Thursday, 24 April 2014

Part 7 - Les Ferdinand has to go

Spurs Need To Go Mental - Part 7

In Part 6 of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series last night I looked at Gareth Bale and asked why our players don't have his mental attitude and suggested a mere £20,000 could have prevented the Erik Lamela fiasco. Spurs could do more for their foreign imports and the players could take responsibility themselves.

In Part 7 of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series tonight I talk a little about nutrition, suggest Spurs should employ the best staff rather than mates and that I believe Les Ferdinand therefore has to go.

The body is a temple, well to a footballer or any athlete it should be, it is their livelihood. It should be looked after all the time to enable optimum performance in every event and every training session.

Les Ferdinand has to go

Nutrition and medicine has advanced and Premier League clubs are paying far more attention to these details that they once used to. Massage is mandatory the day after every game and after a day off for instance.

For two hours after exercise the body will soak up as many nutrients as it can so it is essential to feed footballers as soon after exercise as possible to provide optimum recovery ready for the following days training.

The 4 hour period leading up to physical exercise is critical and strict nutrition and hydration principles should be observed in the player is to be in optimum physical condition. Failure to adhere to these principles and his performance will be affected, the longer the game goes on the more the effect will become apparent.

Tiredness leads to a loss of concentration and mistakes, it will lead to wrong decisions being made and the more wrong decisions the greater detrimental affect it has on the team as a whole of course.

The body sleeps for 8 hours where it takes in no nutrition but uses up the carbohydrate reserves it has. For a nutrition and hydration programme to work to its optimum then a strict diet has to be observed thus players who go on a drinking binge or tuck into a takeaway are destroying it's effect.

Caffine is a big no no before or after exercise as this affects hydration. Players shouldn't eat for 2 hours prior to exercise other than a light snack to avoid hunger. Doing so dramatically effects the benefits of training and over exerts the body as the heart is then trying to pump blood to the muscles while also trying to pump it to the digestive system, putting the individual at risk of a heart attack.

Highly trained athletes can divert blood to the muscles better than you or I as their body has been trained to do this. This does mean that the 2 hour period is far more critical for them as they will have minimal blood (5%) to maintain the digestive system.

In simple terms the less you eat before exercise the more blood you have available for the muscles and the better your performance. Do not take that as medical advice and not eat anything after waking and then making yourself unwell. If you are going to exercise consult your doctor.

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Part 2 - The mental shift Spurs must make to be successful
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There are many many aspects that can be studied to make just minor adjustments and I haven't even scratched the surface with nutrition but the room for improvement and the room for a player negating that improvement is great.

Are Tottenham employing the best nutritionist, the best medical staff, the best coaches or are we employing mates? If you think about it football clubs tend to let their managers employ their friends, people they have worked with before, not necessarily the best people for the job.

Now that is another aspect which could be vastly improved upon. If we want to be the best we should be employing the best principles within our financial constraints.

To be frank Les Ferdinand to me signifies all that is wrong. He is Tim Sherwood's mate but as a coach you have to have grave doubts about him. As a player excellent but players do not always make the best managers or coaches. Once they stop playing all they have to draw upon is how they were coached and if that was wrong they will just repeat it.

Les Ferdinand has to go

Les Ferdinand is a striker who couldn't teach Jermain Defoe to attack the 6 yard box for tap-ins or any of our centre-forwards to get on the end of a cross. Why not?

Now as a first team coach he doesn't see the point of a holding midfielder when every successful team uses one. That sort of mentality is the mentality we could do without.

If you think about it a player at the end of his career has to then learn a new trade and while he is learning that trade he is given expensive assets he is supposed to be improving with out dated and antiquated knowledge.

I mentioned it before, fire and passion will get you so far and they are vital but without knowledge you are lost.

Tottenham should be sourcing the best coaches in all areas for the club to be the best it can be and I don't think we do.

In Part 8 of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series tomorrow night look a tSuccession Planning, Fan Bonding, Performance Responsibility, Reading The Game and the attention to detail needed to be a success.

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Paulinho bid turned down

Il Tempo have revealed that Tottenham have turned down the first bid from Roma for Brazilian Paulinho.

Paulinho bid turned down

There story claims that Roma and Tottenham have been talking for weeks about a possible transfer. Roma initially wanted to loan the player for a season with an option to purchase which was immediately rejected by Spurs.

If a move were to take place then only a sale and not a loan would be acceptable, with a loan merely reducing the players value as a year of his contract would have expired.

Roma they claim have made an offer which has been rejected and they now say they wish Paulinho to openly state he wants to move to Roma.

