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Why David Moyes, Not Villas-Boas, is the Right Man for Tottenham

benitez moyes Why David Moyes, Not Villas Boas, is the Right Man for Tottenham

Following the recent departure of Harry Redknapp from Tottenham Hotspur, attention has quickly focused on the search for his replacement. In recent seasons, the North London club has enjoyed spells of success in the Premier League and Champions League. Now standing at a proverbial crossroads, Spurs’ fortunes will rest largely on chairman Daniel Levy’s forthcoming managerial appointment, by far his most important to date.

Despite Tottenham’s interest in Andre Villas-Boas, the obvious choice — to me — for the job is Everton’s David Moyes. The Scot is almost perfectly suited to the vacant Spurs role, and was unsurprisingly the bookies’ favorite. After a decade in charge at Goodison Park, Moyes is universally considered to be one of the Premier League’s finest managers, and may well relish the fresh challenge of taking over at a club with genuine Champions League aspirations.

The last three seasons at White Hart Lane have been a remarkably successful period, especially for a club which spent much of the last two decades mired in mid-table mediocrity. Over this short yet eventful time in their recent history, there has been a slight, but definite shift in Spurs’ mentality.

For many years, Tottenham’s identity has been somewhat reflected by the famous Danny Blanchflower quote:

“The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish.”

Whether Spurs fans like it or loathe it, this is how they have become known to the world – as a football club who take pride in doing things the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Way’, the term given to what is believed to be the ‘right way’ of doing things. The philosophy, which seems more at home on the streets of Brazil than on the frozen football pitches of Britain, has been celebrated all over the world, in its many different forms.

The winds of change might soon be blowing down Bill Nicholson Way, however. The team’s ethos is undergoing something of a metamorphosis, as the ownership attempts to shift more emphasis onto results, thereby fostering a ‘winning’ culture within the club. Undoubtedly encouraged by the team’s recent fortunes, the Board of Directors sent its clearest signal of intent yet this week by sacking Redknapp. The veteran manager has been widely praised for introducing an exciting brand of counter-attacking football to the Lane, but has also come under fire for inconsistent results, especially towards the end of last season.

As an aside, it’s worth pointing out that this potential adjustment of the club’s style, while it might be initially successful, will probably be short-lived. Many managers, most memorably George Graham, have tried to impose their rigid tactics on the club, with varying degrees of success. Nevertheless, none have ever stuck, and the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Way’ always seems to prevail.

Despite the current uncertainty surrounding the club, Tottenham Hotspur still find themselves in a relatively strong position. Yes, they missed out on a spot in next season’s Champions League, but the club’s last three league finishes have been an impressive fourth, fifth and fourth. It’s by no means mission accomplished, but it is a fine foundation to build upon. Looking at the quality in the teams who finished around them last season (Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle) you would have to say that the core of the team already in place at Spurs is definitely capable of maintaining their top-four status, year-on-year. Obviously, some additions may be needed in order to shore-up the squad, but the incoming boss won’t need to make drastic, wholesale changes. What he will need, to surely satisfy Levy’s requirements, is a reputation for consistency and Premier League experience. David Moyes has both in abundance.

More than anything else, Moyes’ track record conveys a noticeable theme of consistency and reliability. First, it is worth noting that he’s been in the same job for a decade. In the ruthlessly transient world of modern football, that is an incredibly long time, and a number of conclusions can be drawn from this fact alone. Not only has he maintained a high level of performance over his entire tenure, but he has also been able to withstand the considerable mental and emotional pressure imposed on Premier League managers. What’s also impressive is how Moyes has been able to remain focused on his project at Goodison Park for a long period of time, not to mention the loyalty he has shown to the club – all attractive qualities in a manager.

In the last six seasons, Moyes has guided Everton to fifth place twice, and finished no lower than eighth. In his ten full seasons in charge, he has only failed to finish in the top half twice. There aren’t many more consistent figures in the game than the Everton manager. This becomes a far more impressive record once you consider the extremely limited budget Moyes has had to work with at the club.

