Reasons why Spurs should sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid

Over the summer since the transfer saga involving Spurs’ Gareth Bale and Real Madrid I have had a few rather interesting conversations about why Tottenham Hotspur do not need Gareth and should instead cash in.

Firstly, with Real Madrid understood to be offering £93 million plus Fabio Coentrao it would be absolutely crazy not to accept such a bit.  The key reasons I see are as follows:

– Spurs have signed Paulinho, Capoue, Chadli and Soldado. These are all proven top class players both at club and international level. Bale wouldn’t be able to play the same role as he did last season.

– Spurs are close to signing Willian and Erik Lamela, again two world class players both offering a variety of skills including width, an ability to contribute in the way of assists and goals.

– These 6 players would absolutely more than make up for Bale, in fact my belief is that Spurs will be a better team this season as a result.  There won’t be as many single minded and often selfish performances.

– Although Bale scored more goals last season than in the 2011/12 season (21 vs 11), he created/assisted far less.  Therefore this was a negative for the overall number of goals scored by the team.  In short, by Bale always shooting (and often missing) it meant Spurs had less opportunities to score.  For example Adebayor in 2011/12 scored 17 league goals and assisted 11 (vs just 4 last season) .  This was when playing in a 442 formation with Defoe upfront, and Lennon and Bale providing the width and assisting.

– Bale is injury prone and there is a risk that constant injury could be negative for Bales game and therefore less likeliness to perform to the same level again.  In addition Bales game is heavily based on pace.  Look what happened to Michael Owen with his injuries, he lost his pace.  It could be that the same happens to Bale and therefore leaves him limited in his game.

– Oh and the rather annoying goal celebration will be gone to, reserved for La Liga.

Media reports suggest that Bale will be sold in the next few days to Real Madrid.  If this happens as expected good luck to him.  As a Spurs supporter I will be pleased as Spurs will have pocketed a massive amount of money as well as gained from a left sided player in exchange, plus almost covering the transfer fees for 6 world class players.

The future looks bright at the Lane!



Olympic Legacy Proven at Anniversary Games in London

I was fortunate enough to receive a ticket for the Friday (26 July) Diamond League Athletics meet at the Olympic stadium in London.

It was great to be back at the Olympic stadium almost a year after I attended various events at the Olympics and Paralympics.

Of course I saw Usain Bolt win the 100m, Shakes-Drayton come 2nd in the 400m hurdles.

However the best race of the evening for me was the 4 x 100m womens event which was won by Great Britain. Ashleigh Nelson stormed home on the anchor leg to ensure a fairly comfortable win.  It was Great Britain’s fastest 4 x 100m performance in 12 years (42.69 seconds)

Now I am looking forward to the coverage of the World Championships in August.




Talk on Marketing at National Hotel Marketing Conference

On Friday 28 June 2013 I attended and spoke at the National Hotel Marketing Conference which was held at Hilton at St. George’s Park Burton upon Trent.

I was also invited to deliver a talk to the delegates and share my thoughts on marketing during off peak and peak periods.  I emphasised the importance of always planning continuously, including analysing your competition, segmenting, targeting, positioning, executing and measuring.

I thoroughly enjoyed delivering this talk and meeting many people.


Visit to China – Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and Beijing

In April I travelled to China for a two week trip, which included attending the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, visiting the Great Wall in Beijing as well as relaxing and taking in the environment and culture.

The Grand Prix was amazing and I even had a behind the scensles look at the McLaren garage.


Grand Prix in Shanghai



After the Grand Prix weekend I flew to Beijing where I stayed at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, a very good hotel and the room was excellent.

I visited the Forbidden City which absolutely amazing and full of significant history.

The Great Wall of China was an extremely inspiring part of my visit to Beijing. You’re on average 3,500 ft above the town below. The purpose of the wall being built is in itself very interesting.

After Beijing I then flew back to Shanghai for the weekend where I stayed at Hilton Shanghai.
The view from Hilton Shanghai at night was rather special.

Though in arriving at the airport the taxi queue was ridiculous.

I saw a couple of friends who were also in Shanghai and took in some of the iconic architecture of Pudong right next to the Bund.

I will share more of pictures soon and some of the interesting things I saw.

Just need to sort through the images and video still!

Nikki Grier Releases Soulgasm Vol. 9 – The Dreamy Water Sign


Yes it is finally here!!! Nikki Grier’s highly anticipated follow up to Soulgasm Vol.6,

Soulgasm Vol. 9 ~ The Dreamy Water Sign features vocal treats from Busta Rhymes and Kardinal Offishall.  Nikki Grier never fails, delivering lyrics and vocal performances that will surely provide her listeners with an experience that can best be described as Soulgasmic!  The musical soundbed is provided by DREADY (Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Dre), SEIGE MONSTRACITY (Tyrese, Dre, Busta Rhymes), and FOCUS (Marsha Ambrosius, Busta Rhymes, Dre)

Click here to download Soulgasm Vol. 9 0 The Dreamy Water Sign


Nikki Grier was born and raised in Southern, California.  She was discovered at the age of 12 by legendary record executive Lou Adler,  who is responsible for the success of the Legendary 60’s band “The Mamas and The Papas”. She went on to record and release a gospel album as part of a group on his Ode Records label.

In 2006, Nikki was invited to write at a session with Dr. Dre. That one session turned into Nikki Grier signing with Dr. Dre’s publishing company “Hard Working Black Folks”.  Nikki Grier has written and/or sung lead and background vocals for Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Eminem and countless others. Most recently Nikki Grier wrote a record for Busta Rhymes’ upcoming album which features Mary J. Blige.

Nikki Grier’s music is the perfect combination of sex and soul; hence the term “Soulgasm”. She combines hip-hop and soul and delivers it with an element of sensuality. Nikki Grier commands any stage that she walks on; ushering in an era of seduction, love and liberation for every woman.

Nikki is currently working with Busta Rhymes, Kardinal Offishall, Michael Bublé, and Humberto Gatica.  She is also a featured vocalist on the new hit television show “The American Bible Challenge” airing on the Gameshow Network as well the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”.

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Feed a Flower and it will Grow


I had a long conversation with a friend yesterday about cost cutting versus investment.

He was saying that you can get immediate financial benefits by removing costs. However this means that you’re reducing the feed and therefore not looking at the growth of a business.

Thinking of it in simple terms, if you didn’t feed a flower it would die eventually. Of course it could survive for sometime but the other flowers around the under one would get bigger, start to look better, stronger, more visually appealing through colour perhaps.

The same translates for any organisation, that if you do not invest in the basic requirements to differentiate, enhance perception, gain market share, and increase sales, then the future could look bleak.