Sack Les Ferdinand

By: Robert Reed | March 18th, 2013
   
Personalised Shirt, Les?

Personalised Shirt, Les?

I was contemplating our current plight when a startling thought occurred to me. Les Ferdinand; what the hell do we pay him for?

In theory ‘Sir Les’ has been coaching the strikers at White Hart Lane since 2008. In that time we have had the most sorry bunch of goal shy wasters I can remember at the club. The cow’s arse has been a complete stranger to the banjo.

They have played as badly as that guy who signed for us in the nineties…who was it now…scored a total of 39 goals in 149 games…what was his name…oh yeah, Les Ferdinand.

Some strikers arrived with a great reputation, none left with it. Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor have all been at the club during his tenure; benefiting from the molten bronze droplets of soccer wisdom he has been bestowing upon them. In that time not a single player has scored twenty goals in a season.

Some people are saying we would be better off without AVB today, I am certainly not one of them. Ferdinand though! How has he lasted this long?

COYS!

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  • Hoggg |  March 18th, 2013 at 3:18 am

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    So you think the players have nothing to do with it? You think the lack of options up front has nothing to do with it? Heard of the expression can’t polish a turd? This is currently the situation, we didn’t buy in Jan (supposedly Levy’s fault), JD not scored since last year (still injured and playing) and Ade who has no confidence (didn’t have the backing of his manager) and is thrown in at the deep end with all the fans on his back.

    I think you should take a long hard look at the facts of it all. We have two strikers and we didn’t improve to the quality and depth of the striker force. Les you would have to see if he is given a youngster to work with (not these strikers that already have their style of play. In summary I couldn’t disagree with the post more as like many people looking for an excuse you are avoiding the true issue.

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  • Feenix |  March 18th, 2013 at 3:33 am

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    I don’t think you can put it all on Ferdinand. Sadly our strikers are not the greatest are they? Every transfer window that has gone by since 2008 we have always bought in second rate strikers and really we don’t seem to look at strikers anymore thanks to Daniel Cheapy. When in 2010 we first made Champions League the first thing Levy had to do was go and buy a decent striker and he has failed miserably on that front. Every window since the Champions League Spurs fans have been praying that Levy buys a striker. The closest we came was in the last window when everyone thought at last he is going to bring in Dalmiao but as usual he let the Spurs fans down, even though we only had two strikers, he wouldn’t pay the extra measly two million pounds to get our man. Oh how I bet he regrets that now as our two have badly let us down once again. What with Adebayor’s miserable performances only scoring four goals all season and then there’s Defoe who started well but has since failed miserable in the last fourteen games to score a goal. For a start we should never have bought Adebayor because he was completely the wrong type of striker Spurs so badly needed. We needed a bigger, stronger version of Defoe plus a player that could head the ball, hold up play and bring other players into the game and not be so selfish plus also had a few tricks on the ball…and that is Dalmiao. The only reason Levy bought Adebayor was mainly the price and he thought he was getting a real bargain and we all know how Levy loves a bargain regardless. No I don’t put all the blame on Ferdinand because of lot of it has to fall on tight arse Levy’s shoulders.

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  • DJ |  March 18th, 2013 at 3:36 am

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    I actually agree a bit. Whilst the whole of the blame cannot be attributed to Les, the basics of being a forward are not being done properly. This has nothing to do with options in the transfer window. We have two supposedly very good strikers, one who on his day can be world class. Neither at the moment have any vision, movement, understanding with each other or ability to finish. So what are these guys working on in training? Neither is a set piece threat, there is no practice is seems in linking up when they play together. Yes it is a player problem, yes it is a transfer issue and one thats rumbled on since Berbatov departed. However, if the defence weren’t well drilled or the keeper badly positioned that’s when the defensive coach or the keeping coach earns their Spurs so to speak. Our striker have been consistently bad even at the basic stuff for far too long.

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  • Robert Reed |  March 18th, 2013 at 3:37 am

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    Hoggg The true issue being that the strikers have been crap? I think I covered that. If you ‘can’t polish a turd’ and there is nothing he can do to improve the striker’s performance then I’ll ask again; what the hell are we paying him for?

    You want an example? Darren Bent. Form at Charlton earns him a move to Spurs during which he is crap, signs for Sunderland and immediately scores 24 goals in 38 league games.

    Ferdinand obviously isn’t making the players worse and of course the whole lack of goals from the strikers situation isn’t his doing, but he clearly adds absolutely nothing.

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  • Terrabilal |  March 18th, 2013 at 3:48 am

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    yes i totally agree with your sentiments however, (Sir use les)has never brought or sold any players at spurs that job or should i say the failure to acquire the players rest solely with the Chairman. Defoe to greedy – Adebayor is just a banker & Dempsey?????

    ground hog day any one????

    COYS

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  • pablodan |  March 18th, 2013 at 3:56 am

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    Woke up had nothing to write about and came up with this sorry piece of crap.
    Get some imagination and better still get a life.
    Then try to justify this this stupidity by replying to people’s responses. ..shameful.
    I hope you’re not paid to write this tripe.
    Guess it has nothing to do with the players themselves?
    The worst part is when you try to blame Les Ferdinand for Adebayor’s piss poor work rate, attitude and lack of goals.
    Get out of here with this crap.

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  • Robert Reed |  March 18th, 2013 at 4:01 am

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    Meeting charming people like yourself is all the payment I need Pab! No need to get emotional, you imagined the Adebayor bit after all.

