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Friday, 26 October 2018

A winning day yesterday and another winner today

Well writing about Tottenham has taken somewhat of a back seat as business ventures have taken priority and  productive time spent taking money off the bookies

I do use high street shops, although exchanges allow us to trade now so that want would once have been losing bets can actually be turned into winning bets.

Canyon City was a nice 6/4 winner yesterday, although it was backed into Evs and then the three football games all won in the evening, Barcelona (1/3) and Leeds United, (4/11) who were both at home and Nottingham Forest (10/11), who were away.

The treble paid 2.47/1, (£34.71 to £10 stakes) and the fourfold with the horse racing winner 7.68/1 (£86.78 to £10 stakes).

The single on Canyon City paid £25 to the £10 stake and that was played up onto today's winner Lil Rockerfeller which won at 10/11 to take winnings tp £47.73.

Rockerfeller was backed with Palermo in Serie B in Italy, who were 8/11 against a team who haven't taken a single point away from home this season, while Palermo have won 4 of their last 5 games and sit 3rd in the table.

The other team in the treble are NK Lokomotiva in the Croatian 1st Division who were 1/4 shots and if they both win tonight then the rollover winnings will be £357.70, which is not bad for 2 days work.

That then gets pocketed and I start again with another Acca, assuming I can find one, at £10.

If people want access to these regular earners then drop me a line through the contact form. I think I'm pretty stupid to only charge people £10 a month, but I just do it for a select few rather than as a business.


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Pochettino monitoring Neves

Pochettino Monitoring Neves


Transfer Talk

The Gambling Times are just one of the outlets suggesting that Tottenham are monitoring the situation of 21-year-old (22 next March) Wolverhampton Wanderers defensive midfielder Rúben Neves.

The Portuguese international  (he has 5 full international caps) is under contract at Molineux until 2023. he signed an extension on 2 July this summer.

He has 1 Portugal B cap (1 goal), 25 Under-21 caps (4 goals), 2 Under-18 caps, 31 Under-17 caps (2goals), 10 Under-16 caps (1 goal) and 2 Under-15 caps.

He and fellow Portuguese international, 31-year-old (32 in September) João Moutinho, were a class apart for Wolves against West Ham United on Saturday. Their pass accuracy stats were; Ruben Neves 90.5% and Joao Moutinho 92.4%.

After the first three games, Neves was also the most accurate long ball passer in the Premier League, Rúben Neves (Wolves) 20, David Luiz (Chelsea) 19, Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) 19.

Spurs are not the only team interested, apparently, Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is interested as is Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Director of Football Txiki Begiristain and super agent Jorge Mendes get on really well and City are inquiring about his situation at Wolves.

Liverpool are showing interest and from Italy, Portuguese Soccer on Twitter are reporting Juventus are following Neves too.


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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Watford vs Tottenham

Watford vs Tottenham

Sunday 2nd September
Kick off 4pm at Vicarage Road
Live on Sky Sports from 3:30pm

Two teams with a perfect record so far go head to head in a North London derby.

While Tottenham have won the first four games of a Premier League Premier League campaign before, a win for Watford would propel the Hornets to new heights

Watford have had five previous Premier League seasons and in the opening three matches have amasses 13 points in 15 games. That rather demonstrates how well they are performing this season with 9 points out of a possible 9.

Against Spurs Watford are winless. In 13 matches they have drawn 3 and lost 10.

Last season Watford were unbeaten after four games and their season could be split into two. Their home form was good, their away form was abysmal.

Watford’s Roberto Pereyra has had a hand in nine goals in his last nine Premier League appearances at Vicarage Road, 7 goals and 2 assists.

Gino Pozzo has rejected a formal offer of £125 million for a 35.7% stake from New York-based media company Prolific Media Holdings. They value Watford at £350 million. 

Tottenham have also made a better start to this season than last. Last season after three games Spurs had just 4 points.

Spurs ended the 2017/18 English Premier League as the second-strongest away team, winning 10 games, drawing 4 games and losing 5 games. Nine of the ten wins were against sides outside of the top six, hence all the talk about the Manchester United result.

