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David Pleat for England manager

7:30 am


David Pleat for England manager

Roy Hodgsom resigned immediately to try to stop a press onslaught against him. He should never have been appointed in the first place, the job should have gone to Harry Redknapp, the nations choice.

The FA know best though and appointed Bungle instead. Who are the people appointing these managers? We had Graham Taylor, a route one specialist who nobody wanted, there was Steve McClaren, who nobody wanted and Roy Hodgson, again who nobody wanted.

The favourite for the job is an FA yes man who was a total flop as a manager. How Ian Wright and Peter Crouch can agree that perhaps he should be appointed because of his work with the Under-21 side is beyond me. Under-21 football is terrible, we don't face any opposition until a major tournament and we flop in them with players who don't try and players who clubs won't let play. You can't give another pathetic appointment.

Quite frankly there are few options, there was nobody on the list that you would want to appoint. Flop Southgate is the long favourite at 6/4. Tim Sherwood anyone! We shouldn't even be contemplating Southgate and if we do it demonstrates that the FA simply do not have the ability to be making these decisions, but then we know that already.

Next is Alan Pardew, a manager who has only ever had one decent season in the Premier League from memory, Eddie Howe, who has had only one season in the Premier League full stop, so the job is a little really for him yet. He could be a future England manager though and may be the man we have to turn to in a couple of years with no other candidates on the horizon.

Gary Neville has no track record to be able to appoint him so he isn't feasible, incredibly Alan Shearer is on the bookies list, that shows how desperate we are, again no experience to able to offer him the job. A xase can be made for Welshman Brendan Rogers, but without Suarez he didn't seem to know what to do.

Next on the bookies list is Harry Redknapp, a definite contender and one option, but before I come to the two other options that make sense, let me first dismiss the route one football of Sam Allardyce, a manager who is trying to buy Eden Dzeko to lump balls to.

So, apart from Harry Redknapp, who could we appoint?

We need someone with managerial experience, someone who has been there and done it, ideally English. We first of I would turn to Scotland and ask Sir Alex Ferguson to take the job, he wouldn't of course. Then ask Arsene Wenger, he wouldn't accept it either. So after trying and failing with those two you turn to two other candidates.

With those two dismissed, who is there left?

Glenn Hoddle was doing a decent job with England until the media got into him and got him the sack. He is one option, the other is completely left field and probably wouldn't even be considered by anyone else, but has the kind of experience we perhaps need right now, David Pleat.

We need a manager with tactical ability and experience. He fits the bill, probably better than any other candidate out there. There is a dearth of feasible candidates around at the moment and for the next two years he could hold the fort. Unless Glenn Hoddle were appointed I'd give either Harry Redknapp, but perhaps preferably David Pleat a two-year contract and not on the daft money we pay managers either.

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Studio debate on Spurs plus Ade, Hoddle, Redknapp, Rose

7:00 pm
A selection of content from around the web, there is a very goof discussion video on Spurs upcoming season as well as a Ben Pearce article, news on Emmanuel Adebayor, a transfer round-up and short audio clips from Harry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle.

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Ben Pearce is always worth a read and he has penned an article for ESPN about where Tottenham stand at the moment. Also on the blog is a good discussion video with a three-man panel, former Scotland and Liverpool right-back Steve Nicol, former Venezuelan international and MLS forward Alejandro Moreno and former Scotland and Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley discussing Tottenham ahead of next season.
ESPN - Tottenham

Emmanuel Adebayor is one of many African stars on the move at the moment, the latest news is the deal has all been concluded, just not announced. Here is the African viewpoint on transfer movements at the moment.
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Togo's all-time top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor, with 28 goals, recently converted to Islam and has spoken of his reasons for doing so to The Siasat Daily.
The Siasat Daily

US-based Fox Sports have a round-up of the transfer stories in their Rumour Mill section involving the potential moves of Mario Balotelli to Lazio, Pedro and Pepe to Manchester United, John Stones and Danny Rose to Chelsea. Adama Traore and Asier Illarramendi to Liverpool. They include podcasts and videos (one of Harry Kane) in a narrative that goes beyond the usual two line newspaper headers you often see.
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Harry Redknapp has questioned the wisdom of playing two friendlies so close to a tough season opener on Saturday against Manchester United at Old Trafford, the 11th time in 14 years Spurs have been away on the opening day of the season. Chelsea are also playing tonight in the Champions Cup so will face a similar problem. You can hear our former boss speaking to Kicca in this short audio.
Kicca - Harry Redknapp

Former Tottenham and England midfielder, the gifted Glenn Hoddle, now a TV pundit, has also been talking to Kicca about our opening day opponents, specifically regarding the recent signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Kicca - Glenn Hoddle

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Depay, Kane and Pochettino

10:40 am
What do we have in the news today?

