So far, the 2013/2014 season has been a roller coaster of emotion being a Spurs fan. It’s fair to say we’ve suffered a fair few lows this season than we’ve been used to but we have had a few highs. I think before the season got underway we all got a little carried away with the signings we made and myself included, thought that this season could be “the one”
However the harsh truth is anything but! I’ve experienced the lows of flirting with relegation in the past, which is never nice, but I can honestly say that this season has felt one of the worst. We never seem to have a substantial happy period. The negativity around the club and more importantly amongst it’s supporters is quite alarming for me.
I get really frustrated at the negativity surrounding the club, the players and the management. I consider myself a very passionate fan and absolutely detest when we lose. But I don’t see a point in being negative to every defeat, you just move on and look forward to a game. But there seems to be a trend for a lot of people carrying their anger through from game to game, regardless of whether we win or not. I know Tim Sherwood is not everyone’s cup of tea and whilst I fully support him in the job, I can honestly say I can’t see it being full time. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love if he did make it a success and go on to have some wonderful years with us, but such is the culture of the club, I can’t see him being given much more than this season.
Now I fully appreciate there is a LOT of anger towards the club’s board itself and the points that are raised in a sensible fashion are spot on, including the lack of clarity, communication etc. We do seem to be kept in the dark about most things and it’s fair to say that most fans can quite reasonably feel disconnected to the club. I can understand how supporters would want to vent their frustration at the board and in some parts I believe rightly so. But there’s a time and a place and there is a right and wrong way to go about it.
We HAVE to stop this air of negativity surrounding the club, affecting match days, it’s no secret that our away form is by far better than our home form and the atmosphere is far more enjoyable away from White Hart Lane.
I see so many people who are so caught up in the negative aspects of the club, that they have forgotten what it’s like to support the team. I, as like most fans, will not agree with every decision that club makes both on the field and off the field. We may have a little moan in the pub after games or at work. But at this point in time it has become too much, it’s filtering into the stands and it’s affecting the atmosphere which I strongly in turn believe is affecting the performances.
Not agreeing with a decision, does not mean it’s the wrong decision. That example can be used for Tim Sherwood, just because you do not agree with his selection as manager, it does not mean it is the wrong choice. None of us know what he can really do and genuinely the only way to find out is to give him time to build a team and learn from mistakes.
However, the one thing that really does frustrate me most is that we are now in February and we are still in contention of a champions league position!!! Despite all the turmoil and change of manager and a vast change in the playing staff from last season. It would be criminal if we didn’t all just bite our lips for 4 months and just back Tim Sherwood and ALL his players to the hilt. Believe me, the players will become far more relaxed and grow in confidence knowing they have fan support. I genuinely believe people under-estimate fan support and the effect is can have. I just wish everyone could put their own personal views aside and just say, you know what, we are still in a great position, we can still get this top 4 yet. We’ve many key players coming back into the side that could really feel like new signings if we allow them to. A good run of games in this league can really put you right amongst it and it would be a travesty for us fans, if we didn’t do our best, our bit, to try and help towards that.
I sense some people hope Tim Sherwood doesn’t get top 4 and hence be seen as a failure so he his replaced. That attitude is not going to help. If you love your club, then it’s so important we just back them until May. Because that’s the situation we are in now until May.
As I stated earlier I genuinely understand the frustrations towards the board and there have been some very valid points made that the board have to answer, but this can be done away from match days, and can be separate from our support of the team.
For a season that’s felt one of the most disruptive for a long while, we are in such a strong position, so can’t we all just think of that and come kick off, show our un-dying support to the badge. We may not be able to use the Y word at the moment, but we’ve got lots more chants… So let’s hear them! Let’s make this season a success so we can look forward and not back!
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