Harry Kane has scored 4 goals against Watford.

Stat attack: 63% of Watford’s home matches last season produced over 2.5 goals.
In the last four home encounters against Spurs, Watford have been shown 15 yellow cards (3.75 on average). 

Tottenham have scored in 20 of their last 21 away matches in all competitions.


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Leicester to hold Liverpool

Leicester to hold Liverpool

Leicester City are a team who play on the counter-attack and thus they are better equipped than many to play against the top teams who are going to dominate possession.

Playing without the ball was how they won the Premier League, they counter-attacked brilliantly and defied all the stats to keep their momentum right to the end.

That was a season in which we could just not catch them and a few signings in the January of that season wouldn't have made any difference either if Lucas Moura is anything to go by. There is a measure of our fans who blindly think that if we had bought it would have meant a Premier League win but history tells us our new signings need time to adjust usually so there is every chance they would have had a detrimental, not beneficial impact.

Recent history has shown Leicester are quite capable of picking up points at home against the top six sides. Last season they won seven out of a possible 18 points against the big six at home (W2, D1, L3).

A year ago, Leicester lost at home to Liverpool in a game they should have won. They can take encouragement from the fact they have beaten Liverpool in three of there last four matches and they've also beaten Liverpool in three of their last four clashes at the King Power in all competitions at the King Power Stadium.

That has come over a three-year span so it would be nice for us if they kept that going at lunchtime on Saturday.

The Foxes have also won two games this season and played well in defeat on an opening day to Manchester United. They are hampered by the loss of Jamie Vardy as a result of his red card.

Incidentally, I totally disagree with anyone retiring from international football, it is a selfish act. If your country wants you should be there at all times. Retiring seems to have become a fashion accessory.
Young Leicester City winger Demarai Gray is a player we have been continually linked with for the past few years and he has looked sharp in the opening month of the season. The 22-year-old (23 next June) scored in their last game.

You can't knock Liverpool at the moment though, they are flying with three wins out of three and no goals conceded. They have though played perennial relegation fodder and bottom of the table West Ham United, along with Brighton at Anfield, with only10-man Crystal Palace away at Selhurst Park.

While you can only beat what is in front of you, you still have to question the validity of the results going forward. It would be easy to read too much into them too early.

Liverpool have never won their opening four games in a Premier League season and 74% of their away games produced more than 2.5 goals last season. No goals conceded this term might suggest they have tightened up at the back, certainly they have a better goalkeeper!

60% of Leicester’s defeats in 2017/18 came with them trailing at half-time.
Liverpool have been ahead at half time in 13 of their last 15 victories.
5 out of the last 6 H2H encounters have seen over 2.5 goals scored and/or both teams to score.

Fingers crossed that Leicester takes a point off Liverpool at least. From a betting point of view that area is where the value would lie. My concern is that having sold Mahrez and Vardy out too, one wonders where the goals would come from.


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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho

Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho


Mourinho at Chelsea produced teams that were solid and waited for you to make a mistake and they would punish you. It happened to us time and time again, not just us though.

At Old Trafford on Monday night, Spurs did a Mourinho on Mourinho and punished the Manchester United mistakes.

Former Manchester United manager Ron 'Big Ron' Atkinson, from 1981-86 won the FA Cup twice and the Charity Shield. His win rate as Man U manager was 50%.:

"I wish Lucas Moura was playing for United, what a player he looked, sharp, bright and he's laid in with two goals and was always a threat.

"The lad up front with Kane has given them an added dimension. They're a bigger threat now than I would have thought before the season started."

Manchester United legend Pat Crerand, winner of two league titles, a European Cup and the FA Cup in his eight years at the club as a player. he was also assistant manager for four years.

"Spurs were the better team, they deserved to win. Spurs got better and better as the game went on and finished up deserved winners."

Lou Macari played over 400 games for Manchester United between 1973 and 1984 winning the FA Cup,Charity Shield twice and the Second Division title.

"When you miss a few chances it's possibly not going to be your night and if there is a team to punish you, it'll be Spurs. They're good enough to punish any team in the Premier League."

