"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Sunday, December 12, 2004

Get lost Hoddle.

Don't get me wrong Hoddle was a fantastic player and a Spurs legend in the 80s but is an average manager at best. His time at Spurs was a mixed bag. Originally brought in as a PR exercise after George Graham was sacked three weeks before the clubs biggest game of the season. (That's another story all together but don't get me started). His ego then allowed our record signing to loose so much confidence he eventually moved to West Ham for FREE! Now I'm sorry but you don't become a bad player overnight and the way Rebrov was treated was a disgrace. Spurs did play some entertaining football but were soft looking. The dressing room was divided and Hoddle was eventually sacked after a terrible start to last season. It was the right decision then and continues to be the right decision.

But why this sudden tirade against the former King of WHL? Well according to lots of the press, with quotes from Hoddle, he is trying to buy the club with friends so he can be put back in charge. I really hope this is complete rubbish as it clearly didn't work when he was here before and there is no reason why it would work again.

Hoddle is quoted as saying:
"My contacts have already put in two bids but (current Spurs chairman) Daniel Levy won't budge at the moment," said Hoddle.

"I think Joe Lewis wants to get out, he wants to move on, but he won't undermine Daniel at the moment and I think Daniel is saying 'Give me one more chance here'."

"These guys are millionaires," said Hoddle, who said Levy wants £90m for the club.

"Daniel is having his last little go at it but if the pressure comes on then he'll run one day.

"I really do believe there is a chance of it happening if the team continue to struggle.

"Hopefully they would say 'Glenn, you run the football side'. The way they do it at the moment is amateurish.

So there you have the quotes. Apparently the way most of the clubs in Europe are run, including Real Madrid, Barcelona (the list is endless) is "Amateurish". Arnesen clearly is rubbish if you look at the things he did with PSV and what Spurs need is ANOTHER start. Give me a break. How many managers have we had since the Premier league was formed? Is sacking everyone, again, and bringing in a whole new board, backroom staff and then a failed manager really going to help Spurs. Nope, we will become even more of a laughing stock than we already have become in the last few years. What Spurs need is continuity. We need to stick with someone for more than five minutes. Jol has shown he can turn around the team and has now madeit three wins on the bounce AND three clean sheets. Ok, this doesn't make a season but the two back to back away wins were more than Hoddle could manage in his whole time at Spurs.

I really hope this is all just paper talk and Hoddle has been misquoted. Actually he would have had to have been seriously misquoted so I suspect there may be some element of truth in this story. If there is all I can say is, Hoddle you've lost the plot. Concentrate on sorting Wolves out and leave us alone. You had your chance and blew it and I hope most Spurs fans can see past your former player glories to say that your managerial record at Spurs was poor and that the last thing we need is another massive upheaval.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot on.

12:05 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree.. Hoddle's had his chance, and he failed... we have faith in Jol and Arnesen to take us forward

12:11 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Wolves? He takes the job and now this! Arne & Jol are the best around to build this club back up. Great piece.

12:24 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Newcastle and have supported Spurs for 25 years since I first saw Glenn Hoddle play...he was my Idol but he is geting right on my t*ts .....
Great piece, well said!!

12:38 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said.

Constant unfounded poor press speculation is getting on my nerves - if it's not Defoe/Kanoute/Keane (because clearly we don't need strikers) leaving for the only 3 clubs in the premiership whose players want to be where they are (utd, chelski, ars*nal) then it's Hoddle coming out with this kind of cr*p. If he did say it, he needs to think about how much he REALLY cares about this club - things are just beginning to settle down again and stories like this just unsettle the players and the fans alike.

I, and most spurs fans from what i can tell, have complete confidence that Jol and Arnesen are the guys to turn this club around and given the time we will have success at this club again. Confidence in the management is something I haven't had for a very very long time.

In my opinion it's the press in this country who are amateurish and should write about football facts, not create their own fiction to sell their tabloid cr*p.

12:52 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoddle was a great player and with his fantastic skills as a player helped spurs win a few hounours, but for me he isn't one of the best managers you can get especially when he started getting players over 30, and on a free transfer, as a lower division club would do.

