem to have found some emulsion to observe while the moisture evaporates.

From Krakow the England team are to visit Auschwitz before their opening game so that anything that happens after that will seem like a holiday camp. They will not be worried this time by the 'burden of expectation' which some are hoping  may work to our advantage. Come on Scotty. I doubt that Defoe will get much of a look in when he returns after the death of his father. A small run on part at most.

Fears of racism amongst the local fans have been discounted although with Rio excluded for 'footballing' reasons we might look closer to home. The racism charge for captain Terry for allegedly abusing Rio's brother obviously has nothing to do with it at all.  Not in any way, shape or form, clearly. Did anyone ask Rio if it was a problem?

Video Spot.
No apologies for focusing on our best player especially as we could well lose him amongst all the uncertainties and delays. Just in case anyone has forgotton his quality here are 10 minutes of pure joy. Part 2 next time if he's still with us.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

if we get shot of harry we will lose some good players and well who the hell is there a better guy to take us on u tell me cos its doing me in this harry has done a great jop so let him get on with it regards 5forthfc

JimmyG2 said...

5forthfc
ITK rumours that Harry will be gone by monday.
Probably at Spurs for life in that case.

Anonymous said...

agree with the above. The vocal Harry out brigade is doing my head right in. So vocal, yet still actually in the minority. I know hundreds of spurs fans and I am yet to speak to one who doesn't want Harry there next year. Are a lot of the people posting on blogs and comments undercover gooners / chav racists / media people looking to rock our very strong boat? We have been getting better and better all the time under Harry, no matter how much many other clubs invest. Just bad luck this year we missed out on CL. Yet we still look better than the other 2 london clubs and Liverpool in the league.

Is he the greatest manager around? Most intellegant and tactically aware? No. But Ramos was very smart, tactically very smart, but that didn't get us very far did it. Harry has come in and done his job and achieved the results and league positions that only a few years back we could only dream of. Who knows, the league title - only needed a couple of results turned around and we would have been right up there.

He deserves to stay and I want him to. Levy has said he's selling no stars, so lets add to what we have and lets go again... Another solid league showing should put us in a good position to kick start the new stadium, along with out new training ground opening in 2 months.

Anonymous said...

i want harry to stay, i think he deserves a new contract, the media surrounding him was to blame for our dip in form not harry, it was england this england that and it did affect our club, Harry wont let oir key players go, and if he does it will be for high price.. spurs fans i too know the frushstations but sacking harry isnt guna help.. i think hes got more to prove we have one of the best teams in the prem.. coys

Anonymous said...

4th 5th 4th
Yeah sack him!

Anonymous said...

COME ON YOU SPURS! F_ck off all you Harry haters, you obviously know nothing about football. All you care about is what he says, how pathetic! Didn't anyone notice during his court case he admitted to being illiterate, so perhaps he has learning difficulties, like I have. Doesn't make us thick, in fact a lot of people in our position are very intelligent, but are quite poor at getting themselves across. Maybe we shouldn't be judging him on his social skills, but rather on his footballing qualities. Spurs fans who are against Harry, are shouting out crap, their reasons for wanting him to go are complete bull s_it, anyone like to argue with me? I'd be happy to explain how rubbish your reasons are for wanting him out.

Anonymous said...

"the first criteria on Daniel's check list" ... Singular: criterion; plural: criteria. Classical Greek. But perhaps you do not have the education. Please be surer of your grammar before you start throwing out your all-too-speculative opinions. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Redknapp has no interest or ability in coaching young players. That is the main reason why Spurs need a new manager, before any more talented young players are wasted.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but it's time for harry to move on, he's done well but we have only improved a little since martin jol who was also unfortunate not to make the cl. Don't be fooled by all that I took them from relegation crap we was never going down with only 10 games played. With the squad and foundation we have many a manager would do well, plus harry is not loyal and if a better job comes up he'd be off lol. And I guy who plays bale on the right and modric on the left and thought surerz was not be good enuff i'm not sure he can improve we need some one who expects to make cl As a standard. Come on spurs move on and drop that checky monkey

Ed Moloney said...

I'm just embarrassed by a manager who thinks it's okay to boast that he writes like a two-year old! And who bullshits so often. But most of all I just can't forgive him for the Villa game. Sorry!
Why so many anonymous posters?

Anonymous said...