Former Scotland and Everton striker and former Sky Sports presenter Andy Gray:

"Manchester United beaten by a brighter, more organised, more cohesive, more talented team tonight, in all departments. They were better than Manchester United in all departments.

For the first goal, Gray described that Manchester United were man-marking instead of the zonal defence of Wolves and Manchester City. There were also two on the screen at the front of the goal to head away a short corner.

He went on to say that both were looking at the ball but because Harry Kane is a better player than Phil Jones, he picked up the flight of the ball quicker and was able to drop behind him and take up a great position. He still had a lot to do, a lot to do.

Jones was beaten before the ball came into the box. Jones was intimidated that he was marking Harry Kane. The centre-half should be stronger. It's a stunning header, superb bit of movement world class, top header. That's one of the best against one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

For Spurs second goal the whole of the back four, as it was at the time, were out of position, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera.

If Luke Shaw had been closer to Trippier he could have cut off the pass. Smalling knows where the two in front of him are, he plays offside and raises his hand but Herrera is miles behind him playing everyone onside. 

Smalling can't know what is happening behind him, he ought to realise he has a midfield player playing as a centre-back and that there may be runs behind him from someone like Dele Alli, so to step up to try and play offside is amateurish.

He has just assumed everyone is in a line. Why wasn't captain Valencia shouting at Herrera to step up in line with everyone else? Was there no communication in the United defence?

Eriksen made the same run he had made earlier in the game to have acres of space, this time he picked out Moura who fired home under a pathetic challenge from Herrera.

The third goal, well Fred, who cost £56m couldn't even work out the bounce of the ball. Harry Kane read it and backed off. Fred jumped and missed it, he was nowhere near it. Kane quickly got his head up and looked for Moura. 

The pass was on and he played in Moura quickly giving him the time and space to run at and destroy Smalling. The Man U centre-back tried to tackle with the wrong foot and paid the price.

Former Tottenham midfielder and one of the better pundits on TV Jermain Jenas felt Lucas Moura should have had a penalty in the first half and Dele Alli was way to honest and should have gone down, that was another penalty and the Harry Kane pulling off Lindelof at the back stick, that was another opportunity there.

He went on to say he didn't feel it was one of the typical Spurs performances, popping it around, beautiful on the eye, but they dug in. He thought Alderweireld, Vertonghen were brilliant at the back, he thought Dembele put in a shift as well.

Jenas questioned whether Jones and Smalling are even capable of playing in a back three and that having Herrera in there totally destroyed any understanding there might have been.

In a back three, you have to know when to squeeze up, at what time you squeeze up, when to drop off and they are used to playing in a back four so had their wires crossed.


Spurs in line for a good Champions League

Spurs in line for a good Champions League


The UEFA Champions League will soon be upon us and the draw takes place at 5pm UK time today.

Spurs are in Pot 2 so we can't be drawn against Manchester United (UK), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Porto (Portugal), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Benfica (Portugal), Napoli (Italy) or Roma (Italy).

That I feel makes a significant difference to last year when we were in Pot 3. If you look at who is in Pot 3 and Pot 4 I don't think we will get an overly tough draw, regardless of who we get in Pot 1.

We can't be drawn against Liverpool from Pot 3 either so that just leaves 7 others.