    If a defence, like Arsenal’s for example, is under performing fingers get pointed at the defensive coach Steve Bould. If the strikers are consistently under performing at a club then that coach should be questioned. Defoe never passing to anyone for example, being greedy to the detriment of the team. Is that not something which should be discussed and worked on in training? It sounds like you think that Les has no input and that there is no point at all in his being there.

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  • Cheshuntboy |  March 18th, 2013 at 7:16 am

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    I remember the pompous twerp Alan Green commenting on a West Ham – Spurs game in which Ferdinand scored for West Ham shortly after his five-year holiday at WHL came to an end, the term ‘great servant to Spurs’ being used. Now he’s enjoying another extended sabbatical from hard work at Tottenham’s expense, and yet again is doing nothing to justify his no-doubt fat salary – payment by results would be a great step forward, for current as well as past players!

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  • moe |  March 18th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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    you are completely right. He hasnt made them worse. But he hasnt made them better either. All in all, we are paying him for nothing. Shouldnt we really be employing someone who had a good scoring rate for us rather than the numbers you mentioned. Needs to be dumped out.

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  • Hogg |  March 18th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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    Bent wasn’t played by Redknapp nothing to do with training. Ade scored how many goals last season under Les. JD before being injured scored how many goals. Bale who is receiving training with Les has scored how many. Give a man something to work with before cutting him down. If you went to an actual training session you would understand that no matter how good or bad coaches are it takes the pro to turn it out on the pitch. I bet you weren’t asking for Les’s head before Defoe started nursing his injuries! You can say what you want but your article is a desperate grasp for excusing the strikers current form. AVB didn’t want Ade and Defoe was banging them in. When Defoe gets injured he had to run to Ade, who frankly didn’t care. The fans saw this and turned on him. Once again if a coach has someone young that will learn from his coaching then you’ll see a difference. I don’t blame the staff I blame the players. I can understand why you would want to divert the negative focus away from the players (as we need to do our job as fans and cheer/ motivate), I would rather ask why we only have 2 strikers when Lopez was available on loan in Jan. That’s a true and better story that has facts and proof behind it. It’s an opinion that you have but one I strongly disagree with. We need to get the strikers that are capable of consistently performing before we criticise the back staff that actually work bloody hard.

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  • Flan man |  March 18th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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    About time some one said it, been thinking it for years!! Why can’t we bring in whoever helped AVB coach Falcao and Hulk at Porto?

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  • Robert Reed |  March 18th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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    Hogg, I thought I was clear in that I absolutely blame the strikers themselves, and have written much on the subject. I have also slaughtered Levy for his ineptitude in January, even mentioning Lopez: http://spurs.theoffside.com/team-news/levys-catastrophic-blind-spot.html But I also include Ferdinand in the blame as he clearly does not make a jot of difference.

    Regarding your examples, the facts don’t endorse your opinion.
    In two seasons for us Bent scored 18 in 60. He moved to lowly Sunderland and in one season scored 24 in 38.
    As the lone striker in the most attacking side in the country last year boasting Modric, Van der Vaart and Bale on the wing; Ade scored 17 goals. Sorry, not impressed; Dempsey scored that many for Fulham.
    Defoe has done the same trick every season he has been here and had a hot streak followed by selfish play and lack of teamwork actually costing us goals.
    Bale is basically playing from midfield, and is scoring in spite of no visible assistance from the strikers; one lazy, the other selfish.

    It so happens I have been to an ‘actual training session’ http://spurs.theoffside.com/team-news/defoe-wants-a-hatrick-spurs-at-the-lodge.html at The Lodge. I saw Les in the tea room but not on the pitch. Bale did have individual training with one guy on his own after the others had finished meaning I had to wait ages to speak to him, but it wasn’t Les.

    The first time I questioned Ferdinand’s contribution was the year before last when Crouch, Defoe and Pavlyuchenko scored 18 league goals between the three of them over the entire season.

    I look at these situations from a number of different angles and do not write anything ‘desperate’.

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  • Wrong |  March 18th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

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    Hogg : What lack of options? Spurs Have Defoe who was on form before Xmas, but as normal can not sustain a full season of scoring, we have adebayor who is just a useless lazy pratt, and if you think he ever deserved a chance it proves you know nothing about football because EVERYONE knew that once he gets a contract, he will become lazy. Adebayor only plays well when he wants to move clubs and get a new signing on fee.
    We have Dempsey, who is average at best, but is still another option. Kane who has some experience in the prem league now, and has a great youth record. So to say that we lack options is just complete BS. Don’t even begin to mention that Kane is lacking experience etc, because where do you think Rooney came from!

    It’s nothing to do with lack of options, it’s everything to do with the fact that our strikers are not performing. For that the players themselves have to take blame, but also the coaching staff are paid a good salary to get the best out of our over-paid playing staff. This is what their entire job is about.

    So maybe you should look at the wider picture, gets some facts in the first place, and learn about football.
    K, hmmm, thx chump.

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  • John |  March 19th, 2013 at 1:03 am

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    Harsh on Ferdinand. He suffered a lot of injury trouble whilst with us. He also played in some terrible tottenham sides. He was a quality striker. His best days had arguably gone by the time we bought him.

    Not too sure how much help he is now though but he must impress someone as AVB kept him on etc

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  • Niko |  March 19th, 2013 at 1:50 am

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    He does fly a helicopter though!

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  • spurian |  March 20th, 2013 at 1:44 am

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    you know what, i think you may have a point! i never really thought about that till now LES OUT

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