Date: 12th March 2018 at 10:27am
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Written by Geofspurs

The ‘Top Six’ is dead …. long live the ‘Top Five’! Well, looking at the table you’d be forgiven for thinking that the top five clubs are far better than what comes after them. As a wise ‘Football God’ once said …. ‘clubs have good times and clubs have bad times; and neither will last’. I’m not sure how Arsenal supporters would subscribe to that theory but it works for me.

There are only eight games remaining until the end of the season. How do we compare to our four main rivals? Firstly, we do not compare well with Manchester City but that’s okay because no clubs compare well to City this season. So, we can all forget about them!

We are currently in third place in the table, with United above us, and Liverpool and Chelsea below us. There is very little difference between the statistics of all four clubs. Having helped to eliminate our neighbours from the power group of PL football our next target will be to improve our capacity to consistently out-perform the remaining four.

THFC have spared no expense in building a stadium that will rank with the best stadiums in the world …. and that’s for any sport. The cynics among us would suggest that the owners are increasing the value of the club before selling it. Now, here’s the thing; what good would a world-class stadium be to any prospective buyer if it boasts a mediocre team plying its trade therein. A buyer would not want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a state-of-the-art stadium that can only boast half-capacity attendance because the team does not match the facility. A world-class stadium without a world-class team has the potential to be a dud. And if we lost our best players without adequately replacing them; that could well be the result. So I can’t see that happening.

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to agree that Mr Levy is a very astute businessman. The fact that a world class stadium requires a world-class team to make it a viable venture would not have escaped him. And that is the basis of my optimism for the immediate future of our club. Levy likes to win. It’s in his DNA as a businessman. Again, the cynics would argue that in football terms he has won nothing, and that’s true. But most of Levy’s business deals are pursued patiently and on his own terms. He is unbending in his business dealings, and usually successful. He seems to have the same approach to football. And, make no mistake, Levy is a Tottenham supporter. Therefore, unless you think Levy is totally stupid, it follows that he is well aware that both the business and football sides of THFC have to be successful if the value of the club is to increase.

We have a fantastic training facility to complement our new stadium. Levy will, I’m sure, procure sponsorship deals and naming rights deals that will greatly increase Tottenham’s financial capacity. Every move Levy makes is designed to provide the club with a successful and sustainable future. The new facilities are a huge testimony to his intent. And I would be very surprised if future transfer dealings did not also match this intent …. be it on Levy’s terms.



82 Replies to “The ‘Top Six’ is dead …. long live the ‘Top Five’!”

  • With the PL’s popularity being at an all-time high, stadiums are full regardless of how good the team is. West Ham have packed the Olympic stadium for most games, as have Newcastle at St James’ Park – I can’t imagine it’s for the quality of football on display. Even Arsenal, supposedly in crisis, had an attendance of 59,000 against Watford. The fans are going to stadiums for the love of the club, out of habit, because it’s a nice day out… There are plenty of reasons to believe that a brand new stadium would be enough of a draw for games to be packed regardless of how good the team is. There is plenty of evidence to support this. So the claim that “what good would a world class stadium be to any prospective buyer if it boasts a mediocre team plying its trade therein. A buyer would not want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a state-of-the-art stadium that can only boast half-capacity attendance because the team does not match the facility.” can be debated. If the owner/any prospective buyer is fairly confident that match attendance will remain strong no matter how good/poor the team is, the incentive to put out a strong team is weaker, from that point of view. Now I’m not disputing that having a strong team will only increase the club’s value, but I’m just saying that I don’t think it’s a prerequisite, as the article suggests. In other words: there are still plenty of reasons to doubt Levy’s intentions.

  • Geof you?ve become quite the author. Well done, keep them coming. You are absolutely right about Levy and I am damn sure he?s a better businessman than that other lot across the way. I am in no way afraid that he will not improve our team as we continue this incredible journey. Sonny to lead the line in the next several games. Good luck lad!!

  • Even if a non successful club are getting full gates at most home matches, the less successful on the football pitch they are the much lower their income becomes, (obviously so). TV and broadcasting in the domestic league and/or from Uefa, Commercial interests and merchandising etc., Player sales, Interest on loans and ability to pay them, are all significantly changed if a team is not performing well to it’s expected standard. … The combined income from all these other various sources far exceeds that of gate receipts if a club is flying high and doing well in the PL, CL etc, even without winning these competitions. And funding by way of large loans for new stadium builds is only possible if a club is doing rather well on the football side of things… In fact, ENIC would not be able to afford the new stadium, increased wages, the training facilities etc, if our football was of a much poorer quality and our relative success on the pitch was that of a lower ranking club than THFC currently are. So, even without a long stream of cups to celebrate under ENIC, our progress as a club is still very much based on our football. And all this achievement (new stadium as well as our football) is quite remarkable given our financial constraints, in the first place and relative to the likes of United etc.