ESPN tell us that Memphis Depay is wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Tottenham Hotspur according to PSV Eindhoven sporting director, Marcel Brands.

The Dutch club hope to bump up his price but it's highly unlikely that Spurs will pay over the odds for another player who has yet to prove it in a big league. International football counts for nothing when it comes to assessing a player for the demands of the Premier League.

The Spurs win over Newcastle United on Sunday saw Erik Lamela wanting too much time on the ball, Costa Rica had an excellent World Cup but nobody has bought their players. Can Depay cut it in a faster game with less time on the ball, I don't know but gambling to find out, in the way we have with Lamela and Soldado especially, can lead to heavy losses the club could do without.

HITC give us links to Glenn Hoddle and former Liverpool central defender Jamie Carragher 'purring' over 21-year-old Englishman Harry Kane.

For some reason the media have been suggesting he has had a dip in form since his goal scoring England debut but as the commentators pointed out during the game, he has only just scored a hat-trick. A striker can't score unless he has chances and Spurs have been very poor in the last couple of games creatively.

The Tottenham Way also go with the Harry Kane theme bringing us a video of head coach Mauricio Pochettino singing his praises in a post Newcastle United interview. he admits Spurs raised their game after two flat performances against Burnley and Aston Villa. He discusses the lack of focus after the interval again and jokes that now perhaps he may have to pay for a dinner for 30 goal striker Harry Kane.

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Resigned but effectively pushed reveals Hoddle

8:30 am
Out go one old Tottenham guard and in come the new Tottenham guard, that's the story at Queens Park Rangers after Harry Redknapp bizarrely left because of his knee and first team coach Glenn Hoddle left too.

Resigned but effectively pushed reveals Hoddle

Taking over are Head of Football Operations, Les Ferdinand and he will be supported by former Spurs coach Chris Ramsey. The bookies have unsurprisingly made Tim Sherwood, the final member of the triumvirate who took temporary charge at Spurs, as their favourite to be appointed the new manager.

That of course means very little because for some reason I have yet to figure out they seem to have made Sherwood favourite for every vacant position going, even if the club has a director of football. Sherwood feels the manager should have control, not the director of football, but if the manager yes the yes or no on players then he is in control. Sherwood seems to view the post with suspicion as he conformed that the head coach at Tottenham has the final say on signings.

Hoddle confirmed he was leaving to and his words clearly indicate that Redknapp was effectively sacked. In such circumstances you allow the incumbent to leave by mutual consent or to resign for whatever reason, in this case his knee operation.

"I am a bit shocked and surprised, to tell you the truth. We all know football is a results-orientated business but I always felt that given a few more games, Harry could have turned it around down there at the bottom. 
"It would have only taken a couple of good results to have achieved that as it is very tight down there. But that's football for you. I have enjoyed coming back into coaching and I thanked Harry for giving me that opportunity to dip my toe back into the coaching arena. 
"I have enjoyed every minute. I wished him all the best and I do sincerely hope QPR can stay up. I would love the players to turn it around as I have enjoyed working with them - and hope I have improved them."

I have to say I've always liked old Harry and can never understand the daft attitude towards his son Jamie. Some fans seem to have invented he has an axe to grind which isn't actually born out by anything he has done in the media. He has simply been honest in his assessment at Spurs and spot on in much of it as well.

Happy retirement Harry, better get that knee sorted so you can get on the golf course.

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Hoddle on his QPR return & Spurs chances

12:30 pm
Glenn Hoddle was a quite remarkable talent that the England team should have been built around, he was that good, but alas we went for mediocrity instead. 

Glenn Hoddle talks QPR and Spurs

He has managed and was doing an excellent job as England manager until the media decided they wanted a change and hounded him out with a hate campaign.

Many fans today will only know him as a pundit on TV but he used at 3-5-2 system with Swindon Town, Chelsea and sometimes England.

He set up and ran the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain for young players clubs had released to give them another chance to make it as professional footballers. He has turned down over 26 offers to return to management and turned another three down last week he revealed to Sky Sports.