Between the end of the 2002/03 season and the start of the 2010/11 season, Moyes’ net transfer spending figure (gross sold subtracted from gross purchased) was £10.5million. That comes to a net spend of a paltry £1.3million per season. With the obscene amounts of money being pumped into football clubs these days, it is hard to fathom how David Moyes has been able to build such a strong team year after year on what is, comparatively speaking, pocket change.

His ability to create a team seemingly out of nothing is probably the most remarkable thing about Moyes. How his teams consistently out-perform some of their far wealthier rivals defies all conventional wisdom. Comparisons to Billy Beane, celebrated pioneer of sabermetrics in professional baseball, while predictable, are valid.

The Scot is a brilliant scout and shrewd businessman, but there is much more to him than that. He’s also a fine tactician who has always been able to squeeze every last drop of talent from his players. Unlike some coaches, who are married to a certain formation or system, Moyes is a master in tailoring his tactics perfectly to work to the strengths of his players. Given his extraordinary ability to get the very most out of Everton’s extremely limited budget, the thought of what he could achieve with Spurs’ considerably larger chequebook is an intriguing prospect.

Finally, Spurs should hire David Moyes because he has more Premier League experience than any other candidate, and that is really important to the club.

Most will agree that Spurs’ future plans must revolve around consistent qualification for the Champions League over the coming seasons. Not only is participation in Europe’s elite club competition a vital financial lifeline, it is also a crucial asset for any team looking to recruit top-level talent. One would think that if Tottenham are to ever be considered a ‘big club’ again, they will most likely reach that point on the groundwork laid by several Champions League campaigns. This is what Tottenham hope David Moyes can offer them.

People will discredit the Scot for his lack of Champions League experience, but to do this is to miss the point completely. In their search for a new manager, why would Spurs place much importance at all on experience of a tournament in which they are not participating? It’s all well and good to be well-acquainted with Champions League football, but it counts for nought if the team’s league performance isn’t good enough to qualify for the competition.

That’s why David Moyes’ unparalleled Premier League expertise more than compensates for his lack of European Cup success. At the end of the day, it is the domestic campaign that holds the key to Spurs’ future, and it is Moyes’ experience in this area that makes him the right man to lead the Spurs marching on. I’m sure that Daniel Levy is of the same opinion, and I believe an approach is still clearly on the cards. Would Moyes be tempted? That remains anything but clear.

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Ben Weich, a Tottenham Hotspur fan based in Manchester, UK, is an aspiring sports journalist and recent Economics graduate. He’s written for a number of blogs and local newspapers, and will begin an NCTJ diploma in sports journalism in September 2014. You can find him on Twitter via @benweich
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37 Responses to Why David Moyes, Not Villas-Boas, is the Right Man for Tottenham

  1. pete says:

    great piece. i agree that moyes should be the top target. combine his tactical mind with some spending money and the sky is the limit.

    as for everton, its hard to see them not dropping a few positions in the league if moyes leaves. maybe even out of the top half.

  2. dust says:

    Couple of thoughts… I don’t think this is Levy’s biggest appointment, the hiring of a manager post Ramos (that ended up being Harry) was more pivotal, if he got that wrong, he risked the club continuing its poor form and potentially struggling at the bottom, instead, he chose Harry and it worked out, he took the club back up to where Jol had managed to get the club for the few years he was there.

    For me Moyes wouldn’t be the best choice for Tottenham. However, saying that, I do think he is absolutely capable of putting out a side that plays football that is beautiful, fast moving football and full of excitement. He did so at Preston. I think Moyes charge has been different at Everton than it was at Preston, it was easier to put out a more attractive style of football at Preston because the stakes were not as high as they are for Everton, its completely different, you get it wrong and get relegated it can devastate a club and fan base–especially with limited resources.