  • BelgianSpur – Not entirely accurate. West Ham have filled the stadium by cutting prices. Karen Brady admitted recently that the increase in income following the move was entirely down to TV money, they would have made as much in their old stadium at the old ticket prices. Newcastle of course have always had lower ticket prices, they are also a one club city unlike London which could have its own league. Arsenal are really your only valid example. They have fans who appear to be prepared to spend a fortune on season tickets and then not attend matches, its not an attitude I understand. To be fair they could still win the Europa and rescue their season so maybe their fans are living on hope. Whether that will continue going forward remains to be seen.

  • Regardless of ticket sales, no owner or chairman will delight in the supporters that didn’t bother turning up. And attendance figures are never precise as they usually count ticket sales and ST holders to achieve the published figure, regardless of however many actually did or did not turn up. Less actual real live bums on seats means less burgers, beers, shirts, key rings and mugs and teddy bears sold. And less commercial interest and backing for the club as a whole if the support begins to dwindle and the football is crap…… (Obviously).

  • BS … Thanks for correcting me. My whole thinking for this article was founded on a statement in a match report that their stadium was half full. The sense of the article remains the same, however. 🙂

  • What is the old chestnut that I used to often read from anti ENIC, Lewis and Levy supporters? You know the one about them not truly wanting real success as it would only cost them more to fund it, (Very strange logic in that one). Something like that, anyway… As though they had complete control of where we finished exactly in the PL every season and never really wanted to finish in the top 4. ???

  • HT … I think that’s what the attendance report was based on … the seats were sold but there many didn’t have bums on them.

  • Wenger himself expressed his dismay on all the empty seats… Strange response from him really. The less Gooners there are at the Emirates the less booing there will be and the Wenger Out chants are not as prominant.

  • Geof – no worries. I was just pointing that out to say that us “cynics” still have reason to doubt Levy ;-).

  • lol. Good point HT. It would be a shame if he was forced out now. I think they should at least have the decency to wait until they’re playing Championship football before saying goodbye.

  • I have this feeling that the whole THFC project is about to leap ahead, and wouldn’t be surprised if we bring in a player or two of genuine quality when the new stadium is officially opened. I’m just not sure where anyone else would fit into the squad, let alone the team.

  • jod – West Ham are indeed a bit of an exception in the sense that they’ve just moved to a bigger ground. Whether they would have sold out the Olympic Stadium at higher prices is anyone’s guess, but lower prices never hurt. I suppose they had to do something to appease the hardcore WHU fans who were upset about leaving Boleyn. As far as Newcastle, the fact that they are a “one city team” is 1) a bit unfair to Sunderland, and 2) normal given Newcastle’s population is less than 380.000. There are more clubs in London but also a significantly bigger potential fan base (how big is London today? 9 million?). In other words, more than enough people to fill multiple PL stadiums. Newcastle also just seem to fill their stadium regardless of ticket prices/league position. They were doing so in the Championship last year. Anyways, my original point was that stadium attendance can be down to a variety of factors, but not overly influenced by how well/poorly the team is doing, certainly at PL level. If anything, with the amount of tourists who are football fans, but not fans of any one team in particular, and just want to catch a PL game in London, you’d probably sell quite a few seats to that population if they were available to them. Out of personal experience I’ve taken neutral fans to Spurs games 3 times this year already, just because Wembley allowed for it. I would not have been able to last year.

  • In other news: “No news is good news?

    BBC Sport understands that Tottenham will not be providing an update on Harry Kane?s injury today.

    The England striker is still expected to undergo a scan today following the injury he picked up against Bournemouth yesterday.”

  • In an effort to not be too happy-clappy on the subject of the new stadium. I’d like to issue all Spurs supporters with this cautious forewarning: It is quite usual for a team to have a dip in form when first playing in a new stadium and especially one with a significant increase in its capacity. This could be down to any number of things, such as increased excitement and expectation from the crowd and the possibility that this in turn increases the pressure on players to perform. The players themselves can also suffer from this and it can noticeably affect their performances in a negative way and consequently, the results… Sorry!

  • From a purely selfish perspective I would be quite happy if Harry missed the Cup game and the two England games before pulling the Spurs shirt on again. The rest would do him good, too, although I wouldn’t expect him to agree with me …. bless his competitive little heart.

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