I am only the coach, said the tortoise to the hare

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Dom Le Roy

We need extra cavalry, or I should say Pochettino does. Even though we bought two (one back on loan), we still don’t know what direction some of our players are going to go or whether they will stay, but whatever it is, we do need fresh blood.

“I am not in charge, I know nothing about the situation of my players. I am only coaching them, trying to get the best from them.” Pochettino said (Sporting Life).

Was this just an attempt to turn up the flame to a higher setting so that Levy succumbs or just frustration for all the stupid questions the press ask? Or something lost in translation? English isn’t his first language and we know he has struggled with our language (some of the English suffer from their own tongue as well). Whichever way we look at it it does make good press, and it gets the supporters all flustered, putting their own interpretations to his words. Those that hate Levy will use it as more ammo to shoot at him, but for those that have a bit more savvy of how football and club politics work, they will just shake their heads and move on.

Pochettino was speaking after our 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in Munich, claiming that he was not in control of incomings and outgoings.

“I am not in charge,” he postulates. “I know nothing,” a bit of Manuel of Fawlty Towers here, “about the situation of my players. I am only coaching them, trying to get the best from them.”

Well, we know that, we ask for no more, other than a trophy or three.

When asked what caused his feathers to be ruffled, he sidestepped the question with, “Maybe the club need to change my title description now, because my job now is to coach the team. It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for the club. I am not in charge about the individual situations. I am the boss designing the strategy to train, to play, the methodology, the philosophy in my area. But in another area. Today, I think I am the coach.”

Maybe he things just today he is the coach, “Tomorrow Matthew,” he could be saying, “I am the manager… whatever I feel like, I will be.” Who knows what is in his mind. If he thinks he can go to Madrid, United or Chelsea and be in sole charge,  then he is having a laugh.

Tanguy Ndombele has arrived for a club-record £55million (Independent) and Tottenham are keen on a few others, but any moves will depend on many factors (whether the player wants to come to Spurs, is the money right, and how he will see his relationship with the manager etc.).

His comments can seem odd though, before the start of any season Levy and Pochettino, with a few others, get together to throw around names and then Levy and his team see what they can do. It is the same for most clubs.

Personally, I think it could be a combination of getting out off the wrong side of the bed, press frustration and the pressure. Once we’ve signed a few more players all these problems will evaporate, only for others to appear. It is called management… or coaching… or whatever tickles his fancy at any precise moment in time. He is not getting £8.5 million a year to get no pressure (Daily Mail).

If you pay somebody that sort of money then the payer expects to be able to squeeze a few balls and red faces all around. Unless he has lost them and Levy is squeezing thin air. Whatever way we look at it, he is being paid a king’s ransom… and for that… well, we can understand his pressure a little more.

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In the 90's, I was a writer for many of the top Spurs Fanzines (The Spurs, Spur of the Moment, MEHSTG and many others). A Spurs loyalist since the 60/61 season and now a season ticket holder (Premium). I run a Spurs Facebook page (“Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ voice” and co-run another one with Don Scully called “Tottenham Hotspur FC: Inside Track”). There is also a Spurs Twitter account (@HotspurVoice). I travel with Spurs to away games (including Europe). I have my a Blog (My blogging travels with Tottenham Hotspur Premium). The articles that appear on the blog also appear on SpursWeb and other applications.


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