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Freund and Soldado offer their congratulations

9:30 pm
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Tottenham expansion, Freund given vital role

9:08 pm
Steffen Freund has been appointed international technical coordinator for Tottenham in charge of looking after all their loan players playing abroad.

Tottenham expansion

He came to the club having impressed as German Under 17 coach taking them to runners-up at the UEFA European U-17 Football Championship in 2011 and a third place at the World Cup in Mexico. His grounding at youth level internationally makes him an obvious choice for the new role.

His appointment strongly suggests that this is an area the club are set to expand in the future. The role he has been given is very important for the clubs future. In a nutshell it's speed up the development of youth players or it should be if the club have put the strategy in place to support him.

The club aim to buy young talent from around the world so they may be affiliated to the FA for three years prior to their 21st birthday and thus qualify to be classed as home grown.

I wrote last September about forging links with foreign clubs (Are the English still stuck in the Past) and sending our young players out on loan deals abroad where development is quite different and mush quicker than it is in the UK. Paths are blocked by successful clubs desire to have nearly finished articles in the side and not give youth a chance until around the 24 mark.

Abroad they can be playing first team at 18 and by the age of 22 be very experienced, you only have to look at the centre-half we are trying to buy from Villarreal, he is 23. Recently Spurs and Nigerian 16-year-old midfielder Musa Yahaya signed a deal which was expected to see him going out on loan to Celta Vigo.

Steffen Freund's new role incorporates what I suggested, that we need to take the lead and find a way with foreign clubs to speed up youth development. If you can get 2 more years out of a player because he is experienced at 22 instead of taking his first steps at 24 the saving on transfer fees will potentially be great. For me this is a very important role Freund has been entrusted with, crucial to our future success.

Many players we now try to buy at youth level the clubs want to hold onto so any such deals Steffen Freund will be responsible for the player and he will also scout for new players at the same time.

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As part of this we need to continue to develop academy partnerships with Belgian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian and French clubs. I would also like to see a link with David Beckham's new Miami franchise when it comes about.

We don't have many players on foreign loan deals, the 2013/14 season saw Tomislav Gomelt at Royal Antwerp, Iago Falque at Rayo Vallecano (now sold to Genoa), Cristian Ceballos at FC Arouca and Grant Ward at Chicago Fire.

His role is a little more than just looking after a few loan deals. I felt a development role was the way to go for him and wondered whether he would have taken over the role vacated by Tim Sherwood, you could say he has on a global basis.

Tottenham also engage in many international projects and they too will come under his banner. We have Ledley King as an Ambassador, Brad Friedel as a US Ambassador and now Steffen Freund looking after our international interests.

It all points to expansion, international expansion, growing the club across Europe and into new markets, something I'm all for.

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Freund on the tour

12:30 pm
I have written a couple of articles on Major League Soccer recently because it is an emerging market with emerging talent and emerging sponsorship and partnership opportunities.

Steffen Freund agrees it's an important market.

“Football is growing in America – so is the MLS. You can really feel it. At the World Cup when the States played against Portugal in the first round, over 25 million people watched the game so it’s definitely getting bigger.

“We know from when we played in America two years ago how difficult it is to play against MLS teams. You can see from the fact that the likes of Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe – players from the highest level – have signed for Seattle and Toronto.

“Of course, we have to try to beat them when we go there and it will be really important experience for everyone.

“It’s always a challenge for every player to win games. We’re in pre-season at the moment and it’s clear to see how hard the players are working. The games all form part of the preparation for the first game of the season against West Ham.”

Major League Soccer is not something to just be ignored, find the first US soccer superstar and you'll capture a market with all the financial gains that go with it. US companies would fall over themselves to partner so I hope we are looking that far ahead and not just short-term.

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Pre-season is important, raising our profile is important but there is longer-term to consider and a cheap talent pool to tap into.

