Author Archives: Barney Ronay


Eric Dier’s trip through the fourth wall was an oddly moving act of defiance | Barney Ronay

By | 6th March 2020

Sympathy for Spurs player’s action reflects an age where anonymised abuse isn’t just aimed at sporting celebrities‘Where can there be a place in the game for a man of such extravagant talent, a man of such wicked temperament? A man who has now … OH MY …


Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2019: Hysteria at Anfield and in Amsterdam | Barney Ronay

By | 25th December 2019

No one gave Liverpool or Tottenham a chance of overhauling Barcelona and Ajax before a magical 24 hours of footballLiverpool v Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday night. Ajax v Tottenham in Amsterdam on the Wednesday. I was there. Or at least, I think I wa…


Tottenham’s off-brand rotational fouling has a special kind of purity | Barney Ronay

By | 20th December 2019

Spurs’ treatment of Wolves winger Adama Traoré was systematic and ugly – but admirable in its way“That son of a bitch kept his arm out and rammed it into my jaw. It wasn’t a kick this time, it was a punch – bam!”One of the best bits in Diego Maradona’s…

Twinkly José Mourinho gives hint of things to come at beefed-up Spurs | Barney Ronay

By | 21st November 2019

Given past successes, the former Real Madrid manager may just be the one to turn Tottenham into a club to win trophies“I cannot come to this club and think it is about myself.” Perish the thought, old bean. And indeed, lol. Over the years José Mourinho…

Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

By | 19th November 2019

Argentinian has achieved remarkable things at a club where he spent less than most while juggling the move to new stadiumFarewell then, Poch. After the hugs and the backslaps, time now for a last wave goodbye.It says a great deal about the strangeness …

England and Spurs need to recognise that a half-fit Harry Kane is no use | Barney Ronay

By | 10th June 2019

Club and country must ease the burden on the striker who was rushed back from injury for the Champions League final and then unnecessarily taken to PortugalWith one minute gone in England’s Nations League play-off game in Guimarães, Harry Kane did some…

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah meet as icons craving their first taste of nirvana | Barney Ronay

By | 1st June 2019

Champions League final’s star forwards have countless goals between them – but no major trophies. In Madrid one will shed the nearly-man tagHanging on to a rising balloon presents you with a difficult decision: let go before it’s too late, or hold on a…

For 13 years Spurs have tried to be more like Arsenal. It’s time to do the opposite | Barney Ronay

By | 19th April 2019

Arsenal used to be in a strikingly similar position to Tottenham now but Spurs don’t want to follow their rivals’ path since 2006the short interval since Tottenham’s wild, fun, chancy away-goals victory at Manchester City in the Champions League there …

Can Mauricio Pochettino afford to tie his career to Tottenham’s stadium? | Barney Ronay

By | 30th October 2018

Overrun on White Hart Lane has begun to affect an overachieving manager who may tire of austerityFootball fans. Save money on expensive TV subscriptions. Create your own Sky Sports Monday Night Football debate by standing behind a desk shrieking “Twent…

King of the dummy Luis Suárez makes Wembley a world of pure imagination | Barney Ronay

By | 6th October 2018

The Barcelona forward’s pair of decisive feints against Spurs highlighted a dying art in an increasingly processed sportIn Chinese philosophy there is something called Wu Wei. This involves doing things by not doing things, becoming like the bamboo in …