What do we need to do in order to become a dominant force both domestically and in Europe?

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Dr Rocktopus

To dominate in this day and age we’d need one of two things. The first would be a genuine clampdown on oil rich teams buying trophies, or the second would be able to compete on the same or greater financial level as those rich teams.

We’ve massively punched above our weight so much that by the time the new stadium opened we were already way ahead of schedule, and have significantly greater financial clout to stay competitive. The multi-purpose nature of the stadium makes it an enormous cash cow that will generate a fortune for years to come, and its allowed us to steal a march on the other Prem clubs in that respect.

However I think sustained success really is about money. Until we can have a B Team full of great players on high wages who are happy to stay, we’ll always struggle in depth compared to the Sheik Mansour team.

The only other alternative would be to have a consistently brilliant youth team and the best scouts in the world, and even then you can see how Chelsea just throw money at kids like Jimmy Saville at an after-show private party.
I don't think it's possible for us to become 'that' dominant team in the modern era, without an uber rich oil owning conglomerate taking over and buying the shit out of everything (and I don't particularly want that, to be honest).


Got my first job!
My super simple path to a Tottenham dynasty w/o a sugar daddy:

TL;DR fuck Woolwich and exploit America & AI

1) FIFA puts real pressure on teams with a sugar daddy. Eliminate that kind of financial doping.

2) There needs to be less top teams or more trophies. Even more important: Chelsea and/or Woolwich need to lose their status big time and we should dominate the whole London fanbase.

3) We need a competitive advantage that can’t be copied and is sustainable: we need world class players and managers that will stay for more than a decade.

3.1) (sci fi alert) Another idea for a CA: powerful and patented AI analysis tools (pattern recognition and advanced statistics): I believe that computers can outsmart us in the game called football on a strategic and tactical level. If we can combine superior insights with immersive and rich communication tools between AI and players, we could build a team that knows the opponent better than the opponent knows themselves. This could mean such a groundbreaking revolution that we don’t even talk about 433 or 4231 or whatever anymore. The sky is the limit. Use AI for tactical insights and gameplan, recruiting and training.

(Wether 3.1 is realistic or not isn’t the point)

4) Prime English talent (we already do very well here).
The national team is an excellent gateway for nationwide supporters becoming Spurs fans. Getting them through a youth team structure is even better.

5) A well run and also dominant sattelite team in the US. Think about: if the US loves a sport, stars are born. Imagine what the football equivalent of a Michael Jordan could be worth or what the club linked to him would be worth: dynasty level fame. It might take 50 years but the US at some point will produce the biggest stars (not the same as best players) in football.
To be honest it will take time. We are getting there and there abouts now in the CL, becoming a team that can beat the best and that others will not want to play.
Poch's biggest challenge will be to replace those players who retire or move on, evolve and improve on what we had.
I know last season wasn't our best but there were good reasons for that. I do feel though that as a manager he has learned lessons each season from the one before and our playing style has changed over his seasons in charge.
Domestically its the consistency to beat the smaller teams a bit more easily, break them down earlier so we can sub some of our best players not having them always playing 90 mins because we need them to. This will then help if they are more rested for the big games.
I felt the last 2 seasons that we have often performed better and set up better in the CL, whether this is because of the styles and pace of play or because we were not as well known.
'a team known for being a force and one to be feared'

I think we're at that point already. I doubt anybody jumps for joy when they know they've got to play us.

Long way to go before we're one of the legends though!
I honestly think Dybala and a right back would have been a big step in the right direction, and we could have won the title with those additions.

We are not far off but I fear at the end of this season we will be further away, with the loss of eriksen, Toby & jan.
At least 22 CL starting quality players. Seriously. Think about how little rest our top players have had over the last few years. It's impossible to dominate without the ability to rotate seamlessly.

So in short, money. It costs money to keep players happy rotating. It also costs money to have an academy that consistently produces top talent.
Realistically, it is very hard to catch up with the likes of United/Liverpool/Barca/Real and compete based on their fan bases compared to ours. It's nearly impossible to compete with City/Chelsea/PSG due to their owners.

Instead I think the club realise this and are going to be innovative, that is what the NFL partnership is all about. I would take a guess that London will get a NFL franchise within 5/10 years and that will be based at our stadium. Be prepared to see "double header" games, Spurs games followed by NFL games later that evening (say Sunday 4pm, followed by NFL game so it suits American audiences).

Then it will be a question of whether it can be successful - remains to be seen but might be able to get the American market sewn up. What does this mean for Spurs? More money, more brand recognition which leads to more money being pumped into the squad.

I'd love to see clubs like City get done for FFP but as we have seen with the Qatar WC, there's no chance FIFA/UEFA will do anything about it.
A Sheik.

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