Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I was right after all: Tottenham shopped for manager

Oh, so after all the abuse and accusations of rumor mongering by Tottenham fans in the comments of yesterday’s article, I am vindicated. Tottenham were shopping for managers, they did approach Juande Ramos, and he rejected them.

Beyond that, you guys sat around buying the line your club was bandying about saying that Jol’s job is secure and that there was no fallout with Dimitar Berbatov. It’s all true. Almost always, when everyone starts making statements denying a ‘rumor’ (chairman, agents, manager, player) all at once, you can pretty much bank on it being true. This was just a means to keep the unity within the club high, but attempting to lie to everyone generally falls on its face. Not to sound like some weathered journalist or anything, but if there is one thing I have learned keeping this blog over the last 4 years it’s that you should just present the truth to the fans about what happened. It’s easier. “Look, we had an argument, I thought this, he thought that, we resolved it and now we are back to focusing on winning”.

Now what you have is an admonition that Spurs approached the Sevilla manager in what he called a ‘dizzying’ offer in this ‘I met with a person who met with a person’ way so it could easily be denied. Too late. Then you have Spurs telling Jol that his job was safe providing he delivered Champions League football and then Jol and Levy out there telling everyone things were dandy. Hug for the camera coys, I mean boys.

The only thing more dizzying than the offer made to Ramos is the web Spurs is weaving. Do you really think the players are going to give 100% to a manager now that everyone knows they are shopping for another? I doubt it. Ever had a guy at work that everyone knew was on the way out except him? Notice how radioactive that guy got? This is one of the reasons there are no trophies in the cabinet.

Martin Jol is a good, good manager and has solved quite a lot of problems at the club. He's not perfect, notably he gets beaten tactically but he's done quite well and deserves a season of support from fans and front office to show what he can do.



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Anonymous Allyjspurs said...

Excuse me MR Smug if you re-read Ramos' quote, he said the club was 'SURELY' Tottenham, he says he didn't meet them but assumed it was them...so before you get all smug he hasn't actually confirmed anything, still circumstancial but as per usual that's enough for you journos to sell a few extra copies isn't it. You just wind up pressure and make stories modern journos try sticking to reporting the facts.

8/22/2007 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Yid said...

Dimetar Berbatov?

Who's that?

8/22/2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allyj, wipe the egg off your face, you and I both know that it was Spurs, you just can't admit it.

8/22/2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, you can hear the wind in here... where are all the rightous fans so willing to trash the guy now????

8/22/2007 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Spurs boy said...

There is only one way to deal with the situation and that is to change the agenda. My suggestion would be to buy Matty Taylor, Riquelme and Curtis Davies for a total fee of £30m with Levy announcing that he got the chequebook out for his beloved Martin Jol to show his backing for the Jolly Dutchman. We all have a love in.. Everyone realises that Ramos would have joined Spurs, only to be poached by Chelsea in a years time and that everyting is rosy in the White Hart Lane garden... We can hope!!

8/22/2007 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Allyjspurs said...

no egg on my face, read what the guy said, spurs have officially denied any offer was made. He didn't confirm it was spurs, read his quote, im sure if he did spurs would sue him, your point?

The Media just cant handle the fact they didnt get Jol sacked, they are the ones with egg on their faces by printing rumours with no facts.

8/22/2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The press, bloggers, the board, Martin Jol himself, the players and bad luck are all to blame for this mess. Tottenham is still though a interesting club to follow because there is always some kind of speculations going on, transfer rumours / raws etc. I wish Martin Jol all the best and I would be more impressed if we reached UEFA-cup this season than the previous one. Try to have some patience everyone, next season we will be even more prepared. All the component are there now except a good tackler in the midfield and maybe a left wing. Still we have good players in the squad and unless they are heartstruck and underperform we should do well.

8/22/2007 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Take a look at your life...

Losing jobs?
Wife claim you dont listen?
Kids acting out?
Car accidents, road rage?
Drink problems?
Unable to admit your are wrong?

all signs of stubborn denial

8/22/2007 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Allyjspurs said...

Losing jobs? er no I am happily in my 11th year in the City thanks

Wife claim you dont listen? Im not married have g/f

Kids acting out? No kids

Car accidents, road rage? Never had a car accident or suffered road rage

Drink problems? I dont drink that much

Unable to admit your are wrong? I am the first the admit when Im wrong unfortuantly journos dont follow the same rule.

I just read the facts I wouldnt make a good journo.

8/22/2007 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Andre Botelho - Soccer Articles said...

Tottenham has to adapt to the market so this was no surprise for me.

8/22/2007 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Allyjspurs said...

and now Spurs have officially denied any offer was made, so Mr Football commentator you going to sue spurs for lying? or you going to accept you have used unproven sources and like most the media spun a story??

If not then I expect yer writ to be presented to Spurs FC this evening...

8/22/2007 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh you moron, of course they're going to deny it? You honestly think a top-tier football club is going to publicly admit to seeking a new manager whilst the old one is still employed?

Whether or not its true, the facts point towards everyone who slated FC for making shit up as having egg on their faces. Deal with it.

8/23/2007 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Allyjspurs said...

Oh how very clever...a journo if he's right sue Tottenham, I notice he hasnt, what not sure on your facts ?

8/24/2007 4:34 PM  

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