As the dust settles on the mauling Spurs suffered at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday it is time to step back and take stock of the situation at White Hart Lane.
The gulf between the two sides was monumental and that is in regards to both the performance on the pitch as well as how business is conducted off it.
If anything positive is too come out of the defeat for Tottenham and their increasingly frustrated, and rightly disappointed fan-base, it is that the likes of Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis take heed of how Liverpool have installed a manger in Brendan Rodgers who is not only exciting and exceptional tactically, but also one whose philosophy and mentality fits the Liverpool mould perfectly.
This is an area where Spurs have consistently fallen short in the recent past. There seems to have been great confusion amongst the Tottenham hierarchy for a long time now. They demand top four football but have no consistent plan or philosophy of how they want too achieve these aims.
Liverpool’s former owners George Gillett & Tom Hicks faced heavy criticism from Liverpool fans during their reign, their managerial appointments of Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish proved hugely unsuccessful, as did their dealings in the transfer market.
They were decisions taken without clear motives, players were signed without too much consideration of the systems they would fit into and philosophy of football they would need too play and Liverpool suffered as a club massively down to this mismanagement.
It is now Tottenham who appear to be the club in trouble, the negligence of Liverpool’s former owners led to their eventual exit but the new consortium led by John.W.Henry entered the fray committed too a long term plan and the appointment of a manager whose ideas and mentality matched that of the club and its fans, and in Rodgers they have found the perfect fit.
Spurs have gone in the other direction, In my opinion Andre Villas-Boas can count himself unlucky to have been sacked so soon, but the disgruntlement of the fans came down to a simple miscalculation from the hierarchy, Tottenham fans expect a certain brand of football, a certain philosophy of style and AVB did not match this, not by a mile and though for the first year Gareth Bale's magnificence often hid the more negative approach he took to the game it soon became abundantly clear during the second term.
The appointment of Tim Sherwood took the club in a whole other direction, the technical and patient approach traded in for the simple, old school 4-4-2, “Let the players play” style that Sherwood takes to the game (maybe naïve should be included in this as well).
Sherwood will be gone in the summer (which makes it all the more baffling that he was given an 18-month contract) but the future of Tottenham and the direction they are heading in couldn’t be anymore unclear.
The simple fact is there is not a feasible plan in place, or at least not one that any of the Tottenham hierarchy has any faith in and until there is, the north London club will continue to be this team in limbo, a team that floats around in the upper echelons of the league slightly better than those below but nowhere near the standard of the teams in the top four.
Huge investment has been made into the club, and with the exception of Christian Eriksen, and maybe Vlad Chiricheș the players have failed too represent value for money, and with the club unwilling too sell these ‘prized assets’ only 12 months after purchase any manager coming in to take over the club must inherit them, and has a massive task on their hands to get them playing.
The bookies favourites at this moment is the current Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal, but with his focus clearly on the upcoming World Cup it is unlikely that he has had much time to think about what direction he wants too take the club in, let alone form any sort of concrete plan.
And, if the past 18 months are anything to go by neither have the Spurs hierarchy! So could Van Gaal just be another AVB? Football is fickle and a manager’s shelf life is shorter than ever but Liverpool have bucked this trend, appointed a manger that they believed in and now they reap the rewards that their loyalty and foresight deserved.
It is now time that Tottenham followed suit or they will have to face up to spending much longer exiled from Europe’s elite.
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