Date: 4th July 2019 at 8:14am
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It’s All About The Timing!

With the addition of our latest signing, the THFC project has stepped up another level. We all knew it had to. And many of us predicted that it would. There may well be further additions to the squad and, although none of them will guarantee silverware, they will guarantee that we have a better chance of success.

Levy’s vision for the project, his vision for the future of Tottenham, was always about building a sustainable future for the club. And it was always about building carefully and in a timely fashion. ‘Timely’ never meant ‘now’, it meant when the time is right. Many supporters understood this. Many supporters, demanding immediate success, didn’t.

The project has been developed in stages and is now at a place where most supporters would like to be. But it’s not over, and it never will be. Every club is a work in progress for as long as it exists.

The club needed a world class training facility. Levy provided it. The club needed a world class stadium. Levy provided it. The club needed various sponsorship contracts. Levy provided them. The club needed partnerships that would raise the profile of the club whilst reaping financial rewards. Levy provided them. The club needed to generate a broader income base to ensure a financial future that would be more comparative with our main rivals. Levy provided this, too. But there’s more to come – the stadium naming rights being the most crucial and who would doubt that Levy will eventually make this an extremely lucrative piece of business.

With everything else finally in place, all that was required was a statement of intent to the effect that the club is now ready to compete for the ‘better’ players in the transfer market; that the club would now be willing to depart from a playing-staff budget that has been tightly controlled. Levy has now stated that intent by shattering the club’s previous transfer record.

It’s still early days yet and, although some gloom and doom minded supporters remain locked in the past, fail to embrace the present, and lack the ability to perceive a vision for what awaits in the future …. what’s not to like for the rest of us? Whether it’s doom and gloom or happy and clappy, the reality is that it’s normal for supporters to be on different pages of the same book.

This is how I see it. How about you?

And if you’re wondering what that noise is, it’s the sound of a cockerel crowing over North London!

Gotta love football.

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103 Replies to “If you’re wondering what that noise is, it’s the sound of a cockerel crowing over North London!”

  • Geof – for me, Dembele was on the downward phase of his career, so replacing what he meant to the team when he left wasn’t that hard to do, given that he was a part time contributor.

    However, peak Dembele still hasn’t been replaced in my opinion. And I think it’s far too early to claim NDombele is that person, when he hasn’t even kicked a football for us yet. We’ve seen players with big reputations arrive at this club in seasons past, only to fail to hit the ground running, and only come good 2 or 3 seasons down the line.

    It’s very hard to replace a performing player with another one, immediately. You usually go backwards at the position for a while. Which is why, if that can be avoided, I’d rather we did.

  • TQ2Spurs – the reason why I quote certain passages when I post, is to show the original poster what part of the post I am replying to. It’s very common for posters to express 2 or 3 different points/ideas in a long post. If you’re going to address one or several of them, I find it clearer to quote the original statement, and answer that, before moving on to the next.

    When it’s a shorter post where there is only one thing to reply to, I usually don’t quote.

    It certainly isn’t meant to be condescending, and I’m actually quite surprised that anyone would take it that way. It’s all with the objective of clear communication in mind.

  • Geof a decent article. Levy / Joe / Board / has steadily improved THFC to the level we had to be at for success in modern era PL and Europe. Previously Spurs were a mid table to 5th place team, and our years in Europa League was not taken seriously enough by managers…Harry and subsequently Poch. Now we are so far ahead than we were 10 years ago, and if we had just bought players, won a trophy or 2 we would still be in the old stadium.

    So to say the future is white… lillywhite .. refering to N London is now happening. Much to Arsenal fans dismay… LOL…

    All the spurs fans that have ridiculed Levy / ENIC (posters saying levy out remember?) and now critising the lack of silverware, should try to embrace the achievement Levy has done and move forwards to next few seasons and get behind the players and club owners.. Together our support will help the club to greater success we all have been waiting for over 20 years (not just LC 11 years ago). COYS

  • HT – in a way, that proves my point. If you are paying to do something, it may not be as vital to you as when you are actually depending on that activity’s income to feed your family.

    You can categorise it as a pastime, one from which you only hope to get enjoyment from. My experience playing competitive football is different, hence the last post. When you’ve got more on the line, and the outcome of the game has important consequences for your family, it’s harder to look at it as a hobby, where winning or losing is irrelevant, and pride/passion is everything. I played with guys who would have easily put their morals aside to win. Win at all costs was the motto.

    And as a side note, that competitive nature has served me well in other areas of life. In Western Europe, where companies are getting more and more competitive and the environments more and more cutthroat, being a nice, honourable person only goes so far in business today. It’s fiercely competitive out there.

    Whether that is a turn for the better is debatable. We’re not exactly moving forward, morally. But like it or not, that’s the way life is, and it’s what you have to do to make it today. That’s my personal experience anyways.

  • Block 108 – you can get behind the players and not support the owners. The 2 aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • BS.. I disagree … modern players want to join a club that has a quality manager (coaches), players and facilities, with ambitions from the owners.

    The financial ability to buy and pay top quality players is vital in the way the game has evolved over recent years. The days of Man Utd dominating PL because of their financial ability has been overtaken. So the connection is indeed mutually necessary.

  • BS, the only point I was really making in that post was that things were so different to how it was for you when I was a schoolboy and then a young adult playing football.

