The £20m bitter pill that Tottenham left us to swallow

Football FanCast guest columnist Lee Venison feels watching Crouch, Defoe and Kranjcar line up in the white of Tottenham, will be a bitter pill to swallow.

Harry's return to Fratton Park promises to be about as welcome as a shark in a swimming pool and why the vast majority of supporters will be slinging a torrent abuse at the man, I for one will look through the betrayals and accept the sterling work the man did in turning our football club around from the depths of despair in all his years here. As much as we would love to point the finger at Redknapp for our current plight, the chief protagonist of all these troubles still remains at the football club.

Quite how Storrie still remains at the football club I don't know and if a Chief Executive isn't accountable for the financial mess of a business then I don't know who is. The guy is a joke and some of the financial decisions absolutely laughable; let's not forget that this is a man who sanctioned the £2m sale of arguably our best player and then spent the majority of it buying Tommy Smith from Watford; is it bloody wonder why the club has found itself in this situation, with decisions like that?

It is going to be painful viewing tomorrow no question and not only will seeing Harry in the opposing dug-out be one in the eye for us, who choose to remember the good times, but witnessing Defoe, Crouch and Kranjcar in the white of Tottenham is going to be the bitterest of pills of all.

Somebody worked out on Fans Online that the trio, arguably our best players, cost Tottenham a combined total of £20m, taking into account the money we still owed them originally for Jermain Defoe the previous January. I bet Daniel Levy and the rest of the Spurs directors cannot believe their luck, especially when you take into account that someone like Joleon Lescott cost £23m on his own. We have been robbed blind pure and simple, although the club chooses to dine on the profits made from the sales of Muntari, Diarra and Distin instead. All I can say is thank god we did make those profits, because we would have been out of business otherwise.

It is a shame and let's hope that with Al-Faraj in tow that we never find ourselves in this predicament where we are bent over and well and truly shafted over players. I also hope that the clubs new dawn will eventually see the Saudi's wake up to what Storrie's actual contribution to the football club is. They say with friends like these you certainly don't need enemies…my thoughts exactly.

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