Life as Tottenham fan can be challenging. The moments of hope and glory can often be dashed by a stray pass, a glaring miss or awful defending.
However, at the moment, I absolutely love being a Spur. I look forward to each game with hope and excitement. The team are good to watch and real progress is being made.
This all reminds me of when Martin Jol was in charge. With a young English nucleus of Robinson, King, Dawson Huddlestone, Jenas, Lennon and Defoe, Jol built an exciting, attack-minded team – the best for a long while. It was a team that played fast attacking football and wanted to score goals. As well as this, they were solid and reliable at the back. England’s number 1 was between the posts and all was looking rosy.
Two fifth-placed finishes were signs of improving times at the Lane. We were one dodgy lasagne away from a spot in the Champions League. With mafia boss Jol strolling around the technical area we were in good hands. Who will ever forget Jol squaring up to Arse-end in front of the dugouts at The Library?
Unfortunately, it was at this time that things started to fall apart. During that summer, some members of the board became very greedy. Virtually every day, Paul Kemsley – henchman of Mike Ashley, was pictured somewhere around the world. Finally, the story broke that we were chasing Juande Ramos, the man whose team had recently knocked us out of the UEFA Cup.
The question still remains, did we actually need him? In my opinion, the answer is still a resounding ‘no’. Why did we chase Ramos? The simple answer is greed. The board – some individuals at least – became greedy and decided we could run before we could walk. We were making steady progress towards the big show that is the Champions League, but some people became impatient and couldn’t wait any longer. They decided to chase the pound notes.
That decision put the club back three years. We started the new season badly and the much loved Jol was finally sacked during a game when everyone in the ground and watching on TV seemed to know before he did.
Ramos arrived and despite winning the Carling Cup, sent the club backwards. We finished mid-table and made some average signings. The following season things went from bad to worse. No wins in eight games left us bottom of the league and a laughing stock.
We all know what happened next. Harry Houdini arrived and to save the day. It is only now – two and a half years since Jol was sacked – that we are finally back to where we were, probably even further ahead. In those years, we have spent a lot of money and have seen players come and go and some – Defoe, Keane, Kaboul – even come back.
Thankfully, Kemsley is no longer around. The board seem calm and content with the job that Harry is doing. Hopefully, they will continue to leave him to do his work.
We may not finish fourth this year, or next year, but we will be a hell of a lot closer. This team is looking really good; with further investment in some areas we could be very good indeed.
I want my feeling of enjoyment of being a Spurs fan to go on for a long time yet. I love this club and I don’t want the board to drag us down again. Thankfully, I have faith that they won’t do it this time around.
This time, the Champions League really is in our grasp. I hope that dodgy pasta or dodgy board members don’t do anything to get in the way. This team is really going places and I for one am loving every minute. Come on you Spurs!