Ferdinand: ‘worst decision I ever made moving from Newcastle United to Tottenham’

guiltyparty

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Wasn't great move for us either Les.

Wasted enough money on him and from what I remember, seemed a bit injury prone. Also, wasn't the most prolific. At least he got paid handsomely, not sure we got much out of it.
Never scored more than 10 league goals for us.

For those too young to realise how spoiled we are, that's basically it in a nutshell. We had four players with more than his all-time Spurs best two season ago and three last season. Eriksen scored as many last season in the league as Ferdinand ever did for us.
 

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It was different times back then. Newcastle and Blackburn were the evuivalent of Man City and Chelsea with huge resources compared to most, and our main goal each season was to avoid the drop. Alan Sugar, as with his Amstrad crap, wanted things to look good on the outside even if it was utter junk under the surface.
 

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Never scored more than 10 league goals for us.

For those too young to realise how spoiled we are, that's basically it in a nutshell. We had four players with more than his all-time Spurs best two season ago and three last season. Eriksen scored as many last season in the league as Ferdinand ever did for us.
Yep, really wanted him to do well but he scored something like 6 league goals in each of his first seasons I think.

We are BLESSED to have such an awesome striker in Kane now, even when he’s been slightly off his best but still popping the goals in.

The nineties spurs teams... *shudders a little*
 

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Don't have a problem with anything he reportedly says in the article.

We were the 'bigger' team compared to Sheff Wed and Liverpool weren't willing to stump up the cash.

He also says he enjoyed his time here, at Spurs - but you can't argue with the fact that we were terribly run. Aside from the false dawn when Klinsmann, Popescu, Dumitrescu and the (very) short period after with the 'famous five', the Alan Sugar years were rather depressing. Especially when Les can see what we are made of now.

On the flip side... whilst at Spurs, Sheffield Wednesday made it to the third tier of English Football. So not sure what his options were, really. Not once Dalglish had opted to sell him.
 

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Their old legs couldn't carry them through the full 90 minutes anymore, and I remember the team collapsing against ManU in 2001, losing 3 - 5 having been 3 - 0 up. I have to say that was one of the most embarrassing moments as a Spurs fan. (Admittedly, there have been several others over the years...)
What's the betting that Sky use footage from that match in the run up to Sunday's game?
The Man city cup lose them down to 9 men ,worst i ever witnessed.
 

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All very amusing but people should remember these years when whining about the current “Levy” years, and complaining about how we are not matching Man City’s billion pound spendings.
 
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Their old legs couldn't carry them through the full 90 minutes anymore, and I remember the team collapsing against ManU in 2001, losing 3 - 5 having been 3 - 0 up. I have to say that was one of the most embarrassing moments as a Spurs fan. (Admittedly, there have been several others over the years...)
What's the betting that Sky use footage from that match in the run up to Sunday's game?
I was at that 3-5 game. Right behind the goal. Right behind the goal where none of the eight goals were scored.

I actually had written to the club to complain about their ticketing system cos there had been some fuck up. They sent me an apology letter after the match jokingly suggesting whether it was actually worth getting tickets. Ha...it wasn't.

I think it was Dean Richards' (RIP) debut that day. And he looked absolutely phenomenal in the first half and scored too, IIRC. Second half he and we were obviously awful and he never looked as good again.
 

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Compare that to when he spoke to Spurs :whistle:

https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news-archive-1/les-ferdinand-i-m-proof-that-dreams-can-come-true/

I can always remember the first time I played at Spurs, it was like ‘wow, this is White Hart Lane’ and walking out of the tunnel into the stadium, playing on the pitch, it was like a dream come true.

“I always remember seeing players in Tottenham tracksuits and you just knew they belonged to something special, so to go out there and play was incredible.”
 

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Quite frankly he was awful. Atbthe time he just looked like a player at the end of his career getting a nice payday. I saw almost nothing of the player we thought we had got. He along with Redknapp was a waste of space and certainly a waste of money
 

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Fuck him, i still blame him for our defeat to Blackburn in Cardiff.
Ouch! Don't mention the war...
That was a horrible day for us, and a disaster to the reasonably promising project Hoddle had going at the time. Loads of things were looking positive at the time; Hoddle and Hughton in the dugout was to me a whiff of the golden team from the eighties, the beautiful Adidas kits with the legendary Holsten print emphasized that nostalgia/coming home feeling, and then there was that thrashing of Chelski in the semis.
We even had a half-decent team that season with some aging, but truly great players in Ziege, Carr, Poyet, Teddy and Sir Les, and winning that cup and qualifying for Europe just might have moved us forward quite a bit. Some bad breaks, Ledder's mistake for their second and a couple of huge misses from Sir Les meant that it proved another false dawn though. Very painful memories.
 

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Actually contradicts himself. Says he never wanted to leave and only left because NUFC wanted the money, then turned down the chance to stay after Shearer broke his ankle.....
Yes we were a bit of a mess when he joined. So you should've stayed when you had the chance Leslie.
No contradiction, the situation had moved on.
 

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He won more trophies with us than he did at Newcastle, we’re told that players look back on their careers and count the medals.
 

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Should have signed him from QPR when he was a fantastic centre forward. When we finally did sign him he was well past his sell buy date and we payed well over the top. Another great piece of footballing business from Sir AL etc
 

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My main memory of les apart from being injured for most of his tenure was the Blackburn league cup final where he missed chance after chance it must have been at least six good chances missed on his own and so for him to say about regretting his move to spurs is his right just as it is my right to say he was crap for us .
 
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