Former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie says he is not convinced Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s new role on the European Club Association (ECA) board is a positive move.
The Spurs chief was appointed onto the executive board of the ECA on Tuesday (September 7) to replace Ed Woodward of Manchester United, who stepped down from the role in April following his involvement in the proposed European Super League.
He beat Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano to the post after receiving the backing of a host of Premier League sides, including United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
It is a rather awkward appointment considering Levy himself pledged Spurs’ involvement as a founding member of the Super League, but backed out of the proposal along with the other English sides.
Levy has made a name for himself as one of football’s toughest negotiators in the transfer market, but former Hammers striker McAvennie says the appointment feels off, particularly following the Super League shenanigans earlier this year.
McAvennie told Football Insider: “He has to be at the heart of everything.
“These guys aren’t stupid, they know who Levy is. If he’s on your side there’s no one better. Any flack that comes their way, they can hide behind him and he will get it sorted.
“It doesn’t sit right with me, not after all the Super League stuff. He was an architect of that.
“How can he claim to have the best interests of the game at heart? He’s there for the money grab. To make money and to make other people money.
“Woodward isn’t much better and I’m not sure about the other guy. I’m not happy he has even more power.”
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It is slightly awkward especially after Levy joined the so-called ‘elite’ group of football chiefs to form the breakaway money league. The ECA clearly feel that Levy can add something to the conversation, though, and must be willing to put aside the debacle of last April.
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