Tottenham Hotspur are undergoing a phase of turbulence at present following the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas but this phase may well bring about the necessary regeneration of the club.
It was all going so swimmingly for a while there – last season under Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas Spurs were ambitious and hopeful of a better brighter future to come. Gareth Bale was flying high all season long and was eventually named both PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year for his sensation season at White Hart Lane.
Then came the rumours that Real Madrid had their shifty eyes on the Welsh ace and rumours soon turned to public statements and statements soon turned into fact culminating in the most expensive transfer deal in the history of football.
But, there was still a sense of optimism and hope – for the club, the chairman, the manager and the fans – that Bale’s departure would bring about the necessary changes and the finance to build a top team and a squad with the quality and depth to achieve the club’s objectives of qualifying for the Champions League.
By the close of transfer window in early September, the club’s sporting director and the manager had brought in seven new players and, on paper, Tottenham looked like beating anyone – Villas-Boas was considered a top manager with his own philosophy and principles and the chairman Daniel Levy along with director Franco Baldini were considered transfer gurus, with the Midas touch over deals no matter how big the suitors were.
Flash-forward to December and less than three months after the sale of Gareth Bale, Levy made decision to sack Villas-Boas following a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool and a 6-0 defeat at Manchester City that sees Spurs 7th in the Premier League on 27 points from an available 48 and out of the League Cup in the quarterfinals to a second-string West Ham side under the caretaker management of coach and former player Tim Sherwood.
Now the fans appear to be somewhere between questioning and turning on the chairman Levy who is now being pointed to as the responsible party for the perceived failures of the team and club so far this season. The fans want answers, the players need direction and the club must find stability if they are to prosper this season or even next term.
But, in this world of fickle and feckless industry where names are made in minutes and reputations are destroyed in seconds, there must be calm, there must be understanding, there must be positivity and there must be reason. The sensible fan of any football club going through what the media describe as ‘crisis’ or ‘meltdown’ must not be lured into shortsightedness and reactionary stances on issues that have yet to be fully uncovered.
At present, very few people (none of them likely journalists, pundits or fans) actually know what has happened since the summer, who made the calls and who called the shots, who fired them when how and why and those who claim to know are not necessarily the people you would want in positions to influence the perceptions of a whole fan base of people who care about Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Does Daniel Levy care about the club? I would imagine he does, given the personal investment financially and otherwise he has at stake – in fact there are probably few people with as much of a stake in the club’s affairs as he does. Does he care about the success of the team? Again, I would assume he does – if the team doesn’t perform, bums don’t sit on seats and he loses out.
Does he care about the club’s reputation? Yes. Does he care about his reputation? Yes. Does he care about his managers or players or staff? That’s likely dependent on whether he believes they are integral to the future prosperity of the club.
The fans want answers – they want to know who bought the players this summer, they want to know why those players and not others, they want to know who is coming in and when, if anyone and they want to know what the direction of the club is now, in the harsh light of all this chaos but the fans should remember that out of chaos comes order, eventually, and out of destruction comes creation and out of despair comes hope.
Rather than take the short-term angle that everything’s gone Pete Tong at Spurs and it’s all doom and gloom for eternity, I think it would be more advisable to sit back, take it all in, let the caretaker boss take care of the team until there is an appropriate agent of change on the horizon. If Sherwood does a good job, maybe he’ll stay.
After the World Cup there’ll certainly be an abundance of top managers looking for a new opportunity and, who knows, by that point, the new players may well have settled in and settled down and be ready to make good on their promise that Tottenham is going forward in the right direction and is able, willing and ready to compete for titles at the top level.
It’s happening, just not over night, but these things take time and time is something not always given in the modern landscape of Premier League football but it’s a commodity worth more than the cash that seems to upstage it left, right and centre.
Tottenham are a big club and they will grow even bigger, and certainly stronger after all of this – the club only have to look over the other side of North London to see what ‘crisis’ and ‘chaos’ and ‘turmoil’ and ‘in-fighting’ and ‘despair’ and ‘frustration’ and, above all, underachievement can bring about – it brings about change; this season is Tottenham’s revolution. It’s good, it’s bad and it’s ugly in equal measure but most of all, its necessary.
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