Relocation, relocation, relocation is, aside from the flailing fortunes of their heroes, the talk of the Tottenham terraces, with White Hart Lane head honchos proposing a temporary switch to Wembley while their current abode is given a 21st century spruce up.
Spurs – 1/2 to beat Sunderland when they run out in front of their home support next – apparently tried to buy West Ham’s east London lair to act as an interim base during the Lane’s revamp, but the Hammers had already struck an agreement with a property developer and couldn’t comply.
Wembley is the next venue Daniel Levy will attempt to borrow the keys for, but the fortunes of the Lilywhites’ local rivals Arsenal when temporarily housed in the national stadium should be enough to put the fattest cat on the Tottenham board off championing the switch.
The fortunes of two fellow capital clubs to have dossed down around a neighbours’ pad don’t exactly bode well for Spurs success at the home of football either, but we’ll start by looking at Arsene Wenger’s side.
The shrewd financial minds pulling behind-the-scenes strings at the Emirates decided that in 1998/99, the club should play their Champions League games at Wembley, accurately deeming Highbury insufficient in stature to host games of such magnitude.
A profitable money-spinning venture this may have proved, but sacrificing the comfy confines of their old ground cost Arsenal dearly – they won just one of their three home games, which included a 1-0 loss to Lens and were ejected from the competition in the group stage.
Perennially renting Selhurst Park from Crystal Palace played a part in Wimbledon’s demise, with the south London side forced to fork out for premium playing space when they needed to scrimp money together for wages.
While the Dons savoured a best-ever fifth-place finish in the Premier League, a brief spell out of existence and current occupation of a spot in the lower reaches of the third-tier is ample warning against lining the landlord’s pocket too much.
Short-term digs don’t always result in doom and gloom, as the Cottagers will attest, but they didn’t exactly overachieve when sleeping on QPR’s couch.
They lost just 11 games at Loftus Road across the 2002/03 and 2003/04 campaigns, but a ninth-place finish was the best they could muster.
Spurs would need to perform beyond capabilities if they are to achieve their top-four goals at Wembley and their west London compadres’ exploits aren’t laced with reasons for enthusiasm.