Petrol at under a quid a litre. Been a while since that happened. Probably been a similar length of time since I’ve felt so positive about the future of the club. After many false dawns and the excitement of actually playing in the Champions League I have a reall positive feeling about the current staffing at Tottenham.
We have found a manager that knows what he wants and gets that message over to the players and these are the players he wants (if they don’t like it they don’t play or get moved on) and that is a luxury most of our previous managerial appointments in recent years have not been afforded.
We all liked Martin Jol but let’s be honest – it was never going to work out in the long term as his playing options were often dictated from above. Juande Ramos delivered a trophy but again – it would never have worked in the long term as cultures clashed. ‘Arry came in and delivered salvation and gung-ho football which whilst it delivered the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan and Real Madrid to Floodlit European Champions League nights at the Lane there was always going to be some doubt about building for the Future instead of simply the glory of the now.
AVB came and went and despite the clubs highest points finish and getting the best out of Gareth Bale, the football alienated a lot of the support that liked the gung–ho ‘Arry ways and his departure was inevitable.
We won’t mention Sherwood
And so onto Pochettino – bought in to manage the squad we had and not convincing at first (especially with some of the players he inherited) he still delivered a Europa League finish but some fans still likened him to AVB which I think was extremely unfair in his first season here. Looking now at this season we are starting to see the benefits of his influence. Even earlier this season there were detractors that claimed ‘AVB all over again’ but a run of 14 undefeated in the League and topping the Europa Group stage qualification is not to be sniffed at.
All the deadwood gone, players that didn’t buy into the system gone, youth being given the chance and some canny imports to the squad and things are looking rather good. Even what was in effect a second string selection despatching the fourth placed French side with ease speaks volumes about this group of players and there is now a general feeling that the best is yet to come. If rumours are to be believed we even turned down players in the summer because Pochettino only wants players that fit, not just because the need is there
Yes, we have drawn a lot of games and we still need to learn to close out games but for what is still a young side these are all part of the learning experience and results will undoubtedly over time. With the Planning Permission changes for the new ground expected to be granted this week and what many will perceive as a run of the easier fixtures over the busy Christmas period things are looking good but for me, the win over Monaco on Thursday was a an excellent indication of the depth of quality in our young squad.
Long may this continue.
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