Some things are best left unsaid

July 16, 2020 - 07:47

I’m looking forward to this show not because I want to glimpse an insight into behind the scenes action, no, rather I want to see it in the same way I want to watch two cars crash.


Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will feature in a new Amazon fly-on-the-wall documentary. AFP Photo

 Paul Kennedy

In the late 1990s, fly-on-the-wall documentaries were a real big deal.

Just about every type of business, industry or public service known to humankind was featured in a short series broadcast on television around the world.

Hotels, traffic wardens, debt collectors and wheel-clampers were all shoved front and centre to give the viewing public a taste of what life is like for your average Joe or Josephine.

Wives were swapped (for the purposes of television, not for real), characters were created, catchphrases coined and stars were born, albeit with an extremely short shelf life.

After enjoying their five minutes of fame, these so-called ‘real-life’ celebrities soon faded into obscurity and deep into the bowels of television history, only to get an occasional rerun on cable channels in years to come that few people ever watched or they could be found opening new grocery stores in the years that followed.

Only the lucky few were given the opportunity to bare their souls again in shows like Celebrity Big Brother.

But now it seems there is new blood about to be injected into the fly-on-the-wall world, and I am certainly looking forward to this offering.

Starting soon on Amazon is their latest series, All or Nothing, which will reveal the workings of the inner sanctums of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Two years ago Manchester City were the guinea pigs, sorry I mean subjects, of the Amazon show and now it’s the turn of Tottenham.

But I’m looking forward to this show not because I want to glimpse an insight into behind the scenes action, no, rather I want to see it in the same way I want to watch two cars crash.

For Tottenham, and any other club that agrees to such a warts and all programme, I don’t think anything good can come out of it.

Liverpool did it back in 2012 when they released Being Liverpool and it left fans with faces as red as the jerseys their team wears. It was cringeworthy, from start to finish.

Tottenham have had an eventful season that while I’ve no doubt will make for compelling viewing, I really don’t think it will paint Spurs in a favourable light.

When they sacked their manager, Mauricio Potticino, the producers must have been rubbing their hands with glee, more so when they replaced him with the not so camera shy Jose Mourinho.

On the pitch, Spurs have been poor under Jose and after reaching the Champions League final last year, have failed to build on that success.

Despite a good win against North London rivals Arsenal at the weekend, the chances of competing against Europe’s elite next season are very, very slim indeed.

So instead they will probably win the prize for the most embarrassing club of the season when the show is broadcast.

After the equivalent Manchester City documentary aired, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the day cameras are allowed into his dressing room, is the day he calls it quits, and I agree.

Football is still shrouded in an air of mystery once the dressing room doors close, and that’s the way it should always be.

I don’t want to see the arguments, the spates, the bickering and the shouting when it’s my own club in front of the docu cameras, but when it’s another, especially a team like Spurs, then it will be compulsive viewing. Now where’s the popcorn? — VNS