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Be careful what you wish for.

For years Spurs fans on this site have been clamouring for a DoF/MD to take control of the footballing side of the club away from Levy.

This summer they brought in Fabio Paratici to fill that role & Spurs fans were over the moon. No more Levy interfering in footballing matters. No more Mourinho type appointments, no more shіtе defensive football.

Now during the period of Paratici's appointment, Spurs (Levy & Hitchin) were in talks with Paulo Fonseca to take over as Manager/Coach and it appears these talks were almost concluded until Paratici became involved.

Paulo Fonseca claims his move to Tottenham collapsed because incoming director Fabio Paratici preferred a coach with a more defensive style.

Fonseca recalled that both men (Levy & Hitchin) asked for him to build a team that could play attacking, attractive and offensive football, in stark contrast to what was seen under Jose Mourinho.

“The agreement was done. We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach.

It wasn’t announced but we planned pre-season players. But things changed when the new managing director arrived and we didn’t agree with some ideas and he preferred another coach".

“I have some principles. I wanted to be coach of the great teams but I want the right project and a club where the people believe in my ideas, my way to play, and this didn’t happen with the managing director.

It’s what the chairman and the sporting director (Steve Hitchen) asked for. To build a team who can play attractive and offensive football and I was ready for that".

If this is indeed true then it looks like Levy has fuсked the Spurs faithful yet again by appointing a DoF who is the exact opposite of what the fans were screaming out for.

https://www.sportsmax.tv/football/international/item/87989-tottenham-move-collapsed-because-paratici-wanted-defensive-football-claims-fonseca

https://www.spurs-web.com/spurs-news/manager-reveals-move-to-spurs-was-derailed-by-paraticis-defensive-demands/

posted on 27/9/21

comment by פlǝuƃɥᴉs (U19365)
posted 1 minute ago
So does anybody believe that Fonseca was really going to get the job or even that Levy wanted exciting, attacking football?

Or was that just a smokescreen to hide the fact he was bringing in a defensively minded DoF to bring in Mourinho/Nuno type managers to maintain the status quo and nothing more?

Is Levy just keeping Spurs ticking over while he finds other more lucrative sports/activities to fill the £1bn stadium?
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you're giving him too much credit if you think this whole thing was part of his masterplan. Not. A. Chance.

He doesn't know what he wants and he's jumping from plan to plan in order to find a solution, not realising that with each segway, we move further and further away from any form of ethos, identity and long term success.

posted on 27/9/21

comment by fridgeboy (U1053)
posted 40 seconds ago
comment by פlǝuƃɥᴉs (U19365)
posted 1 minute ago
So does anybody believe that Fonseca was really going to get the job or even that Levy wanted exciting, attacking football?

Or was that just a smokescreen to hide the fact he was bringing in a defensively minded DoF to bring in Mourinho/Nuno type managers to maintain the status quo and nothing more?

Is Levy just keeping Spurs ticking over while he finds other more lucrative sports/activities to fill the £1bn stadium?
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you're giving him too much credit if you think this whole thing was part of his masterplan. Not. A. Chance.

He doesn't know what he wants and he's jumping from plan to plan in order to find a solution, not realising that with each segway, we move further and further away from any form of ethos, identity and long term success.
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Surely you mean he's lurching from cock-up to cock-up with no real idea of what the outcome is he's trying to achieve.

Or do you believe he is putting some thought into these 'plans' he's jumping between?

posted on 27/9/21

comment by LukaBrasi COYS #FreePalestine (U22178)
posted 1 hour, 6 minutes ago
Just to add as Nuno as shown with Winks who has not featured for the last 3 or 4 matches.
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Nuno needs to learn faster. Was wise to drop Winks, Dele needs to follow. Skipp amd Gil are in my view better midfielders than Dele

posted on 27/9/21

Deles only hope is to learn to play as 9 but he can't trap a ball so I fear for his career.

posted on 27/9/21

comment by פlǝuƃɥᴉs (U19365)
posted 10 minutes ago
So does anybody believe that Fonseca was really going to get the job or even that Levy wanted exciting, attacking football?

Or was that just a smokescreen to hide the fact he was bringing in a defensively minded DoF to bring in Mourinho/Nuno type managers to maintain the status quo and nothing more?

Is Levy just keeping Spurs ticking over while he finds other more lucrative sports/activities to fill the £1bn stadium?
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It's very strange that he hasn't named the stadium yet, obviously still waiting for something, just think of the money to be made out of that, waiting for a NFL franchise I'd say

posted on 27/9/21

comment by Ioavirgo (U10470)
posted 4 minutes ago
Deles only hope is to learn to play as 9 but he can't trap a ball so I fear for his career.
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It's weird how we just assume that there's still a player in there on some level. Some players have it young and then do nothing. David Bentley is another. They just lose that hunger to succeed and when they try and get it back through hard work and fitness drills they find all those instincts that made them great have long since deserted them.

It starts with complacency and then a lack of confidence. Extremely hard to get that back unless you have the right manager to believe in you again. He needs a Redknapp or a Poch type.

posted on 27/9/21

comment by Dave&Danny (U4428)
posted 35 minutes ago
comment by פlǝuƃɥᴉs (U19365)
posted 10 minutes ago
So does anybody believe that Fonseca was really going to get the job or even that Levy wanted exciting, attacking football?

Or was that just a smokescreen to hide the fact he was bringing in a defensively minded DoF to bring in Mourinho/Nuno type managers to maintain the status quo and nothing more?

Is Levy just keeping Spurs ticking over while he finds other more lucrative sports/activities to fill the £1bn stadium?
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It's very strange that he hasn't named the stadium yet, obviously still waiting for something, just think of the money to be made out of that, waiting for a NFL franchise I'd say
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Or something even more lucrative. Not sure what that would be though.

posted on 27/9/21

you should have sold Kane and bought smart in, the most important player spurs have right now is son, if he goes your royally sha´gged.

comment by SteveF (U22027)

posted on 28/9/21

comment by vavarising (U21731)
posted 17 hours, 57 minutes ago
you should have sold Kane and bought smart in, the most important player spurs have right now is son, if he goes your royally sha´gged.
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Always find it hilarious when someone decides to give their unwanted two bob's worth, when conveniently their team is doing ok, but the same people are always the first to cry like a baby when they team is not ( remember the Lampard debacle and all the moaning that went on with that appointment )
So, tell me, why do you think you are entitled to come on here with your smug ( but totally inaccurate ) comments. And why do you actually think any Spurs fan is interested. Oh and factually, no one player ever decides to fate or future of a club. So your "advice" is rubbish anyway.
Suggest go back to queuing for petrol. You are probably better at that than football advice.

posted on 28/9/21

If Fonseca was telling the truth and Paratici does indeed prefer a coach with a more defensive style then sacking Nuno will not solve anything, he will just appoint another Mourinho / Nuno style coach and Spurs will be in exactly the same situation as now.

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