This all sound of so familiar, put in a low bid, then ask the player to try and force a move so he can be bought on the cheap. Roma wanted to purchase the player last summer but we beat them to the Brazilian after we assured him Gareth Bale was staying.

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Rudi Garcia is believed to see him as the ideal figure in a 4-3-3 formation which is surely what we bought him for and then never played it. It seems crazy to me that we have bought players to play a system we haven't employed because if you look at the signing it's clear they are best suited to 4-3-3.

Lamela and Chadli with Soldado as an attacking three was the expected line up but two of those three for whatever reason have failed to deliver what we bought and thus we have had to play with a winger meaning a different system.

Roma will be in the Champions League next season while we may just creep into the last Europa League place. It's wait and see what Paulinho does next, we have already had one I'm unhappy at Spurs story, will we now get another.

Lloris admits Spurs are mentally weak

Hugo Lloris has been one of the few shining lights in an otherwise disastrous season. Prone to an error a game, as the team have got worse he seems to have got better and is making less mistakes himself then previously, unfortunately the same can not be said for most of his teammates.

Lloris admits Spurs are mentally weak

The mental side of sport is everything and Lloris reveals Spurs are mentally weak in a damming assessment of his teams performances this year. His comments totally back up the theme of the Spurs Need To Go Mental series of which Part 7 will be released tonight.

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Part 5 - Spurs need Gareth Bale's attitude 
Part 4 - Spurs need to assess players better
Part 3 - Spurs players should learn from Harry Kane
Part 2 - The mental shift Spurs must make to be successful
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Hugo began by talking about ambition and ambition is fine but it has to be coupled with goal setting, you have to set specific goals and then devise a plan to work towards that goal. Liverpool haven't just accidentally found themselves at the top of the table and it is not simply because they have had no European football but they set goals, employed a sports psychologist to instil the right mental attitude, which can be done in 30 minutes a day and worked towards those goals.

"I think all the players in the squad have the ambition to play in the Champions League and it is the ambition of the club as well. The fans expect this competition, but we are in the Premier League and it is not easy to get a ticket.

"This season we had a good start, but after the defeat against City away we lost a bit of confidence. After that we were in trouble, especially with concentration. We conceded a lot of goals after individual mistakes and you know when you play against top teams it is too difficult to come back in the game."

Those quotes are very revealing and worrying, we lost confidence he said. That shouts mental weakness, There are a multitude of skilful players , ours are skilful, just as skilful as the players in the top four but the one crucial factor that separated winners from losers is the mental approach. How to react to a loss, falling to pieces as individual players have done is not down to a manager it is down to the individual and their own personal mental make up. Lloris is admitting Spurs are mentally weak.

"When you play a team at the bottom of the league or the second half of the table, you have a chance to come back as we did against West Brom, as we did again against Fulham.

"We have to improve, we know this season that the top-four, top-five teams were better than us so we have to keep working and hope to be better next season."

Hope is not going to change anything, that suggests to me that it is all down to the manager, he is expecting someone to come in and suddenly change the players from being mentally weak and losing confidence to being mentally strong thus avoiding loss of concentration and individual mistakes to improve the team.

The individual player needs to take some responsibility for their own mental state rather than place the blame on someone else. Lloris has shown his ability to handle a tough situation and that is what separates him from others, the manager hasn't given him that, he has himself.

A new manager can not wave a magic wand and turn weak minds into strong ones unless he has the foresight to employ specialist and provide attention to detail.

When Lloris was then asked whether he hoped Tottenham were capable of taking strides forward next season, he like Tim Sherwood pulled no punches and spoke honestly, if Sherwood had said these words he would have been crucified by a section of Spurs fans.

"It will be difficult to do worse, especially against the top four or five teams.

"I mean, we conceded a lot of bad defeats. This season we had sometimes the feeling that we gave up. We can't allow this kind of behaviour. We have to show more character.

"We did it in different games but we have to keep our mentality at the best level, because in this league you have to be 100 percent every time you play.

"It's strange because we have a feeling that we can play at a very high level, but we can also play at a very bad level during the same game. It has put us in trouble a lot of times this season."

It's not strange at all Hugo to anyone who knows the mental side of sport in 90% of the game and skill is 10%. A player can't be a winner if he doesn't have a winning mentality, how many Spurs players do you think have that mentality?

I'll do my best and see what happens isn't good enough because with that mentality it is impossible to give your best, there is more to come you don't even know about.

It is about time we started educating the players as my Spurs Need To Go Mental series says. Make sure you check out the links and read them each evening.

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