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Eriksen, Joe Lewis, Alli, Carroll, Honda, Robinson news

5:00 pm
A collection of stories including Christian Eriksen being a target for Juventus, Joe Lewis spending money but not on Spurs plus Paul Robinson endearing himself to Spurs fans.

The Guardian recently ran an article about what is next for last seasons loanees, they go through each club so if you scroll down you'll find their opinion of the Tottenham youngsters. Whoever wrote the piece knows little about Spurs, they speculate on an Alli loan yet he has impressed immensely in training, they clearly didn't know the Holtby deal was permanent after just 3 games of last season thanks to an clause in the loan deal, they think Carroll will be sold and correctly guess Fredericks would be sold.
The Guardian

Christian Eriksen has purple patches and poor periods, he has done so in each of his two seasons to date, initially h was ordinary and then came to life under Tim Sherwood, winning our Player of the Season for a couple of months of performing. In his second season he started poorly, then excelled when we dropped Lennon, Adebayor, Kaboul and Capoue, before tailing off in the final couple of months.

What this season holds we do not know but he has now become the target for Italian champions Juventus it appears. Soccerlens cover the story and this news does beg the question who will be the first to pen a piece that Spurs are looking at Honda s a replacement for Eriksen, it's bound to happen.

For those of you who love a good Joe Lewis moan comes news from the business world giving you the opportunity to complain he should just be giving away his money to us, much in the same way as you give your money to your neighbour.
Inside Media

Paul Robinson was a popular figure at Tottenham and still is. We have had some excellent goalkeepers at the club down the years and we had him when he was at the top of his game before the media got their claws into him and dragged him down. Nice to see while working for Sky he still wears his old Tottenham tie.

Eriksen, Joe Lewis, Alli, Carroll, Honda, Robinson news Eriksen, Joe Lewis, Alli, Carroll, Honda, Robinson news Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

Lewis/Pochettino vs Levy/Benitez vs Baldini/De Boer

8:31 pm
It's a three horse race between owner Joe Lewis, part owner and chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini.

Lewis/Pochettino vs Levy/Benitez vs Baldini/De Boer

Joe Lewis is represented by his rumoured choice Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy by his rumoured choice Rafa Benitez and Franco Baldini by his rumoured choice Frank de Boer.

Tottenham have their strategy in place and have their management structure in place, neither of those are changing. The chairman's statement to the fans made that clear when he said Spurs would be appointing a new Head Coach. That signals that the technical director role stays.

The youth based business model is the only long term model that fits our income bracket. We have to develop players to either improve the team or sell, or both. The academy has it's role to play in producing players to sell, players like Jake Livermore who has a cup final to play and then hopes to complete a £6 million move to Hull City.

As with any interview Tottenham will have their criteria but these managerial interviews are not all about a club saying this is what we want, can you do it. They are about hearing the vision the candidate has as well, what does he see for Tottenham, why does he feel he can make a difference, what is he bringing to the table.

The club sell a vision to a prospective manager but a prospective manager also sells a vision to the club.

Frank de Boer

Baldini wants Frank de Boer

Franco Baldini's choice, 44 year-old Dutchman Frank de Boer, will want control of football coaching from 8 upwards, no doubt his brother would come in as the finishing coach, the coach who prepares youth players just below the first team squad, a role his fulfils at Ajax.

Before interviewing De Boer Spurs need to know about the youth coaching at Ajax and how his ideas would affect the Tottenham academy. Would they integrate or would wholesale changes be needed? Does Levy want to give up that control?

There is no doubting his winning credentials both as a player and a manager, he has won a Champions League and played at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Now he is breaking records in Holland. It may be time for him to move to a bigger stage, almost AVB with experience you could say.

He teams play with a free flowing style though so fit with the Spurs vision, he has already said he could see himself managing Tottenham and remarked on our history so you feel he would have a feel for the club.

The 4-3-3 system comes before the players, much like Louis Van Gaal and developing the individual player ranks highly as does youth development.

Not the bookies favourite but probably the fans choice.

