‘I’m always there to protect the club’ – Daniel Levy on why he is difficult to work with

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It is a huge day in the history of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, as they open the doors of their new stadium for a competitive senior match for the first ever time.

Six months after the original opening date, and two and a half years after construction started, the new stadium is finally ready to host a Premier League game.

Tottenham take on Crystal Palace in the Prem, with a win needed to get their top four hunt back on track.

Three points would take Spurs back above Arsenal into third, and further away from the likes of Man United who lost to Wolves last night.

However, this is not just a momentous day for the club, but the club chairman too, as Daniel Levy has put up with a lot of stick over the last two years.

Perhaps it was easy for the mastermind behind the stadium to keep a thick skin, as he knew the quality of what he was about to reveal.

He does admit that he is extremely difficult to work with though (Football London): “First of all, I have a very thick skin so I ignore all the criticism, partly because sometimes when you’re on the inside, maybe you know the other side.

“I’m always there to protect the club. I would say that the last 18 years, this club has definitely gone forward and clearly like any business, any club, you have your ups and downs but I think we’ve created the infrastructure here, to become one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“As a human being, I’m a perfectionist which is a problem perhaps for some of the people who have to work for me because perfection is very hard to come by.

“I’ve always been a person who wants to strive and do better so whatever we do is never good enough. I’m often criticised for not saying thank you to a number of people so I will say thank you Donna [Cullen – Spurs executive director] and everyone who has worked on this project.

“I’m going to take a week off once this is open and then I’m back for the next journey. I want to feel that we as a club really do leave something special for the local community, we really want to regenerate this area and I am determined to see it through.”

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