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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Taxi for Maicon and Ferdinand.

Do you mind sharing Rio? Where do you want to go?
What d' ya mean, 'Anywhere' .
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The Greg Meyer Column
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Last Day Of September 2012.
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 Taxi For Ferdinand.
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  Gareth Bale in full flow is one of footballs most exhilarating and breathtaking sights. Mind Rio Gavin Ferdinand , Maicon Douglas Sisenando and countless other Premier League defenders would prefer the adjectives terrifying and menacing.
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The taxi reference is not entirely vacuous. The vision of the said Welsh cab hurtling goalwards with both front doors wide open presents a challenge to any erstwhile passing pedestrian, motorist or football defender. The new Bale hairstyle has not diminished the distinctiveness of his auditory system. Jug handles beloved by his mother are instantly recognised by any Spurs fan. 
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All leg and ear pulling aside his play yesterday was back to its awesome best. The goal and then assist for Dempsey were crucial. Until yesterday Spurs didn't do defending leads. It took three goals at that to overcome United. Surely anyone that scores three away at Old Trafford deserves a win.
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Speaking of goalscorers our pub reckon our new Belgian prince has every chance of being the new King of White Hart Lane.
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Jan Vertonghen ... Simply A Klas Act.
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There were 14 hereos at Old Trafford yesterday but some were just a little more heroic than others. There was also an important anti hero of sorts.
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Our Kent Pub Belgian pinup boy started the whole trend some time ago. On his last visit to The Theatre of Dreams with Ajax he was in a winning team. That confidence was self evident very early one with the first Spurs goal. Indeed a dominant first half by Spurs was taken fairly nonchantly by our pub viewers.
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So far so good but no need to worry. We've been here before two up and lost. Always. So it was a very fatalistic and relaxed viewing audience here in Kent. Of course the mood began to change, nerves started to materialise, pints started to accumulate but no worries we never win there.
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 Actually the mood did alter around the 94 minute mark Belief set in followed by relief and unbridalled joy. Indeed the pub went beserk with unrehearsed dances of joy, backslapping galore and gay abandon as to any thoughts of getting home Saturday night. Completely jettisoned out the nearest window.
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So from 14 heroes to that other factor in Spurs win. An interested observer of the Spurs dressing room pre match would have noted a tabloid cutting pinned to the Head Coaches whiteboard. Something about a Spurs player mutiny and player protests galore about the new manager. The North London team were in complete disarray according to The Sun.
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Paul Jiggins does not play for Spurs. A search on journalisted.com reveals a blank entry regards work experience,ditto education and no awards for journalism noted either. No surprise there then.
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Paul Jiggins ( his real name?) the author of that scurrilous Sun piece never will play for Spurs let alone be permitted access to North London. Unfair say our pub. Surely his gutter imaginations provided useful fodder for the pre match talk given by Andre Boas. We reckon that X factor might have played an ever so small part in the very motivated Spurs team that took Manchester United apart in the first half. Every brick in the wall helps.
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At A Kent Pub.
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Rumours of our pub burning down amid celebrations on Saturday night are grossly exaggerated. Mine host put an extra late hot supper on and in his enthusiasm in maintaining the flow up front forgot about the kitchen. No harm done save the sausage rolls were well done.
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Fittingly Saturday was the birthday of Horatio Nelson. He of the Battle of Trafford sorry Trafalgar. Andre Villa Boas is still learning the ropes but the good ship SS Hotspur is looking more like a fearsome Man o War every game.
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Cheers ... above you know who with Villa at home next ... Greg Meyer.     coys.
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Jimmy's Video Spot.
Can you bear to watch it again? Go on force yourselves. 
Great diagonal run by Defoe for Bale' s goal and when Bale shows him where he wants it for the third he puts it right there. Dempsey following up Bales shot taps in.
Vertonghen surges into the box after 90 secs, miscontrols it twice and gets a deflection for the goal. You just knew then that it was going to be our day. Well perhaps not then.
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Monday, 24 September 2012

Premature Announcement Revealed.

