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TC, Many thanks fro reading and getting in touch. I agree that Bilic has done a fine job with Croatia, and their Under 21 side before that but his lack of club management, only six months at Hadjuk Split, would have really concerned me had he been appointed or approached for the Tottenham job. However, Bilic was appointed the next Lokomotiv Moscow manager before the EURO's commenced. Thanks again.
John, Many thanks for taking the time to read the article and reply. I agree with just about all of your comments. I agree that Naughton will be a very welcome addition,assuming we don't let him back out on loan. As for Caulker, I really believe he will go on to be a great player for Spurs, but I think the lad has a lot of character and has already said that he won't warm the bench for us. I just wonder whether another year on loan might be helpful and then we can retain Gallas for the last year of his contract to help support Kaboul, Verthongen and Dawson. With regards to Modric, I am in agreement. I don't see where a ready made replacement is coming from. I look forward to seeing Huddlestone back but his lack of mobility at times and his apparent dislike for a big tackle frustrates me for a man of his stature. We would still require a midfielder with cutting edge going forward, but not sure who.... I also think we are desperate for cover/competition down the flanks. Whenever Bale or Lennon are out we look a shadow of ourselves going forward. Would be really good to get Adam Johnson and maybe a young prodigies to blood in. I am also not sure why Dos Santos hasn't been used as a like for like replacement for VDV? I think there is something there between him and Harry! I also agree that we need two quality strikers. I like Defoe but I don't think he is good enough to merit a starting berth.
Adam, I really like Martinez, he seems to do everything with a certain style and a lot of class. My only reservation with him would be that it took him two thirds of a season to get it right with Wigan last year and that was with a squad he knew well. How long would it take him to get it right at Spurs with a squad that is new to him? Especially as a lot of our fans are unhappy with Redknapp for 'only' finishing forth. I for one hope he is one of the leading candidates should we dispose of Redknapp but I just worry that our fans may not give him the time to bed in properly. Cheers
John, Thanks for reading and posting your comment. Despite public conception that Joe Lewis is our owner and is throwing money at the club, it simply isn't true. I'm a bit of a sad fan sometimes and I like to read through the annual finance sheets when they are released every year. When reading these you find that it is actually ENIC that owns spurs. Joe Lewis has a majority stake in ENIC but he is by no means a Sugar Daddy for us. In the time they have owned the club they have only pumped money in on one occasion and that was in return for the equivalent amount of shares, in the region of approximately £28m. This money was all swallowed up for its intended purpose of buying property for the NPD. In the last 5 years we have aquired debt of £78m but have offset this by increasing our fixed assets to over £150m. All in all we make a reasonable profit each year. UEFA financial fair play rules from 2011-2014 will allow for losses of £12m per year before insisting on clubs breaking even from 2014, so as things stand we don't have a problem meeting the rules for our entry to the Europa League but should we press ahead with the stadium it could be difficult for us. Cheers
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Jun 1, 2012