The weekly look at Tottenham and other sporting news discovers that Tottenham aren’t the only Spurs to lose out to their closest rivals. Step forward San Antonio Spurs!
Summer Diary 7
Wed 19 June.
Spurs confirmed Franco Baldini’s appointment as Technical Director with an announcement of the official website. OK, that’s the management team sorted. Now let’s move quickly to make the squad changes to get a settled team in time for the kick off.
Spurs pipped at the post by their great rivals having been in the clear and looking comfortable with a few games to go in the sport’s major competition. Sounds familiar? Perhaps not what you think. I am actually talking about Miami Heat’s last gasp victory over San Antonio Spurs in American basketball, taking the series 4-3 in the last game, having been 2 down. Is it something in the name? It makes you wonder if there was something in it after all when the new owners made a fundamental change at Cardiff, replacing their traditional blue shirts with red ones. It was controversial but they went on to achieve success by winning the Championship and gaining promotion after several unsuccessful attempts. Perhaps we should do something similar for luck to achieve a similar outcome, like change our nickname from Spurs. To what? How about “The London Hots?” Only joking.
They are at it again. Roy Hodgson is said to be frustrated by the fact that the Premier League has scheduled the North London Derby and Liverpool vs. Man United a few days before the World Cup qualifier against Moldova. I am not surprised. They used to call actions designed to harm your country’s interests treachery and it was a serious offence. The Premier League is at it all the time. Although, I suppose if the people owning the teams and running them are not English, then they can’t be traitors when England is not their own country in the first place. The owners of several of them are more likely to have the national interests of Russia, China, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates at heart and it shows. I guess that’s why they can say they don’t understand what the fuss is about. We are being undermined from the inside out. As I have said before, it’s time the government intervened and at least granted the FA and the England manager total authority over league teams and players when it comes to the interests of the national team. Whilst we are about defending the FA’s interests – could this be where we start the campaign to have the winners of the FA Cup allocated a Champions League place?
Sat 22 June.
Italy 2 Brazil 4. Mexico 2 Japan 1. Another cracking couple of Confederations Cup games. Neymar in top form again. Two goals for Fred who did well to stay on his feet for one, when most players would have gone down for a penalty. Unusually Buffon did not have a good game for Italy. How Japan ended up with 0 points and a minus 5 goal difference, God only knows.
Mon 24 June.
Another one of my preferred Spurs targets is snapped up by a new Premiership rival. I’m sure Cardiff won’t regret their reported £8million outlay on Tom Ince. All quiet on the Tottenham front. Perhaps we’ll announce the signing of Villa after the Confederations Cup final?