Like Mark Twain the reports of AVB's death have been much exaggerated.

The JimmyG2 Column


As Harold Wilson once remarked, 'A week is a long time in politics. AVB might agree and add that it seems longer in football. There we were before the Reading game on the doomed Star ship Oblivion heading for a crash landing on Planet Catastrophe. AVB was toast and Tottenham available for organ transplants.

Meanwhile on the wide open spaces of the Premiership Savannah the vultures were gathering to discuss amongst themselves whose bones and entrails they were going to rummage among first. But vultures feed on carrion and sadly for them the Tottenham wildebeest herd were far from dead.

Now I like a metaphor as much as the next man, and similarly a simile, but the problem with this one, invented by the media not me, is that the vultures were not just waiting for their meat to drop dead they were actively stalking their pray and attempting to deliver the 'coup de grace' themselves. Unlikely if you know your vultures but not if know your average football hack.

 All this reminds me of the Uncle Remus Brer rabbit story in which Brer Fox pretends to be dead to try to catch Brer Rabbit. The wily rabbit sits by the bed, just out of reach and keeps saying that if Brer Fox were really dead he would raise one leg in the air and shout 'Pooh' like real dead folks always do.

Eventually Brer Fox does falls for it and  raises one leg and shouts 'Pooh'. Brer Rabbit exits pronto through the window. Like Brer Fox Tottenham have raised a leg and shouted 'Pooh' to their critics, scattered the vultures and with AVB escape to fight another day.

So after a hectic 10 days Tottenham emerge almost unscathed: we're up to 8th place, a point behind Premiership Champions Man. City; two points off the Champions' League places; a creditable performance against unbeaten Italian league leaders Lazio; our first home and away wins in the bag and several new and young players blooded if not established.

The performance against Reading was encouraging; the first half performance against QPR verging on dire but like all the 'top, top' teams we fought back to win and AVB got a grip at half time and earned his corn once again. If winning when not playing well is the mark of a good team then Spurs were outstanding against QPR.

Vertonghen was out of sight as MOM whether at centre half or left back. and his Ledleyesque tackle on Hoillet puts him well on the road to 'Legend 'status after only a handful of games. Caulker looks ready to perform at this level and I hope that Gallas gives way gracefully very soon.

When Kaboul is fit perhaps he and Caulker could take the central positions and Vertonghen could replace Benny at left back. Benny is very likable but a bit of disaster waiting to happen. Vertonghen's performance on Sunday gave a new dimension to the role.

Hugo will have to wait because Friedel made two fine saves to keep us in contention or it could have been the velour drapes for us by halftime In fact AVB has declared that even if Brad has a poor game it might not herald Hugo's Premiership debut.

There are plenty of games coming up in all competitions to keep them both happy. Not however the French press who will continue to stir the pot and fan the Gallic flames of hurt pride.. Perhaps Willy G. the black hole in our back four will retire in sympathy.

Against Lazio we had three goals disallowed: one definitely offside; one very marginally offside; and what would have been Caulker's inaugural goal ruled out for no good reason that I could see. Lloris kept our first and only clean sheet of the season in a game that was tactical rather than exciting and our Thursday Night European journey began well.

So the vultures hop off dejectedly in search of other prey and we can take stock. In midweek AVB has another chance to look at our squad options against Carlisle before the real chance to measure our progress against Man. Utd.. Dawson should get a game, Sandro should be rested for Livermore, and Bale or Lennon for Townsend who has impressed in every walk on cameo so far.

Two of the the three teams in the relegation zone at this stage are QPR and Reading, the two teams we have beaten. I'm not sure whether we beat them because they're in the drop zone or they are in the drop zone because we beat them. The other is, no don't laugh, Liverpool. Is that a flock of hungry vultures I can see on the horizon flapping lazily towards them?

