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1) Another great start for Spurs, all down to Berbatov the footballing mercenary sulk, or are you just struggling to get the right team together?

At the time of writing this we are at the bottom of the prem (or I guess we are as I can't bare to look), but I think blaming 'The greatest Living Bulgarian' for our ills is ridiculous and just looking for excuses. I think we are in transition, adopting a new system, new players gelling as well as being poor in defence (prior to the Chelsea game) and lacking a cutting edge in attack so far.. The ideas are there but the execution is not.

2) A lot of money has been spent at Spurs, is it right that the director of football seems so hands on and if he is bringing in the players, is he not also as culpable for poor results as the managers?

Forget any thoughts that Damian Comolli (DoF) is too hands on and interfering, it simply isn't true. I will put my cards on the table and say I think he is doing a very good job and am a fan of the role. Comolli has no ambition to be the next manager.. ala Dennis Wise, therefore his job much depends on the success of Juande Ramos and the partnership they develop. It is far to easy to accuse DC of bringing in poor players, but crediting the coach with all the success's, excuse my stupidity, but this simply doesn't add up.. As for spending a lot of money the balance sheet shows that we are in profit by about 10m from all deals in the last two windows

3) Martin Jol seemed to split opinions for Spurs fans, is Juande Ramos a step up or....?

I liked Martin Jol, mainly because he seemed like a nice guy and I have to say his record of two 5ths speak for itself, but only those with the most rose tinted glasses didn't see major cracks appearing. As for 'Our Great Leader' I like the cut of his jib.. he is building a team whilst also sorting the basics off the field. I think we will get stronger as the season progresses, though the fact we are currently bottom leaves plenty of scope for improvement

4) What was your best signing of the summer?

A bit early to tell and easy to pick a name such as Modric, but I would say Gomes in goal was essential. I have high hopes for both Croatians, Bentley, Gio and Pavlyuchenko, all are potentially great players, but....

5) If you could have one Villa player, who would it be and why? Who would you gladly send to us in exchange?

Always a tough call and much depends on how Ramos ideally wants us to play, Barry, Ashley Young and Agbonlahor would all add something to the team, but in Huddlestone, Bale/Gio and others I feel we have players who are potentially as good, given time, but we need the balance. I think MON has built a really strong team unit, which is something we don't have as yet, so for all the great players, if you don't have the eleven working together it is worthless.

6) What, if anything, do you think of Aston Villa and also Martin O'Neill?

Without wishing to sound disrespectful, I have never really got excited about Villa as a club and have not really followed them any more or less than many other established Prem teams (though I am a bit of an anorak). I follow Spurs and whatever else interests me in football, I was always a huge Doug Ellis fan and thought he kept a very tight reign on the purse strings and made you the viable club you are today.. Couldn't resist that one Mr Fear ;-) As for MON, I think he is a superb manager, great character, one of the top few managers in the Prem.

7) I've read a fair bit on Vital Spurs over the years about potential ground moves or re-developments of White Hart Lane. What is the current situation? Surely you would hate to move to one of the new identikit stadiums?

There has been no official announcement as yet, the club have been buying property all around the ground in recent years with a possible turning the ground 180 degrees, but this doesn't solve the transportation issues. I feel that the credit crunch is forcing the club to sit and wait somewhat and I trust them to do the right thing in the end. I take your point about identikit stadiums, but when you consider that over the years all the stands have been re-built to some extent, the history will always he in the fans hearts and we will move on as have so many others, the reality is that fans don't like change, but the majority wouldn't want to go back when it is all done.

8) Last seasons game against Villa was a crazy rollercoaster ride and Villa really did blow 3 points from such a winning position, great entertainment though, do you expect the same this year!?

Did nothing for my blood pressure, I am predicting a bore draw this time out, a real stinker of a 0-0!! Last season was great for the neutral, while I would love to say I felt sorry for you guys, but then I would be lying, a serious score prediction is 2-1, but I would happily take the ball rebounding off a players arse to give is a narrow 1-0 if it got us the 3 pts.. Beast of luck with the game on Monday, I hope you have a great game but an unsuccessful one..