    I just don’t think he would do well under the expectations that await whomever takes over at Tottenham, it may sound put of place to some, but Lewis and Levy expect more, they expect to be in the top 4 challenging for a title and in europe’s elite competition, and they expect to do it with style and panache (the more exciting and pleasing to the eye, the more fees you can charge to advertisers).

    That is a completely different expectation than the current situation he is experiencing at Everton…Maybe he would surprise me..but thats just my opinion. The real candidates should be people that have a proven level of success with that level of expectation, like a Blanc, AVB, Rangnick, or in my dream scenario Jürgen Klopp (I have been lucky enough to watch Dortmund a few times and its impressive what he has achieved.

    This new manager will have the state of the art training facility and a reasonable player budget with the full support of the chairman and owner. As long as they can deliver as the plan they draw up states, with trophies and playing attractive football at the same time, it should ensure the current 25,000 people on the waiting list for season tickets will follow through on that for a seat in the new 60,000 seater northumberland project.

    Tottenham is the 11 biggest club in the world (Delloite 2012 report) with a fan base far wider and deeper than clubs like Man City, Valencia, Dortmund, PSG, or either Millan club. The tottenham job, is, no matter what supports of other clubs think, a massive responsibilty with over 128 years of legacy and expectation.

    To go from 10 years of help us to be competitive but no one expects you to win the league, to what I just described is a massive jump. IMO

  3. bazza says:

    Nice article, but I totally disagree with the authors findings. As much as I respect what Moyes has done with Everton, I am one of those people who say horses for courses. Moyes at a club on a very short budget he is well suited and will maintain a reasonable position in the league. The same as Fergie at a club with plenty of everything he would continue to bring prizes to the club. They are both best suited in those positions, but take them out of that enviroment Moyes at a big club and the likes of Fergie at a moderate club they both would fail. Big Sam is another example, great at Bolton, crap at Newcastle, now better at West Ham. And there is plenty of other managers now, and down over the years, who fit better in big clubs or smaller clubs. Hence I honestly believe Spurs have to go for a big name someone who can handle a big club, someone who wants to play football because like it or not, Spurs are classed as a big club, not that successful at present true, but still a biggie!! Also like it or not the so called Tottenham way will always be the benchmark and a top manager has to live with it or fall on his sword.

    • Mekias says:

      I’m not sure that you can say Moyes in ONLY suited for a low budget club. He really hasn’t had a chance to prove what he can do in a Tottenham type situation. He may be brilliant at that as well. What I will say though is that Moyes isn’t quite the sexy pick. The image of Everton while under Moyes is of a pragmatic, hard working, disciplined club who consistently outperform their budget. While it’s a good image, it’s not quite as exciting or entertaining as what Tottenham have done in recent years. Moyes might be a bit of a hard sell to the supporters.

      Realistically, I think the next manager at Tottenham could have a rocky road ahead. I have a strong suspicion that both Bale and Modrich will want to leave without Champions League and getting Adebayor to return is far from a lock. Next season’s Tottenham could look vastly different. If those guys do leave, the new manager will have a ton of money to spend (£80 mill?) but a limited amount of time to use it correctly. That could be a recipe for disaster.

      • Danny says:

        Can you explain exactly why you think Tottenham are a bigger club than Everton? If you base your argument on a successful History, Everton are a bigger club – the 4th most successful in England. If you base your argument on finance -at the moment Everton are struggling. Just imagine wht they could do with the Money men behind Tottenham.

    • Brn442 says:

      Bazza – what do you mean that Ferguson “WILL fail”, if he were to manage a club with a limited budget? Are you saying if Sir Alex managed Everton the last 8 years, they would be in a worse position than than they are under Moyes? Start making sense please…..

      As for AVB, it’s too soon for him to manage a high pressure, London – based club….

