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The Speaker of the Transfer Rumours Forum
Jan 6, 2013
I transcribed the audio, fed the transcript to an AI model for it to summarise and it gave me this:

  • The host attended an event at the Tottenham Hotspur academy and training facility and got inside information.
  • For the first time, the Academy Director led the conversation at this event, which is unusual.
  • The academy has implemented a club-wide playing philosophy where all youth teams now play in the same style and system.
  • In the past, Spurs focused on developing individual player talents rather than having a club-wide philosophy.
  • The new Academy Director is implementing a consistent playing philosophy across the club while still developing individual players.
  • This approach aligns the academy style with the current first team manager Ange Postecoglou's style of play.
  • The Academy Director says this mirrors Manchester City's approach and believes Spurs' player development already exceeds Man City.
  • The host sees this strategic alignment of the first team and academy as a fundamental shift at Spurs.
  • Key elements are recruiting players suited to the system, instilling a winning mentality, and only hiring managers that fit the club philosophy.
  • The host is optimistic about Spurs' new philosophy and strategic direction, but the chairman must continue backing this approach long-term.


Well-Known Member
Jul 16, 2004
One thing that did worry me

‘Daniel levy has recognised fans are happy with the way the team are playing“

It’s like the vicious circle

Also, the academy, director values winning as well as development as team development as well as individual development which ones develop team players to plan a certain way. This is not rocket science. I can’t believe we’re having to implement these ideas now.

GREAT VIDEO, it kind of feels like how have we not done what’s obvious

How is it the first time we’re playing different football to everyone else? What was the point of the academy?


Well-Known Member
Jan 2, 2015
Good to hear things going well with things through the club all moving in the same direction together. Major problem is will it stick? Remember Paul Mitchell coming in with Poch, new Tottenham, data driven, smart buys and all that then he's gone in less than 2 years because he had enough of working with Levy?

Paul Mitchell has resigned from his post as Tottenham Hotspur’s head of recruitment after he felt his dream job turn into a nightmare. The 34-year-old was prised from Southampton in November 2014 to oversee the club’s recruitment and analysis departments and he followed the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, from St Mary’s to north London.

Mitchell had worked closely and productively with Pochettino at Southampton and the reasons for his decision to leave Tottenham are not linked to any breakdown with the Argentinian.

He had simply had enough at White Hart Lane and the frustrations were so great and the job satisfaction so little that he chose to inform the board of his desire to quit.

It has been suggested that Mitchell struggled to work with the chairman, Daniel Levy, the notoriously hard-line negotiator, who has long taken a hands-on role in player recruitment.

I hope things have Changed For Real This Time™ and in 5 years we can point to the foundation work of the last few years as the turning point, taking the club to the next level instead of things being torn up for a new system that'll Chang Things For Real This Time™ in 2 or 3 years. Paratici overhauling and modernising the club behind the scenes from what we've been told, especially the academy. Fingers crossed hope it sticks, the manager will get significant backing in places that the academy doesn't cover and the squad gets taken to the next level for serious title ambitions and Ange is voted emperor of the world
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Well-Known Member
Dec 29, 2006
Lovely watch/read but fuck me shouldnt this always have been the case. We’re not owned by a state, so look at the likes of Barca sand Ajax should have been the underwritten rule since day dot!!


Well-Known Member
Mar 29, 2005
To further point out our dedication to this direction. The new women team's manager Robert Vilahamn mention that he was recruited by a team including Simon Davies and that the same people led the charge to hire Postecoglou. Same reasons for hire the first team manager as the women's manager. Vilahamn repeatedly said One Club One Identity throughout his press conference. It's not just about preparing youth for the men's team in the future, it's what football they want the entire club to be known for.


Well-Known Member
Jul 31, 2015
Hmm, I wonder if Simon Davies will be a sneaky promotion to DoF. Qualifies as understated and would have some familiarity with Munn as both were previously employed by the City Group.

Edit: would also allow for continuity within the club.


Well-Known Member
Jul 29, 2004
Could this not have gone in the ENIC or Levy thread?
It could have, but why should it? It is as much, if not more, about the academy and how it's now being run as it is about Levy. In the same way I could have just left it in the youth thread, but I felt it was worth more than that tbh.

I'm guessing you think it should go in the Enic thread because Levy is getting some criticism off the back of it?


Well-Known Member
Dec 27, 2012
Of course not and we all know that. Let's be honest here the signs right now are that we are doing everything right. It's taken a long time to get here but we are certainly on the right track with what we have in place right now. FP has gotten most things spot on and that's why I said we need to just keep building on all the good work. With a new DOF and Levy's track record I can certainly understand why some at the club are cautious and fingers crossed no major changes are incoming.
With what you just said- I hope this is OK to ask in here, but do you feel/ think FP will stay connected to the club?
With all the good he seems to have done, I wouldn't want him to rock up to another club in the PL with his plate spinning/ black book of contacts.


Well-Known Member
Jul 29, 2011
It could have, but why should it? It is as much, if not more, about the academy and how it's now being run as it is about Levy. In the same way I could have just left it in the youth thread, but I felt it was worth more than that tbh.

I'm guessing you think it should go in the Enic thread because Levy is getting some criticism off the back of it?
Fair enough, I’m not the forum police, I just didn’t feel it needed it’s own thread.