As a famous American, not Clint
Dempsey, nor even Brad Friedel, but an even more famous American than both of these, once said:
There are known knowns: things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is
to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there
are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we
These are surprisingly wise
words from the American Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, who
generally speaking particularly with regard to the Iraq war was both dangerous and self
I'm pretty certain that Brad
would have made a better Secretary of Defence than Donald would have
made a goalkeeper. This is not so much a known known as a
guess. Whether he would have made a better striker than Clint is
firmly in the realms of known unknowns.
He omitted of course the
crucial part of this; those things we think we know but are
completely wrong about. False knowns as they are known. Like the existence
of weapons of mass destruction before we invaded Iraq. Most ITK information comes into this category. These are
sometimes known as guesses or even fabrications.
How does this apply to THFC? I
can hear you asking and I'm coming to that. A lot of what Daniel Levy
does is in firm known unknowns territory. During the transfer window
we have no idea what is going on and very occasionally we find
ITK of course acts as a
smokescreen for this kind of activity and may well be generated by The Small Leaks Dept. within THFC itself to cover Daniel's tracks. The
Leandro saga is a perfect example of a rumour masquerading as a fact,
or is it the other way round?
So what do we actually know? Franco
Baldini's arrival is now a fact and thus elevated from a known unknown
to a known known. Although the system is the preferred set up of
Daniel the choice of personnel was largely determined by AVB which makes good
sense to me.
We can assume from this that AVB will be staying. Leaving now would be like
inviting people round for a meal and going out for a drink on your
own as soon as they arrived. A whole new take on 'Your dinner's in
The DOF system was put on hold as Harry doesn't need such
help, just a mate to share the driving and tell him what a good
job he's doing..
Newcastle did it a different
way: appointed a DOF with a loose mouth who loves the limelight without consulting the
Manager resulting in the immediate resignation of the Managing
Director and general disgruntlement by the fans and Alan Shearer. Spurs method has
more chance of success in my view. I give Pardew until Xmas.
Signings are all still in the
known unknowns category as is the future of GB. I was 90% sure that
he would stay at the end of the season. This dropped to 70% at the
height of the Real Madrid nonsense and the AVB to PSG stuff. I'm back
at 80 % at the moment.
Signings are firmly in the
known knowns because we haven't actually made any yet. But as your targets increase
in quality so the problems over fees, wages and bids from other teams
mount. We may have to wait until the richer Champions' League rivals get back from Tesco's with their carrier bags full of goodies.
Where will we finish this
season? Now there's a real journey into the unknown. What will count as
success or failure? Anything less than top four will be rightly
regarded all round as more than disappointing.
Year of Transition and with a settled management structure unlike most of
our rivals and a couple of key signings we should be good to go into
upper reaches of the Premier League but can we mount a challenge for the
Probably not but as Sir William
Nicholson once said:
"It is better to fail aiming high than to
succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so
high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory."
Good luck with that thought if we only manage 5th again.
Musings nomination for the best signing of last season. Hugo Lloris.
(Graphics by Alon Berg)
Jimmy's Video Spot: Paulinho
A more likely signing than others we have been linked with. A goal scoring Brazilian in the Sandro mould Looks good enough to me and a bargain at around £20 million. We think we know about this one and remember we are not always wrong.
Musings Likelihood rating: Quietly confident unless Real Madrid grab him first.
Welcome to No News from Anywhere apart
from a little back office revelation of which more later. All quiet
then on the Tottenham Front. The lads are dispersed throughout the
world of sea, sunshine and sand and even if Musings knew where they were we
wouldn't tell you.
They surely deserve a break from the
high pressure world of Premiership football having laboured for so
little reward in the vineyard of frustration and pain. After all
money isn't everything, though I'd rather be miserable with it than
None of our elite squad have been sold
or let go apart from Gallas and Bentley and some youngsters who are at the end of their
contracts and and as yet no new playmates have arrived. Playmates in
the sense of people to play football with not 'Playmates' in
the....Well you know full well what I mean. I should think one or two
of them are knee deep in 'Playmates'.
