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Why English clubs have a problem moving homes

Posted October 2, 2014

Going up the property ladder, selling your existing home for profit and then moving to a bigger better home, is something we take for granted. But for football clubs finding a new home, or even making the existing one bigger is very often a nightmare and can cause enormous problems. If clubs are not careful they can go into ruinous debt which can threaten their very existence.

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James McCarthy reveals he almost joined Tottenham and is pleased with Manchester United interest

Posted July 29, 2014

There has been speculation that James McCarthy is wanted by both Manchester United and Tottenham, just a year after leaving Wigan for £13million.

So, I ask Everton’s highly rated central midfielder how he would feel playing under Tottenham’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino. That is when the Republic of Ireland international reveals he could have moved to White Hart Lane last season if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had not haggled over the price.

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Politicians shun Europe but Levy loves the continental ways

Posted May 29, 2014

Much has been made about how Mauricio Pochettino is the ninth permanent manager Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has appointed since he took charge of the club back in 2001. And the scribes have not failed to rub in the fact that, despite all these comings and goings, Spurs have singularly failed to achieve the status that they feel is their due, at least a top four finish in the Premier League every season, garnered with the odd trophy as well.

Some critics have pointed out that other clubs also change managers. During this time Real Madrid have had twelve managers and Bayern Munich are on their ninth, the only difference is that while Real and Bayern’s success in that period cannot be doubted, and include winning the Champions League, all Spurs have done is get into the Champions League once and win one League Cup.

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Why Spurs supporters chanting yids devalue sport

Posted September 25, 2013

I entirely take the point my colleague Andrew Warshaw has made that Spurs fans, “have for years used chants like “yid” and “Yid Army” not as term of abuse but exactly the opposite: as a badge of honour, of identity, of pride, of endearment.”

However I disagree with him that the chanting is now acceptable. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying such shouts are racist but they damage sport and drag society back to a less welcome age. But before I proceed further let me explain where I come from.

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Keith Mills ‘We want Bale to stay but if he’s desperate to go we can’t force him to play for us’

Posted August 6, 2013

Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills accepts that the club cannot stop Gareth Bale from making his dream move to Real Madrid.

The 63-year-old has just been awarded a second knighthood — a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire — for helping to win London the 2012 Games and then organising them.

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