It’s been a difficult season at White Hart Lane but after publication of the club’s annual report, Chairman Daniel Levy attempted to look at the progress made by Tottenham in the last ten years or so. That progression was started by Martin Jol, the first to take us to within touching distance of the top four and Levy suggests that our disappointment at missing out on the Champions League is merely a mark of how far we have come.
“We have come far in the last decade – we have raised our expectations from a club aiming to be in the top half of the table to competing in Europe each season – to the point at which we find ourselves disappointed if we don’t make Champions League,” Levy said.
“This season, we have had to make significant changes, both in respect of coaching and playing staff and yet we are currently only two points less than last season’s tally. Whilst this season’s performances and results have not lived up to expectation, we believe our squad has potential and it is important that we all now show commitment and teamwork to get the best possible finish to the season,” he added.
Despite that admission that things hadn’t gone to plan in this campaign, the Chairman went on to state that there would be no major arrivals this summer.
“Our focus therefore is to continue to invest in and develop the squad – we shall not look to a summer of major upheaval, but rather to strengthen in key positions – to play the style of football for which we are famous and to deliver the new stadium.”
Leaving style of football and new stadium aside for one moment, it was fairly obvious that Levy wouldn’t be breaking the club’s transfer record three times in succession as he did last year – even if the Bale sale balanced the books. Those comments also suggest that the major clearout of deadwood won’t happen so we can only hope that the strengthening in key positions is more successful than last summer.
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