Why change when change is not necessary? 
This was the question asked by Tottenham in summer. 
OK so Tottenham tried to sign some players, but only top players who could bring something to the squad. One such target was Anthony Martial who Manchester United simply refused to release. 
Against Tottenham at Old Trafford the Frenchman, who missed out on a squad place at the World Cup, wasn't even in the matchday squad, yet it is claimed they wanted a ridiculous £100 million (€110.3m) for him!
If a side won't release a player you can't sign them. I think a few fans forget this.
Spurs remained the same team, same ambitions. The moment to raise some trophies to the sky has arrived. Pochettino starts again with the same group and the season has begun with three straight wins.
The young squad have twelve months more experience after being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Juventus, when quite frankly we should have gone through. We fell to a sucker punch conceding two goals in each tie in quick succession.
THE STAR: Harry Kane - The Tottenham man is one of the top strikers in the world, not just the Premier League. His goalscoring record is phenomenal.
He continually resists all talk over a transfer insisting Tottenham is his club and it's where he wants to stay and win things. He has signed a new contract until 2024 which will see him earn £15.87 million (€17.5m) net per season. 
His goals do all the talking, last year 41 goals in 48 games, including 7 goals in the UEFA Champions League. He picked up the Golden Boot at the World Cup leading England to a semi-final spot.
THE TRAINER: Mauricio Pochettino - He too, like Harry Kane, has resisted the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid. 
The new Tottenham seems more solid than last year. The game against Manchester United showed so much potential after a sticky first half.
But now is the point where the club needs to start winning trophies and the players are now talking about that as being their goal. 

Tottenham Hotspur 2018-2019: 

GOALKEEPERS - Paulo Gazzaniga, Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm
DEFENDERS - Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Juan Foyth, Danny Rose, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker-Peters
MIDFIELDERS - Dele Alli, Luke Amos, Mousa Dembelè, Eric Dier, Chtistian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks
STRIKERS - Vincent Janssen, Harry Kane, Fernando Llorente, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Josh Onomah, Heung-min Son 
MANAGER: Mauricio Pochettino


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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Son Heung-min in the Asian Games Final

Son Heung-min in the Asian Games Final

Son Heung-min is now one win away from being exempt from military service after South Korea Under-23'smade it through to the 18th Asian Games final.

The multi-sport event is being held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. The football tournament takes place between 10 August and 1 September.
South Korea overcame Iran 2-0 in the last 16, Uzbekistan 4-3 in the quarter-finals and Vietnam 3-1 in the semifinals.

South Korea finished second in Group E to reach the knockout stages of the tournament, while Vietnam topped Group D.

Hwang U is the leading scorer at the tournament with 9 goals, his nearest rival has 4, there are 9 players tied on 4goals.

Japan and the United Arab Emirates contest the other semi-final. Japan finished second in Group D, while United Arab Emirates finished 3rd in Group C.

Anything can happen in a final, but surely South Korea have an excellent chance, in what is the last chance saloon for Sonny to avoid compulsory military service for 2 years.

Good luck Sonny, I'm sure all Spurs fans are rooting for you.



Rose, Eriksen, Pochettino, Moura

Rose, Eriksen, Pochettino, Moura


Danny Rose is now set to stay at Spurs according to reports in all the media, surprising that given there wasn't a chance of him leaving anyway. Journalists showing they don't understand football again, just writing.

The England international is part of our homegrown and club-trained players, if he went it affects our UEFA Champions League squad and it affects the non-homegrown players we can pick.

For that reason alone there is no chance of him going anywhere as we can now not address that issue until January, when we are unlikely to want to see him leave if we are still in the Champions League anyway, or more likely next summer.

"If I'm here past Friday, which I'm expecting to be, which will be great, I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at the end of the season. Me and the manager have had a conversation over the phone, as well as two one-hour meetings over the last couple of weeks."
Journalists got that one wrong, they have also been trying to make an issue out of Christian Eriksen and after suggesting Barcelona and Real Madrid, then turned to PSG, who can't actually afford to buy players at the moment. They need to sell to conform to Financial Fair Play.

Mauricio Pochettino was asked what the key to the win at Old Trafford was and his reply is something all those Twitter fans shouting for money to be spent should take onboard. Other clubs didn't want to release the players we wanted to buy, just as Alderweireld, Dembele and Rose didn't go anywhere.

"I think it's the belief. It's always the belief in the way we work, the trust, the confidence and of course all together trying to fight for one objective.

"Today was clear that we were a team, not only on the pitch but outside it and I think that this week was so good.

"We worked so hard preparing the game and yes it's so important. Of course we have very good players but if we don't show that togetherness it's so difficult to win at a place like Old Trafford."

We have assembled a team, a squad within our financial constraints, constraints some fans simply refuse to believe or understand.