Jimmy's video spot.
Two for the price of one here with Man of the Moment Jan Vertonghen, legend in the making, talking against the backdrop of the new training ground.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Reading between the lines

Just the one swallow, but it's a start.
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The Greg Meyer Column 
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 Wednesday 18 September 2012... The Birthday Girl Who Died With a Sandwich In Her Mouth.
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 Some Readings About Reading ... Italy Next.
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 Like you our Pub went to Reading with heart and head in mouth. We came away with both intact, Three points and a frame of mind that has meant this week at work has gone ever more quickly.
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So just because it has been a little while since we saw three points who, what and why did it happen. Indeed a short early critique on why our Pub is increasingly optimistic about our prospects this season.
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Kent Pub Musings.
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We don't often do post match assessment but in this year of Andre and the turmoil that the press has attempted to foment, what a refreshing performance from a top four side.
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A caveat of course. It was Reading after all. No disrespect to the Royals, just realism.  So who did what and more importantly who will do more and who will do a lot more.
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Vertonghen
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Continues to continue. Majestic. Early days for the coronation but seems to have slipped into the Premier League with ease and the succession to King Ledley's throne seems assured. Great bit of transfer bisiness and given his interviews about choosing Spurs over Arsenal... say no more.
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Brian Mc Dermott.
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Yes I know he's not Spurs but... Little Britain anyone,
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 Kyle Walker.
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Why did he have his hand up there that high in the first place. Howard Webb . At Old Trafford it was nailed on even if it was not a penalty but a push. Our cabbie mind says is Howard getting a little better at this refffing job.
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Later on it seemed Kyle was getting tired. The lazy missed trap on the touchline that went wrong. The lack of energetic back tracking late on that led to their goal.
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Still his willingness to push on and present was refreshing ... bottom line ... great match.
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Dembele.
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Impressive first half . So much so our Pub looked at the second half on replay. Did he drop off. Did he tire.Did his creativity disappear.
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An answer to all of the above. Decidedly .. No.
The Modric comparisons are as predictable as a GB gold medal. At this early stage Dembele has pace which Modric did not have. Dembele has goals in him
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However from our perspective he does seem to have creativity and a willingness to take not one but more players on when pressing into that all important last third.
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The jury is still out but the further it goes the more likely a more favourable verdict on the Belgian.
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Sandro.
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Teamed well with Dembele. More importantly he surged forward when appropriate. His clearing headers at the back are invaluable. Big bloke. Have a look next time at kick off. An imposing presence when stationary. Positively frightening when he launches into motion.
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Still we do have a gripe about his immaturity regards unecessary challenges near goal. Best game this year and will now emerge as our Brazilian superstar.
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The Rest ...
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Did rather well. Bale, still developing a right foot. He scored with his left despite the best efforts of his right.Little front man continues to keep large Afrikan at bay.
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Yes  whilst hardly beating a Manchester at least we went into the week resting on a win. Certainly uplifted spirits ...
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 At A Kent Pub.
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One swallow does not make a season but they did put an ordinary Championship side to the sword. If we overcome QPR then the bar gets considerably higher.
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I'll have to think about United before making any rash statements.
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 Cheers ... our pub lawyer has a birthday today .. so does Mama Cass Elliot ... he still eats sandwiches .... Greg Meyer.     coys.
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Jimmy's Video Spot.
Defoe's recent strike against Italy . A little tribute to our current,  on song striker and an attempt to influence the stars for tonight.  Adebayor is hamstrung andwe might see Dempsey  at some point but Jermain is the main man at the moment. Odds on for at least a 45minute cameo against Lazio.
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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

AVB wriggles off the three game hook.

Not even these two and Harry as 'Deep Throat' 
could lay a finger on Andres for the moment..

The JimmyG2 Column

The Football desk of your average daily paper.
The Chief reporter and an eager young newshound in conference.

Morning Chief. What shall I do with the Tottenham files? Bin 'em?

'No. Better keep them another week. You know what Spurs are like. Just when they think they're out of the woods a bloody great tree falls right on their heads. Happens every week'.

'Well they looked in pretty good nick on Sunday against Reading'

Exactly, Reading. They've got a hectic week ahead and the Villas Boas 'three games to save job' headline could easily be back on'.

'What shall I do in the meantime Chief, switch to Rogers at Liverpool?'