"That really hasn't come into my thought pattern. I've had many offers - funnily enough I had three last week for national teams all around the world - but that's not on my agenda. 
"I've enjoyed my punditry and want to maintain that going forward. It was out of the blue that Harry asked me and it was that I'm the sort of person he wanted. I hope it can be a major advantage to QPR and I can enjoy working in the game again myself. 
"The main reason for me going back was simply that Harry asked me. He felt I could be an addition to the staff at QPR; it’s something he did with Steve McClaren in the past. 
"In terms of what I can bring, I love coaching players, I love looking at team shapes. I feel improving players is a strength of mine and I feel I have the experience to do that. That's what I hope to bring. 
"Also, it's a new experience for me. I like new challenges and to be a coach working under a manager is a first for me; it will be interesting. I have spoken to Kevin [Bond] and Joe [Jordan], met the staff and it will be exciting. I felt it was time to get my coaching head back on again."

He takes on the coaching role part-time so he can continue his punditry work and because he has been brought in to specifically coach the 3-5-2 system. He was asked his thoughts on Tottenham this season and how they'll fare.

"I haven't seen them play, so it's too early to say. The new manager did a fantastic job at Southampton with the way they played and if he gets a response from the players anywhere near that then Spurs can do well. 
"The seven players they brought in last year may be better equipped this season now they know the Premier League. They will be settled, as will their families and they will be better for that. Bringing seven foreign players in, who didn't know the Premier League was a bit of a risk for me, but now they have had a year.  
"If the manager can get his tactics across it will be a positive season."

He feels however that Tottenham are not yet ready fr another top four finish this season.

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Hoddle backs the 'Summer Seven' to come good

6:30 pm
Former Tottenham great Glenn Hoddle does extensive work on TV as a pundit and was asked where he thought Spurs might want to strengthen during the Summer Transfer Window.

Hoddle backs the 'Summer Seven' to come good

“I think it depends on who is going to be leaving. I think they need a centre-half. That’s a given, definitely a centre-half and maybe in the full-back areas and in defence and I think they need cover – but I just think they need to get the best out of those new players that came in in the summer. I think that’s the key to it and they can add on a few players.

“At the beginning of last season, when they sold Gareth Bale and they brought in seven new players, they would have wanted a return to the top four. For whatever reasons that hasn’t happened so I think there will be a tad of disappointment.

“There’s not a problem with the seven players, there are some quality players there.

“I think the fact that none of those had any Premier League experience was the key and that was the mistake that has been made, not the actual players. We haven’t seen the best of them I’ve got to admit.

“They might come good next year, having that one year under their belt and that experience. Now they know the culture of the country, they might feel at home more off the pitch with their families and it could still happen for players like [Roberto] Soldado and [Erik] Lamela and all that.

“I would say if anyone has impressed at times it has been [Christian] Eriksen. In my opinion he really needs to play in the centre of the pitch, where you can see the best of him, so we will wait and see if that happens in the future, but he looks a decent prospect.

“You can’t look that far ahead. If you had asked me the same question this time last year then we’d be saying ‘they’re not in the top four, bad luck’. They have got to become more consistent to get in that top four, it’s as simple as that."

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Hoddle was a part of Greg Dyke’s committee who put forward the controversial ‘B League’ suggestion to try and improve the chances for youngsters in this country.

England simply have too small a pool of players to choose from who play Premier League football regularly, especially in the top teams. Until that is rectified and more youngsters are given a chance England will never be a strong footballing nation.

“It is one of the things the committee have looked at and it could be an advantage to get young players more flexible, playing in a competitive league. I think that is one of the problems we have got.

“I don’t think it would be a ‘B League’ as such, it would be more like B teams which are being monitored and understood and having an association, and I think it is a positive thing yes.”

Tim Sherwood has to be commended for the work he did developing the youth at Tottenham and for then giving them a chance, a chance they took. The new man at the helm has a remit to develop youth as well but how many will get their chance in the first team this season we will have to wait and see.

Harry Kane (20), Tom Carroll (22), Nabil Bentaleb (19) and Zeki Fryers (21) will all be hoping for more chances but we shouldn't forget that Erik Lamela is only 22, Christian Eriksen is 22, Andros Townsend is 22, Danny Rose is 23, Lewis Holtby is 23, Vlad Chiriches is 24, Nacer Chadli is 24 and Kyle Walker is 24.

In addition Milos Veljkovic is only 18, on loan at Swindon Town last season was Ryan Mason 22 and Alex Pritchard 21, while third choice goalkeeper Jordan Archer is only 21.

It will be quite a challenge to develop them all.

