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An Interview With A Spurs Fan

1) So, after the horror of last season, how are things at Spurs, confidence rising now?

I don’t know about a horror season, but certainly a horror start and of course all the upheaval that follows any management change. I still worry that our confidence is a little fragile and to be honest we are not yet at a point where I feel we are mentally able to go on a long run of games unbeaten, but that isn’t something that can be achieved overnight or with a 9-1 victory

2) Is Appy Arry the man to take you forward, you all happy with the manager after the revolving door of the last few years?

I have always been a fan of Harry and I think his image doesn’t reflect his true worth as a football man, although it is something that to an extent works in his favour as football can surely never have enough of characters.

As for taking us forward, I would have to say yes, without expecting unrealistic miracles of titles etc. If we or anyone else can break into the top four, that remains only half the job and maintaining it is equally as hard. To do this you either have to take the Citeh route or develop through stability. In many ways having Harry in charge suits us and potentially gives us that stability, because as long as he is reasonably successful, healthy and motivated to do the job, he could be with us for a very long time. Let’s face it I don’t honestly see him leaving us to step up the ladder or try his luck with Real Madrid, whilst he is far too many skeletons (allegedly) for the England job. At 62, this is probably his last big chance to build something with a club that has genuine potential and I think that would give him as much pleasure as moving to an already established top four club and winning the Champions League.

3) 9-1. Were you THAT good or were Wigan THAT bad? We did a 5-1 v Bolton and I must admit, I think they were simply awful but it still isn't that easy to get so many passed a PL team.

Agreed Bolton were terrible.... I have to say that Wigan made a few schoolboy errors and clearly can’t have been playing very well, but we were on fire and it was one of those occasions where everything just clicked and shots that would normally end up in the back of the stand, went in.

Jermain Defoe was outstanding and also had several other very near misses to score more. Aaron Lennon was voted man of the match, which is no mean feat when a team mate scored five, whilst the rest of the midfield dominated the game. What matters now is how we move on. A bit like you this season, we have looked distinctly average at times and what really counts now is building a run of games without losing.

4) If you could have one of our players, who would it be and why?

I think we have been linked with them all at some stage in the last 12 months. The easy answer would be Ashley Young, but with Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric, we have players of equal creativity for the left side and Aaron Lennon on the right to offer the pace and penetration. The difficulty is that there are a number of 50/50 player calls between the two sides and therefore there aren’t too many players in your side who would instantly come in and make us better. That isn’t meant to sound arrogant as an opposing fan, but I am trying to look at a player who would come in and make our first team better. I am huge a fan of Milner and Carew, whilst suggesting in recent (and not so recent) times that we should have bought Richard Dunne and Stewart Downing, who I think will be a great player for you.

5) Who should Villa be looking out for on Saturday?

Aaron Lennon was outstanding last week on his return and is the clear danger man in my opinion. If we play well we have quality throughout and offensively we have so many options, but also have a solid defence, but then again so do you...

6) What is your opinion of Villa and do you have any on Martin O'Neill?

Villa have never really been a club to get me excited, but I have a great deal of respect for them, though obviously they are not as big as Spurs or have the same history ;-).. As a team, I think Martin O’Neil is building a good side, but I still feel you are slightly thin on the ground in terms of squad numbers to end the season in the top four, though Europe should be on the cards again, though I would say that like Spurs, not having a European distraction this season gives us an advantage over one or two others as our squads were built with Europe in mind, so could last the pace better.

As for MON, I think he has done a great job for you and although I understand that he doesn’t always play pretty football, he never has, so is this a surprise? The same applies with big money signings. As with any side with your ambitions, it is all about building sound foundations and that is exactly what he is doing.

7) You looking forward to your trip to Villa Park. Obviously the excitement of potentially meeting me must be quite a thrill?!

I haven’t been to Villa Park in years, but the possibility of meeting your good self will be a memory I will cherish forever, making me either very sad, insincere or both. I assume you are buying the burgers and beer?

8) Will Spurs manage to find a way of ruining this good start or do you believe you'll be pushing for the top four this season?

I think we have the squad to do well and with Liverpool managing to make themselves a laughing stock at the moment, we have a chance of sneaking the 4th spot, although I think Citeh will buy it with a few big signings in Jan.

I would be happy with a top six place, which would show progression, but at the moment we have to aim for as high as we can and who knows. It looks likely that Liverpool, Villa, City and ourselves will be favourites to fill places 4 through to 7 and based on quality of squad, we have to consider that we have an opportunity, but then again we will surely find some way to mess it up, but Villa and City are equally adept at doing that as well...

