Following on from the crushing defeats to both Manchester teams, Daniel Levy must surely be considering the position of Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.
United and City will probably be competing for the title this season, but the pathetic manner in which we capitulated in both fixtures demonstrates the difference in class and also highlights the lack of improvement over the last season.
Spurs had a great run in the Champions League last year, Harry and the lads won many plaudits for their work, but ever since Real Madrid knocked us out we haven’t come close to recapturing any creditable form.
Two wins in our last fifteen League games is unacceptable form for a club of our stature and with one of the largest squads in the Premiership, Spurs fans expect more.
This season we’ve continued where we left off. We have no plan B and a group of players on the pitch showing no confidence or togetherness.
Spurs were unfortunate that the Everton game was called off. A win against David Moyes men would have offered a platform to build on, but a victory over the stretched Toffees’ squad would have just papered over the cracks at Spurs.
Now that the club are addressing the dead wood issue, there is no reason why we can’t also use the Champions League money to change all that is failing at White Hart Lane.
These are the changes I would like to see:
STAFF – I admire Harry Redknapp for the work he’s done whilst at Spurs, but I now feel that the club has to appoint another coach. Tactically I feel Redknapp falls short of other managers and I no longer believe he can get the best from this group of players.
Spurs now require a coach who can work out a system to accommodate our top players and doesn’t select the same players each week and then hope for the best after ninety minutes.
There are many different managerial options available. Some with more experience than others. Personally I would like to see Martin O’Neil, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, or Dave Moyes considered.
These managers all have different qualities, but I admire their determination and winning mentality, they all have good tactical awareness and are often happy to use youngsters when necessary.
A managerial change would also allow the club to replace the current coaches we employ. There must be an issue with the coaching of our players, as we have many technically gifted individuals that often have no tactical awareness when they step onto the pitch.
Our defenders make positional errors time and time again. Our wide midfielders look one-dimensional and our strikers can’t play together and continually make the wrong choices in front of goal.
Tottenham also have a terrible injury record, so there has to be an issue with the physio department or the training methods. Jonathan Woodgate is playing games for Stoke, as is Jamie O’Hara at Wolves, yet these players never left the treatment room at Spurs.
After all the disappointments in the transfer market we should also appoint a director of football again. This would allow the manager and chairman to concentrate on their own roles once more.
Although Frank Arneson and Damien Comolli received criticism during their time with Spurs, overall their work was successful.
Liverpool have benefited from appointing Damien Comolli and are starting to develop a strong and well balanced squad with a British spine of players.
PLAYERS – The club needs to look at the way we manage our playing staff. Now that league rules dictate squad size for clubs, it is imperative that we have a squad of fully fit players.
Ledley King is a hero in my opinion and the best English centre back when he plays, but sadly his playing days are over and the time has come to offer Ledley a coaching role at the club, as we need players we can rely on to be fit.
Manchester United cut their losses on Owen Hargreaves, because Sir Alex knew he needed a full squad of players to challenge in all competitions. We should learn from the master on this subject even if it does pull on the heart strings.
Another lesson we can learn from United is how to develop our youngsters so that they reach their maximum potential.
Harry has earmarked the Europa League for this purpose, and players such as Walker, Rose, Townsend, Livermore, and Kane will hopefully blossom with their exposure to this competition.
Following the woeful performances in the Premiership in the last fifteen games, the club should also use the Europa League to experiment with our other players.
If Gareth Bale continues to look out of sorts on the left wing then why not try and play him in the centre of midfield? Wales have played him there and he certainly has all the attributes required.
Other options would be Corluka or Kaboul in a defensive role, or even Kyle Walker at right wing? Through experimenting we found a new position for Danny Rose and by using the whole squad we can improve team morale and create competition for places.
TRANSFERS – If Spurs won’t re-appoint a director of football or change the manager in the near future then Daniel Levy needs to make strong decisions in the transfer market to strengthen the club.
The sales in this transfer window were very important, with approximately £25 million received and at least £250,000 a week removed from the wage bill.
The trimming of the squad will hopefully bring the group closer together and will also allow more freedom in the transfer market in the near future.
There also needs to be a closer working relationship between chairman and manager; who didn’t seem to know what stage transfers were at, which was evident in his countless interviews.
What’s clear to all fans is that any potential players we purchase in the future must improve the squad significantly. Recent targets such as Beckham, Phil Neville, Craig Bellamy, or Joe Cole don’t fit into this category.
The signing of Emanuel Adebayor was vitally important for the club even if the player’s attitude is questionable.
The Togolese striker has plenty to prove, but as us Spurs fans know, he can unplayable at times.
The signing of Scott Parker will add grit to the midfield, and regardless of the player’s age he is an improvement on Jermain Jenas.
The sale of Peter Crouch to Stoke demonstrated to Spurs’ remaining strikers that no-one is safe and they have until January to prove their worth to the club.
Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe are now playing for their futures and whichever striker doesn’t raise their game should be sacrificed for the prolific Brazilian Leandro Damiao.
After terrible defensive displays in the league so far maybe we do need to bring in a commanding figure such as Gary Cahill and Spurs will try again in January.
Bolton’s valuation was too high though for a player with only a year left on his contract and Spurs will now have to compete with other clubs who will surely be interested in the England international.
There were no moves for Giovanni Dos Santos or Niko Kranjcar either so they now have a great opportunity to impress the manager and justify fans requests for their inclusion in the squad.
Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon have yet to hit form, so the extra competition will hopefully benefit the club.