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Realistically, what are the chances of Klinsmann?
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How long has he left on his contract ? I'd say that you're about £5m out there - don't see you getting any more than late twenties for him. Not sure how true it is but a mate of mine said that the only money being spent on transfers this season is on money brought in from sales.
Adebayor for say £10m
That is £20m gone already. You got about £5m for Krancjaer so presuming you are going to give the new manager about £20m, you will need to sell Modric and one other fringe player eg Corluka.
As I say this could all be a load of rubbish as my mate has been wrong in the past..
Modric has 4 years left on his contract as of this Summer.
Your mate probably has as much idea as I do over our transfer budget this Summer. My guess (and it's a guess) is that we'll have about £10 to £15 million plus whatever comes in from sales.
We sold Pavyluchenko late in the Jan window for about £9 million and only brought in Saha on loan.... So much of the fund will come from that sale. The wages were also trimmed back quite significantly last season with many high earners being shed (Crouch, Palacios, Keane, Hutton, Pavyluchenko, Woodgate also Ledley King now as well with Corluka and Pienaar likely to be imminent departures).
As you say Kranjcar was sold (for almost £6 million - with another 2 million being possible). Corluka looks like going to Russia for a similar amount (let's say £5 million) and I think Pienaar will be off to Everton for about £4 to £5 million. Then Dos Santos and Bassong will go for about £6 million for the pair. Bentley and Jenas may well also be allowed to go (but will fetch only a couple of million for the pair)
I would therefore say we're looking at a total transfer budget of between £30 and £40 million depending how sucessful we are in selling the above players - that will then be increased if there are players that want to leave to get more first team football (Rose, Naughton, Defoe for example may request transfers) or if one of the crown jewels is sold (as I say probably Modric).
Assuming nobody is sold other than those we want to lose (Kranjcar, Corluka, Pienaar, Dos Santos, Bassong, Jenas, Bentley) we currently need 2 strikers, 1 centre half, a young keeper and perhaps another player that can play out wide. If Modric goes then we also need a central midfield playmaker on top of that.
My guesses are: Vertonghen, Remy, Adebayor (I think they'll end up doing the deal somehow) and Butland.
If Modric goes then I guess maybe somebody like Dembele would be a target.
Hmmm - You haven't left me much wriggle room.... How about if I say that I think Klinsmann is very likely to end up Spurs manager.... but that day is not imminent. He is settled in the US at the moment and I think it will be after the Brazil World Cup at the earliest before he seeks a new challenge.
Careful, you'd have us thinking some of you weren't delusional with reasoning like that!
I could hardly fault him last season to be honest. He misses more than his share of chances but still scores and creates goals at a good rate and is worth his place in the team with his excellent work rate. The only times that I felt he was poor last season was in both games against Arsenal (it was like he was walking on eggshells after his behaviour against them when he was playing for Man City) and also in one of the FA Cup games (think it was away at Watford) when he looked as though he thought he shouldn't be having to play against them.
I would happily have him back at Tottenham next season.
How many times though has he one good season somewhere then gone off the boil not just on the pitch but off it, very good player on his day but a bit mental.
Thanks for the response Luke.
Just looking at the list of players above is amazing how large your wage bill must be or have been last season. This is one of the reasons that Redknapp got or gets his reputation cos regardless of how many players are on your wage bill it was always bare bones and we need new players. Stripping that lot down alone must save you upwards of £500k a week !
No wonder Levy was keen to loan out the likes of Jenas, Bentley, etc
Sort of how I read it, follow the Arsenal model if you will; aim to keep there or there abouts whilst building the new stadium then, with the increased revenue, build a more expensive and (hopefully) better team. Leaving aside who it is, it is good to see a club planning in this way. I guess the key is how the finances work on the new stadium, Arsenal seem to have done well on the external (to the stadium) building work though, as usual, there seem to have been some nasty things gone on with pushing out existing tenants and owners. Levy and co seem to have played a blinder in wriggling their way out of commitments to spend money in the area that would see no increase in income to spurs, for example social housing and tube improvements.
It's a myth at Spurs, because he never got himself into a position of control over the budget. A lot of people assume he will have wrecked the place but he was kept firmly in line. At clubs where he and his cohort have managed to get control you can see the damage. At West Ham he did half the job, allegedly while uncle Terry was on holiday IIRC.
After listening to the Roy Hodgson press conference can I say how glad I was not to hear "boys done triffic" or "down to the bare bones" as if the England appointment had gone different way.
comment to the article:
"I bet Harry knew the winning numbers for the lottery too, but didn't know how to fill in the ticket"
His latest gems.
HARRY REDKNAPP has told Andre Villas-Boas: I’ve left you a squad good enough to win the title - ie, the one that came 4th after ballsing up 3rd.
“In the last few years, we’ve come from nowhere to be a top-four team" - To Harry, nowhere means 5th twice under Jol (funny how Spurs have now become 'we').
Barcelona were said to be interested but Spurs broke the bank to give him £115,000 a week - how the **** would Harry know how much Bale is on now?
Redknapp oversaw the Welshman’s development at White Hart Lane - the same Redknapp that said Bale's best position is LB & only played him on the wing due to injuries (to replace Modric who was moved into the middle).
Harry, please hurry up & find another managerial job so i dont have to listen to you talking **** about my club anymore.
Just a small part of why the man is despised by so many fans of clubs he has managed in the past!