9) Just how upset were you for our brethren at Liverpool (laughing emoticon)

I think it is hilarious. Anyone could see that they were light in several key areas, except it seems Benitez and the fact it seems they can’t afford to sack him makes it all the more comical. Failure to qualify for the CL will surely mean they will lose Torres and Mascherano, which may bring in 100m, but that could all go straight to paying off the bank and who have they got to replace them? Perhaps you could let them have Emile Heskey? The thing that amazes me is that despite losing five of their thirteen games, they are only 5 pts off of a top four place, so as long as they keep in touch, they have to be a worry. They are the team with the history of winning back to back games and would it really be a shock if they went out and won 10 straight games?

10) Go on then, prediction?

Let me see, your last home game was a 5-1 demolition and our last game was 9-1. Based on my technical evaluation, there is only one result possible. A very dull 0-0. I assume you will be buying the beers after as well???

With thanks to OxfordSpur from Vital Spurs. My interview on Vital Spurs. Click Here The last but one question is great, if both teams merged, what would be the starting 11.




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Date:Friday November 27 2009

Time: 9:38AM

Your Comments

Haha, just noticed the poll results. Villa win - 100% - How many have voted?? Great replies Oxford but I hope you endure a miserable return to Villa Park :)
JayVFC
Haha, just noticed the poll results. Villa win - 100% - How many have voted?? Great replies Oxford but I hope you endure a miserable return to Villa Park :)
JayVFC
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Scottspur
My interview on Vital Spurs. Click Here The last but one question is great, if both teams merged, what would be the starting 11.
The Fear
My interview on Vital Spurs. Click Here The last but one question is great, if both teams merged, what would be the starting 11.
The Fear
Only just been put up JayVFC, so was only about 5 mins old!
The Fear
It is all set up to be the game of the season. Lennon will certainly not have it all his own way against Warnock, and no doubt will get clattered in the opening 10 - 15 mins or so, just for good measure. Defoe worries me, he has developed the ability of all great strikers, which is finding that extra half a yard when he needs it, and creating space other defenders cannot see or read. Dunne and King Cuellar will have to be on their game. Personally I would like to see Collins back for this game, but how can you drop L Young or Cuellar given their form? Downing I hope starts, because I think we will need the industry and hussle and bussle of Milner in the Middle next to Petrov. With Cokers days surely numbered, and Houdini Sidwell finally mastering the art of dissappearing for large chunks of games, it has to be a midfield of: Downing Petrov Milner Young Carew and Gabby up front. Carew had better turn up tomorrow, I feel even his biggest fans are getting a bit miffed with his inconsistent form and enthusiasm.
Stig
It is all set up to be the game of the season. Lennon will certainly not have it all his own way against Warnock, and no doubt will get clattered in the opening 10 - 15 mins or so, just for good measure. Defoe worries me, he has developed the ability of all great strikers, which is finding that extra half a yard when he needs it, and creating space other defenders cannot see or read. Dunne and King Cuellar will have to be on their game. Personally I would like to see Collins back for this game, but how can you drop L Young or Cuellar given their form? Downing I hope starts, because I think we will need the industry and hussle and bussle of Milner in the Middle next to Petrov. With Cokers days surely numbered, and Houdini Sidwell finally mastering the art of dissappearing for large chunks of games, it has to be a midfield of: Downing Petrov Milner Young Carew and Gabby up front. Carew had better turn up tomorrow, I feel even his biggest fans are getting a bit miffed with his inconsistent form and enthusiasm.
Stig
Only just been put up JayVFC, so was only about 5 mins old!
The Fear
might not be as big as (we are the fastest growing), but there isn't that much difference in our history. the past two seasons, we have been better performing. and we could say exactly the same about your current players coming to our team without necessarily making an improvement (with the exception of an in-form Defoe). but aside that, and a few other niggly bits, great interview! i cannot wait for this game. as a cambridge lad, there is a huge difference down here between the amount of spurs fans to the amount of villa fans. it really isn't favorable. but i'm counting on a great game, fast and frantic. resulting in a narrow villa win. but as to whether we get that or not, who knows! will be flying the flag all the way from cambo tomorrow! COME ON THE VILLA!
benji_starsky_avfc