12:54 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are so wrong about hoddle ,are you spurs fan i wonder because you seem to know nothing about the problems hoddle had as manager at Spurs... you seem to have lack or the details of what he was doing ,,,,my god he would loved to have defoe instead of the doc to play up front.
you have to look deeper into what goes on that means at least 6 hours a day reasearching every day 24/7
my friends and I have laugh at some of your comments you juat really do not knnow a thing of what is going on maybe i should spread some light on what really does happend at spurs.. no one could had done better with what hoddle had at spurs in the way of players and such cruel luck no one..we true spurs fans would love hoddle back you know who we are
never read the papers they are for jerks.. ask the people involved like i do

1:14 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well The gooners must be loving this....... lets stop beating each other up over something that Hoddle probably never even said to any paper. lets be honest He is a WHL legend and im sure he didnt plan his managerial reign at

1:41 PM, December 12, 2004

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1:45 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don`t believe this last comment - are you really serious about it, or are the master of irony? Ecxately what kind of special insight do you have in our club`s affairs? - Hoddle is the worst manager in terms of man management, ever - he ruined Rebrovs sparkling career, he managed to completely divide and confuse players, staff and fans with his stubborn 3-5-2 system (which he continiously tried to get working, without one decent wing-back)and last but not least, he never won anything.

If these arrogant quotes are true, Hoddle has just made a bigger fool of himself than he did when he was on the payrole!!!

1:55 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pro-Hoddle nutcase a few posts back has lost the plot!
Hoddle has ALWAYS been a mediocre manager with terrible man-management skills. He divided Tottenham and treated anyone but his favourites with contempt - and he did the same for England.
What makes the guy above think he knows better than the players that have played under Hoddle? Anyone who thinks it would be a good idea for Hoddle to come back is out of their mind. As your friend above said - "You know who you are". (and I bet most of you are wearing red and white)

3:30 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

''Knowing Daniel as I know him, he will not like the pressure, especially if there is chanting against him from the fans - he is not an Alan Sugar and he is not a football man and he doesn't need all this - who does?'

``I really do believe there is a chance of it happening if the team continue to struggle.'

Thats is part of what Hoddle said, apparently. This is just the press messing about because they have to sell papers and they are sad little f**ks. He s not stupid, spurs just won last three in a row, so why would he say it?

Even if he said it, it must have been a while back when Santini left. People from the press are trying to destroy him now he's at Wolves, like they did when he was at Spurs. How much of an ego does Ferguson have, and how long did it take to get it right?

Give the guy a chance, he's only been sacked once for footballing reasons, and thats when his heart took over his head. Hope he does well at Wolves, and hopefully comes back to Spurs in the distant future (60+), to prove every one wrong.

3:31 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the middle of all this chaos, has anybody noticed what's happening with the under 18 and reserve teams? The reserves have won 8 out of the last 11 and sit 2nd in the table, the youth won a great cup tie the other night. We have at least half a dozen young players that look like & are turning into great first teamers - Zeigler, Davenport, Ifill, Kelly, Barnard, Dilevski, Yeates etc.

It seems that, for once, we have a set-up that encourages the players & is (at last) getting them to play for each other like a team. The management acknowledge the current failings on width & are currently looking to put things right...and while Jol may be a little quick with a comment in the press - it's obvious that he's determined as hell to put things right. He also has the obvious backing of all the players - some of which (i.e. Brown) he's getting to perform way above their natural ability.

We have to look to the future and give the current set-up our 100% backing - no matter what. I loved Hoddle, I watched him on the terraces throughout his whole career and despite some comments, he wasn't a terrible manager, but he couldn't man-mange a row of empty chairs.

I want to see this squad stay together & look forward to it really challenging (with some good additions) in a couple of years.

4:57 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets get things in perspective can we.

Hoddle was one of the best Spurs players of the past - this can never be taken away from him.

As a Spurs manager he had moments - but the last six months were dire. I still think however he would have suceeded if he had more support from the board, or particularly if we'd got rid of Pleat earlier. He was continuously undermined.

Yes his man management skills aren't always the best, but he put in place the grass roots that assisted the regeneration of Chelski before the cash came along, he had one of the best records of recent England managers before his Drewry gaffe and he didn't have the same squad that Sven's got.

So get off his back!!