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Hoddle misses final defeat

2:30 pm
Glenn Hoddle is a Tottenham legend, a name every fan knows. He was a player before his time with a talent that would make him a £100 million player today.

Hoddle misses final defeat

As a player at Tottenham he won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, the FA Charity Shield in 1981 and the UEFA Cup in 1984. At Monaco he Ligue 1 in 1987/88 and the French Cup in 1991.

As a player manager he won the Football League First Division play-off with Swindon Town in 1991 and was runner-up in the FA Cup Final with Chelsea in 1994.

As a manager at Tottenham he was runner-up in the Worthington Cup in 2002-02.

He knows a little about getting to finals and winning them but also knows the heartbreak of losing.

His nephew George Hoddle had hoped to follow in those footsteps but he was deemed ineligable to take part in the Calvert Trophy. For anyone who played football in their youth at club or representative level can tell you, getting to a final is an exciting time. Not being able to take part because of age restrictions when you have played in all the other rounds must have been heart breaking for the lad.

Young Hoddle plays for Bishop Stortford Under 10's even though he is 2 years younger than his teammates.

Looking at past games he picks up Man of the Match awards so he must have some of his uncles ability. George had taken part in all the other rounds but missed the final which without him his side lost.

Perhaps we will we be seeing another Hoddle at the Lane is years to come.

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Sherwood Scores an Own Goal

8:01 pm
Tim Sherwood from a position of weakness has taken on club idol Glenn Hoddle in a war of words. The fans can see the ineptitude of the current regime, we can see the players couldn't care less about results and performances.

Sherwood scores an own goal

Sherwood himself has criticised his players over their attitude and publicly rebuked them after the Chelsea humiliation. Former players like Match of the Day host Gary Lineker and pundit Hoddle felt publicly shaming the players was a mistake and the fastest way to lose the dressing room.

"It's a different era now," said Hoddle at the time. "I agree he was very honest but personally that's something you say in the dressing room to the players. You might come out and disguise what your feelings are.

"He's being tested now. His testing time is coming now because of this result and other results like Norwich away. That's when Tim Sherwood is going to be tested as a manager.

"But it's not his fault that his players went and made those mistakes, they were individual mistakes.

"That's not down to the manager. He didn't set them up to make those mistakes."

Clearly the dressing room has been lost, the Liverpool performance was a disgrace and the attitude of the players before the game suggested they were not keyed up for it, which the performance confirmed they weren't.

Hoddle could clearly see that and told Sky viewers, "I didn’t like them in tunnel. Vertonghen was leaning against the wall with two hands behind his back.

"They were too relaxed, too flimsy, chatting away, coming here with no steel - and they’ve conceded a dreadful goal straight away.

"You see a little bit of urgency from Tottenham when they have the ball but when Liverpool get it there’s no urgency, no closing down, no energy to win it in the middle third."

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Tim Sherwood has attempted to hit back but just like his side has scored a massive own goal.

“It’s been a long time since Glenn Hoddle’s managed a football team and the game has moved on quite significantly. I’m not saying that it’s anything to do with whether the body language is correct or not, but that wouldn’t have been brought up if we had won the game."

But Tim there was never ever any chance of Spurs winning the game so that is pretty irrelevant. It has been a long time since Tim Sherwood managed a football club, in fact he hasn't so his game moved on remarks are ill advised. If he can't see that the body language of his players shows they couldn't care less then he is blind or hopeless.

“I think you can look at history at some teams who played very well from the outset, probably won the game very easily, and some of them might have been leaning on the walls and doing that, but it never would have been brought up."

Well the fact is they wouldn't have been leaning on the walls because that is not the behaviour of someone mentally on edge and chaneling their nervous energy into a top performance. The man in the street knows that, shouldn't our manager?

Sherwood scores an own goal

“I’ve been a pundit myself. It’s easy to look for something when you’ve got nothing else to talk about, other than to be critical of your ex-side.”

Well if there was something to praise he would but let's be totally honest, which you are not being Mr Sherwood, there isn't anything to praise apart from the professionalism of a few isolated players.

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Hoddle echoes our thoughts

7:45 pm
Glenn Hoddle is a Tottenham man through and through, he was at the club from the age of seven, he played and was light years ahead of his time. He has won trophies, managed the side when we had no money and quite frankly no players. he went on to be a bloody good England manager until the media decided they didn't want him anymore, we haven't had one to compare with him since.