Lucas Moura was thought to be the next big Brazilian when he went to PSG and it didn't work out for him there, so instead of paying £100m like Barcelona did for Ousame Dembele, who has flopped, we picked him up for £25m and look to bring out the player that is in there.

What a bargain if we do, he triples in value immediately then and like it or not you always have to aware of the sale price of any player just in case they decide they want to move on.

This was our team on Monday night.

Lloris £11.8m
Trippier £3.5m Alderweireld £11.5m Vertonghen £9.5m Rose £1m Dier £4m Dembele £15m Alli £5m Eriksen £11.5m Moura £25m Kane £0 Total: £97.8m Pogba cost: £89m

Our policy clearly works. The team is good enough to win trophies and will be added to as and when it becomes possible to get the right players, not just any players.



Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Spurs thump man United

Spurs thump man United

Mauricio Pochettino wore all black to Mourinho’s funeral last night as Spurs thumped Manchester United in the second half after being lucky to go into half-time 0-0.

Had Lukaku scored an open goal after a horrendous Danny Rose back pass then the game may well have been different. Mourinho sides usually shut up shop when they have scored one.

Hugo Lloris' arrest last week for drink driving came after a dinner with Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny and manager Mauricio Pochettino was "very, very angry" according to L'Équipe. 

The speculation whether he would play was plain daft, an editor doesn't stop publishing a journalist's pieces because of a drink-driving charge, why on earth should Lloris not play?

He did play and make a significant contribution with some excellent saves and a good all-round display that went unnoticed by many a fan on Twitter.

The Spurs motto is "Audere est Facere", which means "To Dare is To Do" and perhaps some Spurs fans should dare to support the side instead of slagging us off because the club isn't run to their failure recipe.

I have dared to dream (pre-season article) that we will finish second this season, behind Manchester City and ahead of Liverpool with Manchester United finishing 4th, Chelsea 5th and Arsenal 6th,
will be daring to dream that this could just be their year.

Nothing I saw last night leads me to change that opinion, yes we need to tighten up defensively, but we are not fully fit yet, some players have only had 3 weeks training so mentally as well as physically they are not sharp.

We finished third in 2015-16, second in 2016-17 and third in 2017-18. Can Tottenham be genuine title challengers this season? Maximum points after three games, two away and one at home, one of the top six rivals defeated.

I keep saying, since I suggested this path in April 2013, keep a young side together and they will grow together, they will learn the system better. The start to this season is evidence that you do not always have to spend big.

Net spends since June 2016:
Mourinho - £310m 
Chelsea - £145m 
Klopp - £108m 
Pochettino - £42m

Spurs started the day down in sixth, we ended it second as we joined Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford with three wins from their first three league games of the season.

If Harry Kane had slotted home his header at the back post or Dele Alli taken one of his chances or Lucas Moura put Dele through or Dele going down for a clear penalty, then that additional goal would have taken Mauricio Pochettino and the team to the top.

It was Harry Kane who opened the scoring with a guided header and he has now scored at 25 of the 28 grounds in which he has played in the Premier League. The exceptions being the Boleyn Ground (West Ham United), the Stadium of Light (Sunderland) and Cardiff City Stadium.

Lucas Moura grabbed himself a couple and the Brazilian has been directly involved in eight goals in his eight starts since joining Tottenham (4 goals and 4 assists).

Moura told Sky Sports after the game:

"I said before the game we are able to win. I did very well tonight, I am so proud of my team-mates. I cannot explain what I'm feeling in this minute.

"I came to Spurs to win because I believe in the project, the club and the players. If we play like this every game I know it's difficult but we are able to win the Premier League and that's why I am here.

"We are here - step by step to work hard. We will keep on working and let's see what happens."

His pace alongside Kane gives us something extra. He drives at defenders and teams cannot leave themselves exposed at the back. 

Players have to keep an eye on him and be wary of his pace even when he isn't doing anything. That frees up space for Christian Eriksen to operate and Nemanja Matić couldn't handle him.

He spent his time last season learning to prepare for this season, which is why I saw him as a new signing this summer without signing anyone.

