Gary Neville has now claimed that Daniel Levy is the very best operator in world football, which is some compliment from a Man United legend.
It is true that Levy has spearheaded an impressive movement in North London over the past decade, especially since Mauricio Pochettino took over as manager.
Levy first got a brand new state-of-the-art training facility in place, before he worked at retaining Tottenham’s best players and working with a top-class manager.
Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier have been the only significant departures in their prime in recent years and you get the feeling that the club were happy to sell them both.
Levy then ushered in a world-class new stadium for his team to play in, before investing big in the squad with four new signings this summer.
Tottenham even made the Champions League Final last season without any player investment at all, so perhaps Neville’s comments do have merit.
Neville said (Sky Bet Big Debate – quoted by Football London): “From a Tottenham point of view, they have got the best, I believe, operator in football in Levy. He is absolutely the best, for me. He gets some things wrong, of course he does. But he doesn’t get messed around. He stands his ground and stands up to managers.
“If you’d have said to me 10 years ago that they’ve got Harry Kane, Eriksen, all these great players – they would be gone. The first step for Tottenham is retaining the good players that they have. They have always lost their best player, their best two players. So for me, Tottenham, the last three years, keeping the manager and keeping the three or four best players has been clever.”
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