'Tricky one that son with it being Hillsborough Report week. Better lay off them for a few days. We don't want to get the labelled 'insensitive' now do we.'

'I've put the Tottenham game report on your desk Chief under the headline 'Spurs tear Reading apart'.  Is that a bit too positive do you think?'

Bloody hell boy , you can't go from 'Levy gamble on AVB comes unstuck' to that. Be positively negative like I showed you. Go with ' Defoe fails to secure match ball'.

OK Chief , I'll file the Spurs stuff under ' Accidents waiting to happen' and we will just have to keep our fingers crossed.'

Good. In the meantime do some background research on Rogers and Liverpool. Check Wikipedia, if all else fails make it up. Most of Wiki is invented anyway.  Those Americans are as quick on the trigger as the Russians and David Levy. By October even Lawrenson might be predicting them to lose.

He already has this week Boss. How about, 'Gerrard to retire if Liverpool relegated' as an opener.?

' Nice. Or ' Carroll confident West Ham to finish above Liverpool' You know, subtle stuff, nothing too obvious and then we can go with the 'Rogers, three games to save job' next week

I'm on it Chief. Any mileage in digging up some sour grapes from Harry? You know 70 page dossiers and stuff.?

No let it lie for the moment. AVB seems to have got the media side under control; he's being dignified; the team's playing well; Bale's scored for the first time since January; they're in the top half of the table; all his team selections paid off and even the substitutions worked a treat. But he's only got a stay of execution, not a pardon.

' Gotcha. gGve him a bit of rope eh Chief and we might get an invitation to the funeral.'

Don't start pressing the suit yet boy. It's a long season and AVB has missed the bullet for now. We've plenty of other fish to fry so we don't need to put all our eggs in one basket'.

'That's beautiful style Boss. They don't call you the Headline Hitman for nothing. Actually I quite like Spurs'. 

'Don't get involved in all that hope and despair stuff my lad. Leave that for the Bloggers. They love all that shit'.

'You mean I can't have a favourite team?

Nope. You need a clear and clinical eye if your gonna dish the dirt to all and sundry.  Equal prejudice all round it's the basis of our  integrity. Apart from Sir Alex and Paul Scholes of course.

Seems a bit mean Chief. Am I hard enough for this job?

'I've told you before boy, it's not personal. It's business.. Rogers, AVB, Hughes, Mancini, Di Matteo. I don't care who it is .Someones gotta fall. As long as it's not our circulation. Remember you're only three poor headlines away from the sack in this job'.

OK Boss I'm on my way. 'Lazio, Lazio, Lazio'. Might tell us something when we see the team for Thursday. Did you see him go mad after the goals and then turn round and indicate that everyone should keep calm. I could get to like him'.

' Concentrate boy. You'll never make a sports' reporter if you have favourites. It didn't do Redknapp any good did it? That's apart from Sir Alex of course. Bring me the Liverpool stuff by Friday and we'll review our options'. We'll think about Mancini after the Real Madrid game. Look at the motto on my desk. 'The bigger they come the harder they fall'. Look and learn boy. Look and learn'.

MOM against Reading : Vertonghen, although Sandro had a good game at last, and Lennon, and of course Defoe. ( scored 2 missed 3 but only offside once)

Tottenham starting eleven for Thursday:
Lloris/ Naughton, Dawson,Coulker, Vertonghen/ Livermore, Jenas,Huddlestone/ Dempsey Adebayor, Townsend.

He wouldn't play virtually a second eleven just to prove a point, would he? No probably not. Vertonghen as DM perhaps with Walker at right back. No there's Sunday to think of. Strong team, balanced team, give the squad members a chance? Bale, Sandro, Vertonghen and Defoe on the bench just in case. What do you think?

Jimmy's video and statistics spot.
The Lilywhites are unbeaten at home to Italian sides in Europe (W2 D1).
Lazio have only won two of their last 11 European matches (D3 L6).
The Italians have only won on one of seven trips to England in European competition (D1 L5): 2-1 at Chelsea in the 1999/00 Champions League.(Courtesy Yahoo)
No problem there then.