might not be as big as (we are the fastest growing), but there isn't that much difference in our history. the past two seasons, we have been better performing. and we could say exactly the same about your current players coming to our team without necessarily making an improvement (with the exception of an in-form Defoe). but aside that, and a few other niggly bits, great interview! i cannot wait for this game. as a cambridge lad, there is a huge difference down here between the amount of spurs fans to the amount of villa fans. it really isn't favorable. but i'm counting on a great game, fast and frantic. resulting in a narrow villa win. but as to whether we get that or not, who knows! will be flying the flag all the way from cambo tomorrow! COME ON THE VILLA!
benji_starsky_avfc
Gotta love the interviews as always, although being Spuds a few niggly comments as benji mentions, in terms of history - William McGregor - enough said! Should be a cracker of a game, i'm nervous but looking forward to it far more than any other so far - really will be a test of exactly where we are, with no excuses, everyone must perform for 95 minutes at 110%.
davidsands1982
Gotta love the interviews as always, although being Spuds a few niggly comments as benji mentions, in terms of history - William McGregor - enough said! Should be a cracker of a game, i'm nervous but looking forward to it far more than any other so far - really will be a test of exactly where we are, with no excuses, everyone must perform for 95 minutes at 110%.
davidsands1982
Hey Stig, You play Sidwell and we'll play Jenas, it'll be like 10 vs 10! lol
MJBSpur
Hey Stig, You play Sidwell and we'll play Jenas, it'll be like 10 vs 10! lol
MJBSpur
Nice interview Ox. The history comment was clearly tongue in cheek based on internet perceptions and stereotypes...although it is true (clearly a joke *waves white flag*) Think the scoreline could be 0-0, 4-4 or anything in between. Although I honestly think who ever scores the first goal will end up comfortable winners because of the pace and quality in both teams attacks. I'm really looking forward to this one which ofcorse means it will end up being the dullest game of the season
Phartman87
Nice interview Ox. The history comment was clearly tongue in cheek based on internet perceptions and stereotypes...although it is true (clearly a joke *waves white flag*) Think the scoreline could be 0-0, 4-4 or anything in between. Although I honestly think who ever scores the first goal will end up comfortable winners because of the pace and quality in both teams attacks. I'm really looking forward to this one which ofcorse means it will end up being the dullest game of the season
Phartman87
Surely Jenas can't be that bad !!!
davidsands1982
Surely Jenas can't be that bad !!!
davidsands1982
Its a hot topic on the Spurs forum. Jenas is quality on a good day but litterally goes MIA for massive chucks of 4 out of 5 games. I have no blind favourtism when it comes to Spurs players and I want all of them to do well but I've never seen so many games where 20-30 mins will pass and you then realise that your "main" centre midfielder hasn't even touched the ball. If judged on his average perfomances he would be playing for someone like Bolton, Sunderland or West Ham in my opinion but every now and then he'll run a game and everyone thinks he's class. Its not coincidence that out best performances this season have been in his absence, 9-1 at Wigan included.
MJBSpur
Its a hot topic on the Spurs forum. Jenas is quality on a good day but litterally goes MIA for massive chucks of 4 out of 5 games. I have no blind favourtism when it comes to Spurs players and I want all of them to do well but I've never seen so many games where 20-30 mins will pass and you then realise that your "main" centre midfielder hasn't even touched the ball. If judged on his average perfomances he would be playing for someone like Bolton, Sunderland or West Ham in my opinion but every now and then he'll run a game and everyone thinks he's class. Its not coincidence that out best performances this season have been in his absence, 9-1 at Wigan included.
MJBSpur
Sidwell and Jenas would just play kiss chase for 90 minutes!
Stig
Sidwell and Jenas would just play kiss chase for 90 minutes!
Stig
davidsands I'll tell you what - we will swap you jenas for milner if you fancy it?
TornadoYid
davidsands I'll tell you what - we will swap you jenas for milner if you fancy it?
TornadoYid
cheers MJBSpur, thanks for hte inside scoop, hadn't realised he didn't play against Wigan - say no more, hope he's playing tomorrow then! Now the 90 minutes of kiss chase would be funny :-) Nah, we'll keep hold of Milner thanks, wouldn't swap him for any Spurs players.
davidsands1982
cheers MJBSpur, thanks for hte inside scoop, hadn't realised he didn't play against Wigan - say no more, hope he's playing tomorrow then! Now the 90 minutes of kiss chase would be funny :-) Nah, we'll keep hold of Milner thanks, wouldn't swap him for any Spurs players.
davidsands1982
Not even if we offer to take Hesky off your hands...
Phartman87
