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Old 12-07-2007, 04:19 PM
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St Pats v Spurs is on Setanta sports 1 tonight at 7:45. It looks likely that Kevin Prince Boateng will be signing from Hertha Berlin too for £5 mil.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:30 PM
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St Pats v Spurs is on Setanta sports 1 tonight at 7:45. It looks likely that Kevin Prince Boateng will be signing from Hertha Berlin too for £5 mil.
Christ, where did Pats get that sort of money???

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Old 17-07-2007, 04:00 PM
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Fingers crossed that this is true:

http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?...for+Blues+move


Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido claims he has agreed a transfer to Birmingham City.
The Egyptian has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane since securing a permanent move from Roma last summer.
He has been linked with Fulham and Portsmouth, although Mido recently denied he had settled on a switch to Craven Cottage.
The 24-year-old now seems set to link up with Premier League new boys Birmingham after revealing talks have taken place.
Mido expects to move to St Andrews on an initial loan deal, which will become permanent, if Blues survive in the top flight.
"Both sides have agreed terms," Mido told FilGoal.com.
"I will move on a one-year loan deal to Birmingham worth £1million and at the end they could buy my contract for £5million, if the club survives in the Premier League.
"Birmingham's offer is the best I had received, especially that I chose to stay in England."
Blues boss Steve Bruce is also interested in Spurs midfielder Hossam Ghaly, and Mido would be happy to see his fellow Egyptian join him in the Midlands. He added: "I would love to have him (Ghaly) with me in the same team."
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Old 17-07-2007, 05:00 PM
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St Pats v Spurs is on Setanta sports 1 tonight at 7:45. It looks likely that Kevin Prince Boateng will be signing from Hertha Berlin too for £5 mil.



in other Gossip - Spurs are closing in on the £12m signing of Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Daily Mirror)
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Old 17-07-2007, 06:15 PM
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Christ, where did Pats get that sort of money???

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Old 17-07-2007, 06:43 PM
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St Pats v Spurs is on Setanta sports 1 tonight at 7:45. It looks likely that Kevin Prince Boateng will be signing from Hertha Berlin too for £5 mil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKYl6y8qGqw
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Old 05-08-2007, 11:29 AM
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Decent Spurs article, ...Kaboul looks a good addition. A lot will hinge on how Boateng settles as well.

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Jol aims for top-four finish but fans want top-three


Gerry Cox
Sunday August 5, 2007
The Observer

Tottenham fans are not normally shy when offering an opinion about their team's prospects, so perhaps it is a surprise that some of the glass-half-full brigade are not happy at the idea of finishing fourth in the Premier League this season. That would be failure - they want to finish third.

Ridiculous notion, or is it? Two summers ago it would have been laughable to think of Martin Jol's side seriously challenging the big four. But after finishing fifth in successive seasons, having been in the top four for most of the season before last, Spurs are now widely regarded as the team most likely to break into the big time and yesterday they took another step to confirming that with a 2-0 win over Torino.

Alex Ferguson has said so, Jose Mourinho has said so and many pundits expect Spurs to make a sustained challenge for one of the Champions League places. Having continued to record high finishes despite patches of the poor form of old, Spurs have added considerably to their ranks this summer without any appreciable loss to match the one they suffered when Michael Carrick left for Manchester United last year.

Jol has spent lavishly, but shrewdly, snapping up the hugely promising Gareth Bale from Southampton, Younes Kaboul as cover/replacement for Ledley King should the captain's knee problems seriously threaten his future, and most significantly spending a club record £16.5million to bring Darren Bent from Charlton. There have been other signings, with Kevin-Prince Boateng arriving from Hertha Berlin and the unpredictable but exciting French teenager Adel Taarabt making his loan deal permanent.

Jol is wary of talking up his side's chances. He is also wise enough to know that even if it is not this year, he has enough young talent in his ranks to keep pushing. The club can punch their weight commercially, too.

Jol is caricatured as a jolly Tony Soprano lookalike, but he is more serious than that. He is a serious art collector who invested in several works on Tottenham's recent tour of South Africa, where his sense of history meant he visited Nelson Mandela's house. (In England, he has been to where Shakespeare lived in Stratford-upon-Avon.) But he is first and foremost a football coach. 'My targets are to play better football, score more goals, get more points on the board.'

Is the top four a reasonable target? 'Yes of course, although we have to be realistic. It is not just the clubs above, but some of those around us have spent a lot of money this summer - the likes of West Ham and Newcastle, for example. It will be tougher than ever. But with the squad we have, with exciting young players, the sky is the limit. It's not easy with our expectation levels - if you are fifth everybody wants to be fourth - but our supporters deserve something and I would like to give them that.'

