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The JimmyG2 Column
The fans are stirring themselves up for action.
Joe Lewis, ENIC, Daniel Levy, Baldini, Chirpy, tea lady, OUT. The last in the list is likely to be the only one to take the fall before Mauricio. Where will it all end?
I'm putting my money on Mauricio getting sacked before ENIC quit. It's Daniel's default setting. 'Trouble at Mill?', sack my latest appointment. That would be four managers in three years Mr.CEO. You're really spoiling us.
Well I'm paid to give you my opinion so here it is. Players, managers and owners are temporary. Fans are forever not just for Xmas. This has been an increasingly disappointing couple of years but it will end without our 'help'.
In fact our 'help' makes the situation worse. Levy will interpret the boos as backing for him to sack yet another manager. The reality is that terrible decisions have been made by Levy/Enic since the sacking of Harry.
Some would include that too or go back to Martin Jol. Selling the best players, buying the wrong players, hiring and firing managers.
The squad isn't exactly awful though some are playing well below expectations. It might be quicker to list the one's that aren't. But with the fans backing, even against their better judgment, the manager should be given time and the team supported.
What happens above that is well beyond our pay grade and power to influence. Relax and find things to enjoy, Kane, Mason and Hugo and/or laugh at: Fazio's clearances, Kaboul's forward runs, Eriksen's free kicks, Danny Rose's sense of urgency, Adebayor's efforts.
They are all there for our entertainment. Some of us can remember much worse periods. 'But that passed and so will this.' (Anglo Saxon proverb)
Blogging for Spurs is essentially a labour of love. Well until recently that is when it has become more a labour of frustration, disappointment and even despair.
The current haphazardly recruited squad is less than the sum of its parts. Clearly some of that is down to the manager. But a new manager can only play the hand he has been dealt.
It is true that Pochettino has not played his cards well at times. Fazio ahead of Vertonghen against Stoke. Harry Kane getting his deserved Premiership start, but on his own up front?
Mauricio seems to be under the laboring under the delusion that his 5yr.contract means what it says on the tin. Another delusion is that Tottenham, fans are tolerant, supportive and patient. 10 games into the year of transition and patience is running out.
On the pitch however spirit and application are intermittent. Whatever happened to pressing. Has the new Modric, Christian Eriksen, been got at? Expect to find a cuddly new manager under the Xmas tree if things get much worse.
Stoke are a team firmly managed that contrive to be more than the sum of its parts. Its sense of purpose and ability to do the simple things, like pass and mark enabled them to beat us with some ease although we had chances.
If Kane's diving header from a neat chip by Chadli had gone in then things might have been different. Chadli disappeared at that point for a massage and a lie down , then popped up later with a stunning consolation goal with ten minutes to go.
Naughton's red card sealed our fate but when you've got a world class goalkeeper why pick up a red and not give him the chance to do his thing. Not the first of our back four to have the option of the shower room to themselves.
Hopes were briefly raised but it's not nearly enough. Half time changes may look decisive but it's only a reflection of poor initial selections and performances.
Musings mantra has always been 'stability'. Give the man a chance to get in his player choices and settle the team into his ways. But it only needs Daniel to give him his full backing and then he will know his days are numbered.
Last week we advised him not to pick up the phone in case it was Levy. It could be even worse: it might be Harry with some useful advice or worse still Man.Utd. or Liverpool.
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Every cloud as they say. The emergence of Kane and Mason from the Academy with Rose and Townsend is something to enjoy even if only two of them are playing well. If Pochettino stays and I believe he will at least see out the year then the future could be bright.