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    Time to bring back the classic debate

    Keane ended up being a moaning self-centered !%!"!"%, but in terms of quality for as long as he cared there is no comparison for me. Keane was by far the better player. I choose to remember Keane up until the summer of 2008. After that he was a poor player and his behaviour on the pitch...
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    Player watch: Oliver Skipp

    He is actually one inch ahead.
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    Sporting Director

    Absolutely. I am all for the "moneyball principle", but the higher up you get the more you should look for the extraordinary talent. Bringing in someone for 3m that is worth 6m gets you almost nowhere when you are among the top 10 richest clubs in the world, but it might be gold for a smaller...
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    Sporting Director

    Which DoF around consistently delivers better than everybody else? Arnesen was supposedly a magician. Obviously he had a limited budget, but except for Carrick nothing of what he brought in was anything special (not that Robinson, Mendes, Davis, Edman, Dawson etc. were bad, but it is not like...
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    Sporting Director

    Not sure what this means? We are spending all the money the club generates. So unless you are talking about bringing in some oil money (money there suddenly is far less of) what is your point? This summer we spent 100m+ (if you include the fee for Lo Celso even if that "transfer" happened in...
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    Club Statement - Pochettino leaves

    A bit of self fulfilling prophecy isn't it? Tell players that everything is difficult etc. long enough and they believe it. The same way he never saw a problem with swapping stadiums etc. the years before. Tell players that difficult things are just a challenge and they believe it. As for the...
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    Perez at RM etc. There are very few examples of DoFs that have given any team anything close to the stability Levy has given us. Key word there is "seems". Why didn't we care what he did in 2017? The structure was the same. Seems a bit simplistic to me to blame the structure now. As for this...
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    Always a bit of confirmation bias in those kind of examples. Many of the biggest clubs don´t. If you (or someone) do not like Levy one will not like the current model. I get that. But that doesn´t mean it is the fault of the structure. Levy gets heat at soon as things go bad, but did anyone...
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    OK. Personally to me I believe the club is ran like that. But instead of a DoF you got a manager, head scout, head of developing etc. that share this responsibility with Levy. I loved the idea of us having a DoF back in the day, but I am not sure it ever worked out the way we thought it...
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    I mean I don't necessarily mind if you got an individual with both those qualities, but nothing to suggest that for example Mitchell would be a good negotiator. And as I mentioned it is not like Spurs is all that special in this case. A lot of big teams are structured in the same way where there...
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    Well. There is a lot more that goes on at a club than just that. A DoF would have the responsibility of the academy etc.
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    The pragmatic in me would agree with you on the first part. I have said before Kane has most likely played his best football. I don't want him to leave, but getting a huge fee for him wouldn't necessarily be the end of the world longer term. And the most likely scenario now is that we are in for...
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    Levy: Summer transfer plans will be impacted without Champions League

    Yes. The question is can we stop this downward spiral before we end up in League Two?
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    I might be completely off here, but isn't Sanchez better on the left for some reason? I seem to remember him playing there with Colombia. With him on the left we are not losing his ability to cross anyway so... As for him playing wide I am not sure if I agree. Sure you can find games he didn't...
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    Dele Alli calls on his Spurs team-mates to ‘work hard and fight’

    Has he though? To me the right mentality starts with yourself. When he speaks he seems to have some ability to introspect, but on the pitch there are no signs of improvement. Silly example, but he still can't get his head around refs not giving him free kicks for falling over all the time? As...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    I watch 95% of all the interviews and press conferences given by Mourinho. Where is this moaning? And it is not like Pochettino wasn´t moaning since the summer as well. I would argue Mourinho moans far less than Pochettino, but the media is focusing purely on what fits the "Mourinho is...
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    Player Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

    What I don´t get is why Mourinho is getting flak for calling N´Dombele out without considering how it would look to the rest of the team if he just accepted the way N´Dombele is playing. Not to say Mourinho has to talk about this to journalists of course, but to be fair to him he kept the door...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Again very reasonable, but my point is when things are against you I expect good managers to raise their game. I might be wrong. I haven´t seen any stats about distance covered, number of sprints etc. One of the reasons why I wrote my post to see how others see the situation. If it is true that...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    I agree with a lot of what you are saying. I was never expecting any miracles from Mourinho and I think you are right the mental aspect is important. However, to me Mourinho seems to be in a very good mood - so I can't see him draining players the way I think he might at the end managing both...
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