Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs v Villa.
Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur have always been of a similar size. Throughout the Premiership years Villa have usually ended up above Spurs in the league and have certainly had more forays into Europe.
Both clubs are considered 'large' but both clubs have, apart from decades back, failed to live up to their billing. Spurs, like Villa, have been seen, even by their own fans, as perennial underachievers, the 'almost there but not quite' types.
Spurs now have a settled and capable board.
Villa still have Doug Ellis and a few other left powerless by Doug.
Spurs have announced a shirt sponsorship today worth £34million with online betting firm Mansion. That deal ranks in the top ten deals across the globe.
Villa have a deal worth in the region of £2million + add ons that amount to little more than a glorified affiliate deal. Our deal is with Red Box, no Red Bus Route 42, no, that's not right either. Errm, oh somebody red anyway.
Villa have a kit made by a 10th rate manufacturer called Hummel.
Spurs have moved from Kappa to Puma.
Spurs have a policy of buying the best young talent.
Villa have a policy of sell before you buy.
Spurs bought Paul Robinson, now England Number 1.
Villa rejected him as too expensive and bought a keeper from a relegated side.
Spurs have five players in or around the England squad.
Villa have none.
THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE. THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE A DYNAMIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS CAN MAKE.