Tim Holland speaks to Spurs fan Christos Anastasiou

How has Tottenham’s season gone?

How has Tottenham’s season gone?

Tottenham’s season has clearly been up and down. It started well with AVB and we were near the top but with most of the new signings not settling quickly enough and the humiliating home defeats to Liverpool and Man City, the board clearly lost patience with AVB. Tim Sherwood came in and performed very well in his first 10 league games, but since then he has shown his lack of experience both in tactical nous and man management. It is true to say that the players must take a large part of the blame for us not realistically having a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

What have you made of the managerial merry go round? What did you make of AVB’s departure?

I wanted him to go at the time. We were not scoring enough goals and at one point Suarez had scored more goals after 15 games than Spurs despite Suarez being banned for the first six games of the season. AVB completely froze out Adebayor who showed he can produce inspired performances in the league when he was brought in from the cold by Sherwood. Bale was a big loss both with his ability and leadership but the fact of the matter is the team has not been performing well this year.

Do you think Sherwood will go in the summer and who do you think will replace him?

I think it has already been confirmed that he will go. I think we need to go back to basics. We need to steady the ship at the back and build from there. I would welcome Tony Pulis as the new manager. He has worked wonders since he has been at Crystal Palace with arguably one of the worst teams on paper in the league. I think his management skills are similar to Harry’s and he has the potential to get the best out of our players.

AVB made a number of high profile transfers in the summer. How would you rate their first seasons at the club?

All the new signings have underperformed other than Erikson, Paulinho and Chadli to an extent. Like I said earlier in the season, it will take time for players to gel but they have had enough time to gel and it just hasn’t happened.

What areas would you like to see improved in the summer?

I think we need a new left back, a new fast central defender and a new striker. We have an embarrassment of riches in central midfield and I think we need to ship out some of these players. Hopefully Lloris will stay with us for another season but if he goes we will need a new ‘keeper.

You predicted a 3rd/4th finish for Spurs with West Ham 13/14th. Would you like to change that?

I think you guys will finish roughly where I predicted but Spurs will be 5th or 6th.

Which West Ham players would you have in the Tottenham squad?

Kevin Nolan in my opinion has been your best player the past few years. Although temperamental, he wears his heart on his sleeve. If only we had more players like him in our team we may still be fighting for the Champions League qualification.

What’s been your opinion of West Ham this season?

With the lack of spending West Ham have engaged in (other than Andy Carroll) I think you’ve done okay. I haven’t watched you play much but I do think you will need to spend £20m next year to look to push on

With the lack of spending West Ham have engaged in (other than Andy Carroll) I think you’ve done okay. I haven’t watched you play much but I do think you will need to spend £20m next year to look to push on

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