Blimey, seems that last post was a bit pre-emptive. We’ll start with the news that Spurs have finally got rid of Juande Ramos and replaced him with Harry Redknapp. Perhaps more importantly, they have also got rid of Damien Comolli. Arriving from Seville a year ago, Ramos came with a reputation as one of Europe’s brightest young coaches. A year on he leaves Spurs bottom of the table with no wins this season. The unbalanced squad is full of promising youngsters and has a wealth of attacking midfielders (hey, if it works for Arsenal…)
Despite winning the Carling Cup last year, his league record was nothing special – 35 games brought just 10 wins, 11 draws and 14 defeats. For a club with top 4 ambitions, 41 points over that period of time just isn’t enough. There is also the remarkable anomaly that whenever Gareth Bale is in the team, Spurs have never won a league game (15 and counting now). Moving away from that, I think Redknapp is good appointment. He should steady the ship and gradually move them up the table. His record at Portsmouth was excellent and given time he should be able to create a decent team out the various bits and pieces he now finds himself with. Although he is meant to be picking the team against Bolton today, what price their first win of the season coming away at Arsenal on Wednesday?
Going back to an earlier point about Comolli, his removal should help Tottenham build a better squad that addresses their needs (defensive midfielder, defensive midfielder, defensive midfielder). Adopting a policy of buying young talent to later sell on at profit is fine but ultimately the team should come first. Going back to Martin Jol (now top of the Bundesliga with Hamburg) the manager would state that he needed payer x (a defensive midfielder ironically enough) but because of Comolli would end up with Darren Bent. The whole Dimi Bertatov fiasco doesn’t need going over again but needless to say that it should have taught Spurs that it’s not always about the balance sheet figures. It’s no secret that Daniel Levy and ENIC are looking to sell just as soon as he can market Spurs as a team in the Champions League but they need to realise that to do so they need a bit more stability and strategic thinking and not just worrying about sell on values or squeezing an extra couple of million from Manchester United.
Anyway moving on, today we see Liverpool face Chelsea at the Bridge in the big game of the day. It will be a good test as to where Liverpool’s title ambitions really lie. Whilst a win would be fantastic I think Rafa will be delighted with a draw, especially considering Chelsea’s home record and the fact that Torres is out (I just don’t see Robbie Keane troubling Terry and Carvalho).
Arsenal face West Ham at Upton Park, looking to build on the last couple of games and keep in touch with the leaders. Their season has been a bit stop start but with the return of their first choice defenders they should have enough to overcome the Hammers.
Congrats to Hull too for continuing their march up the table and providing me with a wealth of cheap fantasy football players. I did find it slightly patronising how the media are saying plucky little Hull are joint top. They’re not. They’re third – goal difference counts for a reason.