Summer; where the heat does something to the minds of everyone and stories spawn from nothing. Well, here’s something that isn’t the Daily Mail speculating the best way to make Spurs’ players looking like they all want to jump ship. And guess what? Not only is it highly speculative, it’s not players or even likely to happen this season.
It’s arguable as to whether Harry will leave us when the England job comes up, and from my view, I can’t see the man doing anything but going for the job. It would suit him perfectly.
Now, the question has been bounced around before as to how to replace him, but ex-Spurs players don’t necessarily make good managers. There is a long list of managers who would step up to the job, but we can’t just employ anyone any more. We need someone with talent, with passion and ability to win. There is someone like that. Someone who wants a job in the Premier League. Someone with a good record and has fantastic experience.
Don Corleone? No, it’s ex-Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. He had mild success here, despite falling out with the primaddonna parade at Stamsford Bridge. He took Portugal to the European Championship final, and the World Cup semi. He even won it with Brazil. He said he wants to come to the Premier League, most likely to try and prove himself after his slightly less than impressive record at Chelsea. He’s a confident South American manager, and despite the rumours of him being a replacement for Fabio Capello, I would think he was a better fit for the football at N17.
Under Harry, we’ve developed into a great attacking squad, despite having a lack of high calibre power in our strikers. Our strikers aren’t bad – Defoe was fantastic the season before last. What better fit to our style of play than an injection of Brazilian finesse into the soul of our team? We have so much potential. Even Dos Santos would shine under Scolari, as I see it, encouraging South American style into our team.
He might have a temper, but is that such a bad thing? We’ve seen Harry in bouts of anger, but never the passion that you see in the Brazilian. He’s a maverick and that’s what we need; someone who can turn Portugal from a lacklustre group of talented players into a competitive team. Someone who can win World Cups. Someone who is going to hand ‘The Art of War’ to his players to improve their attitude. Let’s stop with the “‘triffic bargains” and constant contradicting soundbites. Let’s get a dedicated manager to give Spurs a new personality and play some great football.
Harry has his fans and enemies. He’s done wonderful things for us, and at the time, Portsmouth looked quite good. But though he may be great as a mid-table magician, bringing teams to the brink of breaking into the European qualification, to assume he could do more than that is too much of a stretch of the imagination, for me. Harry’s inevitable departure would be a godsend now we have the foundations to push further into the elite club of top four teams.
We need a man who is going to bring the ability to win. Someone eccentric. Someone who is going to inspire the squad to do great things. We’ve seen glimpses of this ability against the teams from Milan, but if we can get someone to get this sort of performance day in, day out of our players, who are we to deny the Don?