The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby Castiel » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:59 pm

Speaker wrote:There should be an absolutely hilarious post somewhere of me saying that I did not expect us to go on a bad run. Oh how optimistic I once was. Woe is me.

No blame for Adebayor in this, he has actually continued to run his bollocks off every game for us.

When you have your own fans singing at your manager "Bale, he plays on the left", shortly followed by "Lennon he plays on the right", then I have no problem with any player having a word with 'Arry.

Many people here indicated how tactically inept 'Arry is and I hold my hands up and admit that they were right, and I was wrong.

Having your wingers come inside on a tiny pitch like QPR's, in an already congested midfield was the final straw for me. They say that 'Arry is a great man motivator when his teams are playing well - which is about as useful as lead boots in a flood.

Literally the worst form I have ever seen a Spurs side in, and I've been watching them avidly since we almost got relegated and had our necks saved by Klinsmann.

Its no fun if you're going to be so reasonable about it.

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby stonerblue » Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:19 pm

St Helens Blue (Exiled) wrote:What really makes me smile about this thread is 2 years ago on that night that Crouch scored against us and the chants of Thursday night on Channel 5.......

Fuck me how the last 2 years have been sweet.

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what he said..

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby lee-mcfc » Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:06 pm

lee-mcfc wrote:they wont win the league

they have hard away games coming up

called it

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby mac » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:43 pm

redcrap on skysports now,no more mr jolly,he sounds like he is going to cry.

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby The Future's Blue » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:03 pm

Redknapp for Mancini? He's a great man manager you know.

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby CityCTID » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:22 pm

called it - page 113
CityCTID wrote:Spuds will finish 5th and I'm being generous

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby Breaker » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:01 am

GHoddle wrote:
This article is pretty interesting (and true I would add): ... r-redknapp? (Greg Stobart) happens to have a very good source at Spurs.

Content of article for those who didn't see.

Tottenham players revolt against manager Redknapp
Players have complained to chairman Daniel Levy about the tactics and match preparation of the 65-year-old, who is hot favourite for the England job, as Spurs' season implodes

Tottenham players are in open revolt against manager Harry Redknapp’s methods following the calamitous run that is destroying the team’s season, can reveal.

A cabal of players, including some of the most senior at the club, have communicated their frustrations via their agents over the last few weeks to chairman Daniel Levy during a run of just one win from nine Premier League matches. understands they have complained about Redknapp’s tactics and match preparation, with one enduring theme being that training during the week is providing little preparation for the weekend fixtures.

It is believed that senior Spurs figures have been so alarmed by the players’ feedback and a catastrophic run of results that they would consider replacing Redknapp as manager at the end of the season, even in the unlikely event that he does not quit Tottenham to become the new England boss.

The club has abandoned plans to try and persuade the 65-year-old to stay at White Hart Lane and will not offer him the four-year £16 million contract they had prepared.

Although has learned that Redknapp is far from at loggerheads with his entire squad – reports of a bust-up with Emmanuel Adebayor are wide of the mark - a significant number of players have questioned events on the training ground.

“The players feel they are not going into matches well enough prepared,” a Tottenham source told “For instance, they will practice all week in a 4-5-1 formation and then play 4-4-2 at the weekend. Or vice versa.

“They also feel there is not enough attention to detail and tactics. One common complaint is little or no practice defending set-pieces. There are question marks about the coaching and how much the players are improving through the input of the staff.”

The dressing room unrest is not just restricted to players affiliated with one particular agent who has involvement with a significant proportion of the Tottenham squad.

Some of the Spurs players are feeling the effects of a 49-match campaign in which Redknapp has tended to pick his strongest available XI for every league and FA Cup game, rather than juggle his resources.

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Scott Parker, Kyle Walker, Brad Friedel, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Younes Kaboul and Adebayor have each started at least 28 of Spurs’ 34 league matches, an unusually high proportion even though the club's involvement in the Europa League ended before Christmas.

“Some of the players are exhausted and, as a result, their standards have dropped,” the source added. “If you look at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson meticulously manages the entire season and keeps freshening up the team while relying on a core of regulars. Harry just picks the best XI and lets them get on with it.”

