Danny Blanchflower is a Tottenham Hotspur Legend, in fact he was named the greatest Spurs player of all-time by the Times in 2009. Blanchflower played more than 300 games for the club, but he may be best remembered for this quote:
"Football is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom"
That quote has come to epitomize Tottenham football. Spurs games are certainly never boring. As Spurs fans we know that a 1-0 lead is rarely safe and a 2-0 deficit is hardly insurmountable. It is, to me, one the most maddening things about being a Spurs fan and yet one of the most enjoyable.
Sports Illustrated ran a big article about Jose Mourinho this week and while reading it I had a very serious argument with myself. The article calls Jose the greatest manager in all of football, if not all of sports. While I'm not sure I agree with that, it certainly doesn't seem like much of a stretch. With Spurs' management situation in flux over the next few years with Harry potentially heading either to jail or to manage the England squad, wouldn't Mourinho be an choice for Spurs?
First of all, let's make one thing clear. I am by no means saying that Jose would leave Real Madrid for North London. I'm not that naive. A man can dream though, right? The question to me though is would the Tottenham fans embrace Mourinho's style of play?
I personally love Mourinho's tactics. I don't care if we win matches 1-0 or 7-0. A win is a win. That's what the Special One does. I think that results would turn Spur's fans opinion pretty quickly. Would you really love this club any less if we were winning most of our games, even if the score line wasn't the same or the football was "less attractive"?
You know what, if Harry ends up leaving I don't think I'd mind having a manager who plays anti-football. Bring on Sam Allardyce. We saw how well the Juande Ramos experiment worked (yes, I know we won a cup). I appreciate the tradition of great football being played at Spurs and I'm not unsympathetic to people's desire to see that sort of football played. But the modern game is about results and sometimes waiting for your opponent to die of boredom gets you results.
What do you think? Football or Results? Are they mutually exclusive?