Further success will bring new challenges to Spurs and their chairman

From Brendan:

Hi Myles

I agree with Rhys about Tottenham.

They are in a sweet spot, right now. If they go on to win something significant, or even come close to it, and their players continue playing at a similar level in the PL, then it will become hugely challenging for them to grapple with the money that will inevitably be offered their coach and their players.

Perhaps it already is a huge challenge for them, but it can only get more so, assuming they continue on their current trajectory. I can’t see Levy changing the wage structure overnight, even if more money will be coming in from gate receipts. Indeed, I hope he doesn’t.

About Arsenal, I thought the team could get a draw today at City.

Maybe City were the better team overall but it knocks the stuffing out of you to lose in that way. And it’s so familiar now, losing against the ‘big’ teams, that it is almost like playing a part in a play you don’t really even believe in any more, or even like.

And Arsenal are only one part of that play, and a pretty minor one at that.

I agree with you about Maupassant. I studied Boule de Suif and other short stories for French A-level. Hemingway was a fan?

Myles says: 

George Graham was Daniel Levy’s manager for a month.

Then Glenn Hoddle was installed.

After Hoddle it was David Pleat, then Jacques Santini, then Martin Jol for almost 150 games, then Juande Ramos for a year.

Harry Redknapp guided them to fourth place and the Champions League. They were fourth again in 2012 but Chelsea won the Champions League, meaning that Spurs were bounced down into the Europa.

Andre Villas-Boas then replaced Harry. But AVB was terminated in December 2013. But Tim Sherwood always looked insecure and only lasted half a season.

Pochettino is Levy’s ninth manager and by far the best.

Poch has no agent and when Spurs were chasing Leicester, and Spurs played on Saturday, the manager said he watched the Leicester match with his chairman. When asked where this was, his reply was “At my house.”

We never imagined that the chairman would watch a game at the manager’s house – and we’ll never know what they talked about.

When I wrote pieces for Punch, their literary editor Miles Kington used to send me books to review. Miles was one of the nicest guys I ever worked with and the wittiest.

One time we were on the phone and I started telling him the plot of a Maupassant story I’d just read but he stopped me. In a polite way.

Miles had done French at Oxford and knew far more about French Lit than I did.