When it was announced that I, a twenty five year old rookie with no experience in management would be taking charge at Tottenham, it was met by the fans and media alike with ridicule. To say the very least, I felt a bit intimidated but Daniel Levy put my mind at ease as he reiterated his faith in me.
During the meeting with Mr. Levy, he informed me that my financial constraints would be; £1.24m for Wages and a transfer budget of £30m.
And before introducing me to my new assistant Mr. Levy suggested that I arrange a press conference to introduce me as manager which I agreed to, and to my surprise he also said that he would arrange it for me. And I ensured him that my aim was to bring back the glory days to the club.
Upon meeting Steffen Freund, I could tell he was a Tottenham fan and he knew what he was doing in his role. This helped put me at ease a bit more and we got down to business, arranging an intra squad friendly for me to evaluate my players. Steffen also gave me his own team report which I found incredibly helpful to get a second insight to the team. The rest of the meeting ran pretty smooth as we discussed who would undertake which roles and we soon parted ways in preparation for training.
Not the greatest pre-season as we seemed to dominate possession and have extreme difficulty scoring, and we seemed to let goals in pretty easily. Hopefully the start of the season will be a lot better than our lack of execution in the friendlies.
Tommy Huddlestone made a landmark 125th appearance for Tottenham against Swansea and proceeded to show the footballing world why he has been on Spurs' book for so long with a very good performance.
Unfortunately Gareth Bale got injured in the first game and is likely to be out for 5-6 weeks, however Andros Townsend came on in his place and performed well.
Taking part in the transfer deadline day press coverage was different, but thoroughly enjoyable. With the possibilities of players leaving my team it was good fun to be there and then as the action happened.
I know £20m is extremely steep for an unknown player, but I'm taking the risk based on Cesare Maldini and Luciano D'Onofrio's recommendations that he will be world class.