The international break is with us which means we have plenty of time to either escape Tottenham Hotspur and our misgivings or settle back with popcorn and watch everyone chip in with their opinion.
We've had Harry Redknapp slate the director of football role. Tim Sherwood has once more citied his win percentage. Lord Alan Sugar has backed Daniel Levy. Popcorn? More like cyanide.
Of course, we all know the DoF system is flawed thanks to our recent £100M spending spree. Sherwood's win ratio is the stuff of legends, right up there with Rowe and Nicholson so there's no point in disputing the greatest era in our history. The stats don't lie. As for Sugar? Standard policy for him to defend the chairman and direct the blame onto the coach, ignoring the minor detail that the chairman is the one dishing out contracts and terminating them without an ounce of responsibility acknowledged.
We've some of our players throw around their own soundbites this week, mostly thanks to questions from journalists attempting to dive onto a quote with the sole agenda to craft a misleading headline. For example, Mousa Demeble referring to a 'crisis talk' when nothing of the kind was actually said. Yes, he said that the Spurs players need to group together to ask themselves why they've been under-performing. It's not newsworthy unless the c-word is attached to it for dramatic effect. I've got a c-word of my own I'd like to share with these journalists.
The only person I've sat up and taken note of is Hugo Lloris. No deflection, no BS, no hiding - just to the point statements that resonate with complete transparency. Mature and composed. The type of thing that you'd have wanted to hear from Younes Kaboul - our captain. Not a word from him yet. Lloris telling L'equipe - "When it’s the third coach in a year and there's problems, the coach isn't necessarily the problem."
Well hello and thank you for echoing what most of us have been saying for years. That's probably triggered a meta-clause with our special relationship buddies Real Madrid and Levy will look to profit by ridding the club of someone that dares to suggest the eye on the top of the pyramid is guilty of damaging the ones staring up at it.
Hugo also dismissing the suggestion he's unhappy or regretful about signing a new Spurs contract.
"No, not at all, because I trust the technical staff and the coach."
He has faith.
This of course may simply be a level of professionalism that some of our other players are lacking. Lloris is under contract for Spurs and he'll do the very best for us as a player and THFC representative during the duration of his stay. That includes leading by example. Mauricio Pochettino made the wrong Frenchman the captain of a team that remains weak in mind and soul.
Which brings me back to Sherwood. He might have been raw and tactically naive, yet I can't wash off this dirty feeling that he had the squad bang to rights when he described some of them as being gutless and comfortable.
We'll have to wait until after the break when club football returns to see if these recent honest words are finally translated into hard working actions.
(via Club Metro)