      • steve cotling says:

        Everton is the 4th most succesful club in England;has MORE top division points than any other club in England and sits 2nd in England just behind Arsenal in consequtive top flight seasons. The club has been Champions 9 times (compared to Spurs 2 times). From what planet must you hail, in order to regard Spurs as a bigger club? At this particular moment in time Spurs appear to have more money; however given the Man City situation we all know how quickly the financial conditions can change. If it can happen to Man City who knows who will benefit next:Leyton Orient?

        In the last six years Everton have consistantly finished above Spurs, with the exception of the last two seasons. Last season Spurs qualified for the Europa League, whilst Everton finished 7th – a position which in other season would also have had the dubious prize of a Europa place. A few season back Everton qualified for the Champions League, whilst Spurs flirted with relegation. In the last 3 years Everton have played in 1 FA Cup Final and one semi final – similar to Spurs.

        Both clubs along with Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Aston Villa in particular have history and standing that trancends the current PL hierarchy. But Everton is more succesful than Spurs and the latter is in no way bigger. I rathe suspect the intelligent Moyes knows it too.

    • Steve Smith says:

      Not sure I get all this ‘bigger club’ nonsense. I take it you were born since the premiership was formed? Everton have won the league 9 times, Spurs twice.

      Similar crowd capacity, similar fan base, similar all time premiership league position. (We’ve been in the Champions League once as well you know).

      You might be bigger now, much of that thanks to Daniel Levy. But Man City are bigger than both of us now, don’t think that makes them a bigger club (yet).

    • Chris L says:

      Erm… One problem with your thesis is that you seem to regard Spurs as a ‘big club’ and a step up for Moyes. Last times I looked Spurs had won he league a total of twice in their history compared to Everton’s 9. Yes, Spurs have more to spend of late but they am unremarkable mid table eam by and arge, the last couple of seasons aside.

    • jamie byrne says:

      everon have 9 championships to spurs’ 2,,,,,,,,who did you say was the bigger club ?

  4. Sharko says:

    This piece is just plain wrong. AVB, not Moyes, is the right man for Spurs.

    Take a cool look at his resume and you’ll see that AVB had an incredible year with Porto, winning the domestic double and the Europa league. That alone proves that he is a very accomplished, clever and hard-working coach. As Mourinho’s protege he has clearly learned much from the master.

    Now examine his messy and troubled time with Chelsea. He came in with a remit to rebuild an aging team, and get Chelsea playing more fluid, attacking football. And this, while still being expected to challenge for trophies on three fronts. So he tried to impose new ideas, including a higher defensive line, and pressing the ball more urgently.

    But he was naive in thinking he could impose his will on a Chelsea dressing room built around Terry, Lampard and Drogba, with Cole and Cech making up the numbers. These veteran players disliked the new system [especially Terry, whose lack of pace has alway been balanced by good positioning] and when it came to a showdown, they stopped putting in the effort. It seems they had little respect for AVB, whom they knew from his time as Mourinho’s main opposition scout [charged with watching other teams and putting together the dossiers on them, which were presented to the first team]. So rather than work with and for him, they complained to Abramovich. And while the chairman publicly backed his coach, privately he sat on the fence, waiting to see how it would all unfold.

    Now factor in the interference from Mourinho, who was sending and receiving texts from the Chelsea old guard. Even if these were innocuous messages of goodwill, having the ghost of The Special One hovering in the background would only have weakened AVB’s position even further. Who knows, maybe Mourinho actually wanted AVB to fail, if only to spite Abramovich [who, after all, fired him a few years ago]. What’s certain is that Mourinho knew that texting his former players during a period of crisis would have further destabilized an already faltering team.

    So maybe it’s true, as some people have claimed here, that AVB doesn’t have good man management skills and is arrogant, and this is why players don’t want to play for him. It’s certainly true that he was naive in thinking he could dominate the Chelsea dressing room without first earning its respect.

    But to me it seems he was simply too radical, and tried to change too much, too fast. And once the players knew Abramovich would back them rather than their coach, he was doomed. They got him fired, and magically rediscovered their form.

