So your team has just crawled off the canvas to deliver a much-improved display and been unfortunate not to beat the champions.
A good time to reinforce positive feelings with positive words to instill more hope in the faithful? Not a bit of it for AVB, a cursory review of the fans "they were fine", in the clipped tones of the strict matron at crèche, before calling out Alan Sugar with some circuitous blather "the fans don’t trade their passion for money…not like Alan Sugar". Notwithstanding that Sugar is a buffoon, it reminded me of the saying at Chelsea that AVB’s answers always went one sentence too long.
In the past few torrid weeks the manager has attacked fans, media, referees, players, doctors (what’s next man, the climate?) and is cracking on with his fruitless campaign to expose an ‘agenda’. He has apparently had a fan ejected for criticism the day after saying criticism didn’t bother him.
I thought the football had gone down the tube because of the manager’s meltdown, but the game against Manchester United heartened me. Now I’m thinking maybe AVB is John McEnroe, who needs a fight to win. Maybe we are best functioning in a siege atmosphere, Milwall 2.0.
Seems far-fetched. More likely the boss, a young man with talent but limited experience, is piling needless pressure on himself and Spurs, picking fights he can’t win in one of the toughest jobs in the world. It could get ugly to watch, and damaging for a proud club’s image. The success or failure of AVB’s grand footballing vision may hinge on an intervention involving herbal tea and head massages in a spa retreat or he’ll just keep being a Tasmanian devil and burn out on the highway.