I've had Spurs running through my veins ever since my Dad took me to the lane to see my very first Spurs match. I was 7 years of age and that was 50 years ago, near on 60,000 fans crammed into WHL, the place was rocking. I've seen the glory days under Billy Nick, Keith Burkenshaw and Venables. The players we have today should bring back some of those glory days and nights.
It really irks me when you Harry lovers start eulogising over the man as if he is the next messiah, you've got to ask yourselves a few simple questions. 1: If he is so great, why has'nt he been offered a top club like Spurs to manage earlier? 2: Why has this so called great manager only ever won one solitary piece of silverware in his entire managerial career to date? 3: With a 12 point gap, do you think that old rednose at Manure, Wenger at the Arse or even Mancini at Citeh would have let that huge advantage slip through their fingers?
4: How many of you have scratched your heads in disbelief at the tactical naivety of this so called top manager?
5: How often have we all cringed at his loose comments in the press, saying one thing one week and totally contradicting himself the next?
I'm not disputing that he has done well at Spurs during his tenure but with the greatest respect, any decent English speaking manager could have achieved what he's done with the talent he has at his disposal. A majority of the players we are seeing on the pitch today were aquired by Damian Camoli and at the club prior to Redknapps arrival, they just couldnt understand Ramos but they did win a trophy under him. I cant get it out my head that Redknapp was about to send Bale out on loan to join Chris Gunther his Welsh team mate at Notts Forest and if it wasnt for the injury to BAE and the absence of another left footed player to fill the gap, Bale was given his chance. The rest as they say is history. It does make you wonder how many of our youngsters currently out on loan could be another real gem in waiting and not get a chance to show it like Bale has done. The man is a chancer and would have left us in a blink of an eye, without any kind of remorse had the FA knocked on his door. Loyalty isnt in his make up. I do understand the need for continuity but wake up and smell the coffee, Redknapp cannot take us to the promised land and those of you who believe in him are misguided and delusional.

Ed Moloney said...

Just to add to a previous comment spurred by the latest Anonymous who asks effectively why so many are in awe of 'Arry. Like him I have been a supporter since my childhood and was a regular at the Boys entrance until I wangled a season ticket. In those days we were used to success and I think that may be why older supporters have less patience with the 'Arry worshippers. A younger generation of supporters have developed, in my experience, an inferiority complex because they had so many lean years, so many years of Gooner success and arrogance and are now so grateful for the most meagre of successes whereas the older fans shrug at 4th place and mutter 'so what!' After all when we were in our prime as supporters the Gooners were always also-rans, second fiddle to the unchallenged best team in north London.

JimmyG2 said...

Anon 18:20
Thanks prof. Us illiterates commonly use 'criteria' as a singular. Innit.
You don't need correct grammar to have an opinion about Spurs.

Anon 20:02
Interesting point about Ramos. How would we have done if he had stayed, which brings us back to the impact of changing managers.

Ed Moloney said...

well said on criterion/criteria jamesie. can't stand intellectual snobs myself!

Anonymous said...

Great video. What a pity we don't have a Geaves, Allen, Gilzean or Smith to tuck away those magnificent passes. Perhaps we should have played Defoe more often.

Anonymous said...

Slaven Bilic as you have listed above is no fool. Lets sign him up.

JimmyG2 said...

E d Molony.
Presumably you will gibber any old rubbish to keep yourself from prison. And it worked!
My Spurs history is similar to yours and Anon 21:41.
Boys enclosure in the 50's; the Glory Glory days, relegation; the long decline and recent revival under Jol and Harry.
Pretty sure that Sir Bill would agree that coming fourth is coming nowhere.
But that's progress.

Anon 04:31
Or invested in a top class striker a couple of windows ago.

Ed Moloney said...

Well, jimsey, the consolation is that your life story makes you older than me! In the 1950's I was barely out of my diapers.

Ed Moloney said...

By the way, jimi, I mean to add and forgot: did you see the great goal Pav scored for Russia? Seems like he found a manager capable of bringing the best out of him. In stark contrast to his previous boss!

JimmyG2 said...

Ed Molony
And Gio scored again.
But what do we know?
Strikers need to feel the love and start regularly to give them confidence.
But Arshavin played very well too after an indifferent season with Arsenal.
'It's a funny old game' as my namesake once said. once said.

Ed Moloney said...

Indeed. Imagine it yourself. Football is what you do, but week in, week out the bossman sidlelines you. It will put your head in after a while no matter how well you get paid. Pav, Arshavin and Gio all played well in situations where they were made to feel wanted, where their talents are recognised. I just wonder if a guy who readily admits to writing like a two-year old can understand something like that?

Ed Moloney said...

Writing is on the wall Jamesie!
Bye-bye 'Arry.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jun/12/harry-redknapp-tottenham

Ed Moloney said...

I bet he wishes now he'd subbed Defoe at Villa!

Ed Moloney said...

Jimmy, where are you? At this moment of history JG2's voice is silent. Don't tell me you are in mourning for 'Arry? Old-fashioned, clad-in-black, keening at the headstone mourning of Dickensian times? Look 'Arry cost Levy and Lewis £23 million smackers, all because he wouldn't put on Defoe after Ade equalised at Villa. Thought he was indispensable!
Seriously though, the guilty party in all this is not 'Arry or Levy but those useless plonkers in the FA, who set 'Arry's heart racing with a fantasy, the same plonkers who made Liverpool fans travel at the dead of night for the cup final, who won't introduce goal-line technology, who have appointed d***heads as England managers for the last two decades and now cost Spurs a place in the Champions League. That's who we should really be angry at. And 'Arry for screwing up at Villa!

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