Are these the reasons why Tottenham Hotspur's season went downhill?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tor-Kristian Karlsen has worked in most of the high power positions in football. This morning he revealed his thoughts about Spurs demise.

It may not have been the best season in Tottenham Hotspurs’ history, but it won’t go down as the worst. As the old saying goes “It’s the hope that kills you.”

This summer was filled with nothing but hope for the North-London club. Everything looked to be in place for one of their greatest ever seasons in recent memory.

Former Porto and Chelsea coach, Andre Villas Boas, was installed as the head coach. He was then handed a war-chest of around £100 million to spend.

The transfers were mouth-watering. Erik Lamela from Roma was described as one of the best prospects in Europe. Paulinho from Corinthians had just enjoyed a successful Confederations Cup with Brazil.

Christian Eriksen was one of Europe’s most wanted - add in Etienne Capoue, Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli and you have a squad equipped to at least push for a fourth place finish.

Unfortunately, it just hasn’t happened the way the Spurs fans would have hoped, and one man thinks he knows the answer.

Tor-Kristian Karlsen has worked as a Chief scout for Bayern Leverkusen, and was also AS Monaco’s last Director of Football. It’s fair to say he knows what he is talking about. This morning he took to twitter and gave 10 reasons why Spurs season have been a complete flop.

From the sacking of AVB, to the number of signings to the appointment of Tim Sherwood, does Karlsen have a point?

1) more than anything, there's been no basis for new (any) player to thrive this season. Unsettled environment, no clear structure post AVB

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

2) even players that performed well last season have had negative trend this term, which shows something's fundamentally wrong

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

3) which Spurs players have improved on last season? Townsend? Adebayor? Majority of the rest looking confused, unmotivated, out of sorts

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

4) in such a context, how can one expect any new signings to flourish? I'm sorry, but it doesn't work that way

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

5) from the summer signings, I've seen enough of Paulinho, Eriksen, Lamela (pre joining) to know that they'd strengthen Spurs significantly

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

6) I was unsure/unconvinced about Chadli and Capoue back then, but Chriches - if anything - has surprised me positively

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

7) Soldado has become a problem, starting to look like a lost cause, but he'd profit from clearer structure to the attacking game

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

8) but point is: with seemingly no clear plan, strategy or stability it's completely naive to expect new signings to prosper

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

9) as pointed out at the time of AVB sacking, why didn't Spurs go with a manager whose system would get the best out of the summer signings?

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

10) by appointing an inexperienced manager Spurs seemed to give up on £60-70 million worth of player investment after five months. Bizarre.

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

11) and finally, what's the point of appointing a technical director when he seemingly had no influence in appointment of new manager?

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

12) with all these factors in mind, there's no wonder why Spurs is having a disappointing season. Lack of coherent club strategy

— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) March 31, 2014

Where has it gone wrong Spurs fans?

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