Daniel Levy deserved the ovation… Tottenham now have a world class stadium, a world class coach and a world class chairmanMarch 25, 2019
DANIEL LEVY deserved the ovation at White Hart Lane for delivering a truly world class football stadium.
Building the new arena has been his dream, a long-term ambition that has finally been realised after years of negotiations and months of delays to the building work.
Levy has always been sensitive to criticism, much of it undeserved after years and years of careful spending on player recruitment.
Now they have a world class facility and a world class head coach, they also have a world class chairman. Now that’s a first.
IT is incredible to think that Dele Alli, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all still eligible to play for England in this summer’s Under-21 championship.
Gareth Southgate’s reliance on youth, rapidly promoting players to the senior squad, means there will be some tough decisions for the country’s head coach between U21 and Nations League duty this summer.
Although Dele is a recognised senior player, there is still a conversation to be had with Under-21 chief Aidy Boothroyd about Chilwell and RLC.
JOHNSON COULD RETURN
ADAM JOHNSON should not rely on football’s skewed moral compass when he makes a decision about his future.
Johnson is a convicted sex offender after he was jailed for grooming a 15-year-old girl when he was playing for Sunderland.
Although society will never forgive him for the crime, he could legitimately point to Graham Rix’s return to the sport after he was sent to prison for a similar offence.
Rix’s crime correctly repulsed the nation, but he did return to Chelsea and was first-team coach at the FA Cup final at Wembley in 2000.
Although few outside of Chelsea were ever comfortable with the decision to reinstate Rix, it did show that offenders – even in circumstances as uncomfortable and unacceptable as this – do return to the game.
RAHEEM STERLING’S impressive commitment to various noble social causes is clearly having a positive effect on the pitch.
Sterling has recently engaged in a number of community activities near the Stonesbridge Park estate he grew up in, just a short bus away from the national stadium.
On Friday he made an appearance at the Football Beyond Borders event, popping in for a chat with disadvantaged kids after scoring a hat-trick against Czech Republic.
Sterling’s increasing maturity is adding to his appeal, with his altruistic, off-field activities adding another impressive layer to his character.
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NOW that the Women’s Super League is awash with cash, spending it wisely is the next big step.
Everybody, from grassroots to the pro game, will want their share of the pie after Barclays weighed in with a big slice of cash to promote the sport.
Finding a way to market it, by dishing out free tickets to schools, to youth centres and to under-privileged children, will help to stimulate more interest.
The attendance of just 2,400 for the Women’s League Cup final was a pitiful turnout between two of the best teams in the country.
Barclays, along with their slick PR team, need to put bums on seats at these big matches.