5 Big Decisions Southgate Will Have to Make

The FA have given Gareth Southgate a huge vote of confidence by appointing the former under-21 coach as the permanent manager on the senior national team on a four-year contract. The 46-year-old picked up two wins and two draws during his interim spell following the sacking of Sam Allardyce earlier this year.

England fans will be hoping Southgate can lead the Three Lions to the World Cup in Russia in 2018, but before then the new manager has some big decisions to make. Let’s look at them in detail.

1. Who will captain the national team?
There have been some rumours that if Southgate was to get the England job on a permanent basis, one of his first tasks will be to strip Wayne Rooney of the captaincy for undermining him recently by drinking into the early hours.

Jordan Henderson has been tipped to be Southgate’s next captain. He has picked up the armband before when Rooney has been absent from the team but it now looks like he will be next permanent leader of the team on the pitch. (more…)

SOUTHGATE ENDS INTERIM MANAGEMENT POSITION

England interim manager Gareth Southgate has ended his short-term deal with the Football Association after supervising a 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday in an international friendly clash.

The former Under-23 manager took over the senior side after the FA ‘mutually agreed’ to end the deal with former manager Sam Allardyce.

England were set to get a win over Spain until a loss of concentration allowed Spain get a draw in the international friendly affair. The final international window in 2016 saw Southgate end his short time in charge on a good note. He recorded decent achievements during his time as the national team boss. England defeated Malta 2-0 and played a goalless draw against Slovenia away last month in a European World Cup qualifying campaign. In addition, the Three Lions comfortably defeated Scotland 3-0 in the same World Cup qualifier before the result against Spain. (more…)

Is Gareth Southgate the Man to Lead England to International Glory?

Gareth Southgate has exceeded all expectations since his appointment as the temporary manager of the England national team and he has now been linked with the role on a permanent basis.

Southgate has led the Three Lions to victory in two of their three World Cup qualifying fixtures but England’s collapse in the dying embers of the friendly with Spain could give the FA reason to re-think any potential contract offer. (more…)

SPURS AND CITY: NO FINANCIAL COMPARISON

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino is of the belief that his team should not and cannot be compared to Manchester City.

His reason was due to the difference the two clubs had especially in the area of financial powers.

While Spurs spent barely £70m on new players during the transfer window last summer, City used almost £175 million on new players, more than times two of Spurs total spending.

While City’s lineup sports a number of star players, Tottenham on the other hand, has turned their eyes towards their academy. This is particularly as the club’s financial power is limited considering the new Spurs stadium being built. (more…)

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Mauricio Pochettino Brands New Stadium as ‘One of the Best’

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham Hotspur will have the best stadium in the world when the construction work on their brand-new stadium completes in a couple of years.

Spurs will be moving into a new stadium, with a capacity of 61,000, for the 2018-19 campaign. Constructed at a cost of £750 million, it will be one of the world’s most expensive stadiums. It surpasses the Emirates stadium by several hundred million, while it is also slightly more expensive than the Wembley which can hold 90,000 fans. The stadium will make the club on par with West Ham and Arsenal in terms of stadium capacity. (more…)

WILL A EUROPEAN SUPERLEAGUE HAPPEN?

Dane Anders Horsholt spoke up on the trending discussion as fear rise over the future of teams from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden in the Champions League.

Daily Record Sport in February exclusively announced that Celtic chief executive, Peter Lawwell has had a vital discussion with Ajax among other outfits in an attempt to fight the proposals of Europe’s elite clubs, who are attempting to drive through an invitation-only version of the European competition.

Rangers have made known their concerns of being frozen out of the Champions League by a continental cartel – describing their situation by seeing themselves as being blocked from entering the casino and having to stand outside, watching everyone else make countless millions inside. With some big clubs outside of the big money pots, you can rest assured that something will change in the near future.

Horsholt remains adamant that the Atlantic League will see the likes of Celtic and Rangers quit the SPFL for this new venture. It is not yet clear if other Scottish clubs such as Aberdeen and Hearts are involved, though reports from Denmark say there will be 12 to 16 teams in a league drawn from six countries.

