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Monday, 22 September 2014

Tin Man Tottenham: if he only had a heart.

If I only had a heart and now I've run out of steam.

The JimmyG2 Column.
The Wizard of Oz Edition.

 So how was it for you? Make that, just how bad was it for you?
Worst you've ever seen Spurs play? Ever?
Worst you've seen Spurs play at White Hart Lane only?
Worst you've ever seen since the Premiership began?
Worst since ENIC took over?
Worst this calendar year?
Worst since Mauricio took over?
Or perhaps you disagree and feel we were unlucky with the ref, the pitch, the crowd, the weather and the opposition.

Plenty of support for the first two, very little for the last.
Shock horror Spurs fans stand united at last.

From back to front, Lloris of course excluded, and from start to finish, team selection, substitutions,
individual performances, effort, add your own criterion, this was a mess. I was going to put a dog's dinner but my dog wouldn't even sniff at it.

Our new captain burdened by the cares of office looked decidedly edgy but then who wouldn't playing alongside Chiriches who had his ineptly exciting side on full display. Our new vice captain went AWOL from the start.

The other one having fallen out with Pochettino was confined to barracks. Allegedly. Whatever could go wrong for Mauricio has gone wrong and in some style. But he has only himself to blame with his team and captaincy decisions.

His half time talk, rant, plea whatever, inspired the team to plumb new depths of apathy and substitutions were too little, too late again.

 Adebayor and Chiriches should have been off at half time if not sooner. Chiriches and Kaboul should never have been paired.

As for the rest Danny Rose was MOM again which tells a lot of the story. Capoue made some impact in the first half and Lamela tried but showed no vision. Eriksen gave a master class in how not to take free kicks and corners. 

Dier for Chiriches and the much maligned Kyle Naughton in his place would have been sensible. OK Mauricio you've made your point to the management we have an unbalanced squad but don't push your luck..

When the bottom of the league team' supporters are chanting 'Can we play you every week?' you begin to hope you've reached rock bottom and that the only way is up. But Forest in the Capital 1 Cup on Wednesday might test that theory, possibly to destruction.

The next few fixtures might prove terminal for Pochettino's prospects Oh yes they might. Four managers in a year makes you suspect that something is up. The spectre of Santini and Ramos rears up.

So here's another little quiz to take your mind off the impending visit to Arsenal which could be dramatic but not in a nice way. 

How long has Mauricio got?
  1. Gone by Xmas
  2. Gone before the next transfer window.
  3. Gone by Jimmy Greaves and my birthday. (20th Feb. since you ask)
  4. Will see out the season.
  5. 18 months, same as the average for all last dozen or so managers
  6. Will see out his contract.
Good odds available on 6) I'll warrant. Might have a sneaky sixpence on 4) but things had better look up soon.

Even Cane Hoy who probably don't care much about the football anyway, they're another Investment Company for Christ's sake, watched this one from behind the sofa which is where I'll be Saturday tea-time.

Normally I would opt for the take a draw now option ahead of a visit to The Emirates but to be honest at the moment I would take loss and a show of spirit.

Mr. Pochettino has a plan and a system, a vision even but not the players to implement it. At this stage of the season best to stop ramming square pegs into round holes. Just let them go on and run about a bit.

Which would be a lot more than they did on Sunday. I don't suppose Mauricio is short of good advice. Apart from The Musings that is. Harry will pop up soon and opine,' With that squad he should win the league. Timothy is sniggering in the shadows.

Of course there will be some in the, bad day at the office; early days; Coach exploring his squad; W.Brom not as bad as they are painted party. I've been there myself often. Too often. But Sunday really stole the Garibaldi.

Those that don't learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Mauricio has dug himself into a hole with this squad and you know the advice: Stop digging.

Back to basics. Courage and heart and effort. Pick those that give a damn. Is it too late to get Dawson, Holtby and Sandro back? Bentaleb and Kane are in the same boat. What they lack in talent they more than make up for with attitude.

Jimmy's Video  clip: Somewhere over the rainbow.

Made for Spurs: blue birds flying; dare to dream; dreams coming true; clouds far behind; troubles melting away. Somewhere over the rainbow, well it certainly wasn't at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high.
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?

Been dreaming too long mate. Reality eventually dawns. Well this week anyway



Son of the Cockerel said...

Surely there is something we're all missing. AVB is currently the happiest bunny in the former Soviet Union hutch with a perfect 8 out of 8 at Zenit, 'Arry's current lot have shown occasional flashes of commitment, and it can only be a matter of time before Tim finds a happy home. The names change but nothing else. Is it the fans (i.e. us)? Is it Daniel? Is it in the soil at WHL?. Please, please, please someone come up with an explanation. I'm sure Mauricio is a capable and competent guy yet being a Spurs fan feels like we're extras in a sixties sci-fi film whereby every new coaches brain is subverted by some alien force, so just like all the others he starts acting in a weird way, making bizarre tactical decisions and looking befuddled as the team punch below their weight.
Half a crown on another Crimbo managerial departure at WHL Towers for me

spurgatso said...

Mate I<
've got £100 @ 135/1 riding on poncho being gone by Xmas ,looking good at the moment.I have absolutley no idea how Poncho got his reputation.Like you say Tim must be sniggering somewhere.

Anonymous said...

you got poch we got koeman.

Anonymous said...

I think you should see a doctor. Depression is curable...

Steven Morris said...

Personally I think the players have lost faith in Uncle Fester and lost faith in the club. Our beloved Spurs are in real real trouble and it's going to take more than what is over the rainbow to sort it out.

JimmyG2 said...

Son Of The Cockerel
I expect you are too young to remember a radio comedy character whose catch phrase was
'The answer lies in the soil' You may be on to something.
Restless and impatient CEO is the answer I think. Too much change no time to build or settle.

I'm not depressed, disappointed, angry, though I should be used to it by now. I'll be fine by Wednesday night.

Steven Morris
Too many new players, heart of the team sold, too many managers. We need along term vision not short term short cuts up cul de sacs.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Bring on the Dustbins.

It is dispiriting how a disciplined opponent can so easily stop us in our tracks. It was all a bit witless too soon on Sunday. The alacrity with which Poch's tactics morph into those of AVB's final season is worrying.

Still, any excuse for Judy Garland is a fine fine one.

The night is bitter,
The stars have lost their glitter,
The wind grows colder
Suddenly you're older
And all because
We simply cannot break deep lying teams down at the Lane!!!!

Cheshuntboy said...

Even though Southampton are the closest PL club to my current home, I've never taken much interest in them, and didn't realise just how many good players they had until last summer's fire sale - they had seven or eight who would have walked into our 'best' eleven, and yet Poch was being praised to the skies for keeping them out of the relegation struggle! He may not be AVB (I hope!) but it seems clear that he got the WHL job by virtue of being fashionably foreign, with NOTHING in his CV to date to justify such a risky appointment.
Levy has yet again thrown the club into turmoil because he knows nothing about football (and how much more evidence does his fan club need before they see the light? The list of disastrous appointments is approaching double figures FFS!) and I'd be very surprised if our current manager sees out the season.
If he does, it will probably be more from an official recognition that the halcyon days of Harry, Bale and the CL are well and truly over for the forseeable future than because the ill-assorted and misfiring Spurs machine has suddenly sparked into life.

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