Not even if we offer to take Hesky off your hands...
Phartman87
Wow there Phartman! They'd have to agree to take Pav off our hands first! ;-) lol
MJBSpur
Wow there Phartman! They'd have to agree to take Pav off our hands first! ;-) lol
MJBSpur
How bad has PAV been MJB? Seemed to come with much fuss and a high fee but not seen a great deal of him. He was linked to us a few weeks back but that was a press link from the bottom of a glass to be fair!
the fear
How bad has PAV been MJB? Seemed to come with much fuss and a high fee but not seen a great deal of him. He was linked to us a few weeks back but that was a press link from the bottom of a glass to be fair!
the fear
Good interviews, this game is a real tough one to call. I like the way both sets of fans are saying "this is a tester to show us where we are". Indeed it is, both teams have made good progress in recent seasons, (we had an early season brainfart last time round though) but i'm hoping it shows us that we're 6points above you come the end of sat'. If Carew turns up we're in for a game, if he doesnt i think we'll come away with a 2-1 or 3-1 win.
Himwhatwhats
Good interviews, this game is a real tough one to call. I like the way both sets of fans are saying "this is a tester to show us where we are". Indeed it is, both teams have made good progress in recent seasons, (we had an early season brainfart last time round though) but i'm hoping it shows us that we're 6points above you come the end of sat'. If Carew turns up we're in for a game, if he doesnt i think we'll come away with a 2-1 or 3-1 win.
Himwhatwhats
Jenas' problem is that if he receives the ball and makes a nice run past the halfway line, more often than not he'll stop and pass the ball backwards. It happens far too often and is very frustrating. He rarely know what to do with the ball in an attacking position. On occasion however he'll keep pushing forward and do something fantastic. If he could learn to be braver and push forward more often he'd be a top midfielder. Good luck at the weekend, i think spurs will win 3-1. But it'll be hard thought victory.
Tsunami
Jenas' problem is that if he receives the ball and makes a nice run past the halfway line, more often than not he'll stop and pass the ball backwards. It happens far too often and is very frustrating. He rarely know what to do with the ball in an attacking position. On occasion however he'll keep pushing forward and do something fantastic. If he could learn to be braver and push forward more often he'd be a top midfielder. Good luck at the weekend, i think spurs will win 3-1. But it'll be hard thought victory.
Tsunami
the fear, he's just not looked up to or for it since he signed. I'f i'm honest when we signed him I checked him out of youtube and though he looked crap - especially compared to Arshavin who we were also heavily linked with at the time - and he's lived up to my expectaions! lol In fairness he hasn't had that many oppotunities with us but when he has he looks weak and off the pace. Even Hidink has suggested he needs a rocket up his backside before every game or he doesn't perform. He'll be back off to the Russian league in Jan where he's stand out in an aweful league again.
MJBSpur
the fear, he's just not looked up to or for it since he signed. I'f i'm honest when we signed him I checked him out of youtube and though he looked crap - especially compared to Arshavin who we were also heavily linked with at the time - and he's lived up to my expectaions! lol In fairness he hasn't had that many oppotunities with us but when he has he looks weak and off the pace. Even Hidink has suggested he needs a rocket up his backside before every game or he doesn't perform. He'll be back off to the Russian league in Jan where he's stand out in an aweful league again.
MJBSpur
Surely Pav will have to move abroad, certainly no decent Premier league clubs will want him surely???
davidsands1982
Surely Pav will have to move abroad, certainly no decent Premier league clubs will want him surely???
davidsands1982
one positive for Pav is that he isnt cup tied for Europe and he is a proven scorer. Although he has never truly embraced the England or the english game, he is a proven goalscorer and given games and an arm around the shoulder, I think he would score a decent percentage. If I were in charge of Spurs I would sell him,, but I would fully expect him to leave and score, just like the other striking flop we had, Darren Bent.
oxfordspur
one positive for Pav is that he isnt cup tied for Europe and he is a proven scorer. Although he has never truly embraced the England or the english game, he is a proven goalscorer and given games and an arm around the shoulder, I think he would score a decent percentage. If I were in charge of Spurs I would sell him,, but I would fully expect him to leave and score, just like the other striking flop we had, Darren Bent.
oxfordspur
cheers MJB, must admit at the time I thought it a big fee, Russians don't seem to settle well, his record for Moscow is impressive, 89 goals in 141 games but hey, that isn't the PL is it? Suppose these gambles have to be taken but I was glad you guys got him not us.
