Gary Neville says Spurs should 'set up direct debit to fans'

‘You may as well set up a direct debit to fans!’: Gary Neville claims Tottenham should refund fans AGAIN after letting in three goals in 15 minutes at Liverpool – just a week on from their Newcastle mauling… as he says ‘the joy has been sapped out of the club’

  • Gary Neville has suggested Tottenham should ‘set up direct debit to their fans’
  • It comes as Spurs went three goals down inside just 15 minutes to Liverpool
  • Spurs pledged to refund fans after their dismal 6-1 loss to Newcastle last week

Gary Neville has suggested Tottenham’s players should ‘set up a direct debit’ to their fans after they went 3-0 down within 15 minutes against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, before claiming the ‘joy has been sapped out of the club’.

It comes after Spurs suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Newcastle last weekend, a game in which they went five goals down within 21 minutes, before salvaging a 2-2 draw against Manchester United on Thursday.

The London club released a statement in mid-week suggesting that they would reimburse fans who travelled to St James’ Park for their tickets, but after conceding a trio of goals today in quick succession the former Manchester United defender suggested they may need to go one step further as some away fans left the Anfield terraces. 

‘They were leaving after 20 mins last week. Some of them are leaving after 15 this week [Tottenham fans],’ Neville said on Sky Sports. Martin Tyler responded ‘They were of course offered refunds from their trip to Newcastle. Even from the players themselves.’

But Neville said: ‘I know the spurs players are on a lot of money but they could end up actually to be fair, you may as well set up a direct debit to the fans!’ 

Gary Neville has suggested Tottenham ‘s players should ‘set up a direct debit’ to their fans after they went 3-0 down within 15 minutes 

Neville also claimed that the ‘joy had been sapped out of the club’ following their dismal start

Curtis Jones, Luiz Diaz and Mohamed Salah all scored in a fast start at Anfield early on

Curtis Jones, Luiz Diaz and Mohamed Salah all scored in a fast start at Anfield to leave Spurs 3-0 down within 15 minutes. 

‘What we are watching here, four or five years ago Spurs were a pressing team,’ Neville said.

‘They’ve been turned into a team that sits behind the ball over the last four or five years by three consecutive managers that play more reactive football than reactive football.

‘That’s the major thing I think they’ve got to do in the summer, they’ve got to go back to a more progressive coach, which they did have under Mauricio Pochettino, they did under Harry Redknapp. They had managers who always felt that the glass was half full with personality and character in the team. 

‘I have to say over the last few years the joy has been sapped out of watching Spurs, because they sit back in their shape. 

‘It’s a way of winning football matches that’s gone. This football doesn’t exist any more. You might do it the odd game, but this 5-4-1 shape bores the absolute… I’m not going to say it. 

‘Look at them, they’re disinterested. They’ve got no idea how to press there’s no trigger.’

Neville also criticised their two centre backs for a very clumsy error that allowed Salah the chance to convert Liverpool’s third goal from the spot. 

Cristian Romero conceded the penalty after his terrible challenge on Cody Gakpo inside the box and Neville criticised both him and Eric Dier for their performances early on.

‘You’d have to go a long way to find two defenders to see two defenders who have had as bad a week as Eric Dier and Romero – they are all over the place.

‘Absolute shambles they are at the back. The lack of composure from Romero is staggering and the choice of charging out by Dier with his experience… He’s done it two, three times in this game already. He shakes his head.’

But Tottenham rallied late in the first half with Harry Kane pulling one back with a well-taken volley from an excellent cross from Ivan Perisic.

It comes after Spurs conceded five goals within 21 minutes last weekend against Newcastle

Mohamed Salah converted from the spot to give his side the lead, but Harry Kane would hit back before the break to make it 3-1 

Liverpool showed a bit of complacency towards the end of the first half, as Tottenham came back with Son Heung-min also testing Alisson in net. 

Speaking on Spurs’ league position above today’s opponents, Neville was aghast claiming it was ‘unbelievable’ how they are still so high up the table. 

‘It’s unbelievable,’ he continued. ‘They’re [Tottenham] still fifth in the league. It’s almost like this season they’ve grabbed defeat, I wouldn’t say victory, but it feels like that.

‘I couldn’t believe the negativity and boos around the place [White Hart Lane] in January. They’re in the Champions League, their third in the league and they’re still in cups. You’re thinking what’s going on!’

More to follow… 

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