It wasn’t totally unexpected that the Manager of Tottenham would not have too much time left in the hot seat at White Hart Lane. I wasn’t expecting that when I woke up this morning that he would be gone already, but it really shouldn’t have been a surprise. The bad times all started when Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid and left Spurs with a massive void to fill. It wasn’t like the Spurs manager didn’t try, but I think when you bring in more than three or four players, the chemistry of the side changes or you need to bed in the new guys. Either way it goes, time is needed and in this day, time is the one thing Managers do not get.
Seven players came in at a cost of over 100 million pounds and I do not think a single one has shown value as of yet. Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado came in for almost half the outlay and have made only 17 League appearances between them with a combined four goals. Soldado has scored all four of those, but only one from open play which just isn’t good enough.
Compare that to Manchester City’s new Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo and that is the sort of return you’d want from your striker. Meanwhile, a tried and tested striker Jermaine Defoe remained on the bench throughout, but it is unfair to look at Soldado, who is actually the best of the bunch.
Combined, all seven players have scored five goals (including Soldado’s four) in 47 league appearances. That is an average of seven appearances each. Of course, it doesn’t help when you are critical of your own fans and maybe he was engineering his way out?
The 3-0 loss at home to West Ham was not the best result against a struggling side, but more bad was to come when they visited Manchester City and lost 6-0. Yesterday it was a 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool and the question became when–not if–he would leave.
Certainly after the failed reign at Chelsea, it seems that maybe English football is not where his future lies, but there is no doubt he certainly showed at Porto that he could be a good manager. The regret to me, though, should be from the Chairman Daniel Levy, who sacked Harry Redknapp back in June 2012–key mistake in my opinion.
So what next for Tottenham? In my opinion, they shouldn’t rush into appointing their new manager and the candidates named so far do not excite me too much. Fabio Capello, the ex England manager, has been named, but depending on how much money is left in the bank for the new manager, will be a big factor.
Glen Hoddle has also been named as a maybe candidate and an outside runner is the current Swansea boss, Michael Laudrup. For me, though, the name that hasn’t been mentioned might be a better fit. Certainly for tightening up that defense would be that ex-England Under 21 boss, Stuart Pearce. I wonder how much regret Jurgan Klinsmann now has after signing the extension with the US team.