But here's Spurs in the1984 Final against Anderlecht.
10 minutes of pure nostalgia to get you in the mood.
Even if you've seen it before the tension still gets to you. Apologies for the poor picture quality but the sounds really good. Do you really want to go through all this sort of thing again? Of course you do, starting Thursday.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Has it come to this already?

Let your players do the talking Andres. 
 And don't read the Papers.

The JimmyG2 Column

 Only 34 games to go and we're already in a 'must win' situation according to the press.. A draw won't do and the consequences of a loss are apparently unthinkable. Some fans, who should know better, have even joined in the chorus. Losing Harry for some is like having a leg amputated, you can still feel the pain in your foot.

So what should have been an exciting shiny new season with a new manager in place, a state of the art training centre already opened, and several quality players signed up has already deteriorated into a back biting slug fest between the Press and the Manager.

AVB obviously brings his own baggage from his Chelsea failure and the Gentlemen of the Press are only to happy to give him a hand to carry it. Like the jackals and vultures they are the Press Pack move quickly in for the kill on any straggler they perceive as wounded.

If we can win on Sunday they will move on, Rogers at Liverpool seems the likely next target. They have no interest in being fair or reasonable and since they sold their grandmothers into white slavery years ago for a scoop any fresh victim will do.

So there is a nasty taste in the mouth where the fresh minty flavour of an exciting new season should be. Of course our failure to win any of our first three games doesn't help especially when we conceded points to late goals. The saga of our efforts to replace Modric with the Managers first choice, Moutinho, and the untimely, and to me surprising sale of Van Der Vaart all add to the sense of impending melt-down.

So far AVB has handled himself well, putting on an unconcerned air and a smiling relaxed face in training but as we know from Harry's latest interview the tension is there whatever front he presents to the world. His latest dismissal of a renewed attempt to sign Moutinho in January makes no sense whatsoever and is a piece of Harry type forked tongue, double speak.

It's the trick you play on kids as you are about to take a penalty in the garden. As you approach the ball you point up to the sky and as they look up you slot it home. Of course it only works with five year olds and you ain't fooling me Andres.

Perhaps the rumours that Levy never intended to sign Moutinho in the first place are true. He has told AVB now that ink has dried on his contract that it ain't gonna happen. It's the only explanation that doesn't make us look incompetent and inept.

The latest distraction is the 'L'affaire Hugo Lloris which the Press are delightedly talking up as the Battle of the Titans and a further example of trouble in the camp. I think that Lloris should start; he is the future and the sooner he gets bedded in the better.

Thanks for everything Brad but time to step down and lend your support to both the new men. Sir Alex didn't pussy foot around with the relatively inexperienced De Gea. But apparently Brad will start against Reading in the 'must win' game on Sunday.

We had a relatively easy start to the season (on paper) and in some ways it might have been better if we hadn't.  Last year we lost our opening games with apparent unconcern and then settled into a run of form.
 This year with expectations and hopes running high we had games we expected to win before the paint was dry on the changing room walls. True to form we made a bit of a hash of it and piled even more pressure on ourselves.

But that doesn't make an away game at Reading a 'must win'. It's perhaps a 'should win' on form, Reading have made as ragged a start as ourselves. Our starting line up should feature Dembele for Livermore and Sigurdsson  central behind Adebayor up front in a 4231 with Lennon and Bale wide.

Dawson should replace the ageing and slowing Gallas but as he currently features as captain this is unlikely. AVB has a clear vision which he must communicate to the players, tailor it to the players at his disposal and all he requires then is an early break and a bit of luck and we might just be on our way.

But win, lose or draw there are no 'must wins' at this stage of the season. If you're not in it for the long term abandon ship and gives those that are a bit of space to breathe and dream.

Spurs 2-1

Video Spot.
Hugo Lloris stakes his claim to be Spurs No.1. Quick, brave, the future starts here. Well after Reading anyway. He will do everything that Brad can do and then some. Patience Hugo, show some respect to your elders.


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.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Why Van Der Vaart was sacrificed

It's all for the best, trust me.

