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Discussion in 'Spurs News & Views' started by ricky2tricky4city, 19 May 2013.

  1. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Vedran Corluka

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    CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE


    Posted 19 May 2013 10:30am
    Dear Supporter
    We should all have wanted to start today with our fate in our own hands regarding Champions League qualification after what has been a great season and one which has once again seen us qualify for Europe.

    Our current tally of 69 points is just one point off our all-time highest total in the Premier League (2009/10) and already equals our total points tally for last season which saw us finish fourth, a measure of how competitive the Premier League remains. A win today will see us achieve our greatest Premier League points tally ever.

    We started the season with a new Head Coach and Andre was introduced at our new Training Centre shortly ahead of its opening. It is the fantastic facility we planned, it has received much acclaim and praise from all over the world and it is a stand-out marker of the ambitions we have at this Club. Andre and his coaching team, Steffen Freund, Jose Mario Rocha, Luis Martins, Tony Parks and Daniel Sousa have had a great first season and are now well settled at the Club.
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    Gareth Bale deserves special mention. He has had a phenomenal season. We were proud to seen him honoured with a clean sweep of all three major player awards - PFA Player of the Year; PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year - and Jan Vertonghen was named in the PFA Team of the Year. Gareth is the first to remind anyone who congratulates him that this is a team effort and we have seen some outstanding performances from the First Team.
    Tim Sherwood, John McDermott, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand have led the way with our youth development and we have had notable success in a variety of competitions, indicating the strength and depth we have across the different age groups.
    Our Under-21s have certainly had a fantastic season, reaching the Barclays U21 Premier League Final. They play Manchester United tomorrow and we wish them luck. We were delighted to see four of our young players selected for England U21s for this summer’s European U21 Championships - Steven Caulker, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Adam Smith.
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    Our loan system continues to work well in developing our players and this season saw Andros Townsend voted Player of the Year and Danny Rose voted Young Player of the Year for their respective loan clubs, QPR and Sunderland.

    Looking ahead to the summer, we shall continue to seek to strengthen and improve the team and to retain key players. We also look forward to the return of Sandro and Younes who were missed this season but who are well on the road to full fitness.

    Financial Fair Play (FFP) will hopefully see all clubs follow the kind of financial discipline we have followed as we run our Club on a sound financial basis without the benefit of a larger stadium. Short term cost control measures which limit the amount of increased broadcasting revenues clubs can spend to £4m per season and a requirement to break even will have an impact on clubs across Europe.

    A large capacity stadium is fundamental to the ability to raise revenue and achieve future growth and success within FFP. Our 36,000 seater stadium has continued to sell out and our waiting list is now in excess of 42,000. Our new stadium plans are progressing and we are applying the same energies to delivering this hugely complex scheme as we did to the delivery of the new Training Centre.

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    Ledley will be on the pitch at half time after what has been his first full season since his retirement and his first as a Club Ambassador. He has taken to his new role with all the professionalism and presence he displayed throughout his playing career at the Club and we are so very proud to have him represent us in our local community and around the world. He has played an active role both in the regeneration work around the stadium and also with supporters groups domestically and internationally, having recently returned from South Africa and Sweden.
    Indeed, one stand out feature of the season has been the growth in our supporter base globally. We have seen a 45% growth in the number of supporter groups and we now host official groups around the world in places such as Camp Bastion, Mumbai, Dallas and Moscow to name but a few of the new destinations. We are also currently adding one new supporter group per week from the States as the popularity of the game and 'The Spurs' takes off over there. Welcome to you all.
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    And to all our supporters, whether here today, home or abroad, on behalf of everyone at the Club, thank you. You are what this Club is all about.

    I know the Lane will be rocking today with your support for yet another final day of the season, all-important win .

    Enjoy the occasion and I wish you and your families a great summer ahead of seeing you here again in August.

    Yours

    Daniel


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  2. raboner

    raboner Banned

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    odd time to make that kind of announcement.. highly odd.
     
  3. milo

    milo Vivian Woodward Staff Member

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    It's normally published in the programme for the last home game of the season
     
  4. diego_maradona

    diego_maradona Pedro Mendes Staff Member

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    Perfectly normal actually.

    Very positive year when you see it summed up like that. Player of the year, new ground, training centre, top young coach, good talent from our youth setup flourishing at other clubs.

    We've come a long way in the last 5-6 years
     
  5. Robspur12

    Robspur12 Mitchell Thomas

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    =D> COYS
     
  6. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Vedran Corluka

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    Beautifully summed up by levy. No spin, no bullsh!t, a personal honest appraisal, that like you, made me think 'd'you know what? We're doin bloody fine'.

    Too think of the kind of messages that a team such as liverpool would dish out to their fans, it makes me proud to be a yid... A proper club in every sense of the word. Doing our best on and off the pitch in the face of the most unbalanced playing field in football history.
     
  7. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Vedran Corluka

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    Oh...and no wonder we've received universal praise for the training ground.........dont it look the nuts
     
  8. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Christian Ziege

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    All hail Chairman Levy! :)
     
  9. raboner

    raboner Banned

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    I didn't say it was a bad thing, the message is actually really positive and uplifting.. Just feels strange to me, did he do the same last season? Maybe i just missed it..
     
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    Huddy Sergei Rebrov

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    Levy OUT!

    On a serious note I agree we've had a great season when you think about it. My only slight disappointment as a fan ignoring CL qualification is the style of football we've played this year has more often than not lacked fluidity, we've been fortunate at times and brute forced our way to victory rather than using guile and creativity which were evident last season. I hope with a few more select additions to the squad this is something AVB can put right for next season.

    Now get your chequebook out Daniel.
     
  11. P.D.

    P.D. Milija Aleksic

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    He always releases a statement but usually after the last game i think.

    hoped for a bit more news on the stadium and a firmer commitment on keeping players like the berb message a few years back but a nice summary and lots to look forward too.
     
  12. BrainOfLevy

    BrainOfLevy Simon Davies

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    Good statement, future of the club looks bright.

    It's really annoying reading the build up today in various papers with phrases like 'Spurs are DESPERATE' to finish 4th, and arguing that the financial loss and the subsequent gap to Arsenal will just be too big to make up if we don't make it. They are trying to make it seem more important than it actually is. We will be fine whatever happens.
     
  13. raboner

    raboner Banned

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    That's what i thought... Not important i guess..
     
  14. metalgear

    metalgear Johnny Morrison

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    always good to hear the chairman affirm the performance of the team and staff.
     
  15. raboner

    raboner Banned

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    i just think it would be better to make an affirmation at the conclusion of the season, rather than right before our most important match, potentially.
     
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    Robspur12 Mitchell Thomas

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    Possibly to relieve some of the pressure from today's game?
     
  17. africanspurs

    africanspurs Justin Edinburgh

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    he never said that we will not be selling our best players

    damn
     
  18. Yossarian

    Yossarian Steve Hodge

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    Another season ending in heartbreak.
    It's the way we roll!
    COYS!
     
  19. Denmark Spur

    Denmark Spur Mitchell Thomas

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    How do you read into this

     
  20. indianspur

    indianspur Guest

    we shall continue to seek to strengthen and improve the team and to retain key players
     

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