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Decent piece this, and no mention of individual fans...

The temptation here is to spy in the rise of Brentford a template for other aspirant clubs to copy. But ultimately there is little archetypal or transferable about their success, which is simply one club’s response to one unique set of circumstances. For a small club in one of the world’s most heavily scouted cities, packing up the academy was a no-brainer. For a bigger club, with a more distinguished history and a greater resistance to new ideas, it might make less sense.
In any case, it is possible to get a little hung up on learnings and winning formulas. After all, this is a turbulent and random game. Perhaps, like many clubs of its size, Brentford will get picked off once too often by bigger rivals. Perhaps Tottenham will demolish them and all this will look a touch silly. All we can say with any sort of certainty is that whatever Brentford are doing, it seems to be working right now.
 

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Decent piece this, and no mention of individual fans...

The temptation here is to spy in the rise of Brentford a template for other aspirant clubs to copy. But ultimately there is little archetypal or transferable about their success, which is simply one club’s response to one unique set of circumstances. For a small club in one of the world’s most heavily scouted cities, packing up the academy was a no-brainer. For a bigger club, with a more distinguished history and a greater resistance to new ideas, it might make less sense.
In any case, it is possible to get a little hung up on learnings and winning formulas. After all, this is a turbulent and random game. Perhaps, like many clubs of its size, Brentford will get picked off once too often by bigger rivals. Perhaps Tottenham will demolish them and all this will look a touch silly. All we can say with any sort of certainty is that whatever Brentford are doing, it seems to be working right now.
Nice article....almost as if written by a fan! more like the one we would have wanted this week!
 

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Nice article....almost as if written by a fan! more like the one we would have wanted this week!

Liew was brought up in Greenford, so local but not a Bees Fan. He had little to do with the Bees until the end of last season. I'm sure I heard that on a podcast.
Liked the article as it covers the human aspect of BFC. However, a true fan wouldn't have covered his backside with " Perhaps Tottenham will demolish them and all this will look a touch silly ".
 

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Liked the article as it covers the human aspect of BFC. However, a true fan wouldn't have covered his backside with " Perhaps Tottenham will demolish them and all this will look a touch silly ".
It's a rubbish sign off whoever it is. Benham hasn't done everything he has for the past few years to get to a one off cup final that the big boys don't care about until the semi-finals
 

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Decent piece this, and no mention of individual fans...

The temptation here is to spy in the rise of Brentford a template for other aspirant clubs to copy. But ultimately there is little archetypal or transferable about their success, which is simply one club’s response to one unique set of circumstances. For a small club in one of the world’s most heavily scouted cities, packing up the academy was a no-brainer. For a bigger club, with a more distinguished history and a greater resistance to new ideas, it might make less sense.
In any case, it is possible to get a little hung up on learnings and winning formulas. After all, this is a turbulent and random game. Perhaps, like many clubs of its size, Brentford will get picked off once too often by bigger rivals. Perhaps Tottenham will demolish them and all this will look a touch silly. All we can say with any sort of certainty is that whatever Brentford are doing, it seems to be working right now.
Somebody needs to wash their mouth out.....Spurs wont fancy this at all.....You Reds..
 

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Decent piece this, and no mention of individual fans...

The temptation here is to spy in the rise of Brentford a template for other aspirant clubs to copy. But ultimately there is little archetypal or transferable about their success, which is simply one club’s response to one unique set of circumstances. For a small club in one of the world’s most heavily scouted cities, packing up the academy was a no-brainer. For a bigger club, with a more distinguished history and a greater resistance to new ideas, it might make less sense.
In any case, it is possible to get a little hung up on learnings and winning formulas. After all, this is a turbulent and random game. Perhaps, like many clubs of its size, Brentford will get picked off once too often by bigger rivals. Perhaps Tottenham will demolish them and all this will look a touch silly. All we can say with any sort of certainty is that whatever Brentford are doing, it seems to be working right now.
Very good article that.
 

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no he isn't , the Guardian is well known for its political viewpoint but this is a football article :sorted:
Some will confuse the two.
For the record it is the only newspaper I read
If I read the editorial I am a lefty git.
If I read the sports articles I am still a lefty git.
If I pick it up I am a lefty git.
 

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Some will confuse the two.
For the record it is the only newspaper I read
If I read the editorial I am a lefty git.
If I read the sports articles I am still a lefty git.
If I pick it up I am a lefty git.
It’s ok....you’re one of decent lefty gits !! ;) lol

I actually like the guardian as a newspaper but just avoid the political content as it never ever stops going on about fkin brexit...even in its sports coverage !!! Lol
 

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Looks like a well-written re-hash. Same as the tired old responses on this thread, with a little more pep.
 

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Bit strange to go on and on about patience with injured players and never mention Henry or Hogan (or MacLeod). Would have made his point better.
 

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Nice piece but all a bit woolly. This is probably more significant:

I personally don't buy it from Mourinho that winning tonight is that important (at least since winning the LC no longer gives entry to the Europa League).

Rather I think his priority is not losing - esp to a lower league team. This is esp since Spurs' recent results have been inconsistent, meaning he doesn't want his players to experience the blow to their confidence of losing to little old Brentford.

Besides, by bigging up the Bees, as he's conspicuously done, then no-one could blame him if they did screw up - he'll stick it on his players for not heeding his warning.
 

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Some will confuse the two.
For the record it is the only newspaper I read
If I read the editorial I am a lefty git.
If I read the sports articles I am still a lefty git.
If I pick it up I am a lefty git.

You lefty git!
 

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Bit strange to go on and on about patience with injured players and never mention Henry or Hogan (or MacLeod). Would have made his point better.
He might have - until his sub-editor told him he needed to lose another 100 words?

Cup semi-final or no, I think it's good to get this much attention from a national daily, esp since it didn't just rehash the usual "Moneyball" crap.
 

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I personally don't buy it from Mourinho that winning tonight is that important (at least since winning the LC no longer gives entry to the Europa League).

Rather I think his priority is not losing - esp to a lower league team. This is esp since Spurs' recent results have been inconsistent, meaning he doesn't want his players to experience the blow to their confidence of losing to little old Brentford.

Besides, by bigging up the Bees, as he's conspicuously done, then no-one could blame him if they did screw up - he'll stick it on his players for not heeding his warning.
I think Mourinho will see any silverware as a success and a legacy for himself, given he is known throughout his career as a manager who delivers trophies. This is, by some distance, the most winnable competition Spurs are in this season.
 

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Oh, I am sure this is it. And I agree it's an unusually good article on who we are.

He might have - until his sub-editor told him he needed to lose another 100 words?

Cup semi-final or no, I think it's good to get this much attention from a national daily, esp since it didn't just rehash the usual "Moneyball" crap.
 

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I think Mourinho will see any silverware as a success and a legacy for himself, given he is known throughout his career as a manager who delivers trophies. This is, by some distance, the most winnable competition Spurs are in this season.
No doubt. But in the end, it isn't Mourinho who counts at that club, it's Daniel Levy i.e. 25% owner and the man who hired him and the man who can sack him.

And there can be NO doubt where the Lge Cup lies on Levy's list of priorities:
Tottenham: Premier League leaders announce losses in excess of £60m

Fact is, Levy stuck with Pochettino while Spurs were finishing Top Four and qualifying for the Champions League and all the moolah which comes with it. The fact that he never won the Lge Cup or FA Cup wasn't important, it was only when Spurs failed to make the CL that Pochettino got the push.

And Mourinho will understand all that better than any of us.
 
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