Aston Villa (match report), as well as Pochettino, Brighton and Julian Nagelsmann (it hasn’t been a good weekend)
Yes, it wasn’t a good weekend for us Spurs fans. We get humiliated by Villa, Chelski declare that Spurs fan favourite has gone to them, and Brighton beat Arsenic (not a bad thing in itself) to go above us. We are now in 7th place… level on points with Villa (only above them with a two-goal difference). We may end up finishing in 9th position (it isn’t that impossible). On top of all that, it was reported that Julian Nagelsmann wasn’t considered (or didn’t want the job, depending on what you read) for the Tottenham position.
Pochettino was a fans favourite (they wanted him back at the club), and were miffed that he went to our nemesis (because Levy didn’t want him); yes, thinned, skinned Levy had the hump with Pochettino because of comments he had previously made about him and the club (the truth). The same reason why Conte got the sack (voicing concerns).
Whoever we get as the next manager, I wish them well and hope that they start to build something special; nonetheless, if we end up in the same situation as we are now and Pochettino goes on and wins trophies with the Blues, then the shit will really hit Levy’s fan. I feel it is another disaster waiting to happen.
Then there is Julian Nagelsmann. It emerged last week that Levy had ended his interest in Nagelsmann as the club did not see the German as the right fit for the project (which was reported in the Evening Standard). Since then, some news outlets have suggested that it was Nagelsmann who rejected Levy’s approach and that the club were merely trying to save face by claiming the opposite (Daily Mail).
However, what I heard closer to the club was that Levy was worried that Nagelsmann would voice his failures to the media if he (Levy) tried to insert his authoritarian control over him (as he has done with other managers). Nagelsmann wanted control over transfers, a proper direction for the club, no interference from above, and a decent transfer money pot. But this wasn’t why Levy purchased the club in the first place, just to lose power to an inferior or lesser being than himself. Whichever way you look at it, it is a mess. I can see Pochettino taking Chelski to greater heights while we are stuck with Mason (or a Mason-like being) manipulated by God himself, Levy.
On top of all that, Brighton thrashed Arsenic 3-0 to go above us. Two games left (Brentford & Leeds), both losable, which could see us hitting rock bottom (demoralised).
We’ve got no manager, a puppet child in charge, no new manager on the horizon and no director of football because our previous one was convicted for dastardly deeds and a lunatic who thinks he is a football expert as well as an accountant that builds a money-making (for himself and his partner, Joe Lewis) multi-venue auditorium.
Now to the match… the way things are gone so far, it just seems like an afterthought.
Aston Villa 2 Spurs 1
Yes, let’s rub it in. Villa climbed to seventh after defeating a dysfunctional Spurs side, their sixth consecutive home league win, which moved them level on 57 points with us. Only two goals separate us.
Villa took control against us through Jacob Ramsey’s eighth-minute finish, which was followed by Douglas Luiz’s free-kick. Which means we can no longer finish in a Champions League place. We were flat and uninspiring, although Harry Kane did score from the penalty spot after he was fouled by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
We failed to register a single attempt on goal in the first half as Villa completed the double over us for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
Aston Villa trailed us by 14 points in the Premier League table as recently as 11 March, but under ‘Dick’ Emery, it has been nothing short of remarkable (that is what we need, something ‘remarkable’).
We offered little in terms of an attacking threat before Kane’s consolation from the penalty spot. Son, himself, was frustrated by the offside flag, including deep into stoppage time when he thought he had equalised, while Richarlison managed just nine touches before he was substituted.
On a day of few positives, at least substitute Yves Bissouma offered a midfield presence on his first appearance since 5 February.
Nevertheless, we were disappointing and will finish outside the top four, despite occupying a Champions League spot for most of the season.
With no Champions League football to look forward to, will Kane be around when the next permanent manager is appointed? I doubt it, and if he did… he has only got another year to go on his contract. He’ll be a mug to stay under Levy with the prospects of continued failure.
Despite this defeat, interim boss and Levy puppet Ryan Mason still hopes to deliver a Europa League place… he jests! I think we will struggle for a Europa amateur conference League place the way we are going. And he sees himself as our potential next manager… for fuck sake, send in the clowns… the whole thing is becoming a joke.
No manager of any calibre wants the job, no director of football, no Champions League place for next season, with the possibility for the near future either… while a clown looks over our ravaged-humiliated, ripped-apart soul while he counts his takings.
But as somebody said to me at the Villa game… look on the Brightside… Russia might invade us, and all our Spurs’ problems will vaporise into insignificance. Yes, there is always a Brightside to our Spurs tragedy. “Martha! Get me that gun… it is about time I left this earth and went to the land of Bill Nicholson and Arthur Rowe… and true owners/ directors who counted the money as well the trophies and glories.” Amen!
My name is Glenn Renshaw.
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