The blame-appropriating scattergun spews reputation-tarnishing filth around White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur employees from top brass to tea ladies ponder exactly why this season is going so badly.
Are the players at fault? Or is it Mauricio Pochettino? Both have found themselves in the line of fire lately.
But the wheel of scorn has been spun again and this time it has come to rest with its arrow aimed squarely at chairman Daniel Levy, who can be backed at 17/10 to have vacated his post by September 1st 2015.
The Daily Telegraph report that once the international break concludes, Pochettino will hold a series of meetings with his players as he tries to eradicate the mental issues he believes exist within the squad.
But the staff reckons Levy’s continued presence is the root of the problem:
“There is confusion over who exactly is controlling the transfer strategy and whether Pochettino actually wants the players he has been given to work with.
Those who feel they are not part of his long-term plans are concerned they will be denied moves away from Spurs by Levy’s inflated asking prices.”
The questionable legitimacy of these grievances aside, it’s difficult to understand exactly how a man pulling the strings behind the scenes is responsible for the players underperforming.
Surely whether Pochettino wants to work with the tools he has been handed or not should not hamper their ability to follow instructions, or play with 100 per cent commitment?
After all, with the exception of Dejan Lovren, he didn’t pick a single individual in his Southampton side that did so well last term.
Of his fellow summer signings, Victor Wanyama only featured in a little over half of their league games, while Dani Osvaldo was sent back to Italy after just a few months at St Mary’s.
While there is no doubting the quality of the Saints stars that shone in 2013/14, Spurs’ array of international assets (those that managed to finish above Southampton last time around) are certainly capable of producing better.
Levy’s negotiation powers are so strong he could talk a pack of starving lions into leaving a baby gazelle alone and were it not for his dealings Spurs wouldn’t have the money, much of which was obtained from player sales, that has allowed them to compete, in a financial capacity, with their top-four-chasing foes.
He is very much needed at the club, which can’t be said of their director of football.
Allowing Franco Baldini more recruitment power is arguably the biggest factor behind their procurement of poor value-for-money individuals, such as Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela.