So, at last it’s been confirmed; Mauricio has had his contract extended and is now earning 8.5 million pounds a year. That makes him the third highest paid manager in the PL. It’s good news for everyone. It even means, for those that thought it was time for MP to move on, that they have got their wish, although it’s unlikely to happen for another five years!
Most of us would have killed to be a fly on the wall of Levy’s office when he sat down with Mauricio to discuss the future of THFC.
Mauricio’s support staff have also received new contracts and, being the loyal person he is, anything less would have been unacceptable. The managerial unit is intact, the Chairperson, Board, and manager remain firmly together …. and it’s full steam ahead.
But I wonder what the ‘fly on the wall’ heard at the meeting.
Before sitting down at the table with the Chairman it was obvious that Mauricio knew exactly what support he needed if he was to stay at Spurs and take them to a new level …. or at least try to. The good news for Spurs fans is that we have a manager who is totally committed to our club. More importantly for Spurs fans is that MP must feel the support he needs will be forthcoming.
If this was not so; why would he accept a new contract when he would have been welcomed with open arms and a higher salary by many of Europe’s elite clubs. Given this, I presume Mauricio would have been negotiating from a relative position of strength. But it doesn’t seem to have bothered Mr Levy!
So, what does it all mean?
Does anyone really think Levy would pay MP a salary of 8.5 million pounds a year if he was not going to splash some cash, as many supporters have continually demanded, in other areas? It would be very un-Levy like to spend so much on his manager if there was little chance of Spurs improving where it really mattered …. on the park. It would be far easier to say goodbye to MP and welcome ‘our-old-Arry’ back as his replacement. It really looks like those ‘knee-jerk’ manager appointment days have gone forever.
Of course, there will be some fans, still living in the past, who will point to apparent failures in previous TWs to add real strength to the playing squad. They will expect their frustration to continue. Well …. sometimes it’s comforting, in a perverse sort of way, when nothing changes! But this is a new era and the past means nothing. We can only speculate on what MP’s new contract signifies for the future but, one thing is for sure …. we won’t have to speculate for very long.
It’s going to be a whirlwind three months for football fans in general and Spurs fans in particular. The new stadium is approaching completion, the transfer Window is open, and the World Cup sits on the horizon.
The fence that divides the optimists and pessimists among us stands as tall as ever and we can position ourselves on either side!
So …. What does it all mean to VS members?