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Am amazed we did'nt get Samba or Cahill.
This transfer window sum up the gulf between us and the other top 4 teams (and Liverpool).
I'm as enthusiastic now as before the Hearts game and after Liverpool & Man C games.
I guess we must have a warchest for the next transfer window when we are 20 behind the leaders and are knackered playing 2nd rate Euro teams.
Looking at the money in, money out situation, it seems pretty clear that Levy doesn't reckon 'arry will be around long term, and is building a pot for the new guy.
Lets hope Scottie Parker can run around in front of the central defenders a lot, clearing up, otherwise we are, as you say, "foooked".
The Modric saga will be interesting to watch though.
I agree with the stadium plan...
Yet the Arse have a fantastic stadium but seem to be going backwards...
I do believe that since the PL, especially since Roman came and now Citeh's billions, it's just going to spiral...who's going to be the next big takeover?
I am genuinely concerned about some of these teams if the big money pulls out...or how many clubs will go bust in the meantime trying to compete.
I think in Levy we've got a guy who has stood by his word, has a business head, can bring in a player like VdV on good terms, and a manager in HR who can bring stability.
I'm putting 2 + 2 + 2 together but may be getting 7!!
I think the wage bill has had to be chopped and the minimal amount of new faces in to save cash. The cahill deal didn't go through because - allegedly - we wouldn't stump up the extra 2 mill that Bolton wanted.
Levy must be getting to the point where he realises the Olympic stadium is a no-go irrespective of what the judicial review comes up with. Spurs didn't meet the criteria and thats all there is to it.
Modric is already out player and an integral part of the team, the fact that he's worth £40m+ is irrelevant. Its no good us having a sparkly new stadium if we're in the Championship, hence not selling our best players.
This all just my opinion but Levy and, probably more importantly, those above him know full well we need a bigger stadium to be able to raise our pay structure. In turn we'll be able to attract better players. No point paying through the nose for ok players in the meantime.
I believe we need a bigger stadium more desperately than getting into the CL next season. Maybe they're thinking the same and decided they might as well just get on with it.
I share your point of view Graeme and believe this may be what Levy and the board are starting to prepare for, but you have to admit while doing this we'd all love to see Spurs continue with the good run we've been on over the last couple of years. If we can't, like i said, i'd accept premiership survival until it's done and dusted.
Getting to the point, i don't envy the board , Levy or 'Arry because the club still needs to spend money on players, the prices being inflated by PSG, Man City, Chelsea etc, just to stand still. A fine balance, i for one wouldn't like the headache.
I think they may have got the balance right this season, if that's what is happening, and the club should forget about the olympic stadium and announce the new site or the plans for WHL's revamp.
I guess what i'm asking is: how do you save money for a new stadium while keeping the fans happy and continuing to 'grow' the team?
I sort of disagree with the WHL revamp - would prefer Levy swallow his pride and just agree to keep the bloody running track in the OS and move in the fall of '12.
I'm not buying the whole argument of people will not show up because the view will be terrible with a running track. There are plenty of stadiums out there that operate as football stadiums that have running tracks. Look at 'Estádio Olímpico João Havelange' in Brazil - the view doesn't look all that bad.
Sure the view from the top of the Olympic stadiums end caps might be bad but you can always heavily discount those seats or close the area of.
Add in the superior transportation links and the attractiveness of the venue and you open up opportunities in the off-season for other events i.e. revenue generation.
Seems like a no-brainer to me. Get a stadium as quick as we can to keep the momentum going.
Trevor, I know what you're saying that we'd love us to continue the good run we had whilst sorting out the new stadium. But I think that what we've done is demonstrate just how difficult it is to be in the Champions League and do well the Premiership to ensure you qualify for the CL again the next season. To do that you have to have immense quality in depth. That means more big-name players and more big wage-earners.
We need a consistently larger income to compete and that only comes from a significantly larger stadium complete with naming rights etc.
Tim, I know what you're saying, almost ready-made stadium etc but I genuinely believe that running track will detract from the atmosphere. I know we're one of the loudest sets of fans in the Premiership/any league but that track is a passion-killer!!
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