Author Archives: Barney Ronay


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 …

Pochettino, respect, and the ‘never kicked a ball in your life’ theory | Barney Ronay

By | 21st September 2018

The Tottenham manager betrayed English football’s disdain for the views of those who did not play the sport but when those dry up it will be time to start worryingDeep down, behind the club loyalties, beneath the professional distance, everyone loves M…

Tottenham need forward momentum to make passing from the back work | Barney Ronay

By | 19th September 2018

Mauricio Pochettino may have grounds for adjusting Spurs’ style but needs to remember the key purpose of Fannying About Theory – to hurt opponents further up the pitchThere was an unusual moment in the first half at San Siro on Tuesday night. With the …