After reading the brilliant Mihir Bose article today, I felt I simply had to comment on it. Mihir interviewed Sir Keith Mills, a non-executive member on the Tottenham Hotspur Board, and also working in an advisory capacity for the 2018 World Cup bid. The article discusses the workings behind the bid, which as a citizen of our fine country, I am interested in, but also looks at some of the pending discussions in relation to Gareth Bale, Harry Redknapp, and our proposed bid to move to Stratford.
As many of you know, Mihir is a highly passionate Tottenham Hotspur fan as well as an accomplished sportswriter and journalist. His enthusiasm is most definitely revealed in his piece today, but also reflects the growing concern of all Spurs fans; the move away from White Hart Lane.
Although not openly criticising a move away from the home we have known since 1899, Mihir's question to Sir Mills gave the response of discontent that many of us proud Hartlaner's have felt would be in the offing.
"If the Olympic Park legacy company decides our bid is the preferred one, then we'll put all our efforts behind trying to move there. If we get a 60,000-seat stadium in the Olympic Park at a lower cost than we can in Haringey, the club will have less debt. Fans would never forgive us for landing the club with so much debt that we can't go and buy players.
"We'll be moving to a part of London that is 100 per cent more accessible; we'll generate more revenue; it's closer to Canary Wharf and to the City; and it'll attract more sponsorship."
We all know that money makes the world go round, but sentimentality must surely play a part in the future of our club? Are we to simply forget our heritage, our foundation, our home?
Up until reading this article, I had thought that the bid to move to Stratford was no more than a patsy. The Stratford bid was doomed to failure, but at least it put the ball firmly back in our court as regards the government playing a greater financial role in the redevelopment of the Northumberland Project. However, upon reading this, it does look as though our Board think they have branched out; looked at the bigger picture.
I feel that this Board is running the risk of losing its faithful members if a move away from The Lane prevails. A simple poll on their website would reveal what us true fans think of the Stratford idea. Unfortunately, the Board already know what we think, but alas, our thoughts are not what count in this financial climate, or are they?
Article by Jaymes Marsh
Chief Editor of Tottenham Hotspur Blog News - THBN