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 14 2008

Time: 10:07AM

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I see we keep interviewing them until we find one that tells us what we want to hear? I've no interest in Spurs and I'm sure their fans feel the same about us. I do think they have signed better players than we have but it remains to be see if they will end up as the better team! We have workman like team players they have the flash players or should I say did have? In saying all that I'd rather have Barry than Modric anyday!As his performace for England showed me thinks!
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14/09/2008 10:33:00

"... they have signed better players" - have they? Only time will tell. Some players come into a squad and blossom; others wither. It depends what kind of ground you plant them in, how you look after them, and what other plants are around them. How many times have Villa managers bought 'top class' players only for them to fail, while the players that nobody got excited about did the business. All the money sloshing around in the Prem won't ever change this basic fact: football is a team game. You can have a club jam-packed full of stars but if they don't play as a team you've wasted your money.
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14/09/2008 11:23:00

I don't think it will be as close as people keep making out. Spurs aren't ready for this one, it will be a demolition. 3-1 maybe 4-1 although would never bet on us keeping a clean sheet. EVER.
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14/09/2008 12:08:00

Spuz have bought better players? Is this defined by technique or pace, size, shot power etc. Our signings all have proven Prem experience Bar Cuellar whereas Spuz players look like they would be more at home in the Champs league which definitely won't happen without the proven prem players to get you there. They will finish 9th or 10th with a couple of very good cup runs (possibly a win.)
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14/09/2008 12:30:00

Well at least it's better than the last one! Villa to kick some relegation fodder butt : ) see you tomorrow night spuddy
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14/09/2008 13:29:00

i have to laugh at you lot.....can someone please tell me if im on vital villa or man united/chavski...............u lot think your the dogs, like you have won trophy after trophy for years! LOL.......line up your summer buys next to ours, and there is absolutely no comparison in class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! crazy fooooooooooooooooools......and this will absolutely tell over time......milner?...........please.
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14/09/2008 23:24:00

modric and bentley alone would of made u cream ur pants.......but alas u got milner and sidwell.........hmmmmm......pmsl
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14/09/2008 23:26:00

Well, I'm pretty happy with Milner and Sidwell. Let's see at the end of the season, Mr Lillywhite.
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15/09/2008 03:37:00

I'd agree with the general sentiment that Spurs have gone out and managed to get what most neutrals would admit is a more high profile string of signings. On paper they look more exciting, but we've all seen big signings go astry before. Villa and Spurs are both building, but Villa are doing so in a slightly more 'organic' way than Spurs. Interesting clash....
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15/09/2008 06:39:00

As I wrote in the article, you can have the best 11 players in the world, but if they arent playing as a team they wont be a success, the galactocos of Real Madrid were the perfect example, and will also be why the billions at Man City need managing sensibly.
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15/09/2008 09:00:00

Good Interview, fair. Much better than the twerp who did the last one. I think it is true, Villa have room for one 'fancy dan' and that is Young, we have a hard working side that MON has built, Ramos wants to build a fancy side and good look to him. Two different teams, two different styles of play. Should be a good game.
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15/09/2008 09:59:00

"u lot think your the dogs, like you have won trophy after trophy for years! LOL" - I've gotta say mate, fair play on ya. Any Spurs fan that can critise a clubs fans for behaving like that when Spurs fans are so clearly the ones with the biggest delusions of grandeur, takes some balls.
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15/09/2008 10:55:00

Just a thought...whatever happened to all those spuds fans that were on here this time last season telling us they were going to finish in the top4? Haven't seen them around lately?
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15/09/2008 12:37:00

Jonah, would they be the same spurs fans who last season felt that Laursen, Barry, Young, Gabby and Carew wasn't good enough for their squad?? Weird how they've gone missing, especially as there prediction to finish miles above us in 4th spot was so successful.
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15/09/2008 13:24:00

Now now lads, lets not forget Spurs won the League Cup, a competition that sees most clubs using their reserves.
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15/09/2008 15:47:00

and a competition you guys would give your left nut to win bud! Let's face it Villa and Spurs are pretty much identical in terms of recent history (bar the odd cup final here and there). We're both big clubs, with a huge fan base and a history of frustration over the last 20 years! False dawn couldn't be applied to 2 more appropriate clubs. I quite like Villa, I was impressed with the fans at the 4-4 last season - the humour was brilliant. MON seems to be introducing some flair along with the hard work and that should start to make you more exciting to watch than under the likes O'Dreary and Gregory etc! Tonight is a huge game for both teams as we're gonna be judged at the end of the season against the likes of each other and Everton, Pompey and City etc. I see a few goals but unlikely to be 4-4 I'd imagine. One of you guys said earlier this may be one game too soon for Spurs with the amount of newbies in the side and given our start - but we'll see, coz if we click then be warned!!! Lol
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15/09/2008 19:02:00

Well done guys - thorughly deserved
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15/09/2008 22:09:00

Thanks mate. Good game.
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16/09/2008 03:11:00

Well yeah - if ur a villa, chavski, ar5na1 or wet spam fan - it was bloody brilliant!!! Lol
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16/09/2008 16:04:00

lillywhites my friend, I dont envy you your signings at all. May come off, who knows? More than likely though, like so many big name Spurs signings of the recent seasons, they'll fall flat on their faces, and you'll have wasted millions again. Ramos out!!
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18/09/2008 11:33:00

Tottenham, bottom of the pile. You try not to, but you really do have to laugh! Modric, come on, is that little dude for real? Ramos out!!
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18/09/2008 11:35:00


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