During pre season, all the hype was about Spurs finally making the push into the "Top Four," and proving to everyone that they were ready for the challenge. There were quite a few high profile signings: Darren Bent (£16.5 M) and Gareth Bale (£10M), and an unbeaten run in friendly matches. Indeed, the season ahead looked altogether promising...
It began with Spurs trying to prove a point — surely an away trip to the new boys Sunderland wont stop us — put five past them, and then carry on from there. It's that simple, right?,
In the first match, the alarm bells that would continuously ring for most of the opening games, sounded loudly. There was a lack of organisation, the keeper looked worried (never a good sign), the midfield were AWOL, the strikers?
Well... they were there at least!
We were beaten by the better team. This continued for the next 6 matches (we did win some in the mean time. Two in the league to be exact… and we won in Europe.)
Then came the match that caused more anxiety and happiness in the space of 90 minutes than could normally ever be imagined: the game with Aston Villa.
Rumours had circulated all week that if we lost this, then the manager, Martin Jol, would be sacked. The match started brightly enough for us, going into the lead after 20 minutes, then... it all went wrong for the next 25 minutes.
Villa seemed to score at will (at half time we were 3-1 down), then ten minutes into the second half they scored their fourth.
Then as Spurs regularly do, they surprised everyone by coming back from the dead like a Phoenix from the flames. They kept scoring and somehow leveled the match!
Jol was safe... for a time.
The 4 matches that followed happened to provide the same type of nothingness that preceded them.
Nothing to write home about. The team appeared lost. The players were confused. Then came the inevitable....
Jol was sacked.
Within two days, he was replaced by the new man...
Introducing... Juande Ramos, the gentleman who wins everything he sets his eyes upon.
Can he turn this mess around?
Can he give us the direction we so desperately need?
It appears so!
In his first nine games in charge, his record reads: five wins, three draws, and only a single loss.
Here is hoping for the future. Maybe just maybe under Ramos we can fulfill our potential.
Let's wait and see.