    Now he may have made some disastrous errors of judgement at Chelsea — and I personally enjoyed watching his efforts backfire during that spell — but AVB is nothing if not a fast learner. Having made the mistake of biting off more than he could chew at Stamford Bridge, I can’t see him doing the same thing again. I think he’ll play a much shrewder game from now on when it comes to dressing room morale and handling monster egos.

    As I say, the Chelsea fiasco doesn’t really reflect on his undoubted genius for coaching successful teams. That remains unchanged, as his medals and trophies prove. So what you’ve got here is a young and innovative coach who has proved himself in Europe, and yearns to build a fast, young, attacking team that will win everything. Given that he’s supposed to be obsessive about coaching, you could expect him to help establish a factory line academy turning out gifted young players. So he seems to me a good match for Spurs, given that the club has very similar ambitions.

    On top of that, he will feel he has a score to settle in the EPL. And I’ll bet he’s burning to win trophies with one of Chelsea’s biggest rivals.

    Of course, it’s taking a risk. Appointing any manager is a risk. But appointing AVB is a risk that, if it pays off, could lead to a footballing dynasty and a long period of success.

    • Guy says:

      Whether people agree with you or not, this is a well thought out piece.

    • Mekias says:

      I think AVB does have a bright future as a manager but he’s certainly a risky pick. Managers can succeed and fail based on many different factors that are completely outside their purview. Some succeed mostly because of their situation. Some can fail despite doing everything right. It can sometimes take a long period of time to effectively separate a manager’s abilities from his situation. Young managers, by definition, always have small sample sizes and are thus more risky and difficult to rate. Older managers with proven records can often be seen as stale or set in their ways. It’s hard to determine what mix would be the perfect elixir for Tottenham.

    • Daniel says:

      Sharko, excellent post.

      I think that Moyes would be a very competent manager for Spurs, but that we stay solidly a 4th or 5th place team. I don’t see him pushing the Spurs to compete at the top.

      AVB, on the other hand, seems to have a good tactical understanding and his style would seem to highlight Spurs’ attacking, attractive football.

      For a side to work well with AVB’s shape (4-3-3) it would ideally have a creative playmaker, a solid defensive midfielder, and a box-to-box type. It would need pacey wings with stamina to keep running the flanks, and attacking fullbacks. Lastly (and most importantly where Cheslea failed) it would need fast CBs who could hold a high-line and still get back quickly to cover/intercept through balls.

      This describes Spurs MUCH more than Chelsea.

      Spurs should have Caulker and Kaboul (and hopefully Vertonghen) who would ably fill the CB role. Modric, Parker and Sandro would be ideal for the middle 3 — and even if Modric is sold, it would be at a price that we would be able to sign a replacement specific for the part. VdV could double as the playmaker or even as one of the attacking 3, in a pinch (he’d complain, though).

      Finally, AVB did sign some pretty quality players in his short time with Chelsea: Mata, Romeu, Lukaku, and Courtois. While Lukaku didn’t feature much, you’d have to love him at Spurs as a backup forward with the potential of becoming world-class as he develops. He’s still only only 19. And Courtois, he’s EXACTLY who I’d want as Friedel’s replacement at Spurs.

      AVB might be a risk, but were not a risk averse club. I’d rather aim for the top and fail than settle in to the battle for the Europa League every year… and I think we’d have good odds for the former. To dare is to do…
      COYS!

  5. Barry says:

    If Moyes is appointed then I can see players like Modric and Van der Vaart leaving. Also, will he be able to attract world class players? That’s why I think Levy will appoint a manager with more European experience. The latest name to be mentioned is Laurent Blanc. That makes sense. Whether Blanc will accept or not is something else but I think someone like him or AVB would fit Levy’s profile of a contemporary manager with European experience that can also attract talent.

    • ste efc says:

      there always gonna leave clubs like spurs and everton, despite your recent high finishes dont be thinking your up there with the bigger boys.as an evertoninan we have to accept were a feeder club our talent goes elsewere when they come knockin. as they will with u lot. f**kin fart of a club.!

