My article on Spurs’ dire current situation got you all talking yesterday. Today a fresh viewpoint on the situation has been provided by the shy and retiring Terry Venables.
The ex-Spurs boss has made it clear that the majoritiy of the blame lies with the board as far as he is concerned. El Tel told The Sun: “They thought they were going to get Andrei Arshavin. This was a massive managerial blunder by Spurs, especially when they had allowed Keane to leave. But letting Berbatov and Keane go without having Arshavin in the bag was a boardroom blunder.”
I am not convinced that Juande Ramos and Damien Comolli deserve to be let off the hook that easily but, as many of you pointed out yesterday, Daniel Levy and the board have made some decisions that are equally as dubious as some of Ramos’ selection decisions. Venables’ comments emphasise this point.
While criticising the board for leaving Ramos short of attacking options, Venables also reserved criticism for Berbatov himself. He said: “Berbatov kept telling us he had ‘a dream. Well, good for you Dimi. You had a dream with a few extra noughts added to your bank balance. But did Spurs have a dream too? You got your way but your poisonous presence at the start of the season – the brooding and the reluctance to play – has cost the club that believed in you.”
So as well as Ramos and Comolli, we now have Levy and Berbatov as the possible reason for Spurs sitting bottom of the table. While Berbatov was evidently an unnecessary disruption, there is no reason why a squad of professionals should not be able to ignore him and get on with the task in hand. I am being disrupted by a procession of irate Spanish phone calls from the nearby telephone box as I write this, but am I bottom of the Premier League table? No.
In all seriousness, I do not buy into the blame Berbatov argument. He managed to act like a mercenary and a big girl’s blouse at the same time, but he should not be made to be a scapegoat. Levy and the board is a different matter. They are unlikely to sack themselves though, so it looks like Ramos and Comolli remain under most threat unless Spurs fans have any Toon Army-style protests up their sleeves!