Redknapp’s January dealings, in which he sold Roman Pavlyuchenko and allowed Steven Pienaar, Sebastien Bassong and Vedran Corluka to leave on loan - replacing them with injury-prone pair Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen - has also raised eyebrows.

Senior Spurs figures are coming to the conclusion that a parting of the ways with Redknapp is desirable following a run of five defeats and three draws in nine league games since beating Newcastle 5-0 on February 11, when Tottenham were third in the table and 10 points clear of fourth-placed Arsenal.

The 5-1 FA Cup semi-final humiliation at the hands of Chelsea has also been a key factor in the change of thinking at the top of the club.

Spurs will not try and change Redknapp’s mind if, as expected, the FA make an official approach to the club to secure him as the next England manager.


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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby Daveth » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:14 am

We all knew the implosion would happen sooner or later. It's almost been as glorious as I dreamed it would be.


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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby MSP » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:53 pm

Surprise, surprise... lol

Redknapp blames players for slump

Harry Redknapp said the players must accept responsibility for Tottenham's recent poor form.

Two consecutive defeats have seen Spurs slip out of the top four for the first time since November and many have suggested that the current slump is a result of Redknapp’s lack of squad rotation throughout the season - including defender Vedran Corluka, on loan at Bayer Leverkusen.

However, the former West Ham manager said that he has no regrets over his actions and has hinted that the players should look a little closer to home when seeking to apportion blame.

"I'm very happy with what I've done this season," Redknapp told reporters.

"I've done what I've been allowed to do and I couldn't do any more.

"At the end of the day, it's down to the players. When things are going well, we give them all the credit.

"If we hadn't had a bad run, we would have qualified for the Champions League."

Redknapp also denied that his squad was suffering from fatigue, insisting that modern-day players can have little to complain about.

"Look at people like Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole," he said.

"“They play well over 40 games most seasons and they're not rotated. It's a load of nonsense and it's an excuse.

"If people keep telling players they're tired, they'll believe it. The pitches they train and play on now are unbelievable. It's not like days gone by when teams were playing ankle-deep in mud.

"Most of these players have had 30 games and I've rotated where I can in the Europa League and in the FA Cup.

"I don't remember people like Bobby Moore or Dave Mackay complaining about how many games they've played."

Another area of criticism has been the club's January transfer activity, when squad members Steven Pienaar, Sebastien Bassong, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Corluka were allowed to leave with only the injury-prone Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha coming in.

Redknapp remains stoic, however, and has insisted that his team are not down and out yet.

"f we could have improved a bit in the window, we would, but the people we wanted weren't available," he said.

"We've had a bad run but I think our one bad performance in the league has been when we lost at home to Norwich.

"We're not down or despondent. We have four games to finish in the top three or four and that's what we'll try to do."

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Re: The Tottenham Thread (Merged)

Postby Kun Aguero » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:55 pm

It's all Harry's fault! Loaned-out Corluka blames Redknapp for Spurs slump
By Sportsmail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 10:19, 27 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:21, 27 April 2012
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Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka believes Harry Redknapp is to blame for Tottenham's slump in form and his actions could result in the team finishing sixth.
The Croatian, on loan at Bayer Leverkusen, says Redknapp should have rotated his squad more and his players are exhausted.
Redknapp farmed Corluka out to the German side, as well as allowing Steven Pienaar to return on loan to Everton.
Tired: Vedran Corluka says Tottenham's first team is tired
Corluka said: 'I wouldn’t be surprised if they finished sixth. They didn’t rotate enough. They don’t have depth on the bench. That’s the main problem.
'I watched almost every Spurs game and they played them all with the same 11, 12, 13 players. That’s why the players now are really tired.
No rotation: Corluka says Redknapp keeps the same bunch of players in action
'Tottenham, for me, had one of the best teams in England. Of course it will be an unsuccessful season now if they don’t go to the Champions League.'
Spurs were being discussed as title contenders around the turn of the year but are now languishing in fifth place after a run of dire form.



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