During an interview with Danish newspaper BT, Horsholt said: “Yes it is true. If we do not react and voice out now, we will only be looking at the biggest clubs growing larger and stronger while it will be difficult for clubs like us to meet up.

“We must therefore look at which alternative international opportunities for Rangers, FC Copenhagen and others in the future. At this moment, it is still too early to discuss specific models, but the discussion of leagues across European borders is a theme that we look at and actively participates in.”

Claims that Europe’s biggest clubs are looking forward to squeezing out the smaller nations exist, and with the current Champions League deal set to expire in 2021, Horsholt insists the football clubs in countries that are categorized as only medium-sized in European scale have to find an alternative.

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White Hart Lane is partially decimated as progress is being done

White Hart Lane is undergoing a string of constructions and changes as the home ground of Tottenham Hotspur which currently has a capacity of 36,000 is being expanded to 61,000.


There are some cases where clubs decide to completely move into a new stadium but Tottenham are only temporarily leaving their own turf until these construction stages are finished.

It’s expected that the Premier League club will be able to get back in their own turf and play home matches by the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season.The North East corner of the White Hart Lane has been removed as work is taking place towards the expansion in the home turf of Tottenham Hotspur.

Mauricio Pochettino and his squad will be playing their Champions League home matches at the Wembley Stadium.

The Premier League club gave update concerning the re-development of the stadium as Tottenham Hotspur released a statement which read: Spurs said: “As the new stadium starts to come out of the ground, more visible signs of progress will occur during the coming months, with the arrival of a new large crawler crane weighing around 400 tons.

“The crawler cane will be brought on site ready to manage the movement of the large pre-cast rakers, which are the large beams that will support the terrace units and weigh up to 30 tons each.”

This stadium re-development is not only going to see White Hart Lane stadium being expanded but it also includes plans of creating a hotel, sports centre, health centre, homes and a club superstore with the purpose of increasing the satisfaction of supporters that go to watch the home matches of Tottenham Hotspur and being able to do other things besides just watching the actual games.

LACEY: SPURS PLAY FOR NEW SEASON

Popular Tottenham Hotspurs blogger George Edward Lacey spoke on the play for the club ahead of the new season, being a former professional footballer who played for the club and being a close watcher.

Lacey said he knows the club would retain a similar fate as last season where they made a serious push for the title despite having a young squad. He said the talent and bond in the team was a big plus ahead of the season.

Spurs would be playing in the biggest continental football tournament – the UEFA Champions League, and Lacey says they are excited about it. He feels excited at the chance to see the club’s games at the new Spurs Stadium for the 2016/17 season – Wembley, with over 80,000 fans. He said their Champions League fate depends on the level of opposition at the group stage but he says the target would be at least a quarter final ticket. He praised the efforts of the coach Maurio Pochettino in adding new players Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen to the team during the break. He hailed the purchase of Wanyama for £12 million as he was a good midfielder, going by his performance at Southampton in the last campaign. He added that Janssen would be a good striker partner for Harry Kane who would continue his scoring, despite the no show at the Euro 2016 when he represented England.

Lacey blamed the last season on inexperience but said the team learnt a lot after the season ended. He opines that a solid start for the team as the season begins would be a good springboard for success. He said he would have preferred their European games at White Hart Lane and even felt a bit gutted when Wembley was chosen, but hopes the fans will turn out in mass for the game.

SPURS STADIUM TRESPASSER COULD COST THEM £1 MILLION

Tottenham Hospurs will play their forthcoming Champions League games at the Wembley as it has been approved by the Football Association.

Their former play ground White Hart Lane is undergoing repairs and the club could incur extra £1 million after a man spent 12 hours on top of a crane on the site of the new stadium.

The case was taken to a court where Wali Azagh was said to have climbed a 170 foot crane carrying a noose and threatening to kill himself. The crane is one several club branded cranes at the stadium. The 37-year old had a long standoff with the police who were trying to convince him to abort the act. He eventually climbed down and was taken to Wood Green Police Station and then charged to the court.

The London Evening Standard reports that the Highbury Corner Magistrates court heard that the club could face up to £1 million in charges due to the disruption in the construction work worth £400 million.

