The Evening Standard have revealed that The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) have demanded answers from the club regarding investment into the squad and their measurement of on-field success.
Reports over the last few weeks have indicated that Antonio Conte is now more likely to walk away at the end of the season than he was a few months ago (The Athletic).
The Tottenham head coach allegedly wants to see whether the Spurs hierarchy share the same ambition for on-field success as he does before committing his future to the club.
Conte’s recent public statements have also caused some concern among the club’s fan base, with the 53-year-old stating recently that the Lilywhites are not equipped to compete for major honours straightaway and that he knew that when he accepted the job over a year ago (Football.London).
The former Inter boss called for patience from the fans and suggested that the speed of the project depends on several factors, including how much Tottenham’s rivals invest in their squads.
The Trust have now written to Tottenham, asking them four questions regarding the direction of the club and about investment into their squad. According to The Evening Standard, THST asked the following:
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1) Will the club share its medium and long-term strategy for success, both on and off the pitch? How is the club measuring progress and how does it judge current outcomes against those expectations.
2) The manager employed by the Club has not signed a new contract and tells us we should lower our expectations about on-field outcomes. He has said publicly that the club needs to spend big money every window just to compete. How does this align with the Board’s philosophy for achieving success?
3) Are you satisfied with player recruitment in recent transfer windows and with the performance of the youth teams and development and supply of younger players through to the first team? Are there any plans to improve this?
4) Does the Club have a plan for further investment to ensure the Club remains competitive on the pitch in the face of substantial additional investment by other Premier League clubs? Is the Club closer to securing a [stadium] naming rights provider? Is there plans from further investment from ENIC or other potential investors or buyers?
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All these four questions are well-worded and ones that the club should be able to answer with clarity, although I doubt they would do so while they are in the middle of negotiations with Conte over a new contract.
The Tottenham hierarchy certainly cannot be accused of not investing in the squad over the last two years but the problem is that many of our rivals are also investing huge amounts, which makes Conte’s objective of competing for major honours very difficult.