The difference from this time last season is that Jol has managed to hold on to one of his main assets, this time Dimitar Berbatov. 'If you want to be in the top positions it's very important to keep your best players. Last year was a difficult situation. Carrick had only two years left on his contract and we were going to get big money for him so we had to let him go. It wasn't easy for the first couple of months without Michael, but later on I felt that we gelled and proved it in Europe and in the league as well.

'This year players are very happy. They see why this is a big club. There are only two or three clubs that get the same level of away support, and there is a good connection with the supporters.'

As well as his excitement about the signings - Taarabt is potentially 'the most talented player we have' - Jol believes there is a lot more to come from the current crop. 'Berbatov has all the talent and the skill. He started scoring a lot of goals after Christmas, as he had done at Bayer Leverkusen, so I told him, "Maybe this year it is better if you start before Christmas." He scored 11 goals in the league, but he could easily score 18 or more.'

Jol sees Michael Dawson and the underrated Jermaine Jenas as key figures, especially with King set to miss the opening months of the season. 'Dawson did very well. He was my player of last season in many ways,' he says.

'And when Jenas came back from injury, he was better than ever, an influential player, who dictates our rhythm. If he is not playing you miss him. He could be a special player, a goal-scoring midfielder. Jenas could prove he is in the same bracket as the Lampards and Gerrards. So I expect a lot of him.'

Even with a number of high-profile players not certain of starting every game, he does not feel he has any ego-massaging to do. 'The spirit here is the most important thing. That is a Spurs thing, team spirit. I feel we've got no stars; the team is the star - that is our motto. As long as that is the case I think we will be successful.'

It is not just on the pitch that Spurs are in prime position to move into the elite. Commercially the club can compete, according to Paul Barber, the former commercial director of the Football Association who has been on the Tottenham board for almost three years.

He says: 'Our shirt sponsorship was the seventh largest in football, and the kit deal was also very big, a record for the club. Certainly we're punching our weight not just in the UK, but across Europe.

'Independent research across the world has shown that we have almost five million fans, and about one-and-a-half million in the UK. At the moment the membership scheme includes about 100,000 and we have sold out all our season tickets with another 10,000 on the waiting list. You can see the potential.'

The obvious problem is how to accommodate those fans on match days. All sorts of ideas have been mooted - moving to Wembley, the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford or redeveloping White Hart Lane, the clear favourite with fans and officials. The club promised at last December's annual meeting to reveal their plans within a year, so Barber is guarded. 'We're not in a position to say anything now, but we're making progress,' he says. 'The majority of fans will want us to make the right decision in the right amount of time, as opposed to the wrong decision in quicker time.'

Barber says of Tottenham's behind-the-scenes set-up: 'Under Daniel Levy's leadership we've been stable for many years and made huge progress on and off the field. We're a young board, not afraid of change; we have adopted new systems, new strategies. And there's a young English spine to the team and that's been the backbone of recent success.'

The most important people, as the late Bill Nicholson used constantly to remind his players, are the fans. 'It is a symbiotic relationship,' says Barber. 'The great thing about this club is that the fans were loyal when it wasn't going so well. It's just terrific now.'
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Old 18-08-2007, 02:21 PM
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Spurs come back to life....3 up after 13 minutes...
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Old 18-08-2007, 03:39 PM
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Old 20-08-2007, 02:19 PM
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Martin Jol getting sacked rumours persist, stories of boardroom meeting with Juande Ramos current boss at Sevilla. Apparently the meeting was an unrelated matter and wasn't a covert meeting to begin the sacking of Jol.

Jol has apparently fallen out with Damien Comolli who is the guy who buys the players at Spurs and hes less than happy with the treatment of Bent so far. Decent article by John Nicholson in football365

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Have Spurs got some sort of death wish? For two seasons they have been the 'best of the rest,' a position they were dreaming of under previous inadequate regimes. But now, with the chance of breaking into the top four in sight, they pull an enormous gun out and start aiming squarely at their own foot.

Let's get this very, very clear, sacking the man who has taken you to your highest Premiership positions for two seasons consecutively is certifiably woo-woo-nurse-the-screens loony!

The people in charge of Spurs must be determined, on some deep psychological level, to stop Spurs from being a top four club. Perhaps they're secretly afraid of the success. Maybe they are intimidated by the pressure it brings. Maybe they are bottling it and are deliberately destabilizing the club in order to make them less successful again. That's the way it looks.