the fear
cheers MJB, must admit at the time I thought it a big fee, Russians don't seem to settle well, his record for Moscow is impressive, 89 goals in 141 games but hey, that isn't the PL is it? Suppose these gambles have to be taken but I was glad you guys got him not us.
the fear
Funny how bent was viewed as a flop, a lot of money yes, but a flop? Highest scorer last year, doing well again this. I'd have taken him!
the fear
Funny how bent was viewed as a flop, a lot of money yes, but a flop? Highest scorer last year, doing well again this. I'd have taken him!
the fear
its what we want from our players. we dont just want players to tap in from 6yds they have to have a far better allround game than bent has. hes a cracking goal scorer but other than that its like playing with ten men
jljyid
its what we want from our players. we dont just want players to tap in from 6yds they have to have a far better allround game than bent has. hes a cracking goal scorer but other than that its like playing with ten men
jljyid
^^Bent is a PERFECT Sunderland player, just what they need and I think Bruce has done really well for himself... All the best tomorrow Villians, evenly matched throughout the park it's going to be a close one, maybe one moment of individual brilliance will seal it?
Spursnomad
^^Bent is a PERFECT Sunderland player, just what they need and I think Bruce has done really well for himself... All the best tomorrow Villians, evenly matched throughout the park it's going to be a close one, maybe one moment of individual brilliance will seal it?
Spursnomad
***** me now theres a debate PAV or HESKEY lol!! davidsands dont blame you for hanging onto milner he is absolute class!! I think he will captain England one day I rate him that much. Mind you if u could swap him for modric surely you would be tempted no??
TornadoYid
***** me now theres a debate PAV or HESKEY lol!! davidsands dont blame you for hanging onto milner he is absolute class!! I think he will captain England one day I rate him that much. Mind you if u could swap him for modric surely you would be tempted no??
TornadoYid
Wash your mouth out Tornado. I wouldn't even swap Modric for Messi...honest...
Phartman87
Wash your mouth out Tornado. I wouldn't even swap Modric for Messi...honest...
Phartman87
Can you read Phartman??? Please read my post again - I was asking a question of a villa fan if they would swap milner for modric - not implying that I would want to swap modric for milner. In regards to not swapping modric for messi...don't be stupid!! Im as loyal supporter as they come but common sense messi is THE best player on the earth probably of course I would swap him for modric.
TornadoYid
Can you read Phartman??? Please read my post again - I was asking a question of a villa fan if they would swap milner for modric - not implying that I would want to swap modric for milner. In regards to not swapping modric for messi...don't be stupid!! Im as loyal supporter as they come but common sense messi is THE best player on the earth probably of course I would swap him for modric.
TornadoYid
That's why I put the 'honest' bit at the end. It was supposed to be read sarcastically. Please read my post again ;)
Phartman87
That's why I put the 'honest' bit at the end. It was supposed to be read sarcastically. Please read my post again ;)
Phartman87
U cocky mofo phartman! ;-)
TornadoYid
U cocky mofo phartman! ;-)
TornadoYid
the fear, Bent scored 17 goals last season while Pav got 14 with lesser starts. Imo Pav is a much better striker. Bent is one dimensional. He just scores tap ins and one on ones. Pav on the other hand is technically fantastic and gets involved in the build cup with nice touches. Bent just looked lost with the intelligence and Vision of players like modric, Huddlestone and Keane.
Yid_from_India
the fear, Bent scored 17 goals last season while Pav got 14 with lesser starts. Imo Pav is a much better striker. Bent is one dimensional. He just scores tap ins and one on ones. Pav on the other hand is technically fantastic and gets involved in the build cup with nice touches. Bent just looked lost with the intelligence and Vision of players like modric, Huddlestone and Keane.
Yid_from_India
*build up*
Yid_from_India
*build up*
Yid_from_India
Bloody hell good old 'friendly' banter between villa and spurs fans. That makes a change from recent exchanges and is great to see. Good interview too mate.
jonah
Bloody hell good old 'friendly' banter between villa and spurs fans. That makes a change from recent exchanges and is great to see. Good interview too mate.
jonah
Man I couldnt even be arsed to read all those, responses they were faaaaaar too long. Could we shorten them in future so they are more readable.
villabikes29
Man I couldnt even be arsed to read all those, responses they were faaaaaar too long. Could we shorten them in future so they are more readable.
villabikes29
 

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