That said - Martin and Frank are the future at Spurs. We do have a sound young squad, we know that more width is needed but the future is bright. Jol was a bit negative the other week saying settle for 10/11th place this season, but he was trying to quell any over exuberance. He does not want too much pressure on them too soon - NEXT season is the big one.

7:33 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

very good article, spot on. Glen Hoddle was a lovly baller in his day but the fella does not know how to deal with human beings in general which is quite weird. most non Tottenham fans would go further and say hes a wanker a mean one at that. How can someone annoy and destroy a player of the caliber of rebrov is baffling but he did it. bottom line is he was a shite manager for Tottenham , he should of stayed at southhampton, they would be more at his level. Things are looking up and JOL and Arnesen will get the job done rigth very soon indeed the signs are there. Glens comments dont suprise me hes a nut but no offence piss off now you've had your chance

10:16 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a Spurs fan for nearly 40yrs. In that time we have had a lot of ups and downs....With the advent of our new management , we finally seem to be getting it right. I agree it may take time, but give them a chance. Glenn you tried and didnt do too well, you were my hero once now do the decent thing and give the new guys some peace. You never know they may just get it right!

11:25 PM, December 12, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, you are an idiot for believing everything you read and secondly, you are an idiot!

Glenn said today on sky sports that he has not met any consortium.
Thinking about it it is very easy to see how and why the press can write whatever they want because the are ignorant aresholes like you out there that buy their shitty newspapers and help propagate their made up news.

12:25 AM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LEvy is doing a great job in my opinion. One of the best in the premiership.

2:06 AM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have full confidence in Jol and Arnesen in restoring the past glory of Spurs. Don't disturb the present course of progress, PLEASE.

3:44 AM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoddle great player but a lousy manager. His tenure at Spurs was marked by discontent and division. His transfer dealings were so pitiful we are only just recovering from the dross he saddled us with. He set back the development of young players with his perverse tactics. He was the wrong man then; he is the wrong man now and he will continue to be the wrong man for the job. We need to support Jol and co.

8:06 AM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not clear whether Hoddle made these statements. If he did, its on a par with disabled people are paying for the sins of a previous life. In other words, he was a great player, but he's a serious nut. If he didn't make them, the diagnosis is: he was a great player, but he's still a nut. Clearly he would love to be back at the club, but PLEASE!!!! let sanity prevail. We have a plan now, and if given a chance it might just fucking work!! If Hoddle had any feeling for this club and its fans, he would just make us proud by doing a brilliant job at Wolves and leaving us in peace.

9:19 AM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should have more brains than to trust a Sunday tabloid's story. Try thinking things through before posting your comments in future and don't believe all (anything) you read in the papers. For a more intelligent look at this story, please follow the link below.


12:35 PM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a post...

Glenn was a great player and yes Levy has made mistakes but he is rectifing these mistakes by giving Jol and Arne a chance to transform the team and i believe that they can do a far better job then Hoddle could do with all the Money that Abramovich has.

He simply cant manage a team in the premiership the Chelsea team he had he inheirted from previous managers.

Please let Levy do his job and bring us back some of those glory glory days

1:43 PM, December 13, 2004

Blogger Paxton Road said...

Hoddle said those things as he is directly quoted. Ok, he may have been tricked or what not but he should think things through before saying things. The vast majority of Spurs fans on the forums and who have posted here have agreed with this article or the majority of it. Slagging me off doesn't strengthen your case that Hoddle can do no wrong. If you read what I wrote carefully it is clear that I respect Hoddle as a player and hoped that this was bullshit. However the direct quotes prove he was talking about it to someone and why has it taken so long for him to deny it?

5:51 PM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

bring back hoddle, he was the best manager this club has ever had. I miss him and the players he will bring with him. We all miss the days when poyet and sharon anderton run our central midfield.

Bring back the good days.

James Walkin

8:00 PM, December 13, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoddle was a bad manager. He also ruined Rebrov. If Hoddle came back to Tottenham how many more farcical days will we have? Imagine the f@ckers in the press - surely Glen cannot be so blind as to see how much he will wound the club. He's come out and denied it and I for one want to believe him, I don't think he would say something like this especially as he has just started at Wolves. I also don't think Levy will sell.

2:00 AM, December 14, 2004


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