I wasn’t sure if anything had happened in the world of Tottenham Hotspur yesterday as all I could find on my newsfeed was story after story relating to ongoing work at White Hart Lane.
They did have a subtle twist though, the Manchester City game had taken on new significance and all the stories were angled towards ‘we have no stadium to play in unless WHL gets its safety certificates in time’.
Novel approach granted, and football.london were one of many to cover the possible developments.
In short, Wembley is already booked up to host the Philadephia Eagles v Jacksonville Jaguars overseas NFL match so hosting the game there is out of the equation. The Sun punted we could play at Twickenham and then as if by magic, that suggestion was refuted with claims the RFU would not consider any approach following their earlier quote that football wasn’t on their ‘radar’.
Claims of the Millenium Stadium have featured, but that would be an interesting trip for a home game.
Talk of the Premier League breaking its own rules has obviously featured, as has switching the game to the Etihad Stadium and reversing the fixtures, but apparently, that wouldn’t protect the integrity of the league.
The most likely outcome is the game will be postponed and the Premier League will have to accept that if they want shiny new stadiums, these things are going to happen, or alternatively it will go ‘behind closed doors’ for a TV audience or only part of the ground will be open.
Of course, though, it has allowed some sections of the media to get on their soapbox and issue rallying calls behind clever headlines to point out how ‘amateurish’ we are and how we’ve come ‘crashing back to earth’ after recent improvements.
It’s also given fresh life to the fact we didn’t sign anybody in the summer window since football began, or something or other.
But it is getting a little bit boring now.
A fix and a workaround will be found that much is obvious – it’s impossible for it not to. So until we find out what that is, why worry?