Some of our targets have made their
excuses and declared themselves 'off the market' due to the lack of
Champions' League or their present clubs whispering sweet fortunes in
their ears, as indeed we are with our Gareth.
Some were never in the frame in the
first place and one or two who shall be nameless have been lit up in
neon for far too long and should be quietly switched off and allowed
to cool down.. We are making ourselves look rather foolish pursuing
players that clearly don't want to come to us.
Meanwhile the list of players we are
'considering making a bid for' or even 'swooping' for gets longer by
the day We are still hanging onto our crown jewel despite a report
that he has signed for Real Madrid for £90 million. Even in the
crazy world of football nobody, not even Real Madrid, will pay that
especially while Ronaldo stays. Worth three Modric's: hmmm.
Levy's money saver collapses.
However the really hot wash news which I can reveal today is that that an
experiment designed to save money has been abandoned. The project
estimated to save upwards of several pounds initiated by Levy last Xmas
and kept a closely guarded secret will not continue. It was
abandoned after the first disastrous month.
The scheme was the revival of the old
amateur system of the lads taking home their kit to wash in their own
time and at their own expense. The lady who used to do the washing, an
old girl friend of Defoe's, referred to in a friendly way
as 'The Scrubber', has been reinstated .
The scheme started on the wrong foot when it was discovered that Aaron couldn't reach the
washing line and his request for a step ladder was turned down by
Daniel on cost grounds. The application to lower the line was
rejected by Health and Safety as it would be a hazard to
Hugo kept dashing out and taking his
kit in whenever a passing cloud loomed and his jersey was always damp, a
health hazard in itself, and he was warned of the likely consequences
by the club doctor.
Kyle Walker couldn't work out the
washing instructions and after several shirts had shrunk after being
washed at too high a temperature he was taken off the scheme. He
was simply the first of many which led to the scheme being abandoned.
Gareth couldn't take part as his line
was already full of nappies from baby Alba. He was given permission
to opt out on compassionate grounds. AVB himself took Bale's kit home
as one of the many inducements to keep him at the club.
Benny tie-dyed his on day one with disastrous results; Jermain simply refused to release his kit for inspection; Ade tried to
renegotiate his contract to take account of his increased domestic
bills and Big Tom wasn't quick enough to take advantage of the brief sunny
periods in a wet winter.
Sandro kicked the living shit out of
his washing machine when it developed a fault and had to withdraw; Daws headstrong as always picked up the bleach
instead of conditioner and his kit fell to pieces. Siggy searched in vain for a hot spring
in the Enfield area.
Scotty forgot to let go of his socks when
loading and was drawn head first into the drum and spent some time in
casualty. Jan Vertonghen, Moussa and Tom Carroll were the
only members of the squad that not only washed and dried their kit
but brought it back ironed neatly and folded tidily.
In the end DL said he
would wash everyone's kit for them but a suitable fee could not be agreed in
time for next season. It's the first item in Franco Baldini's in tray when he joins us.
I hope you will forgive me for washing
the THFC dirty linen in public but I thought you might prefer to
read about this little domestic saga, which is exclusive to The
'Musings' by the way, rather than being teased with the usual
transfer rumours. More Tales from White Hart Lane as and when.
A warm Musings welcome to Spurs Fan, Alon Berg, who supplies the opening graphic of 'Sandrobeast' for today's column. Much more from him in the future.
Jimmy's Video Spot;
We began with the mighty beast so let's end with him. Here is some footage illustrating the good feeling in the camp at the start of last season.. With Scotty on the wane he is going to be absolutely crucial to us next season and we hope to see him on the pitch very soon alongside our other beast Kaboul. They will have to fight it out for the uber beast title. Younes didn't have to face the washing machine test though and might have the edge.