Frank de Boer - Player


    Eredivisie (5):1989–90, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
    KNVB Cup (2): 1992–93, 1997–98
    Johan Cruijff Shield (3): 1993, 1994, 1995
    UEFA Champions League (1): 1994–95
    UEFA Cup (1): 1991–92
    UEFA Super Cup (1): 1995
    Intercontinental Cup (1): 1995


    La Liga (1): 1998–99

Frank de Boer - Manager


    Eredivisie (4): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 (Dutch record)
    Johan Cruijff Shield (1): 2013

Assistant coach


    2010 FIFA World Cup: Runner-up

Rafa Benitez

Levy wants Rafa Benitez

Daniel Levy's choice, 54 year-old Spaniard Rafa Benitez, concentrates more on the first team and let's his team deal with development. Does that approach sit better with the academy set up. Do we just need a new Head of Player Development to take over the role Tim Sherwood had before his elevation. That was working well with players now coming through so having a Head Coach who concentrates on the first team fits the football model.

He is a proven multiple winner with European titles and Premier League titles to his name. His preferred formation is 4-2-3-1 using squad rotation and zonal marking, which our defence has struggled with previously. His team are not flamboyant but methodical. He wouldn’t  have us playing the Tottenham way but he would have us competing and winning.

Do we want entertainment or do we want to win things, we won't get both with Benitez and that will split fans. He is not renown for developing youth players and that is part of our criteria.

Rafa Benitez - Player


    Tercera División (1): 1981–82

Rafa Benitez - Manager

Real Madrid U-19s

    Spain U-19 League (1): 1992–93
    Spain U-19 Cup (2): 1990–91, 1992–93


    Segunda División promotion (1): 1997–98


    Segunda División promotion (1): 2000–01


    La Liga (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
    UEFA Cup (1): 2003–04


    FA Cup (1): 2005–06
    FA Community Shield (1): 2006
    UEFA Champions League (1): 2004–05
    UEFA Super Cup (1): 2005


    Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2010
    FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010


    UEFA Europa League (1): 2012–13


    Coppa Italia (1): 2013–14

Mauricio Pochettino

Lewis wants Mauricio Pochettino

Joe Lewis's choice, 42 year-old Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, is a bit of a dark horse. He improved players at Southampton but they were players already there, he is not proven in the transfer market. He has never won anything as a manager and has only improved teams to mid table. Tim Sherwood put 6 past him and beat him twice.

His teams attack, they play the pressing game we are now used to in a 4-2-3-1 formation. His side would play the Tottenham way so he'd bring entertainment, but would he bring success? Erik Lamela would presumably appreciate him being appointed being a fellow Argentinian.

He develops youth which is a requirement but it's that nagging doubt whether he has what it takes to win trophies. He left Espanyol bottom of the league having taken them off the bottom to mid table and finished mid table in the previous one and a half campaigns.

Mauricio Pochettino - Player

Newell's Old Boys

    Argentine Primera División: 1990–91, Clausura 1992


    Copa del Rey: 1999–2000, 2005–06

Mauricio Pochettino - Manager


The same could be said of Brendan Rodgers and he nearly won the Premier League so given the resources it's possible he could have the same significant impact, it's just that there is no evidence to back it up, his appointment would be a guess. Should you simply be guessing for such an important appointment or should you be minimising the risk as much as possible.

There are pros and cons for all three so the three wise men have a lot of discussion to do, a lot of homework to do on the candidates, I suspect we'll know soon enough their decision.

Pochettino is available for interview, De Boer is available next week so perhaps  the process will move forward then. Tottenham need to appoint a Head Coach by the end of the month so when the transfer window opens on June 9th we have a man and strategy in place.

The transfer window in Holland opens on June 11th, in France, Germany, Italy and Spain it opens on July 1st so a new Head Coach would have little time to get his feet under the table.

Lewis/Pochettino vs Levy/Benitez vs Baldini/De Boer Lewis/Pochettino vs Levy/Benitez vs Baldini/De Boer Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:31 pm Rating: 5

£50 million to spend but our hands are tied

8:31 pm
At the end of last season Tottenham went on a post season trip to the Bahamas for a friendly against Jamacia.

Several important things happened out there. Firstly Gareth Bale agreed a new contract in principle, we agreed a wage with him, what is happening now is just the fine tuning. Spurs plans for the new season were outlined to him and improving the striking department was certainly a part of that. Bale, Soldado +1 sounds exciting, especially when it's in front of Paulinho, Sandro and Dembele.

Next and very importantly was a great piece of Tottenham news. Joe Lewis made it clear he wanted Champions League football and to get the players needed to take us there, arranged to invest £50 million into the club.

That of course is £50 million on top of anything we raise from sales, which is errr nothing.

