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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Spurs Enter the Unknown

Is it a known unknown or an unknown unknown?
The JimmyG2 Column.
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 don't know.

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 serving.

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 out later..

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 oven'.

 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.

After the 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 top place?

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.


Anonymous said...

Real Madrid will grab him first

Anonymous said...

you clearly took your own advice, wandered into the unknown and now are lost, never to be seen or heard of again.

JimmyG2 said...

Nope just been on holiday for two weeks without wi-fi, papers or TV but am now back refreshed, suntanned and ready to muse.
We got Paulinho right, next up Benteke and the sale of Ade.

Harvey The Hudd said...

Hi JimmyG2, glad to hear you had a decent break, free of all false knowns and known unknowns etc etc.
I wish I had your will-power. But sadly, I just can't drag myself away from the constant hail storm of patently spurious ITK transfer gossip.
Pleased we put down a marker with a trophy signing early doors. Would have preferred a playmaker such as Christian Eriksen but Paulinho's decent, for sure.
How do you see the striker situation? I'd certainly be happy with Benteke. Do you think we need to sign two of them or will JD and Deuce be sufficient back-up?
I wonder whether we ever had any interest in Mario Gomez? Our eggs it seems were firmly planted in the David Villa basket.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.

JimmyG2 said...

Harvey the Hudd.
Your concern and good wishes are gratifying.
ITK and other speculation is pretty much nonsense and I find it easy to ignore. Benteke I would like but he won't be enough as Defoe will flatter to deceive once again. New blog deals with the David Villa situation.Pity.
Still need 'creative' Modric and VDV replacements though I have hopes for Siggy, Dembele? Who knows. Not a great fan but happy to be proved wrong.

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