There just ain't no cure for the Summer Time blues.
The JimmyG2 Column
Bored with life? Tired? Listless?
Headaches? Warts? Losing the will to live? Try 'New Signings', the only
guaranteed way to banish those close season blues. A new striker or
two will lighten the step; a creative midfielder will bring that
smile back to our faces.
Above all a positive announcement on
Bale, our multi award winning star, five and counting to date would
certainly banish the doubts and fears. It won't of course be enough.
Can you see any fans welcoming the new season if we kept the same
squad for next year. So we're back to the New Signings Wonder Cure.
Well that's what the ITK boys as they
stagger out of the crypt into the cruel light of day would have us
believe: 'a signing a day keeps the heartache at bay'. Only this will
help us forget the agonies of last season and set us up for the
glories of the next. It doesn't seem to matter who we sign, somebody
or other preferably from abroad will do.
And then we can bag up all those items
we've grown out of and leave them in a bundle outside the
Championship Charity shop. New Improved Persil Washes Whiter. Which
implies that the Old Persil wasn't up to the job. Can we get our
Actually I'm getting less and less
satisfied with the failure to usurp Arsenal in the top four as time
goes on. It's like toothache, a dull nagging pain that sneaks up on
you just when you had forgotten all about it.
As teenagers say, 'It's so unfair' and
makes our recruitment hopes so difficult. Leandro has already said
that he wants to play in the Champions' League. Excuses. Excuses
Musings didn't think that he would come to us anyway.
But hopefully it will disappear as
toothache does on the morning of your dental appointment when the
first pre-season games start, or the draw for the Europa is made, or
David Villa is pictured next to AVB on the pitch at WHL both wearing
the scarf. Or even each wearing the scarf.
I am not arguing that we don't need to
upgrade in one or two places but I am ignoring the snowstorm of rumour and gossip until
something actually happens in the real world. Then I will dig myself
out from the avalanche of fictitious gossip, hearsay and invention
with the shovel of fact and the snowplough of truth.
Meanwhile I am of course following the
England team's travails with rapt attention. Or should that be
'trapped revulsion' or even 'crap retention'. They nearly succeeded in losing to
Ireland and Roy has shrewdly analysed the situation: we don't win
enough games. The team were as ponderous and uninspiring as the man
Defoe was as aimless for England as he
has been recently for Spurs. It is clear that Harry's famous
injunction to Pavlyuchenko was based on the performances of Defoe. On
one occasion the trajectory of his run accidentally coincided with
the trajectory of the ball and he then appeared to deliberately pass
to Theo Walcott. This was later denied by his agent.
However against Brazil they got up off the canvas at half time and all but won what developed into quite a thrilling encounter. Joe Hart's heroics kept us alive in the first half and goals by Rooney and Oxlade- Chamberlain nearly snatched it. England, Brazil, Thrilling, Roy Hodgson. what's going on?
On the brighter side: Jan (edit) Vertonghen:
Awarded the title of best central
defender by 'Stat Zone'. We like the boy's attitude and his
football skills generally. But he is fingered as the culprit on goal
analysis sites (see Windy's blog) more often than Benny, Walker or
Dawson though their errors are usually more spectacular.
He is very
good with the ball in front of him but is slow to turn and recover and caught out of position at times. But he displays lots of
quality and potential and if Kaboul recaptures his fitness quickly the prospect of
him and Vertonghen as our first choice pairing is something to look forward to.
Statistics that may or may not have some
England: B licence coaches..
coaches..... .21,000..population..50 million
Clearly Spain and Germany's recent
successes at all levels of the game are purely coincidental.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
All 93 of Spur's goals in competitive games for the 2012/2013 season.
Pick your favourite. Mine is the cheeky Lennon goal against Sunderland. Pop it round the corner and dash round and put it in. Well Gareth's got more silverware than he knows what to do with. What happened to that Defoe fella that featured prominently in the first half of the season? 11 before Xmas and not much after.