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By Ed Fitzgerald :  30/10/2008 :  Comments (0) :
As we bathe in the glow of three points gained from the head of the missing member of the Hair Bear Bunch (Sorry for the 70’s reference- look it up youngsters) a nagging thought crept into my mind, what’s happening about the takeover/ground move? In light of our appalling start we are all rightly concentrating on the footie I am still however more concerned by our woeful leadership and management off the pitch and in particular our lack of a coherent business strategy.

"I am personally delighted that we have been able to put forward a viable option which we know to be the fans' favourite - remaining at the club's spiritual home." Who said that?

No sadly it’s not some cosy silver haired parochial Northern chairman giving some media friendly sound bite about how would it be unthinkable to displace one of the stalwarts of the English game. It is Daniel Levy chairman of Spurs and hard- nosed businessman who at least realises one thing that BK doesn’t — don’t piss off your core supporters.

How did they do this? "We have spent 5 years buying and taking options over property around the current stadium site to enable us to either develop locally or to gain the critical mass to achieve a substantial site sale as a contribution to a relocation."

Surprise, surprise they had some kind of medium to long term business strategy that had wait for it alternatives!! They clearly had a few plans B, C and D unlike a certain club we could mention.

We can laugh if we want at Spurs on the pitch but at least off it their chairman runs the club with some business savvy. The problem with us is err Bill Kenwright who is probably a nice bloke, a good Blue if a bit tiresome but someone totally unsuited to running a football club. Those of you who state that well its North London not North Liverpool, its Haringey FFS not frigging Mayfair!

I have the pleasure of visiting this London Borough on a fairly frequent basis and it’s more run down and depressed than much of Walton and twice as scary. I am not knocking the area of Haringey just trying to rebut those who would state that a similar development could not take place in L4 because of socio- economic deprivation and the attendant problems it can bring.

What’s Spurs take on their role in the Community? “But more than anything, Spurs have played an integral role in giving a sense of identity to the area it calls home. Tottenham would not be Tottenham without its football club. We have been working extremely hard to regenerate the Tottenham area, which suffered so much from industrial decline. Real progress is being made, and it is extremely pleasing that Spurs has demonstrated that they share our commitment to this continuing regeneration.”

I am sure this is Levy bullshitting to an extent but I think the case for Everton remaining part of the Community of Walton is even stronger. We need some new leadership at this club and fast, someone with financial clout, business acumen and the ability to work with the City Council not fuck up opportunities like the Kings Dock.

The Reebok stadium sums it up for me a soulless ground where soulless football is played. This is the future Bill Kenwright is leading us to.

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