Interim manager Cristian Stellini sacked and replaced by another interim manager (young Mason)…
You couldn’t make it up… failure replaces failure and then replaced by a child actor who is still green behind the ears. While all this is happening, the real failure (Levy) is still in his job.
The headlines screamed that Stellini was sacked after four matches in charge. The more important question is, why sack Conte and keep his assistant and other coaches when they were a part of the original failure? Four games later, the Tottenham board wised up and saw what a mistake it was to put Stellini in charge and sack him… then ironies of ironies, they put a former player/ interim manager in charge (who failed the first time around) of a dysfunctional team… Unbelievable!!!!
The decision to sack Conte’s assistant came a day after we were thrashed 6-1 at Newcastle. By the way, it was a performance that chairman Daniel Levy described as “wholly unacceptable”. Really? No kidding Batman!
Stellini was appointed on 26 March after Antonio Conte’s 16-month spell as boss ended.
Incompetence is replaced by naivety.
Young Ryan Mason, who worked under Stellini and took charge when Jose Mourinho was sacked in 2021, takes over. Doesn’t Levy learn anything?
According to Daniel Levy, Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle “Was devastating to see.” What was his thinking… he replaced a failed manager (in his eyes) but kept his team in charge. It was he who put the numskull (Stellini… who also had no experience running a top club other than working as an assistant) in charge… nobody else.
Levy also said, “We can look at many reasons why it happened, and while myself, the board, the coaches and players must all take collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility is mine.”
We are fifth in the Premier League table, six points behind Newcastle in third and Manchester United in fourth. Both teams have played fewer games than us. Incidentally, we host United on Thursday, then travel to Liverpool away on Sunday.
We won one, drew one and lost two games after appointing Stellini, who acted as Conte’s assistant during his time as manager.
We also must remember that Stellini also led the side when Conte was missing from the touchline after a gall bladder operation in February, with us winning three of our four Premier League games in Conte’s absence, including losing to Championship side Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
Levy also said, “Cristian stepped in at a difficult point in our season, and I want to thank him for the professional manner in which he and his coaching staff have conducted themselves during such a challenging time.” Challenging because of his own making.
Former Spurs and England midfielder Ryan Mason, 31, returns to the helm for the season’s final six games. “Ryan knows the club and the players well,” added Levy. Nothing about his experience or offering him the job full-time… which he won’t do because he is a novice.
The thrashing was our heaviest Premier League defeat since December 2013, when we lost 5-0 to Liverpool at White Hart Lane.
Stellini said, “It went so badly because we were not prepared enough to play an important match.” That is why he is paid millions, to motivate and get them prepared. Why weren’t they/ he prepared?
Stellini’s tactical decisions had drawn the anger of us supporters during his brief occupancy.
We are searching for our fourth permanent manager in four years since Mauricio Pochettino left in 2019. “Four years”? That is bad… It was President Truman, who had a no-nonsense approach to decision-making, who said, “The Buck Stops Here.” And it should stop with the person at the top… we have been such a failure because Daniel Levy knows nothing about football (a great financial builder of stadiums, full credit)but nothing about football, and that is why we have had so much failure since he has been in charge (only one trophy in 22 years).
Questions over the playing style have persisted under Stellini, with us conceding nine goals across our last two league matches, the most we’ve conceded in consecutive league games since May 2003.
As Ramon Vega, former Spurs defender on BBC Radio 5 Live, said, “If you are the owner, you are accountable. Issues have been accumulating for weeks, months and years. It sums up this club for the past 10 years. The recruitment side is a shambles, and the players are not playing like they are supposed to play – you can see that the dressing room is completely split, there’s no spirit in this side whatsoever.”
On Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy:
“If you are the owner, you are accountable for what happens within the club. You need to make sure all the tools are being given to the management for the football side.
“But the problem is that the whole recruitment has been a shambles for years, from the top to the bottom all the way to the academy and they’ve wasted a lot of Money in that time.
“I think the fans are fed up. They don’t see football any more, they don’t see excitement, they are not winning anything for a long time.
“And I think Levy needs to take accountability. He made mistakes because he made decisions. He doesn’t leave many decisions to the football people and he doesn’t recruit the right people.”
I couldn’t have said it better…
Who wants to come to Spurs and work under Levy?
Who should replace Conte?
Levy’s best managerial appointments, Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp and Pochettino, have been somewhat under the radar but never given the funds to progress the team. The star-spangled names; Jose Mourinho and Conte have failed miserably.
After Mourinho’s dismissal, less than a week before we lost to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, Levy spoke about returning to the club’s “DNA”. Bollocks! These are just words to appease the fans. He knows nothing about Tottenham’s DNA.
The names being mentioned now include…
Julian Nagelsmann – recently sacked by Bayern Munich and who has pulled out of the running to replace Graham Potter at Chelsea – and Luis Enrique, who left the Spain job after last year’s World Cup and has not managed at club level since 2017. There is also Brendan Rodgers, who left Leicester earlier this month after an awful season, and Potter, who some think was out of his depth at Chelsea. All left with a cloud over their heads.
What about the squad?
Eleven months ago, the owners agreed to a £150m “capital increase” for the club. That was viewed as Money that Conte could use to turn a squad into the Champions League contenders.
Granted, Money was spent, but few would argue it has been spent wisely. Richarlison was signed for £60m but has failed to consistently perform at the highest level, while £25m Yves Bissouma impressed at Brighton but has been inconsistent for us. Cristian Romero has been better, but his hot-headedness is sometimes a liability.
On top of that, some players in the squad are not up to the standard the club demands, but how many could attract the transfer fee to fund a squad rebuilding programme?
Son has been very poor by his usual high standards.
What about Harry…
Harry Kane is Spurs’ top goal scorer… top England scorer, and close to being the top Premier League scorer of all time, but remarkably has won no trophies. He is about to enter the final year of his present deal. Numerous clubs, including Manchester United, would be interested where he probably could win trophies.
The problems with our club are easy to identify. Finding solutions is far more difficult with Daniel Levy, Lewis and ENIC playing God at our club.
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