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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Monday, December 28

Leonid Slutsky sings!

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Hi, all!

I ask again, because the timing seems close to right: Would you like a José Mourinho Out playlist? (Full disclosure: Last time I ask, at least one person said yes and then Tottenham started winning.)

Ramble of the Day

There’s always a lot of fun Christmas content to enjoy during the season, and while I have enjoyed much of what I’ve seen, there is nothing I’ve enjoyed more than Rubin Kazan’s video of manager Leonid Slutsky sing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

A little part of me wants to see more managers do this, but I will absolutely not demand it or expect it from them because I know for a fact it’s not everyone’s style. (I find the idea of singing for an audience horrifying, so I feel no need to force it onto others.) Still, I appreciate Slutsky putting on the show — he’s not so bad and just listening to him sing is a lot of fun. Also, as I learned from personal experience, a good reset after watching an aggravating and boring Tottenham match.

tl;dr: Leonid Slutsky sang Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and it’s pretty great.

Stay informed, read this: Mandalit del Barco interviews musician Jon Batiste on composing the music for Disney/Pixar’s Soul, and using music to send messages of Black empowerment for NPR

Links of the Day

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker and multiple Sunderland players tested positive for COVID-19.

Arsenal’s Gabriel is in quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 and will miss the team’s next two games.

Wolves players have been banned from food shopping to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.

A longer read: Jenny Coleman on Boxing Day 1920, when more than 50k went to a women’s match, and how the FA ended momentum by banning women from playing the sport for the BBC