DeAndre Yedlin caught the eye for USA in Brazil, but he won't be the only player out there so we should be talking to ex-Tottenham striker Jürgen Klinsmann, now the USA coach and with a responsibility to develop soccer, to see who we should be considering picking up.

In addition teams like USA and Costa Rica showed if you are together you can be greater than the sum of the parts but Spurs were not together last season. I hope they learnt the lessons of the World Cup.

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Why wasn't Steffen Freund appointed?

4:56 pm
I'll come to Steffen shortly but first news of Vertonghen, plus the midfield in need of a Sherwood roasting and entertainment for the fans in the shape of a 4-4-2.

Jan 'shall I limp or shall I not' Vertonghen has had a scan on his injury and unsurprisingly given the way he happily strolled off there is no serious damage. I could have told them that without bothering with a scan!

The I don't want to be here defender is expected to miss our next fixture which will mean Dawson and Kaboul forming a defensive pairing. That in itself is solid enough. Rose and Naughton while not the worlds best are usually competent.

What will our midfield be? Goodness knows, Dembele should start, he should have started at Anfield as he is one player who has not shirked responsibility. The midfield simply must press the opposition. They can not remain 40 yards from an exasperated Soldado and give the opposition all the time in the world on the ball.

If those circumstances anyone can pick out a pass and the defence having a hope of keeping a clean sheet. Forget the mistakes the defence are making for the moment because mentally they are under intense pressure thanks to the laziest midfield we have seen in years.

I exclude Bentaleb and Sandro from that because both and trying, one is not fit and one is learning. It is the four players in front of them who are all experienced enough and should know better. Aaron Lennon, whether you want to criticise the guy or not is a trier. He works his socks off defensively as well as providing going forward, if he is given the ball early enough and in space to be able to run at the defender.

Aaron Lennon

He has a wealth of experience at a young age. At the moment he is being given the ball in situations where he has no opportunity to do anything and then has to watch while everyone else doesn't bother with the pressing game.

Our midfield only want to play when they have the ball, when they don't they basically want to sit down and have a cup of tea while someone else wins the ball back and gives it to them. We played Arsenal and we played as a team, the midfield worked, the team tried. Composure in front of goal or with the final ball and we would have won.

Two league games later the midfield decide not to bother. That is not a managerial decision, that is not instructions from Sherwood, that is the players. Eriksen has played wide all season, Sigurdsson has played wide, the number 10, the link player and defensive midfield for either us or Iceland so knows all the roles. I have no idea why Chadli is playing number 10 and Eriksen wide, we bought Chadli as a wide man, perhaps we are short of central midfielders so need another one!

Centrally he looks good on the ball, adds power and some heading ability, but e haven't seen a telling pass yet and we haven't seem composure when through on goal. He scored a couple of nice goals from wide and latched onto a Kane header against Benfica but what does he do when we don't have the ball? He totally deserted Soldado who had 4 defenders to chase himself, no wonder he threw his arms up and started walking.

On the positive side there are only 6 more shambolic performances to go. Praise to Hugo Lloris at the moment, he might be making his usual mistake, but he has professional pride and is producing the goods to embarrass some of his lazy teammates.

If the midfield is not going to press then we can't play a high line which means we need to counter-attack at speed. We therefore need fast wide men which shouts Townsend and Lennon. Yes that causes us problems with a midfield two but we have not seen those two fit together running at defences all season. When Townsend came back from injury it took an age to get match fit and he has done nothing since.

Let's free them up for 6 games and entertain the fans with two wide men running at defences, at least we can enjoy that, at least we can have something to watch, to excite us. Slow ponderous balls out wide so they are marked with two men s useless for speed merchants, you are asking them to perform miracles all the time.

If Adebayor needs another game rest on his cut foot I would be quite happy to see Harry Kane or Eriksen partner Soldado with crosses from Lennon and Townsend. A central midfield of Dembele and Sandro or if he needs further rest Bentaleb with Zeki Fryers getting a run out at left-back. He makes mistakes but he also defends instead of attacking and right now with the left side a massive weakness we need that.

