Recently several of the footballing media and press have described Spurs as “Kane United”. In other words, they are a one-man team and can’t win a game without the star striker. It is fair to say that Spurs are more likely to win with Harry “he’s one of our own” Kane in the starting line-up.
Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs boss, was upset by these comments, but He was quick to point out that his side had managed to win quite a few games last season when Kane was forced out through injury. “Poch” acknowledged that any team would be the poorer for not having one of the game’s best strikers available for selection. He also pointed out that other players had made a considerable contribution to Kane’s goal tally this season.
Kane, himself, also praised the contributions and efforts of his team mates. Although he has his own personal ambitions and targets he does need the help of others. The manager picks the team and decides the tactics and other back room staff help paint the “bigger...
We appeared to have entered that “silly season” of manager sacking, some of whom have only been in the job a matter of months. Clubs which have found themselves at the wrong end of the table have decided that someone must pay the price for a bad run of results, and usually that is the manager.
Owners and chairman often think that a new man will sprinkle “star dust” over their underperforming team and miraculously they will start to climb the table. History tells us that a change of manager can bring about a change of fortune and everything in the garden is rosy again.
One of the reasons we often hear for a manager being dismissed is that “He has lost the dressing room”. A strange expression, because no one has actually moved it!! Most of us realise it means the players no longer have confidence in the boss. They no longer trust his tactics or game plans and in some cases how training is conducted.
Often this situation comes about when one or two senior players, who have strong...