If Jol is sacked this week, it will be the biggest, most stupid, idiotic football decision at least until Rob Styles referees another game.

If he is judged to be unable to lead Spurs into the top four, after two early defeats, then the decision to replace him should have been made in the summer because two early defeats is meaningless in the context of a season. How sick Levy and his minions must have been to see them thrash Derby so effortlessly on Saturday.

You cannot expect your club to be taken seriously as a professional football organisation if you sack a proven, top-notch manager on the back of a bad performance in the opening game against Sunderland.

And of course it appears to be an insane football decision because it probably isn't actually anything to do with football. I suspect it is all internal politics at White Hart Lane behind this lunacy.

It seems that sporting director Damien Comolli is the man who buys players and as such is apparantly responsible for the stupid amount of money spent on Darren Bent, who it could be argued, was surplus to requirements, especially when they have been crying out for a creative midfielder amongst others. Maybe Jol didn't want him and that's why he started the Sunderland game on the bench. It was a statement from Jol that he won't be pushed around. Maybe some people took a hissy fit at that and sharpened their claws.

This split between sporting director and manager is the way football clubs are run in Europe but not traditionally in Britain. It can work well. At Arsenal David Dein worked closely with Wenger to identify and bring in players from all over France and ex French colonies in Africa. It worked well because Dein deferred to Wenger. It appears Comolli isn't deferring to Jol and here is where the conflict lies.

Coral suspended betting on Jol being the first manager to get the boot on Friday. Meetings have been had with Sevilla's manager Ramos, presumably so a replacement scenario is set for when Spurs lose another game at any point in the season.

It looks like Jol's head is in the noose. It's only a matter of time before he drops.

Can I just say this again as a dispassionate observer of Spurs who has enjoyed some of Spurs games more than any other in the past two years, it is utter, utter, f**king madness to sack Jol now.

It's been reported that the clubs hierarchy was very disturbed at the Sunderland performance. Have these people never seen football? Do they not know the nature of the game? Are they really so far removed from a working knowledge of the game as to think that on the first day of the season, a notoriously unpredictable day, when a newly promoted club with 48,000 fans and a force of nature for a manager scores a last minute winner, that somehow this represents ultimate failure and is virtually a sackable offence? Football is not yet so predictable that you can waltz up to the Stadium of Light and shaft a well motivated and organized side. Get bloody real!

Are they so crazy as to think that a new manager can walk in and make it instantly much better? Don't they realise it will be at least another season and maybe two before the new man has a team he can call his own? Are they such dribbling fools that they don't for one moment think it might not be Jol that is the problem but their purchases?

Maybe if they consulted Jol more on who to buy and who not to buy and for how much, maybe they'd be doing better.

But again, it probably is nothing to do with football. It's all personal. As a football decision it is base stupidity.

Jol is a solid bull dog ugly football man. Yes he can overly defensive sometimes but look at the bloody league tables for the last two seasons. He gets results. No, it's not perfect but it will be a whole lot worse if they despatch him now.

Ironically, Jol more than most may have seen all this coming. He took over after the same people fell out with Jacques Santini. The board and the sporting director apparantly will not take the blame for anything; they blame the manager for any perceived inadequacies. There's a smack of cowardice and lack of balls about the whole affair.

It is grotesque and laughable that Spurs fans are not to a man and woman up in arms about this. Their booing of their own team after one game only allows the club to become a hotbed of discontent. It creates hostility. In short it ruins the clubs chances of stability and thus progress. Maybe some spurs fans also cannot handle the pressure of success and want to go back to the days of fighting it out for 8th or 9th or worse.

Jol will not be short of job offers when he gets the sack. He is a superb manager, a good communicator and clearly capable of getting a team to play good football. Some of their UEFA cup games last season were awesome performances.

Let's have this said loud and clear; Jol has not failed at Spurs. On the contrary, he's done a fantastic job. And because of that the rest of the football world will look on and laugh bitterly at Daniel Levy's flaky, weak minded and frankly unprofessional regime if they choose to dispense of him this week or next.

The fans boos should be directed at those running the club. The chant "you don't know what you're doing" is more usually directed at the referee, but it should be echoing around White Hart Lane with fingers firmly pointed at the directors' box.
Completely agree and think it is absolutely insane to get rid of Jol now. Has done something Spurs fans have been looking for for years, a team that plays good football and are half decent.
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