Crisis Week™ continues at Tottenham Hotspur. Sky Sports understands that the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust is set to meet with Spurs' board of directors next week after this weekend's international fixtures.
The THST is an officially recognized Tottenham Hotspur supporters organization whose purpose is "to help fans to join together and strengthen their influence over the way their club is run, and to improve the links between their club and the community it serves." The THST regularly meets with the Tottenham Hotspur board to discuss issues that are important to Tottenham Hotspur fans and to ensure that their voices are heard.
Well, you can guess what the item of discussion will be at next week's meeting. THST secretary Kat Law intimated that fan dissatisfaction with recent results will be part of the agenda, especially in light of Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor's recent quotes and tweets noting the negative atmosphere in White Hart Lane.
Said Law to Sky Sports:
"Fans have every right to express their opinion. We are stakeholders, we pay an awful lot of money to go to games and we're being served at sub-standard fare to be perfectly honest."We understand where Adebayor is coming from and pleased he referenced that he gets why we're frustrated. But it would have been better if nothing was said at all.
"It feels like the fans have been added to a long list of excuses for why the team is underperforming and why things are clearly not right from top to bottom at the club.
"There's a huge disconnect between our fanbase and the club right now and an awful lot of unrest. There has been a growing movement amongst fans who've had enough and feel it's time for a change at the top. Whatever the movements are, ‘Levy out' or' Enic out' - they are mobilising.
"From a Trust point of view, however, we're not reactive and we're very wary of calling for regime change when you don't know what the alternative is. We have a dialogue with this board, we're meeting with them next Thursday and we'll ask the questions that need to be asked on behalf of our fanbase."
It's important to note that the THST, while the only (that I know of) supporters trust officially recognized by the club, it does not represent all Tottenham fans. The THST does seem to be tapped in to a lot of the negative feelings surrounding the perceived failures of the club, specifically those of chairman Daniel Levy and ENIC. For what it's worth, Law goes on to say that the biggest thing that the Trust wants from Spurs is improved communication between the club and fans.
"Transparency is key here. We'd like them to include fans in key decisions. For instance, what is the situation with the stadium? Where are we likely to play if we have to spend a season elsewhere? How do they see it going on the field?
"We'd like articulation as to what their player recruitment strategy is; their transfer policy. These are all key questions fans want answered.
"I think Spurs fans are incredibly loyal. We're not always painted out that way but we put up with a lot, so I don't think you can really question the support.
"The spark comes from what's happening on field. Providing they look like they're trying - that there's some heart - then we'll get behind them."
Fans are frustrated by the recent poor run of form, and while it's unclear if this meeting was scheduled in reaction to the recent results, it's certain that the THST will want some answers from the club. As the only supporter's group with direct access to the Spurs board, hopefully they ask the right questions.