Daniel Levy has been a divisive figure among the Spurs fan base for the past few years.
Despite all the credit he has received for the way the club is run off the pitch and the development of the training ground and new stadium, some have questioned his lack of investment in the first team.
Former Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli, who knows Levy better than most having worked with him at the club for three years between 2005 and 2008, has insisted that the chairman deserves nothing but credit for the work he has done at the club.
In an interview with The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, Comolli insisted that the words ‘Levy’ and ‘bad for Tottenham’ cannot be used in the same sentence.
He claimed that Levy is widely recognised as one of the best sports executives across all sports on the planet.
Comolli said: “I was discussing this with Billy Beane, keeping in mind Billy’s one of the best sporting executives of all time, he said, ‘what people should understand is, across all sports, Daniel Levy is one of the best executives.
He also claimed that there wasn’t a single chairman or a sports executive in the world of football that has managed to advance a club so much on and off the pitch in the last two decades both in terms of the quality of the squad and the club’s assets.
The Frenchman added: “I think they should have a statue of Daniel Levy outside the stadium. Daniel took the club into a dimension that I never thought he would take that club, that quickly, into.”
Comolli also reveals many other insights in an interview from his time working with Daniel Levy, in what is a what was a fascinating interview.
The part about Levy and Spurs starts at the 37:30 minute mark of the following interview:
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I have always thought that Daniel Levy’s critics are extremely short-sighted as they complain about his lack of investment in the short-term but fail to see that he has set the club up to compete with the biggest clubs in Europe for decades to come. Had we invested considerably more in the first-team and not built the training ground and the stadium, while we might have won a Premier League title or two, there was no guarantee that we weren’t going to drop back into a mid-table level in a few years.
It was only 10 to 12 years ago that we were on the same level as the likes of Aston Villa and Everton but with what Levy has managed to build at the club, we will likely always remain among the elite for the foreseeable future.
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