Friday, February 02, 2007

Martin Jolly well is the right man for the job

Last season we were all gutted on the final day of the season and rightly so, as we'd spent several months in a Champions League qualification berth only to miss out to the Nomads at the final hurdle. Still, once the dust had settled I think any realistic Spurs fan would have been delighted with a fifth place finish. Yes our cup form was atrocious, but it made a change to enjoy a decent league campaign for once.

This time around it's been a different story. Our league form has been inconsistent, but we've had plenty of cup games and have a good record in them. It was incredibly disappointing not to make it to the Carling Cup final, but we're still in the last sixteen of both the UEFA Cup and the FA Cup - so the season is far from over.

Meanwhile there has been a lot of criticism of BMJ - and unfairly so in my opinion. We all thought he was a hero ten months ago - surely things haven't changed too much in that time? Any manager needs to be given time and my view is that BMJ is only part-way through what he's capable of achieving with us. Every year we get abuse from other clubs that our fans are fickle - so let's not play into their hands. If BMJ is "tactically inept" why did we have our best league finish under him in donkeys years, and why are we having great cup runs in all three cup competitions that we're in?

In my opinion, the general standard of performances hasn't been as high this season, I agree. But the reason for that is not down to BMJ. In reality, we've missed Ledley and JJ for long periods of the season. That is no-one's fault it's just one of those things. Robbo has been out of sorts at times, but give the guy a break, he was amazing last season and any player (like any human being) goes through periods when they're not performing at their best.

Perhaps our biggest loss has been Michael Carrick. Maybe he had a greater impact on our strong league showing last season than we realise. Selling Carrick wasn't Jol's decision, but Levy's. Not only that but we have again failed to fill the left midfield gap satisfactorily. Not something that can be blamed entirely on BMJ - surely Levy and Comolli need to share that responsibility?

And despite the doom and gloom, there are a number of areas where we've improved: we've a better right back (Pascal), a centre back playing out of his skin (Daws), a better and more mature Lennon, a Defoe who's scored a hatful of goals and an incredibly impressive Berbatov. All reasons to be excited.

So please, let's stop moaning about Jol. Cut the guy some slack and get behind the team! We need to bounce back well on Sunday against an in-form United side, and then focus on improving our league consistency and continuing our good cup runs.

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