Sherwood has obviously found that management is a lot harder than he thought. Retaining a cool clear calm head is not on his CV. Under pressure that is how you need to make decisions, you do not need to be ranting and raving the way England fans seemed to think Sven Goran Eriksson should do.

Chris Ramsey has taken over the touchline duties and you can see him looking concerned and thinking. However I don't actually recall him giving any instructions to the players at all. I assume he must be but I just haven't seen it. Les Ferdinand is there to keep the bench warm it seems.

Why wasn't Steffen Freund appointed? What exactly have the club have asked him to do? He seems to be the forgotten man at Tottenham.

Why wasn't Steffen Freund appointed?
Why wasn't Steffen Freund appointed?

He was Assistant Head Coach to Andre Villas-Boas before the German told him his tactics were wrong. Freund was then banned from the front of the bench to sit with the subs and he hasn't returned since. All he does is sit on the end taking notes at the minute.

Steffen Freund is an international who coached the German U16 and U17 sides successfully. He had coaching experience, coaching badges, was working with the first team, would he not have been a better option if Daniel Levy didn't want Glenn Hoddle?

I doubt very much we would have been in the mess we are now had he been appointed. I doubt very much he would have lost the dressing room the way Tim Sherwood has. Is Sherwood still in charge or is Chris Ramsey running the show with Sherwood as the public figure head?

Sitting in the stands to get a better view is a load of rubbish. I can't influence the game was a very telling remark. That tells me nobody is listening to him so there is no point him saying anything, otherwise you would be on the touchline trying to change things the way every manager in the league does.

Let me take you back to the Chelsea game when Sherwood gave the players a public roasting. It was great for the fans, it's what we wanted to do but at the time Gary Lineker tweeted that it was the wrong thing to do, that it was the fastest way to lose a dressing room.

He said you do it in private. Well watching the Liverpool performance you have to say he had a point, that was just 20 days ago. I think we are seeing he has well and truly lost the dressing room and can forget all the bluster about next season.

Perhaps Chris Ramsey and Steffen Freund should be allowed to take the coaching and pick the team for the last 6 games, just let Tim do the media work.

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Steffen Freund Director of Player Development?

9:35 am
What does the future hold for Steffen Freund at White Hart Lane?

He was brought in to work under Andre Villas-Boas as his Assistant Head Coach having impressed as German Under 17 coach taking them to runners-up at the UEFA European U-17 Football Championship in 2011 and a third place at the World Cup in Mexico.
Steffen Freund Spurs Assistant Head Coach
Will Freund become Director of Player Development?

As a former Spurs player he endeared himself to the fans once again with the passion he showed on the sidelines. But then came a bust-up with Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas over the defeat to Arsenal.

Since then, whilst still at Spurs it seems to have been all down hill for him. AVB banished him from the front bench and had him sit with the substitutes behind, he seemed to have become the guy who takes all the notes for each game.

Then AVB is sacked and after a short period Tim Sherwood is handed the role with one eye on the summer. Les Ferdinand appears to be Sherwood's number 2 so quite where does that leave Steffen Freund?

What is his role now? Simply a junior coach?

You have to wonder why then he is still at the club and whether he has a future there. Does Daniel Levy like him, has Daniel Levy spoken to and lined up Louis Van Gaal with Tim Sherwood to become his assistant.

If that is the case what then for Steffen Freund? Could it be that the role left vacant by Sherwood directing youth development is a role Daniel Levy has ear marked for Freund in the summer? Why else would he still be at the club, why was he not released when Tim's entourage took over?

The summer will almost certainly see changes at White Hart Lane, what will happen to Les Ferdinand with Van Gaal and Sherwood running the show? So many questions, so many imponderables, there must be a reason the German is still here.

Could he be our new Director of Player Development this summer?

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