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What do Tottenham, United, Swansea and Everton have in common?

Posted on February 14, 2013 by Guest Writer

Of the twenty teams currently in the Premier League I would suggest that only these four clubs sets of supporters are truly happy with their coaches. AVB after a slow start, which really was to be expected, has gone on to oversee some fantastic results for Tottenham, he is doing so by handling his squad admirably, by the use of rotation he has managed to forge a strong bond within the entire squad but more than that is finding better performance levels from so many of the players, and that includes Lennon, Defoe and Bale. Tottenham supporters were pretty much split over the decision to appoint AVB and sack Redknapp, so far it is proving to be an inspired decision.

Over at United Fergie had much more to work with, although with City threatening to take charge some were beginning to doubt him. Whilst Fergie had a number of ageing stars to contend with he is still utilising their experience to run away with the league and perform well in Europe. He was able to spend a substantial amount on a few players to brighten up the squad and most importantly the goals of Van Persie. Fergie has won over the United faithful once again, although none should ever have doubted him.

David Moyes over at Everton has really put together a very good team without breaking the bank, they are now true challengers for a top four position. He has been with the club since 2002 and rarely fails to produce good teams, it seems that the purse strings have been relaxed a little of late and we must wonder whether the continuous pleas of lack of funds is created so as to buy at bargain prices. I read yesterday that they hoped to lure Frank Lampard to the club on a three year contract provided he remained within their £80,000pw cap on wages, that surprised me as that is probably the type of figure that Tottenham have only just recently been able to stretch to. Supporters of the club should be grateful that Moyes has turned down any offers to go elsewhere, he has remained with the club as they continue to build toward a better future. 

That brings me to Swansea and Michael Laudrup, he took over from Brendan Rodgers and lost a couple of important players immediately in Joe Allen to Liverpool and Steven Caulker back to Tottenham. 6 months and a couple of shrewd purchases later and they are in a cup final, going well in the league and surprising many of the top teams along the way. Michu has obviously been crucial to them with 16 goals so far, a snip at just £2m. Laudrup is proving to have an eye for a good player, which is no surprise as he was one of the best himself.

So that is it, four sets of very happy supporters at this moment in time, things could of course change but it would take something of catastrophic proportion to do so.

Supporters of Fulham and Wigan should be grateful for Martin Jol and Roberto Martinez respectively, but they remain split. Both have problems to contend with in that there is a lack of funds available to them, if they ever leave or are driven out both sets of supporters will likely regret it. Most Tottenham supporters credit Martin Jol as the catalyst of their resurgence as one of the top clubs and consider him unlucky not to have been the first manager to lead them into the Champions League.

Come the end of the season we shall review this situation at JTN to see if things continued to progress well or if it turned sour for any of the four.

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