Paulinho has come in for £17 million to create an impressive first choice three in midfield, Soldado is imminent, very imminent and if you have been reading my articles on the Valencia situation then you'll know why I am confident of that happening. Mind you I was confident of David Villa until Athletico Madrid doubled his salary and off he went, money was the deciding factor with him not Spurs dithering as he'd have everyone believe. This time the man will be ours though.

The next decision was agreement on who stays, who can go. That was the easy part. Now for the hard part, shifting the blighters.

Take Tom Huddlestone. Everyone waited for it to happen with Tom and it didn't, plenty of promise but ultimately frustrating. Time to leave Tom.

Can we shift him, can we heck. He is on a low wage so that isn't the issue, he has spoken to numerous clubs so that isn't the issue, what is is that he won't put his pen on their bits of paper. It's as if he is in his comfort zone, with a bunch of workmates and reluctant take on a new challenge. It's almost as if he has an I'll amble along as I am attitude.

Scott Parker, well wages says everything. We are one of the top 5 in the Premier League so if we buy a player and put him on a decent wage the only real way he can go is up or abroad, teams below us in the Premier League can't afford the wages with the exception of Liverpool. That causes a constant problem as we have been finding out for a few years now.

Emmanuel Adebayor, who I have to say looked good against Sunderland and if he would stay in the box more would be an asset, is reported to be very close to signing for Basiktas in Turkey. Codswallop.

The Besiktas president, Fikret Orman, has said himself:

"We are interested in Adebayor and a transfer can always be done. Once [the UEFA case] is settled, I am going to London to sort out the transfer."

How do you get a deal is nearly done out of that.

Orman has previously said remember, that wages are a problem, they didn't realise he'd be wanting so much. Doesn't sound to encouraging from where I'm sitting.

So if the ban isn't overturned and I see no reason why it should be when match fixing is involved, then Adebayor is going nowhere. He is not close to a move at all.

Do you fancy playing in Turkey Ade?
Yes alright.
How much do you want then?
£120,000 a week.
OK leave it with me.

That about sums up the Ade situation in my eyes and that isn't anywhere near a transfer.

We have a whole batch we'd happily get out the door, I'd almost forgotten Gomes, another whose wages are a problem.

The pitch against Sunderland was terrible and I don't think AVB wanted to risk anyone on it so he picked almost a second team and still got a first choice player injured. Gomes played to put himself in the shop window, that was AVB's way of saying look we have a goalkeeper, buy him.

Jake Livermore is one that constantly springs to mind. Why? Because he never plays, we had a virtual second team out and subs and the guy still couldn't get a game, yet according to the useless Woy Hodgson, he is an England international!

We will continue to bring players in, indeed every report, and I don't mean every re-hashed article proliferating websites, seems to suggest we genuinely are after Coentrao from Real Madrid, who stll owe us arounf £12 million from the sale of Luca Modric.

But with something like 37% of transfers dome on the last day and 47% in the last week we'll have to wait a bit longer yet before we can shift some.

£50 million to spend but our hands are tied £50 million to spend but our hands are tied Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:31 pm Rating: 5

Would you want a Manchester City style owner?

11:27 am
For the first time in ages, our board have taken a conservative stance on the transfer market. Thus far, no £15+ million players have signed up. Looking back at what £15+ million has got us in the past, this may be a good thing.

The transfer market has gone a bit off the rails and even though we are still linked with all and sundry, there has been no movement. To be honest, with the money we've spent in the last 3 seasons, I can see why Levy is being quite reserved.

After reading that our owner, Mr. Lewis, has bought up a large stake in the Mitchell’s & Butler pub group, I had hoped that he would swing some of his cash our way. Wishful thinking? Course it was.

So it got me thinking. How would I feel if a rich somebody came into the picture and had the will and the way to sign up as much talent as possible? If we had the same sort of cash as Manchester City do and we went in for the players they've signed, do you think Gareth Barry would have picked them over us? What about Tevez? Would he have come to us instead?

It's all relative I suppose.

The good news is that our club is run properly. We are the richest club in the world never to have played in the Champions League. I'm not too sure if that's something we should be bragging about, but never mind.

I suppose that with the outlay the City owners have spent, they will want results and fast. Wanting results normally means a higher turnover in managers, which we've all seen at Chelsea (and us), simply doesn't work.

So am I happy with our current regime? Funnily enough, I am. I'd take our business model over the Manchester City one. I also wish them the best of luck in the world in dislodging Arsenal from the 4th spot perch. I think they'll need our well wishes as money can't buy luck.

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