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?
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.