The club plans that the 61,000 seater stadium would be ready as the 2018/2019 season starts. The next season’s Champions League games and their entire home games of the Premier League and local matches will be played at Wembley. The court has asked that the mental health of Azagh be assessed. The club already is working on a very tight schedule to deliver its promises in the agreement with the FA. The agreement has the option of extending the deal by a year if the project hits delays such as the current one.

Meanwhile, one of the club’s ambassadors Ledley King is excited at the prospects of playing at the 90,000 capacity Wembley for the Champions League for the European fixtures. He told Sky Sports that he is aware of the huge support the club enjoys and hope they fill it up when the season begins.

Will a new stadium take Spurs to the next level?

With Tottenham Hotspur set to make the biggest move in the club’s history – just down the road – Spurs fans are excited about a potentially bright future. But there will be obstacles along the way.

Tottenham’s new stadium, situated within a stone’s throw of the current ground, will seat 61,000 spectators in what appears to be both a nod to the club’s past and a dig at neighbours Arsenal. Spurs last won the league in 1961, and the number of seats exceeds Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium by 1,000 – a meaningless victory over their local rivals, but a victory nonetheless.

The real issue
Of course what really matters to the Tottenham supporters is success on the pitch. A talented young team came close last year. They finished third in the end, their poor finish to the season a result of seeing the title go elsewhere, falling below Arsenal in typical fashion on the final day. If not for the stunning success story that was Leicester City, Spurs would have likely retained the momentum to become English champions for the first time in 55 years.

With injuries and suspensions mounting up towards the end of the campaign, Mauricio Pochettino surely rued the lack of depth in his staggered squad. There’s no debating Tottenham’s title credentials would have been strengthened had they added a quality player or two in the January transfer window. But with most of the club’s finances going towards the new stadium, Spurs are in no position to take risks on big money signings.

That said, they’ve already added £11 million Victor Wanyama this summer, followed by the promising young Dutch striker Vincent Janssen for a hefty £17 million. Players are likely to be moved on, too, justifying the fees paid out. Any other additions will fit Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy – young and hungry with a penchant to work for the team – but potential new signings will also have to suit Daniel Levy’s doctrine: in other words, be willing to work for peanuts.

Low earners
Footballers’ wages aren’t usually associated with low earning figures, but when compared to Tottenham’s European contemporaries the club spend very little in the way of pay packets. No Spurs player is thought to earn more than £100,000-a-week, which is staggering considering Andy Carroll is rumoured to make upwards of that amount at West Ham United.

The expectation is that Levy will be prepared to shell out more on wages when the new stadium is ready. With bigger attendances, revenue from ticket sales will inevitably increase and there will be more funds available to improve the team. But Tottenham fans know better than most that expectation and reality are very different things; just look how Roberto Soldado turned out…

Spurs must take on a large degree of debt in order to fund the new stadium (which is why Daniel Levy was so keen on moving to the Olympic Stadium before West Ham pounced). To prevent those debts from becoming monumental the club will sell the naming rights to the stadium, likely to bring in around £30 million a year. On top of that, hospitality tickets will be sold in advance, and deals with the NFL continue to be struck in order to aid the club’s financial growth on a global scale.

Slow progress
But this all takes time. If Tottenham fans think the club will become a financial powerhouse immediately after the move, a reality check is on the cards. Levy will be as cautious as ever for an unforeseen period of time, which – despite some questioning the chairman’s ambition in the past – has always served Spurs well. One of the key reasons Tottenham continue to linger in around the top four year in, year out, is because of Levy’s prudent business mind.

Promisingly, another steady period could potentially result in greatness. If Tottenham are careful, they will undoubtedly find themselves in an enviable financial position, which usually leads to silverware in a sport now dictated by the big spenders. If and when Spurs are able to match the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in the wages department, their North London location and state-of-the-art new stadium could be enough to persuade the world’s best players to choose Tottenham over their league rivals. Until then, they must keep the current stars on board with the on-going project. Staying in the top four could prove crucial to immediate success at the new stadium. The sky’s arguably the limit for a club already on the up, but for now uncertainty lingers in the clouds.

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