  6. alltogethernow says:

    I think spurs fans need to be realistic about their position in the league and their expectations this season. Arsenal and Liverpool both had shocking seasons this year and Chelsea did not perform as expected. I think Spurs fans may have missed their chance to play Champions League football for a few years, especially if they cannot hold onto some of their key players this summer.

    Comments above also hint that Moyes is more cut out to manage a small team like Everton, but would struggle with a big club like Spurs. It is ridiculous to suggest that Spurs are a bigger club than Everton. The transfer budget may be higher but in terms of Premier League performance, history, support etc the teams could not be closer. Neither have won a trophy sinse the 90′s.

    I personally think that Moyes would be stupid to take the job. Why go from a team where you are loved and respected, where you have the support of the fans and the board, to a team where reaching a Champions League quarter final and finishing 4th will get you sacked?

    • wizbo says:

      …except for the League Cup Spurs won in 2008 by beating Chelsea, you mean

    • Farhan says:

      “It is ridiculous to suggest that Spurs are a bigger club than Everton.”

      If you read the response by ‘dust’, you will see that Spurs are in the top 20 list of biggest football clubs in the world. Everton are not.

      • alltogethernow says:

        I did read that, there are lots of different ways to measure how ‘big’ a club is. In terms of where the clubs compete going from Everton to Spurs is not all that different. I doubt shirt sales in Asia (or whatever it is that justifies the ranking of 11th on that particular report) will be foremost in the manager’s mind on a freezing and wet afternoon at Stoke.

        • Dust says:

          Everyone has a great history but fan base wise it’s not close, not being disrespectful it’s just the reality of the situ. An example would be the revenue from game days at the grounds, spurs had 45 million, man city had 25million, I didn’t see Everton on the list. Everton fans deserve more, they deserve the chairman giving Moyes access to more money. Why hasn’t he? If Moyes is that good, then why have funds not been available? They could get the cash, unfortunately if they did, profits would drop and chairman don’t like that. Evertons history is illustrious but unfortunately they fell off with the advent of the primer league, again, not being disrespectful, just an unfortunate reality.

          • Dust says:

            Everton

          • Mekias says:

            If you’re talking history, Everton are a big club. But history won’t give you one single point in the Premier League. It’s all about money and Tottenham make more money than Everton and are in a better position to earn more in the future. So yes, Tottenham are bigger right now (at least in my opinion).

            Everton’s board have never put any money into the club. I’m not being facetious either. They literally have not put £1 into the club. That won’t change going forward. I’m hoping, however, that the new TV rights (both domestically and oversees) increase turnover (revenue) by about £30 million and that will give Moyes a little more leeway in operating the club. Of course, all Premier League clubs will be getting more money so the relative position of Everton likely won’t change.

          • dust says:

            I agree with you, I was just conceding to altogethernow that Everton is a big club from a history perspective but doesn’t compete with the tottenham in terms of fan base and as a result a fiscal one.

      • steve cotling says:

        that’s purely measured by FY 2011 turnover. Everton are 21st. Few seasons back Everton was 18th. Doesn’t take a genius to work out why does it? Champions League? I suspect next year’s financial results will be similar to a few seasons ago. Anyway, do we really measure a club’s standing by a year’s financial performance only? If that were the case Chavski and Man City would be bigger than Liverpool – just to show how ridiculous you argument is. Football clubs exist to win trophy’s and be a source of civic pride. They have no other purpose. Football supporters are born not manufactured; father to son. Those who understand need no explanation. Those who don’t, don’t matter; or ‘support’ Chavski

  7. Stephen says:

    Sirius XM Soccer is reporting breaking news that Tottenham signed AVB.

  8. dani says:

    Moyes over AVB EASILY. But Laurent Blanc seems like the best bet for me

  9. scrumper says:

    “I’m sure that Daniel Levy is of the same opinion” How do you know that? have you spoken to him? What a ridiculous assumption.

