Tottenham Takeover Bid
Feature by Hog
Updated Friday, 22nd June 2012
Right before you throw your arms up in panic or joy (depending on your current view), there are no concrete stories or statements from people to back this rumour up.I have seen 3 or 4 pieces now on blog and fan sites stating that the club is being taken over. Although I can understand peoples train of thought, its not on the cards (or at least not now).
Levy has seemingly done nothing other than sack the best manager Tottenham have had under Levy's reign, no new players have been bought in and there is uproar with the players (rumours that they are not happy with the manager links or with Harry's dismissal). So with a management change and no players in could signal a take over, good thinking, but far from the mark.
To cut a long story short Levy is taking his sweet time (and to the clubs detriment) to appoint a new manager. He knows that with Redknapp's win ratio (the best he's seen) the fans burning gaze will intensify should the next manager even lose the first game against Newcastle. He must now supply a manager with a win ratio higher than Redknapp and take us to the next stage which is 3rd. Now do not take this as some small task as with Chelsea's resurgence and Man City and Man Utd power it will be very difficult (not even taking Arsenal and Liverpool into account).
Levy has made a mammoth task for himself in what he has done, sacking a manager and no one in place.
One point I would like to make very clear though is the support Levy and ENIC get for the new stadium. How can you get credit for something that is not set in stone? There are no start dates for the project, no funds marked for it, just revisions going in on the application, oh and a supermarket chain stating they want to be involved. Well sorry but that is as much happening as a new manager at the moment, its being spoken about and nothing is being done.
Has Levy and ENIC moved us on? Yes of course you would be stupid to disagree. Are they moving us forward now? No. Just as Levy said with Redknapp it was time to move on, so is it with the owners. The only withdrawal clause I will put on my statement is if Levy and Co get in a great manager (with vast experience not 1 or 2 seasons) and delivers a war chest to obtain the much needed players (Keeper, CB, LB (cover for Benni), 2x Strikers and maybe cover for Bale on the LW. If this is done then it shows that the board wish to push onto bigger things. If the board fail take this scenario into account:
AVB/ Moyes put in charge and the board state it is a project where they wish to build up with youth. No money is put in to buy new players, because supposedly it is being spent on training the young. 4-5 years later no champions league, the youngsters move on to bigger clubs and we are left with a team of average players, a manager working on a shoe string and nothing to show other than we finished 4th twice (sounds like Everton right?). Its an easy get out clause. This is why I expect to see some commitment from the board now. Put your funds up and close your mouths. That is all you are really there for and your reward is a return on your investment. Now I think that would be fair deal if the board did this regularly. The likes of Man Utd do not have the best squad, it is weak in all area's compared to Man City, but they do not have to spend £30million on a new player and another £20million on addtionals for the future each season. What is needed to get a good team in place is a very large cash injection and then regular top ups of a new player each season (sometimes 2 players), Man Utd are the proven example of this. But it seems that Levy knows better and look where we are with no investment into the squad for the past 18 months?
Mark my words AVB/Moyes in signals a get out clause for a lack of capital injection into the squad for now (supposedly spent elsewhere) and that they are building a new stadium. In 3 years time we'll have no fantastic youths coming through (they will have moved on) and no stadium.
If we see Rijkaard or possibly Blanc come in then I can see some serious movement in the board looking to take on the big teams.
Say what you want Spurs fans, the future is my concern and at present its looking bleak with no direction, being left to the last minute, then it will be past it players coming in, in hope that the team holds together. I want investment, I want fan consideration and I want a board that shows ambition, not lets blame everyone else and hope that we can concentrate the focus away from us. Apologise for letting the fans and players down, we will all listen, then we can all move on and start building again, but lets make sure its not from scratch again!
Come on you Spurs!
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