Alan’s 2013-14 Season Diary no 32
Tuesday 18 December
Glenn Hoddle has thrown his hat in the ring for the Tottenham managerial vacancy. I hope he gets it. If they want to continue with the coach plus football director idea, I would risk another youngster; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has had an impressive start to his managerial career in Norway. I think he may well go on to become a top manager. I think our only problem with him would be when he accepts the offer of the Manchester United job when David Moyes goes, whether that is in 6 months or 6 years.
Wednesday 19 December
Chelsea lost the League Cup quarter final with almost the last kick of the game in extra time. They have been doing nearly everything right in games except score enough to kill teams off. That’s a similar problem that tonight’s opponents West Ham are experiencing but further down the table. If there is one thing I feel sure of, it is that there is no point in Tottenham beating West Ham tonight other than revenge for the 3-0 drubbing at home in the league. The current Spurs club clearly don’t have the team spirit, or strength of character that it takes to win a cup, so we might as well go out now and save our efforts for the leagues, domestic and European.
We do lose to West Ham again on a wet and windy night. Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches couldn’t handle quality crosses and Spurs throw away a 1-0 lead. In his first game in charge Tim Sherwood played Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe upfront. They combined to score first but West Ham clearly wanted it more and were quite comfortable winners in the end. This shower need a kick up the a*se from a manager big enough and experienced enough to have their instant respect.
I don’t envy the new manager trying to instil some genuine spirit in this lot. We need someone to do against Arsenal what Harry did in his first game. Can’t see it happening though, can you? The FA Cup 3rd round tie could be another real embarrassment.
Thursday 19 December
It’s pathetic how Sky will try and stir up a storm over nothing and will sometimes persevere with a non-story like flogging a dead horse. Today is getting Greg Dyke to comment on his jokey cut throat gesture at the World Cup draw. He was at the ceremony at the grave of FA founder Ebenezer Cobb-Morley in Barnes, London. Interesting; I never knew. That’s where we lived when I was born. Another personal connection to go with football’s history.
Friday 20 December
Sky Sports says that Vincent Tan has sent Malky Mackay an e-mail telling him to resign or be sacked. They send out the deputy manager to do the press conference with instructions to only discuss the Liverpool game. Journalists give him a roasting.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust requests a statement from Daniel Levy explaining AVB’s sacking and clearly stating his plans moving forward. They say that fans are frustrated and angry.
In the afternoon Sky report that Tim Sherwood says he does not want the Spurs job and will not stay as deputy if (when) he does not get it. Meanwhile, Mackay has refused to quit Cardiff and travelled with the players on the coach to Liverpool.
Everyone is full of the Christmas spirit, I don’t think.