The fact he wasn't given the interim job was a travesty. They guy has been there done it and knows what it takes. We can all see the attitude of the players sucks so incase anyone thinks we don't know what they are talking about, they should listen to yesterdays commentary, listen to Dixon and Hoddle.

Dixon pointed out after a few minutes Spurs haven't turned up and proceeded to tell us if you play a high line the midfield must press or you are asking for trouble. The midfield didn't press at all, yet amazingly some fans want to blame the defence who were left to try and pick up the pieces. It is irrelevant that he is Arsenal, he is a winner and knows his football, he was spot on.

Glenn Hoddle has spoken of the abysmal attitude of the players showing before the game they couldn't care less. Being a TV pundit he couldn't say it in quite those terms but there is no doubt what he meant. The mental attitude has been wrong for months, it hasn't suddenly just happened. What we see on the pitch virtually every game was shown graphically in the tunnel.

Hoddle echoes our thoughts

"I didn’t like them in tunnel,’ Hoddle said. "Vertonghen was leaning against the wall with two hands behind his back."

That tells you I'm not up for this, I'll go out there and play like it's a kick about on a Sunday afternoon with my mates. Too relaxed is TV talk for he doesn't care.

"They were too relaxed, too flimsy, chatting away, coming here with no steel - and they’ve conceded a dreadful goal straight away."

Eriksen fell asleep, didn't track Johnson's run, which he had ages of time to see, Vetonghen makes a woeful half hearted attempt and answers on a post card what Kaboul was trying to do, pass it to the goalkeeper it looked like. Quite why when Lloris would not then be allowed to pick it up goodness knows. A couple of minutes game over, goodnight.

"You see a little bit of urgency from Tottenham when they have the ball but when Liverpool get it there’s no urgency, no closing down, no energy to win it in the middle third."

Exactly the though of Lee Dixon who has won a trophy or two and of most Tottenham fans. All they did was educate the watching millions who didn't already know our players couldn't care less.

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After the Benfica tie Hoddle said,

"Tottenham spent £110m replacing Gareth Bale and Tom Huddlestone with a deluge of new signings in the summer. Good players, but not great ones.

"The club have bought the wrong type of players, proving that throwing money at new signings is not always the answer.

"There needs to be a better strategy to provide more stability. The issue is building a team with the right blend, the right style, and that hasn’t happened yet. The team lack vision.

"Whenever I watch the team, I don’t see the pass that is going to hurt the opposition."

Spot on. Christian Eriksen for all the good he does it simply a good player, not a great one. He stands out at the moment because all around him is mediocrity. A totally unbalanced squad with players having to play out of position.

Quite why we bought Gylfi Sigurdsson to shove him on the wing for 2 years goodness knows and then we play him as a link midfielder, another role he can't do and we leave the link midfielder on the bench. You can not throw footballers onto a field and say get on with it, they have to have a structure, they have to have a system, they have to know what they are supposed to do. That's how they have been trained since they were kids.

Football players are football fans, they all support teams, they all hurt when their team puts in displays like that, make no mistake Glenn Hoddle will be hurting just like we are, he just can't say on TV what he really feels, only try and be diplomatic about it.

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Daniel Levy's mistake?

11:17 am
Daniel Levy divides fans, usually between those who think clubs should spend recklessly and gamble with their very future or those who appreciate that you can only spend what he can afford, that you have to live within your means.
Daniel Levy ponders Spurs future
Daniel Levy had to ponder Spurs future
Not a gambler, he took a gamble during the summer. Gareth Bale was leaving, he had held onto him for an extra year but Spurs failed to get Champions League, the only chance we had of keeping him. The chosen route was to go out and buy a group of quality players to strengthen the squad which lacked depth.

The gamble was would they gel. You hear this excuse bandied about all the time and after a couple of months it ceased to have any bearing. If you can't gel in a couple of months then there is something wrong elsewhere or you simply aren't good enough. As was apparent the Andre Villas-Boas method of football was to pass the ball and shoot from 20 yards, a recipe that was never going to work.

Having bought a goalscorer we refused to pass him the ball, undermined his confidence and we are now seeing the benefit of that ridiculous approach, a totally out of form lacking any confidence striker who can't tuck it in from 4 yards.

The signing of a group of players however was not the mistake, nor was realising AVB was a dud and dispensing with his services. Neither was it not buying during the January transfer window, after all with a new Head Coach being appointed at the end of the season why would you buy anyone in January.

No the error was in not appointing Glenn Hoddle and appointing Tim Sherwood as the temporary boss in all but name.

