Until the development of the Emirates and the influx of sugar daddies, we've always had the potential to compete with the the top teams in the league. We've had a reasonably even financial footing and failed to challenge through bad choices in players and managers. There has been a tangible dream that we're only a couple of players away and next year will be our year. Even though we've been an average mid-table side for the best part of the last two decades, we've had a realistic hope and belief that our sleeping giant would rise again. In recent years, we've been gradually losing this even footing and competing with an increasing handicap. We've now got half the wage budget of the sides we're trying to overtake and yet we have the same ambitions on the pitch and in the transfer market. This seems highly unreasonable. It's just not realistic to believe we will truely be able to rival these side for anything other than the very short term. -----------------------TOT -----ARS -----CHE ------MUN-----LIV ---- MC 08/09 wages (m) -67 -----111 ----- 149 ----- 132 ----- 90 ---- 149 http://swissramble.blogspot.com/search/label/Tottenham Hotspur On the positive side, these developments have actually co-incided with us making some good choices of players and manager so in the short term things look rosy. However, this short term fluctuation merely masks how difficult it will be for us in the comming years. The numbers don't lie. Whether viewed as an excuse, or used as spin for the new stadium, Levy and Harry are fully within their rights to say it's very hard to compete at the top with our existing revenue and we'll have to get used to it if we don't get an extra guranteed income. The only thing that provides the scale of extra income we're talking about is a new stadium. This is why Levy has continually repeated that we need a bigger stadium. This is why he believes the objective of getting a new stadium is more important than that stadium being in Tottenham. He is not satisfied by watching other teams gradually move away from us. He does not want to see us lose the oppertunities that have arisen from our current success, which he has worked hard to help us achieve. We are obviously not responsible for the finances of Tottenham Hotspur so we can quite happily demand anything we want but it's not reasonable to expect us to sign players on 100k+ a week in our current home. It's also not reasonable for us to spend the kind massive transfer fees that a lot of fans think we would (see the results of the summer polls). We have to accept we're operating in a completely different financial range and if this continues we will no longer be able to challenge clubs like Arsenal. It will no longer be a realistic aim to compete at the top. That is the key difference between what we have been through before and what will happen if we stay at The Lane in it's current form. The hope and belief that we will rise again will become more of a dream and less of a reality. Whether the NDP is viable is another huge debate, but the bottom line is that we must have a new stadium or reasses our expectations that have risen because of our short term improvements.