    I was with Chelsea when I was a young boy and I had to pay for most of my own expenses. Kit, travel etc. And the facilities and playing fields at their training ground back then (early 1970-s) and even right up to when Hoddle joined them as player/manager, were not much better than some amateur clubs I visited and played at.. . And then when I was older, (in the early 80’s) I played on grounds owned by Banks and just for their staff teams, actually had far better facilities than Chelsea did.

    How things have changed at the top, when very talented 11 year olds can now be bought and sold and their families housed and given jobs…

    By the way, It was never a hobby for me. I was determined to be a pro… I was just saying that money wasn’t my motivation back then. But being the best I could be was. Maybe if I was paid handsomely for it, I would have been even more motivated. But I doubt it.

  • Just in case anyone is wondering. Chelsea scouted me. I didn’t choose them. I dreamed of being the next Pat Jennings. Not Peter Bonetti!

  • Every football career is different. I was so bad that I had to pay the club to let me play. It was really hard work inside those chimneys but I needed the job. I managed to save enough for some bread and dripping to get me through the week. Sometimes I splashed out on half a sausage and thought I was in heaven. We used shopping bags full of newspaper as a ball and could only afford thongs (flip-flops) as boots. Shirts were too expensive so we used sashes made from odd pieces of rags for our shirts. I had to walk from Waterloo to Blackheath for the matches and it took me seven hours each way. I often remember the ‘good old days’ fondly.

  • Haha Geof!

    BS, you have this strange way of making someone’s very clearly put words into your own version of what is actually being said…

    Because I had to pay my own expenses it was a hobby but because you were paid it was more serious?

    So, I say I played for a top 1st division club as a kid but because they didn’t pay me, I couldn’t have been serious about it? Is that what you are saying?

    Or is it because I said I enjoyed playing the game? It is possible to be serious about something but also enjoy it. And that is regardless of being payed well for it or earning nothing at all!

  • HT… was Ken Bates in charge of Chelsea then? If so explains a lot. Rumour was…He used to give his players 10mths contracts, then new ones in August, thereby saving 2 mths wages..

  • Bates was the man when Hoddle joined, yes.

    Chelsea were still pretty much broke then. But there was never anywhere near the money in football as there is now. I bet lower division clubs have better facilities now than many 1st division clubs had back then…

    One thing I will ram home to Chelsea supporting mates and relatives these days, is that it took a Spurs man to get them going again on the field back then. and on the way up, (Hoddle). A while before Roman took over, of course….. Only partly true.

    You know that Bates bought Chelsea for £1! One pound!

  • There are a few good memories of the “old days” football posts on here today, and how it effected each individual, which I certainly know it did me, from street, school boys teams to semi-pro and back to Sat/Sunday amateur lge’s, you enjoy kick-about’s, then the competitive school boy stuff, next a wake up call of the way more serious semi-pro systems, following retirement, using your experience in the weekend amateur football whilst getting the runaround, nut megged lol, from the new up and coming nippers, I remember it all with great fondness. COYS

    • Ht…..been reading through the posts.
      Did Ken Bates really buy Chelsea for one pound?
      I didn’t know that.
      You just gave me something to throw into the faces of my Chelsea friends….lol.
      ( The one pound club)….?coys

  • Reading these comments reminds how lucky I was not to have sufficient talent to worry about paying to play or being paid to play. I hadn’t sufficient talent to be paid, nor sufficient talent to allow me to pay to play. LOL.

  • I’m sorry guys for my self indulgent posts about the past.

    I was always passionate and still am about the game I love. Whether playing or spectating. This is all I was trying to make clear to BS… I should’ve just kept it to myself. As it is a personal thing and not really to share on here…

    Back to the article; And I am just as optimistic about next season as I was for the last. Except the feeling is stronger. I think we will be in a much better condition to compete than before. Given the problems we faced last season.

    The gossip mongers have not relented. And are talking up yet more high-money players coming in. Well, it wouldn’t surprise me but I’ll not get my hopes up. But I imagine that if we are going to, then I expect that we will be saying goodbye to one, two or more.

    We may have a very different looking team come August and this thrills me. I said this is what I wanted and I can’t now complain if this is what we get….

  • I am also feeling excited about the upcoming season. I’m very pleased with the signings so far and if we signed two of Olmo/Ceballos/Lo Celso/Fernandes (the first three we seem to be very strongly linked with) I would be a very happy bunny. Of course, there is still other business to settle in terms of those leaving, possible new contracts for existing players, and maybe one or more additions but – I do believe Poch has been saving his transfer funds in order to make a significant step change in this window now we are in our new home and more able to be competitive on wages for top players.

  • HT… I have a good friend who was an apprentice at spurs, when ozzie & ricky were playing. In fact he was boots cleaner to ozzie..not sure if apprentices / academy players do that anymore lol… Sadly he was just below the grade needed to be full time pro (MF) so went into semi pro playing.

  • TQ…having just read your last post, I believe you are talking for the majority of our fans, I certainly agree with your feelings, and am the same as you and HT looking forward to the new season and of course maybe a newish look team. COYS

  • Thinking of Hoddle again Block 108; I remember him saying that he earned £6 a week as an apprentice at THFC. And that he and the other young lads had to get up above the shelf to clean the Cockerel.

    Nice hobby, if you can get it…

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