The JimmyG2 Column

 Anybody buy the Van Der Vaart story about wanting to spend more time with his wife and family. Some of us fans might have, having gawped at her picture, but a seasoned footballer at the peak of his career?

 And Daniel Levy who has played Baron Stoneyheart in the orphanage panto for several years is hardly likely to discover his softer side when it interferes with the interests of Spurs.

 Nope me neither. He has been sacrificed on the altar of managerial authority after AVB's run in with the senior pro's at Chelsea in the interests of a quiet life. The new broom sweeps cleaner if the place has been vacuumed first and all the cobwebs and spiders removed.

So the New Era and The Revolution will be slightly delayed due to a communications breakdown at Transfer Junction. Levy's Mum recounts many stories about young Daniel missing the bus and being late for school and that may account for the failure, by four minutes, to secure the services of Moutinho.

'Where's your lovely new fountain pen that Uncle Joe gave you, Daniel? Have you got your note excusing you from games.? Get a move on the bus will be here soon. You can't miss it again. Oh that boy.'

Nope I don't buy that either. Can we assume that since all the negotiations were completed that he will be arriving on the next transfer shuttle in January . But as they only have five months to conclude the deal for the manager's main target  it's going to be a damn close run thing.

But knuckle down fans. Levy and AVB are going nowhere. It's hardly a Ramos situation after all. We took eight games to get two points then and here we are today three games in and we've already got the two points in the bag.

In truth we could have won the last two games and drawn at Newcastle. Seven points out of nine and all the doubts would have disappeared. Equally we could have lost all three and the mutterings would by now have become a roar. But there are cracks and they can't be just papered over. A faultering start means that they will be addressed sooner rather than later.

There are very fine margins in football; a missed shot, a brilliant save, a wrong decision by officials can have a big effect. If we had put six or seven points on the board then we would have been talking about winning when your not playing well; citing the example of Manchester United and acquiring a winning mentality and all that.

I believe that AVB is giving things time to work before he makes radical changes. The Livermore/ Sandro combo didn't work, twice, and we can already tick that box. I expect Dembele to start the next game. The Vertonghen/ Gallas pairing is another one to put into the box marked ' tried and found wanting'. Ade might start with Sigurdsson or Dempsey  next time out.

Vertonghen looks classy with the ball at his feet but is less than impressive in the air. Perhaps it's just as well that Dawson is still with us. Caulker is patiently waiting too. You may well ask how we come to have 2.5 strikers; 5 centre halves and four keepers. Safety in numbers?

We are unquestionable a weaker team, Vertonghen is no Ledley just yet, if ever, and we have lost our creative heart with Modric and Van Der Vaart. Without Moutinho the managers first wish we are short of ideas in midfield although the incomers have plenty of pace and desire. It's threatening to become all motion and no notion.

This is not a Champions' League winning group or even a Champions' League qualification winning group. We may well be surprised and delighted by Siggy, Dembele and Dempsey, in the longer run, and hopefully we will play some eye candy football while we are getting there.

I am not unduly concerned by all this, I have said all along that with so much upheaval in terms of players and back room staff we will take time to settle into AVB's ways. So much change as always with a new manager means that this could well turn out to be a season of re-adjustment.

This is not how I felt on Saturday night after a poor overall performance and another late loss of two points but my rule is not to post when I am angry, disappointed or hungry. I leave all that to the Musings faithful. When all else fails we still have Bentley and JJ to pull things round.
 Points to ponder.(New feature)
Why sign top ranked Lloris if Brad is to retain his place?
Why sign Dempsey who has behaved just as badly, if not worse than Luka?
Why make a late bid for Berbatov after his Modric and Dempsey like disrespect for the club.
Sauce goose: gander likewise.

 Video Spot. Tom Huddlestone.
A reminder of what Tom can do to compensate us all for his red card on return from last year's injury ravaged season. A harsh decision perhaps but why lunge on the half way line? It looked more from lack of pitch time than evil intent. Note to all Spurs midfielders: 'Stay on your feet'.