Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Will Spurs Continue To Grow If Sold Again?

There has once again been talk before, during and after the recent match Spurs played against Bolton on Saturday in the English Premier League, about a possible takeover bid from another Canadian consortium interested in taking over an English soccer club. This time, it was the rumoured Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment group who were interested, with its president Richard Peddie spotted at a Spurs game. Peddie has since refuted all such speculation and insisted that it was nothing more than a person catching a live soccer game at the ground, instead of watching it from his own television back home. While such statements have always been hilarious and taken with a pinch of salt, the truth may be that it could have been just so, with the whispered bid to have fallen well short of what current Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would expect from interested parties. After having taken Spurs rather far this season with his smart, albeit under controversial circumstances, move for Spanish manager Juande Ramos, Levy has spoken of his desire to bring more success to the club either through direct management moves from within, or through external forces such as new owners who could possibly provide even more for the club through greater financial prowess.

However, it is questionable whether Spurs will continue to move ahead if they are sold once again. Of course, such speculation and tangents are all purely theoretical, and cannot be proven until such an action takes place, but under the current regime, the club seems to be moving in the right direction already. There is no shortage of money to improve the playing staff, with perhaps only the lack of willingness shown by the biggest stars to not consider a move due to the club's lack of achievements on the field in recent memory. The manager and his team are also first class, as proven by the immediate results he has managed to bring to the club through their first trophy in years. With the new ownership at Liverpool which has plunged the club into ridicule and no lack of fresh crisis every month, there must certainly be some doubts in Spurs fans' minds as to what another change in ownership would bring to their club, which seems to have finally achieved some stability both on and off the field after a messy start to the current league campaign.

Daniel Levy has rightly stated that all considerations for any potential bids will be taken with the shareholders in mind, as well as the numerous fans the club has. Spurs has one of the largest followings not only in England, but also throughout the world, with their legendary flowing football an attraction for many soccer lovers. The return to winning ways without sacrificing any of the flair the club has long been known for, under the tutelage of Juande Ramos, has also won them new fans as well as admirers. The tactical discipline and improved fitness levels have made them difficult to beat as well, when in the past Spurs would have laid down and rolled over for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, they now show the steel and grit required of winners to carve out positive and satisfying results on the field. As mentioned, there continues to be bright attacking football and soccer flair provided by the likes of star player Dimitar Berbatov and midfielders like Steed Malbranque and Tom Huddlestone, and with potential new recruits to be brought in by Ramos during the summer, Spurs could be an even greater force in the English Premier League next season.

The current situation and state the club is in would therefore require no fire sale of any sort with regards to ownership, as the ship is steady and moving strongly in all the right aspects for creating a greater future for Spurs. Levy and his team must therefore assess all bids to determine that the potential incoming personnel would know how to run a successful club, instead of simply basing any bid on the financial potential that it could bring to the club. Witness the deceit that revealed itself at Liverpool, where the current owners claimed that they would not saddle the club with debt when they took over, but the constant rumours of the club having to sell its stars if they fail to refinance their separate loans with clubs have now surfaced to destabilise any efforts by staff and players to bring glory to the club. If Spurs can avoid these distractions and continue building with ownership that is passionate about the sport as well as the club, then they could very well see a return to the bright lights of the top flight elite soon in the very near future.

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