Glenn Hoddle had publicly stated he would be happy to help Spurs out as he loved the club and take over until the end of the season if required.

Yes Hoddle would have hoped and used that as an audition for the long term role, but that would have been good for the club anyway, he would have given it everything. This time around he would have had quality players to work with.

He has been one of the best, if not the best, England manager since another Tottenham guy had the job, a certain Terry Venables, who the FA should have appointed for longer and not asked him to audition for the role at the European Championships.

The fact that Tim Sherwood and Glenn Hoddle do not see eye to eye shall we say should have had nothing to do with it. Qualification for the Champions League was absolutely essential. There seemed to have been a total lack of understanding that players have joined us to play in the competition and if we don't make it they have no reason to stay.

What happens then is you have to start all over again, you set the club back another couple of years, something that is permanently happening at the moment.

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I can understand the logic of appointing Tim Sherwood. Levy had to see if his blue eyed boy would show any signs that he could cut it as a future manager. The only way to do that was to give him a stint in charge and this was a heaven sent opportunity. If Tim showed something, then a new man could come in in the summer and Sherwood could learn from him as his number 2 until the time came for him to take the reigns.

As a long term plan it has it's merits, it's planning for the future. As someone who has developed a pool of young talent at Tottenham and the clubs desire for a youthful side the attraction was obvious.

However what has been lost is the fact that Champions League was a must. A novice is never going to get you there, he can't just tell a group of players to go on the park and do what you have done for years the way Di Matteo let John Terry run Chelsea because the Spurs players hadn't been playing together for years.

To avoid losing players someone had to appointed who had experience and knew what they were doing. Glenn Hoddle was the obvious choice.

The route we have taken commits us to a summer of rebuilding, a summer of spending and we all know how we spend, last minute dot com.

Not a gambling man, Daniel Levy took a gamble. Has it paid off, well that depends on your required outcome.

If we wanted to keep our players then no, Champions league and an experienced Head Coach were essential for that, so it will have failed.

If the outcome was to see whether Tim Sherwood could cut it as a manager in the future and accept that you will lose players and have to rebuild again, then yes it has probably worked.

It just depends how you look at the equation.

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VIDEO: Happy 56th Birthday Glenn Hoddle

8:45 am
On this day in 1979 one of Spurs greats, Glenn Hoddle, was 22 and celebrated with a typically memorable goal which beat the then European Champions and reigning First Division Champions Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane.

Back in those days you had to win the league to be able to enter the European Cup, not fourth as you do today, or even sixth sometimes! Forest were the top team in the country.

Nottingham Forest had won the league in 1977-78 after being promoted the year before. They finished runners-up in 1978-79, won the League Cup in 1978 and 1979, the Charity Shield in 1978, the European Cup in 1978 and 1980 and the European Super Cup in 1979.

They were the team at the time, managed by the man who should have become England manager, Brian Clough, not forgetting Peter Taylor of course. Clough once told the media it took 'moral courage' to play the way Hoddle did in the days when every side had a hard man and the tackles flew. Teams would try to kick him off the ball, Hoddle just stuck to skill.

Totttenham overcame Forest 1-0 in 1979 thanks to Hoddle's spectacular strike which was hailed on The Big Match as Goal of the Season. The Big Match was a highlights show on Sunday at 3pm if memory serves, time to get back from the pub. Match of the Day was as ever on a Saturday night. Brian Moore ran the ITV show and commentated on the game.

This Hoddle gem was a special goal as the ball never touched the floor. He struck an exquisite volley past a hapless Peter Shilton after two headers from Gerry Armstrong and Chris Jones, from a punt upfield after only 3 minutes by keeper Milija Aleksic.

I remember so many blinders from Hoddle who was simply the most gifted British footballer of his generation. The England team should have been built around him but of course wasn't. Had he been born in another country they most certainly would have done so, such was his talent.

There is one tussle in this game that sums up the different between then and now between Kenny Burns and Osvaldo Ardiles. Men playing football, not the non contact sport we have today.

The team that day in front of 49,038 fans at White Hart Lane was:

Milija Aleksic, Chris Hughton, Don McAllister, Steve Perryman, Gordon Smith, Ricki Villa, Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle, Terry Yorath, Chris Jones, Gerry Armstrong.

Colin Lee came on as a sub for Gerry Armstrong.

Enjoy the video of the match and remember the good old days Hoddle, Perryman, Ardiles and Villa, our two World Cup winners, one to small for the Premier League! Now where have we heard that before.

Happy Birthday Glenn.

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