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Saturday, 8 September 2012

How Andre Boas Spent The International Break.


New man: sans raincoat, sans squat, sans frown.
'Solidificate' is the name of the game now at Spurs.
 
The Greg Meyer Column
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Saturday 8 September 2012  ... An Ironic Birthday Football Coincidence.
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 What Andre Boas Did On The International Break.
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Any hope that Joana and daughters Benedita, 3 years, and Carolina, going on two, might be seeing Dad over the International break were much like those bedtime Portuguese fairy tales Dad occasionally reads. Fanciful and far fetched.
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Hopefully he does get home a little more than those Chelsea days of sleeping overnight in a glorified pod at Stamford Bridge training ground. Still given his reputed reputation for hard work and attention to detail you can be sure there is a list of things to do. Here at our Pub we thought it might go a little like this ...
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Construcao de Pontes ... Building Bridges.
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Mending bridges is high on the agenda if you believe the tabloidal media, print,radio and then there's Talk Sport, a world of their own. Hugo Lloris off back to France in a huff and Michael Dawson coming back from Loftus Road miffed at being "sold" in the first place.  Both unsettled and its all Andre's fault. Bollocks says our pub accountant.
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The reality is Hugo will overtake Brad the Older and after William Gallas joins the sickbay with his fellow French defender Younes, a door reopens for Dawson. Mind Steven Caulker, not about at the moment, may intervene there.
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Still with most of the Spurs first eleven all away on International duty (ten away actually) then not much opportunity for mending or doing anything constructive at the moment. What's left is either injured or Europa squad stuff. Manny "intensive fitness campaign" Adebayour aside. So much for working on that "new system", those set pieces at front and back, etc.
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Just so you are completely informed those away include our Belgians, Vertonghen and Dembele, our Yanks Friedel and Dempsey, Siggy in Iceland, Caulker and Defoe, Bale and Sandro, and Lloris as well. Oh well they'll be back for Reading.
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So if he cannae work on the team proper what else than ...
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Aperfeicoamento Pessoal  ... Personal Development.
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Body Language classes ...
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                                      certainly a stickler for fitness Andre has had to adapt from his Chelsea days. Gone are those infamous body squats usually performed pitchside when his team are struggling.Gone too the finger pointing originating from hip level, wild west style. Whilst opportunity has certainly knocked repeatedly just lately, unfortunately after the 80 minute mark against both Norwich and Albion, he has resisted the temptation manfully. As well not a raincoat to be seen.
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English Classes ...
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                                   must stop using those big words that confuse everyday suburb dweller. Look I know what "solidificate" means, after all a quick look at the Oxford Dictionary ( Football Version) reveals all. To adopt a stable position. Hmm not a lot of solidification against Brom and Norwich. Mine host says isn't this trademark Spurs from our recent past.
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 Big words proved too much for Burnley. Despite an impressive power point presentation at the managerial job interview from Andre they gave the job to Brian Laws. Unfortunately some words very easily understood entered the Burnley vocabulary. Brian could spell the little words and knew what relegation meant. Indeed his vocabulary echoed with not enough points ,ergo relegation. 
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With the benefit of hindsight the Burnley chairman has conceded perhaps Andre might have been a winner. All it needed was a dictionary be added to the Burnley library. The Independent covers the story well.
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So with not much happening at Spurs Lodge then probably all go  ...
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At A Kent Pub.
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Optimism and belief in the new man is ever present. Yes even those in charge of the now defunct Harry fan club are openminded. Season ticket man Mike in particular.
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The Spurs press conferences still retain an element of managerspeak but gone is the self aggrandisement of the previous incumbent. And breaking news anyway ... he's on the way back ... advising at Bournemouth. Isn't that where it all started for one Henry Charles Redknapp all those years ago.
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That ironic birthday coincidence. Joao Moutinho is 26 years old today.
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Cheers ... lets hope he celebrates his next birthday as one of our White Hart faithful ...  Greg Meyer.        coys.

Jimmy's video spot.
Here's 12 minutes of the last night's England/Moldova game. We watched it so that you didn't have to. The special commentary is for those trying to improve their language skills. No prizes but our sincere thanks if you can identify the language. Our man Defoe on the scoresheet yet again.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Friedel hasn't gone to an international game in 7 years. And your post is full of spelling mistakes. Try spell check next time.

Ed said...

As obvious as it sounds, we've simply got to score more goals. Scoring 2 goals instead of 1 going into the 80th minute deflates the opposition and gives a greater degree of confidence to the back four, as they know at 2-0, "if we concede then it doesn't really matter". We've just got to get through this rough patch as for me, AVB has the hardest job in the Premier League at the moment. Redknapp is not only in a sexual relationship with the media, but he also left our squad like a bomb had hit it. AVB walked into a massive squad of has beens, nearly beens and never beens, as well as no strikers, so AVB has had to shape the squad more than he perhaps should have. This is all grouped together with the fact that all in all, Redknapp didn't do a bad job, especially on the surface of things. Fans, media, players and board all expect fourth, with the media being the biggest stumbling block, making up stories that Hugo Lloris is already unhappy and taking words out of context with Didier Deschamps to put pressure on him.

I think we'll start to improve now that our squad is set. That's it now, no more speculation (for a week or two), he has his players, now he can try and settle them down to dig us out of the ditch we currently reside in. Adebayor will get fitter and more involved. Dembele has already made a confident start and we have Dempsey's power, skill, vision and goal threat to add to the equation.

Bring it f**king on!

Anonymous said...

Friedel retired from international duty about 5 years ago. Also, AVB wasn't trying to push Dawson out, he just received a much larger bid than we expected so said 'alright then' (although I assume he said it in a gravelly Portuguese accent) and sanctioned the sale

Stuart Hamilton said...

The language is Dutch I think, maybe Flemish the Belgium derivative but pretty sure it's Dutch.

I don't speak it but am there enough to be able to recognize it, most of the time anyway.

JimmyG2 said...

Stuart Hamilton
Thankyou sir. I'm sure you're right.

First Anon
'Full of'is a gross exaggeration. Chell Speck found two, now corrected.
But what did you think of the play Mrs Disraeli?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Loris understands that he'll likely be needed in a few weeks time, but the transfer window had to close when it did. He'll be our no. 1 goalie for years to come, probably....

Liam said...

AVB will persist. Friedel will be brilliant but Lloris will prove outstanding and take over. The team will gel. Beautiful football will abound. The January window will solidify, we'll take a top four position above Arsenal and win silverware along the way. Everyone will say that they supported AVB all along. However, AVB will never crouch again and we will somehow feel guity for it.

Dan said...

I saw avb last week getting on a train back to london after flying into gatwick. Not sure where he had been but curiously he was with jose bosingwa

JimmyG2 said...

Dan.
Thanks,our very own ITK.

Liam.
Nice. Another guilty burden to carry.

MM said...

AVB was on the Ryanair flight from Stansted to Faro after the Norwich match, approx 8pm.
Posed for photos and signed programmes for us Spurs fans on the Dublin Flight at opposite boarding gate. Ryanair flight = Not at Chelses anymore !!!

Svein Kåre Johansen said...

The language is German.

Arun Debnath said...

Love [for your football club] may be blind but it shouldn't be dumb! How can I say, AVB and Levy are the future of THFC - together they will make sure we always stay behind our neighbours? Curse me after some intelligent analysis of facts.

Ed Moloney said...

http://www.spellchecker.net/spellcheck/

Anonymous said...

Apologies for the Friedel error. Born out of presumption.

Was going to check but thought if he's Spurs number one ahead of the French number one then surely he is the USA number one.

cheers Greg.

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