Have a go on the New Manager Roulette Wheel
I've narrowed it down to a White European Male
The JimmyG2 Column
Every time I get on a plane lately the sky falls in. Fortunately not on my plane but just over WHL. A month ago I arrived at Luton from Madrid to be informed that Chelsea had won the Champions' League and that West Ham had been promoted.
Yesterday doing the trip in reverse I was travelling all day and didn't bother checking on the Interweb. Safely in Madrid I decided to watch the Holland Germany game and retired without bothering to look. After all how much can happen in 24 hrs.
This morning I discovered that Harry had been sacked. Greg was also in transit and so the Spurs Musings complex was left completely unattended which is clearly asking for trouble in our location. Neither of us was available to return the calls of any of the Spurs hierarchy seeking guidance.
I am shocked but not surprised if you follow my drift. It's been a long time coming apparently. Our failure to make the CL even if in the last resort it wasn't Harry's fault was the final straw. Harry and Daniel had been attending Relate session for some time over problems of incompatibility and breakdowns in communications, but whilst domestic matters were successful the pair had agreed to give it another go on many occasions
Once the dishes had been left in the sink and the supper burned once too often the writing was on the wall. It said 'Take a one year rolling deal or leave it' And Harry's Agent deemed it 'disrespectful and Harry replied 'I think I'll leave it' and the hessian bag was the result. I'm guessing of course but the Musings as you know are not always wrong.
Now begins the new project under a new manager that Levy has had in mind for some months. The new training ground is open, the new stadium poised to begin and as we say 'the future's bright'. There's a long list of potential managers from Guardiola, Villas Boas, and Capello to Martinez and Moyes.
Those who wished Harry gone and those who didn't are all cast adrift on the same storm tossed sea of worry and indecision. Four years is an age in the history of Spurs managers, we had twelve before Martin Jol whist Wenger was the single occupant at Arsenal.
Stability has paid dividends since then and may well do again if we get the right man. My first reaction to Harry being appointed was 'oh no'. My first reaction to his going was the same. Like the stock market us fans hate uncertainty. I have eaten my words on Harry and by and large he has done well for the club in terms of playing style and results.
Off the pitch he has often been an embarrassment. Ultimately failure to produce in a results business signed his sack warrant. So we face a summer of upheaval: new manager; new players; his favourites coming; perhaps our favourites going; new backroom staff; new tactics which may be a good thing. The uncertainty over Modric,Bale and Van der Vaart, who may all feel that with Harry going now's the time to move on will increase. Perhaps the Vertonghen deal will never be completed.
The initial word on the back streets was that David Moyes was the front runner. A man I could support for his honesty loyalty and decency. He is tactically aware and makes the most of his available talents. He also has a good record with young players. Press conferences would be different for sure which would be no bad thing.
The latest word on the High Road however is that Villas Boas was lined up some time ago and that an announcement would be made within days. How many days is not made clear. This would be a more ambitious appointment and a more glamorous scenario which perhaps suits our image and pedigree better.
Whoever it is needs to be supported and backed for the long term by Levy and the fans. Four years should become the minimum not the maximum length of stay for our managers. The first season could be rocky and support and loyalty, easy when you're winning is even more difficult but even more essential in times of stress.
Another excellent video courtesy of Scutch on Spurs Community. A couple of likely lads here from the Magazine 'the Players Lounge' setting up a meeting with Van Der Vaart. Some skilful editing but you can hardly see the joins. Top Man Rafael.