Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 30 2007
1) Martin Jol is basically rubbish isn't he? Would you swap managers given the choice (we aren't giving you the choice by the way!)
N7Teen: If you define turning a team who had performed well below expectations for many years into a half-decent cup side combined with back-to-back fifth place Premier League finishes, then yes he must be rubbish. But would I swap Jol for O'Neill? No chance. As BMJ himself has said this week, there's no-one out there who could do a better job. We just need to give the man time.
matt..shelfsidespurs No I wouldn't although I do like MO'N, Big Martin Jol is the man for us. Not a great start we all can see that, but what the bloke has done for the club in 3 years is nothing short of a miracle. From mediocre mid table team to a top 5 team competing on all fronts.
2) Spurs, a yo-yo team or just off to a bad start?
N7Teen:Last season we made it to a semi-final (pushing the second leg to extra time), two quarter-finals (one of which went to a replay) and finished fifth in the Premier League for the second successive season. Not a bad return for the season really, and where were we after seven league matches last year? Struggling with a tally of just seven points. OK that's slightly better than where we currently are, but if we beat you on Monday we'll be in exactly the same position as we were last season with eight points from our first eight games. So yes, a bad start, but not unrecoverable.
matt..shelfsidespurs Just a bad start, cant call us a yo-yo team like I say we've only ever know mid table in the Premier League until 2 years ago!!
3) Why doesn't Jermain Defoe get a look in, he looks a quality striker when he gets a run in the team from an outsiders point of view. If you won't use him, we'll have him in January if you don't mind!
N7Teen:That's the thing about big clubs, we need a squad that includes four quality strikers - so I hope we can keep hold of JD, Berba, Keano and Bent in January. Defoe might be having a frustrating time of things at the moment, but within a few weeks I think it is inevitable that injuries and suspensions will kick in. He'll get his chances as he is a quality finisher with decent pace and tremendous balance. I actually think he's third in the pecking order - Berba is just class and Keano brings so much more than just goals. If Defoe keeps working hard and taking his chances in the cups (like he did against the Cypriots last week) bent could be the one who struggles.
matt..shelfsidespurs No you cant have him, he is part of the fantastic four (although Bale is our top scorer this season). The fans showed on Weds that we all want him to play, but he went off for Keane and Keane set up Bale....that's why BMJ is the manager and not the 35,000 in the blue and white plastic chairs at WHL!!
4) Just re-checking, Martin Jol, he is rubbish isn't he??!?!! ;-) No, seriously, do you think he'll last and do the fans want him to stay?
N7Teen:The majority of fans want him to stay, but his supporter base does seem to be declining slightly which is an awful shame. There are few yids who are more pro-Jol than me, but even I will admit, that like all humans, he isn't perfect. Unfortunately it seems that the board continues to make his position difficult and as much as I'd like to think differently, I can't see him being here this time next year.
matt..shelfsidespurs The fans in general love him....especially at the games. On here people seem to be split but at WHL and when we go away the fans are chanting his name more than anyone else's....'altogether now, I LOVER MARTIN JOL, MARTIN JOL LOVES ME'.
5) Do you really think Spurs should and can be a top five team and do you rate Villa as a similar sized club or are you going to come out with the London boys, Billy big balls answer that you are massive and anything north of Watford is rubbish?!
N7Teen:Spurs are certainly a top five team from my perspective, and I believe that by the end of the season we'll either finish in the top five, or pretty close to it with a cup win instead. As for Villa, I think they're in the next tier down - above average and with the potential to finish a lot higher, but a few years behind Spurs. O'Neill is a great manager - I had expected you to finish in the top half last season but you just missed out. I know you were dumped out of the League Cup at home this week, but give it time though. I think with O'Neill in charge you'll continue to improve year on year.
matt..shelfsidespurs We are the 5th team in the top 5 although results this season have not showed that yet. We'll be back up there by end of November...ok that might sound a while away but England games take a week out and we have tough trips away to Liverpool and the Barcodes. You'll do alright this year, Reo-Coker, Barry, Young and Agbongly are all good players and with Carson between the sticks you've now got a decent 'keeper.
6) Just wanted to ask what it feels like to be 18th, such a long time since a club the size of Villa have been troubled by such a position (cough cough!)
N7Teen:Hmmm, it doesn't feel good but it's still early in the season. Next question please!
matt..shelfsidespurs Not good.....like I say we'll be back up there with the big boys soon competing where we should be.
7) Given your awful start, where do you think Spurs will end up this year and do you fancy yourselves for a cup run?
N7Teen:As long as the board shut up and let Jol get on with his job without the whispering campaign, I reckon we'll finish sixth with a decent cup run - maybe a final, a semi-final, and a quarter-final (in three different cups obviously). I hope I'm not confusing you by talking about multiple cup competitions by the way!
matt..shelfsidespurs We'll be top 6, the league is going to be harder this year because a lot of teams have not only improved their team but squads...much like yourselves (But why did you buy Harewood?????) but we have the strength in depth to get us back there and with Blackpool in the CC at home we should at least get to the quarters in that...lol
8) If you could have one of our players (and I'll make it tougher for you saying you can't go for Barry because he is the obvious answer to your midfield problems) who would you have and who would you send in the opposite direction?
N7Teen:A tough question. After Barry I'd probably go for Young or Agbonlahor (although we don't need anymore strikers just yet). Who would I get rid of? Hossam Ghaly without a doubt. In fact, I'd pay you to take him off our hands.
matt..shelfsidespurs I'd quite happily give you Ghaly or Gardner....sorry but there just not good enough. Not saying they would be for you either but saves our wages!! I would probably take Reo-Coker, now I'll get slated for that because a lot of Spurs supporters give him stick but I rate him and think you bought a decent player there. (Ashley Young would be a good player for us as well).
9) Just how rubbish is Martin Jol? ;o))
N7Teen:Ask me again at the end of the season... and we'll see who's laughing then.
matt..shelfsidespurs Ask him yourself, but I'll give you this piece of advice. Watch some clips of him celebrating with Chrissy Hughton or Hans Segars and see how he can bear hug two men at one go. Say something that he don't like the Dutch Godfather might have to send you down the river! lol
10) What is your prediction for the game?
N7Teen:Well you guys will be up for it after losing at home in the cup to a lower league East Midlands club (sorry - couldn't resist reminding you), but we need to get our league campaign back on track sooner rather than later - so I think it will be a tight affair. The fact that in the last few years we've done pretty well at home (especially against you), you seem to have struggled on your travels this season, and it'll be our 125th birthday celebration means I reckon Spurs will win 2-1.
matt..shelfsidespurs Think it will be a good game, no doubt you'll stick men behind the ball for long(ish)periods of the game and try hit us on the counter with your pace. But its our 125th anniversary night and no doubt we (the fans) will be doing everything we can to carry the lads to victory......don't be party poopers and give us the points!!
Just want to say good luck but hopefully we can win and make Sir Billy Nic a proud man looking over WHL on Monday night. COYS!!!
With thanks to the Spurs lads for an entertaining interview. Sadly they didn't have any questions for me! :o(
Date:Sunday September 30 2007
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