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European Dream: Conquering the Impossible

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Started on 4 August 2012 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 8 August 2012 by Glenn T
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letting go of modric and or bale is badddd....baton down the hatches and sit tight, amigo
It has been a really bad start to the season and my reign as Tottenham manager.

There's a feeling of I-told-you-so going on among the fans especially with Chelsea's 6-0 thrashing of us, and the 2-0 loss against Everton, a game we really should have won. Anyhow on a positive side we have three points from a rather narrow 1-0 win against Swansea and also we're in the Europa League group stages with wins in both legs against Maribor.

Europa League Group D

English Premier League
The transfer window has passed.

The board's ruling so far in my reign as manager... Fair enough.

The majority of my backroom staff has also been cleared out and replaced with better and more competent ones.

We stormed to a 7-0 win against Sunderland, with Emmanuel Adebayor being the hero and scoring a hat trick. 3/4 of the Team of the Week are Spurs players!
A vast improvement from last month's results.

English Premier League

Emmanuel Adebayor is runner-up for September Player of the Month while Kyle Walker is third for September Young Player of the Month. I myself have scooped my first ever Manager of the Month award with the September Manager of the Month going to me after my good results.

The only blemish is the 4-3 loss to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup in the Third Round, so we are effectively kicked out of the competition and any hopes of us winning a trophy this season will rest on the FA Cup and the Europa League - I think the Premier League is too out of reach for us at the moment.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been a star for Spurs so far I am considering getting him permanently but his wages are just too astronomical so that might be a problem. Anyhow, he has scored 8 goals in 5 appearances, a very impressive tally.
Board Confidence Update
They call me "unstuck"... I call bullshit
Results for the month could have been improved.

English Premier League

Board Confidence Update

Overall, to be fair I think it has been an okay month with the highlight of October definitely being the 8-0 win against Young Boys, with Dimitar Berbatov scoring one of the eight goals and Emmanuel Adebayor scoring seven. The problem with Adebayor is that he is a tad bit inconsistent, as he can score ten goals in one game for you and play shite in the next game and the game after next, then recover his form again for about one or two matches.

Anyway, among my first few signings for Tottenham, as you can guess, Berbatov and Adebayor stands out the most. Leighton Baines and Alessandro Del Piero has not been getting enough games lately but when you do play them they produce, which is the same with my German loanee for this season Daniel Schwaab. Rafael has been getting more first-team games than Brad Friedel lately but the coaches are still very sure that Friedel is still better than Rafael. The Brazilian keeper might have ousted Friedel as first-choice keeper because of my faith in him, but if his already-rather-average form starts to dip, I'm definitely recalling Friedel.
Spurs have qualified for the Europa League!

I am very excited as I see this as a winnable competition and I hope to win at least a trophy in my first year as Spurs manager. I've not told this to the press as they'll publish it and everyone will be writing me off and saying "too early", but that's my ambition and hopefully I'll be able to accomplish it with the FA Cup and Europa League right round the corner.
My Spurs team disposed of under-performing Liverpool 2-0, with goals coming from Alessandro Del Piero and Dimitar Berbatov. Unfortunately Del Piero will be out for up to at least a month and a half as he fell down clutching his shoes in pain while wrestling with Liverpool's Jamie Carragher for the ball, something that my top physio Nick Worth later determined as a broken toe.

The Liverpool game was a good one although we could have really scored more than just two as Liverpool had their defense to thank, with their strikers all firing blanks.

Emmanuel Adebayor's inconsistency is acting up again as the Togolese striker has not scored since a 2-1 win against Young Boys in early November, which is about four games ago. However in the 2-0 win against Liverpool, the Berbatov goal was a solo effort from him as he made a point to run from the Tottenham goal to the Liverpool goal and played a splendid pass to his Bulgarian teammate.

Rafael's form has dipped slightly so I'll be re-introducing Brad Friedel back into the first team, Rafael can sit on the bench for awhile.
A rather pleasing run of games!

Unfortunately we still sit a humble 6th in the Premier League

My 16-year-old Ivorian striker Souleymane Coulibaly has duly won the November Young Player of the Month award. He has shown good form in his last three appearances for the club, filling in for Alessandro Del Piero as backup to Adebayor and Berbatov, with his usual competition for the backup spot Harry Kane also injured.

Rafael van der Vaart has won the November Goal of the Month with a stunning strike against Reading, although we lost 4-2 in that game.
Couldn't have asked for a better run of games!

We sit an amazing 2nd in the Premier League

As the January transfer window beckons, the media are already saying I could put up a strong title challenge instead of trying for 4th or 5th, which was what the club and myself were originally aiming for.

I have won the Manager of the Month runners-up, losing out only to Sir Alex Ferguson who has taken his Red Devils side to the top of the Premier League table and 8 points clear of Spurs at 2nd.

Kyle Walker is runners-up for December Young Player of the Month while Michael Dawson is third for December Player of the Month.
Ballon d'Or

World Player of the Year

World Team of the Year
11/12: The First Half
The first half of my first season as a manager & as manager of Spurs has passed, and it has been a fruitful six months.

Although we had a little bit of a rough start we now sit 2nd in the Premier League in January, albeit with Man City having a game in hand and one point less than us.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Dimitar Berbatov have been a very effective strike partnership, and their goals have supported us very well these six months. However Alessandro Del Piero is showing signs of retirement, playing less than 5 or 6 games for us so far, with the combination of Adebayor & Berbatov, and also his nasty injury that he suffered only recently, keeping him out of the team.

Harry Kane and Souleymane Coulibaly have also been developing nicely as backup to Adebayor & Berbatov, but I'll definitely look at sending out Zeki Fryers and Tomislav Gomelt on loan. The former was signed from Manchester United this summer and looks a promising left-back while the latter is a Croatian winger who can play on both flanks and has much potential.

Leighton Baines and Rafael has not really lived up to their price tags. They are not bad but rather, they're average, unlike Adebayor and Berbatov who came for much much lower prices.

I have discovered that although I started my career at Spurs with Jan Vertonghen and William Gallas being the best two central defenders at the club, Michael Dawson, the captain and the first player at the club I actually got to know better, is quickly cementing his first team spot under me. Only until recently I have found out he works rather well with Steven Caulker, a promising central defender I originally intended to use only as backup, but with his good performances at center-back and with the likes of Manchester United chasing his signature, I will start rotating him with my other center-backs.
January transfer window
It's only the second day of the transfer window but I have already announced a signing, a young Portuguese 16-year-old, who plays as a center midfielder.

Tomas Podstawki

Sebastian Bassong is looking to leave the club, and I have agreed, because of his limited first-team opportunities here.

Steven Caulker is wanted by Manchester United while Harry Kane is wanted by BOTH Manchester clubs. Luka Modric is attracting a lot of interest from Spanish giant Real Madrid, fellow Premier League side Manchester City, and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Gareth Bale is wanted by Manchester City.

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