He, Winks coming back from injury is another like a new signing, the emergence of Luke Amoss, the retaining of Mousa Dembele has allowed Mousa Sissoko to leave on loan for a season with Turkish side Fenerbache.

By the way, his departure frees up a non-homegrown place in our UEFA Champions League squad, so we can now name Erik Lamela in it after we had to omit his name from the group stages last season, although he was also recovering from injury.Juan Foyth had to be left out of the squad too.

Mention should go to Kieran Trippier again. He scored the winner last week and this week he came up with an assist. It was his corner that Kane headed home.

The England international has provided six Premier League assists for Harry Kane since the start of last season, which is more than any other Spurs player.

Trippier was substituted after 75 minutes after Marouane Fellaini had trodden on his foot. Let's hope it is nothing serious and that he hasn't broken a bone in his foot.

His game until then was:
 • Most touches (64) • Most aerial-duels won (4) • Most chances created (3) • Second-most passes (44)

Danny Rose was turned into an England international when his performances were worse than Serge Aurier last season. Kyle Walker was turned into a £50m player, another with constant errors. Kieran Trippier has been turned into an England international and Ben Davies is looking for more solid than when he first arrived.

Why not give Pochettino time to develop Serge Aurier instead of getting on the guys back? Just a thought.

Spurs fans are raving over Toby Alderweireld, seeming forgetting or not realising his positional errors that meant he had to make last-ditch interceptions to prevent United scoring. He had a very good game, but there was clear room for improvement.

Jan Vertonghen went about his business quietly and kept Romelu Lukaku in his pocket all night. He had one chance from that terrible Danny Rose back-pass and one header when drifting into Toby territory in the first half.

Incidentally, I'll repeat that all the talk of Danny Rose leaving for France is in my opinion nonsense. He is a homegrown player and his departure would once again reduce the number on non-homegrown players we could name in the Champions League. For that reason alone I do not see him being allowed to leave this summer.

I'd have been happy to swap him for Luke Shaw in the summer. Rose was nowhere near his old form so there is plenty of mental work to be done.

On 30 August 2013, Tottenham Hotspurs snapped up Ajax attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen for £11.5 million (€13.5m). I'll just let that sink in. The Twitter idiots have all been spouting the Eriksen to PSG rubbish. The French club have now explained they are not interested in him.

Sorry, but a journalist worth his salt ought to know PSG are looking to sell players to conform to Financial Fair Play, they simply can't afford a £100m player right now. Like I keep saying, if you look at things with logic and common sense the answers are there, not to today's journalists it seems.

Some say he had a quiet night but it was his run and cross to Lucas Moura for our second goal that all but sealed the game.

dele Alli was superb,as was Mousa Dembele, one could mention all the Spurs players, so I'll throw in a mention for Eric Dier before going off to Mauricio Pochettino and the TV interviews.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the win, congratulated all the players individually and the fans. He spoke to Sky Sports after the game in his usual open and honest style.

"It is a massive, massive victory. It can provide us very good confidence and trust with how we are working. We know the end of the season is too far away, we need to keep pushing, trying to be consistent. Let's keep calm and working hard is the most important thing.

"They were better than us in the first half. Second half we had the possibility to score and we dominated the game. I am so happy because 3-0 in the second half it is like the coaching staff have an effect, but the credit goes to the players. We have our philosophy and we try to respect that, but the credit goes to the players because they believe.

"We'll see what happens with the title challenge. The most important thing is to keep calm. If at the end of the season with 10 games to go and we are in a good position then we have already shown we can fight.

"We have good players and good staff, unbelievable fans. We are going to have one of the better stadiums. The club is working so hard and trying to deliver that as soon as possible."

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live the Tottenham manager reiterated some points he made to Sky Sports and added to them.

"It is a massive victory for us and I am very proud of the performance. It is difficult to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. They were better in the first half but we dominated from then on, and the clean sheet was a bonus.

"It is only the start of the season and we need to be consistent. We need to be realistic but want to keep pushing and building our fitness. A lot of our players have only had three weeks training but we want to build something special.

