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  • A Yahoo! User Jan 14, 2009 17:00 Flag

    Taking the heat off Harry for a moment...

    Good points Alan and yeah Id forgot about Cloughie. Rambro also makes some good points about 'ambition' which combined with your comments just about sums up modern football AND exactly where Spurs (and probably Toon) have got it all wrong. Our desire to grab that CL spot has backfired on us. We cant be blamed for that desire but its clouded everyones minds as to the correct way to achieve it.

    Any yid will tell you we secretly think we should be up there in the top 4 all the time and Jol tickled its underbelly for a brief moment. This sent us all (the board too) into a frenzy of optimism and expectation .....all we seem to be focussed on is getting there by any means. (at least before the dreaded R word loomed)
    I hate having to go back to basics (they havent worked for us either over the last 20 years btw) BUT short of doing a Man City.. is there really any OTHER way to get there without building a decent team over time whilst keeping faith in your manager? (PS Citeh havent actually achieved anything yet but if todays transfer speculation is anything to go by....look out!)

    Spurs and Toon have a lot in common methinks (apart from all the obvious similarities)......one thing is for sure ...they are both lucky to have such loyal and passionate fans!

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    • I've said before, I'd really like a manager - foreign or Brit - to ome in and be given a guaranteed 3 years to do whatever they will with the team safe in the knowledge they won't be sacked. It's a gamble, but I agree it's the pressure and ridiculous demand for instant success which is causing us to slip up time and time again. We need a manager who's allowed to explore and build his own team to build success.

      I think Redknapp would have been given this - he appears to have a very different relationship with Levy to our last few managers - but he doesn't want to be in the game for that much longer (I reckon it's a couple of years, 3 or 4 at best), so what's the big plan now? Maybe he's training up Jamie on the sly...