Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have revealed that Spurs informed them of their desire to answer the question raised regarding the club’s vision for the future but would only do so after the January transfer window shuts.
Some Spurs fans have started to have concerns about the club’s direction over the last few weeks, due to some bad results as well as reports suggesting that Antonio Conte might walk at the end of the season (The Athletic).
The Evening Standard revealed last week that in light of those concerns, THST had written to the club demanding answers regarding investment into the squad and their measurement of on-field success.
According to the report, the Trusts’ questions to Spurs were as follows:
“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?.”
THST have now revealed on their official website that Spurs have responded to them, stating that they are ‘very keen’ to answer those questions but would not be able to do so after the transfer window due to commercial reasons.
The club is said to have told the Trust that they will respond ‘in full’ to the four questions raised when the financial results are released in February.
THST added they would have preferred an ‘immediate response’ but vowed to scrutinise the answers that the club provide next month as well as the financial results, and raise any further questions that arise on the back of those revelations.
Spurs Web Opinion
The club were never going to answer these questions in the middle of the transfer window as that would mean showing their hand to clubs that they are negotiating with on various purchases and sales.
It would also be better if these issues are discussed once the window closes as the Trust and the fans will have seen evidence of the kind of investment (or lack thereof) that the Spurs hierarchy are willing to authorise.
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