"This is my fifth year and I have good relationship with my players. We have shared a lot of things over that time and the appreciation is normal. We are in a very important period for our club with the new stadium and everyone is showing a big commitment."



Monday, 27 August 2018

2007-2017 Newcastle under Ashley v Spurs under Levy

2007-2017 Newcastle under Ashley v Spurs under Levy

First there was that superb article from an Aston Villa fan about how the clubs have gone in different directions since Daniel Levy took over and how they wish they had a chairman like Levy, the envy of fans up and down the country.

You can read about that here: Comparing Aston Villa to Spurs under Levy

Now we have the wonderful Swiaa Ramle on Twitter answering a question about the fortunes of the 7th richest club in the country when Mike Ashley took over in 2007 against the 6th richest club in the country at the time, and still, Tottenham Hotspur.

When he took over Newcastle finished in 11th place and Tottenham finished in 12th. We are now regular Top 4 finishers while Newcastle have finished better than 10th on only 1occasionn.

Newcastle United have broken even under Mile Ashley while Tottenham Have made a £215m profit, most of which has been accumulated in the last four seasons when we have had to produce financial results that allow ed us to get the best interest rates for our bank loans to build the new stadium.

Tottenham have made a £188 profit over those 4 fours while Newcastle have made a £47m loss.

Clubs have to be self-sufficient now, what they spend they have to generate, thus increasing income is of paramount importance, especially when you take into account 93% of trophies are won by clubs with a bigger wage bill than Spurs.

Throw in our win and only 5.72% of trophies have been won by clubs with less income and less wage bill than us.

Newcastle United income has fallen by £1m from £87m to £86m, which in real terms over 10 years is a drastic reduction, when to compete Ashley should have been concentrating on building the income base.

Tottenham under Daniel Levy have trippled income in the same period. Is it any wonder the different fortunes of the two clubs on the field now. Money pays for football, football doesn't bring in the money.

Tottenham income in 2007 was £103m and now it is £306m which has brought better players, a rise up the Premier League and now UEFA Champions League football. Spurs have progressed towards winning trophies and Newcastle United have regressed.

Back in 2007 Newcastle received more from broadcasting rights than we did. In 2017 we received £117m more. In 2016 when Newcastle were last in the Premier League we received £38m more.

Spurs have received £231m more than Newcastle from the Premier League, the Toon have been relegated twice of course.

Under Mike Ashley Newcastle have qualified for the UEFA Europa League once, prior to him they qualified for the UEFA Champions League twice and the Europa League 6 times.

While Newcastle have earned (at today's exchange rate) £4.62m from European competition, Spurs have earned £161.93m.

Match day income for Newcastle has sunk £10m from £34m to £23m while Tottenham's match day income has risen from £35m to £45m and will double when the new stadium is completed.

Commercial income at Newcastle has dropped £13m from £28m down to £15m while during the same period Spurs' commercial income has grown from £34m to £73m, an increase of £39m.

The all important wages bill has seen Spurs triple from £44m to £127m while Newcastle, who had the 5th highest wage bill in the Premier League in 2007 has seen an increase of just £20m.

That statistic tells you everything, wages control football.

Income controls wages.

Fans argue football is about winning trophies, and it is, but simply concentrating on a football team and ignoring the infrastructure that helps generate income to pay the wages to win trophies, hasn't worked for Newcastle.

In 10 years Mike Asley has spent £10m on infrastructure, Tottenham are building a brand new stadium, have built a state-of-the-art training facility and players lodge that England and Brazil have both used. Spurs have currently spent over half a billion on infrastructure.

It should be noted that once stadium expenditure is paid for then money can be diverted to team strengthening. In the meantime, the cost will be at set levels, but there will still be money available to divert to team strengthening. That though is a whole new subject, misunderstood by many a fan.

While trophies look just around the corner for Tottenham and fans can enjoy Champions League nights, the same doesn't look to be on the horizon for Newcastle United.

I guess all those anti-Levy fans want a guy like Mike Ashley running the club!



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