James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.

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Louis Van Gaal and Robin van Persie celebrate

Spain 1 Netherlands 5 analysis: Why Louis van Gaal's team should not get too carried away after thrashing the champions

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Ecuador 2 England 2: Player ratings from Miami

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Mauricio Pochettino with members of the Southampton squad

Will the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino be the one that finally make a difference to Tottenham?

Spurs have appointed yet another new manager, but season-ticket holder James Mariner knows it won't necessarily lead to a change in results on the pitch

Lukas Podolski celebrates with the Arsenal fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane (Getty)

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James Mariner argues the right decision was made

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