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Mentality - The Spursy Tag

I know that this is going to be controversial, so I'll brace myself for the backlash and the "one stars"!

It is well known that the mentality at our club has been weak over many years. It is also well known that Mourinho is trying to address this with the players and I think he's starting to have an effect (setting aside the West Ham game for a moment!).

Not only is he trying to change the mindset of players that have been with us for a while, he has also recruited new players this summer by paying particular attention to what they can add in terms of a winning/strong mentality.

Well, it got me wondering....and this is the controversial bit!.....do we as Spurs fans now need to change our mentality too?

Do we really need to continue to refer to every setback as being Spursy?

I feel that we're on the cusp of actually achieving something, if not this season then next, but there WILL BE be downs as well as ups. Is it time to put the term Spursy into the dustbin and just express our disappointment in the team's bad performance or bad result in the way other fans do, without harking back to this Spursy term every time?





comment by sandy (U20567)

posted on 24/10/20

comment by Gezza-Spurs (U18952)
posted 14 hours, 21 minutes ago
Apparently that major WUM Adrian Durham was talking about it on Talksport yesterday and mocking us....no surprise there....but apparently Spurs fans were calling in in numbers agreeing with him. Ridiculous.
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HTF can a supporter of Peterborough mock anybody. Have his team ever won a bean?

comment by sandy (U20567)

posted on 24/10/20

OP

It might actually help if the supporters get behind the team, instead of being so negative all the time, everytime Spurs don't win.

Go on the Leeds board right now, and they are all singing from the same hymnsheet. Not for them negative nonsense, wondering if it will all go tiiiits up, they are enjoying it right now.

comment by sandy (U20567)

posted on 24/10/20

comment by Bales (U22081)
posted 12 hours, 45 minutes ago
do we as Spurs fans now need to change our mentality too?

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Short answer, yes. Though the 'Spursy' tag is kinda hurtful it's also true. We have been bottlers in recent years.

I think the bigger mentality change from fans needs to be about what our club should be about. There seems to be a consensus among a lot of fans that they don't care if we don't win things as long as we play attractive football. Though, that's subjective - Arry had us playing direct, counter-attacking football and we were lauded as the most attractive team in the league. The 'Spursy' thing will go away when we stop embracing gallant failure (see the Soldado love in) and start expecting trophies, and being open to changing what's obviously not worked, for that to happen.
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Oh and the cement boots love in.

comment by sandy (U20567)

posted on 24/10/20

comment by Bales (U22081)
posted 11 hours, 49 minutes ago
comment by Donny The King van de Beek (U10026)
posted 43 seconds ago
But there’s a difference between protecting a lead and playing shiiiiitty defensive football for large parts of the game, and even a season. That’s what Mourinho brings and why so many dislike him. It’s not entitled to be against that, especially for fans that are spending large amounts of money on attending games.

If you’re desperate for a trophy that’s fine, but it doesn’t make others so just because they aren’t. And it doesn’t have to be one or the other anyway.
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Yeah and there's a difference about the perception of that happening, and what we're actually seeing on the pitch. We didn't look so shiity and defensive against United while we were scoring 6.

You're not a Spurs fan that's grown up watching us win fack all, hoping for maybe an FA Cup win to rekindle that excitement I had as a little kid. So respectfully, you don't know what you're talking about in that regard.
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I think there is a bit of envy from United fans that Jose has got Spurs playing decent football, and scoring goals for fun.

I don't think the 6-1 helped Ouch.

posted on 24/10/20

comment by Irishred (U2539)
posted 16 hours, 20 minutes ago
I agree you should stop referring to every setback as spursy.
Also I find the term is used far more by spurs fans than opposition ones
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I resent that...we use it a hell of a lot on our board

posted on 25/10/20

Bales (U22081)
posted 1 day, 23 hours ago

.... There's this undercurrent that it's not the 'Spurs way' to protect a lead. Reminds me of West Ham fans crying about Allardyce until they forced him out, only to be immediately relegated....

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Cool story bro, except for the fact West Ham haven't been relegated since Big Fat Sam was shown the door.

Still we are living in a post truth society.

posted on 25/10/20

comment by Sanity is overrated (U21166)
posted 25 minutes ago
Bales (U22081)
posted 1 day, 23 hours ago

.... There's this undercurrent that it's not the 'Spurs way' to protect a lead. Reminds me of West Ham fans crying about Allardyce until they forced him out, only to be immediately relegated....

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Cool story bro, except for the fact West Ham haven't been relegated since Big Fat Sam was shown the door.

Still we are living in a post truth society.
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Calm down. I misremembered. Maybe it was Newcastle that went down after they talked sacked him?

My point remains, though. He was good for West Ham and they hounded him out.

posted on 25/10/20

Bales

Fair play mate and I actually agree with the majority of the other stuff you have said on this article.

It was the pundits, who all seemingly love Sam who were desperately hoping and predicting we would be relegated that may have confused you.

And your point holds, as Hammers fans would we rather play dull football under Sam but have a safe 8to12 finish or play "the West Ham way".

posted on 25/10/20

Although I don't agree he was good for West Ham, or even a good manager.

Fat Sam got West Ham promotion from the Championship with the the greatest spending ever in that league (including since) and we still had to do it by the play offs.

posted on 25/10/20

Yeah. He was good at a very specific style of management to be fair. Kind of like a poor man's Mourinho, which is why I mentioned him really. I don't think the pundits hated him really, I feel like there's a respect in the game for his achievements, like there is with Jose. Fans love to overreact about their team though and papers know that kind of narrative sells so it feeds into itself.

The amount of times Mourinho says something completely banal but it's taken out of context and used to attack his character is crazy. Andre Schurrle talking about his depression the other day, for example. He told a story about being dropped by Mourinho and all of a sudden it's his fault he retired from the game!

To be fair all I've argued for with Jose at Spurs is that he be given a chance like we would any other manager or player.

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