    Moyes at Tottenham with his back to the cave tactics? what a great way to destroy an exciting team. He’s been consistently employed at Everton because he’s cheap and they seem to like hanging around the top ten with no real ambition. Has he ever won anything?

    Look Levy has had someone up his sleeve for a while and I’d be very surprised if it were Moyes. He only operates from a position of strength and just did to Redknapp what he did to Martin Jol before bringing in Juan Ramos. However, he keeps the club on a sound financial footing for which he deserves immense credit.

    The real money is success in Europe and this is what drives Levy and Joe Lewis.

    • Mekias says:

      I’m not sure what you mean when you say Moyes is cheap. He’s one of the highest paid managers in England at just north of £3 million a year. Are you saying that Moyes produces results with little money? That’s certainly true.

      As for saying that Everton like hanging around in the top ten with no real ambition. I doubt Everton would be in the top ten without Moyes and Everton simply lack funds to push on. There’s certainly ambition at the club but there’s only so much a manager can do with limited resources.

      The only thing Moyes has won was a League 2 title with Preston. He hasn’t won anything in 10 years with Everton. That’s certainly a valid concern with Moyes and I’ve complained myself at his conservative tactics in big games. Then again, Moyes has won Manager of the Year 3 times so there’s a load of people out there who admire his abilities. But I, like you, am not certain he’s a perfect fit for Tottenham.

      I agree that Levy had his eye on a manager or two when he sacked Harry. He’s too shrewd to do something like that without a plan in place.

  10. Nooblior says:

    IMO, and I’m sure it’s been said a lot, Spurs are dumb for even considering AVB… he failed at Chelsea which is a club with a lot more money and talent. If he can’t win there, why do they think he can win at WHL?

  11. James says:

    Interesting, Moyes with his back to the cave tactics, defensive minded? 12 goals in 3 games, strongest finish to the second half of the season behind only Utd and city? Spurs could have done with that. When Moyes gets money, he spends it well. Jelavic, Pienaar, Lescott, Jagielka, Gibson, Cahill, Martyn, Arteta, Baines are all prime examples of this. He also develops players, increasing their value, something Levy would appreciate as a business man.

    Moyes does not have extensive European experience or a history of winning, neither did Harry! But I think that Spurs fans will want a “sexy” or marque signing to fit with their fantasy of being a “big” team. Truth is, If Chelsea and Liverpool get their act half together, Spurs will be back fighting for 6th place.

    The choice of a new manager will also have alot to do with whether the candidates have existing contracts. Harry would have had a tidy payoff, Moyes would cost £3million, AVB nothing, Blanc nothing.

  12. dust says:

    It’s Friday, I’m getting the best chicken and waffles on the planet at brown sugar in Oakland before I go watch the game, and It just dawned on me it’s Friday, it’s been over a week, and we still don’t have a manager. Moyes hasn’t even been approached, AVB is reportedly furious we may be looking at blanc / someone else. So it leads me to conclude that based on the public info available (which could all be horse @&$/ ) it’s going to be Blanc or someone else completely different, a dark horse, someone no one has mentioned.

    Why not just appoint AVB if it is him? If France go out this weekend the the appointment could be on mon/tues if they beat Spain we will wait longer until they do exit.

    Unless they win it all, and then it will be the end of June and Blanc may end up staying as France coach and take them to the world cup. In which case it will be July before an appointment , or like I say, it could be someone else no one expected?

    All I know is I’m waiting for this incredible, no joke chicken and waffles and at my spurs, the cockerel has no head!

  13. jed goodright says:

    Moyes is not the ‘star’ the media like to portray. He has won nothing at Everton. In fact he has only won the second division championship, with Preston, FOURTEEN YEARS AGO. His tactical ability is very poor. His style of play is so dour some call it anti-football. Moyes has no commonsense. He picks his favourite players whether on form or not above all others. He cannot manage strikers in his team. He has no ability at setting a team up to win.

    Tottenham can have him

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