Opinion: Cracks are beginning to show under Daniel Levy’s stewardship

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Daniel Levy
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The last few months have been utterly tumultuous at Spurs. Ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked in April, the club has been under the microscope for every decision (or non-decision) it has made.

So, looking at the events since then, are there signs that Levy’s grip over Tottenham Hotspur, and its fans, is becoming completely untenable?

Let’s start off with the sacking of Mourinho. In itself, it was perfectly acceptable, given the form and league position.

And it is widely believed that Levy’s timing for doing this was astute for one of two reasons: either the Super League debacle provided the perfect smokescreen to let go of one of the most successful managers of recent times.

Or the impending League Cup final would make Jose Mourinho unsackable if he had won Spurs’ first piece of silverware since 2008. 

Daniel Levy made the decision to sack the manager who was brought in, specifically, to win trophies. From this moment, Levy showed his true colours – he didn’t value winning like the rest of us. 

Moving on to the final home match of the season. I was fortunate enough to attend. But in doing so, I could see first-hand how disillusioned the entire club were over the discontent within the fanbase.

Sticking the fans up in the highest tiers, away from the pitch, and serving mouldy food only confirmed their lack of understanding, or sensitivity.

The booing of the players’ performances at half-time and full-time, in my opinion, was the starting point of Levy understanding how furious we are.

It’s all well and good voicing opposition on social media, but the act of embarrassing the team with booing during the first match with fans allowed back in, for half a year, hit differently.

Fast-forward to Levy’s recent Spurs TV interview. This is not common of the man.

Despite talking drivel, making excuses left, right, and centre, and attempting to say things that fans wanted to hear, this at least showed that the Spurs hierarchy felt that some communication was needed. This showed them to be on the back foot.

But this managerial merry-go-round tops it all off. Spurs have become a laughing stock, who cannot get any manager, from any league, to sign.

And the reports this week of Gennaro Gattuso becoming the new boss were met by such disdain from fans, that opposition of this change prompted #NoToGattuso to be trending throughout the night. And surprise surprise, his name is now no longer in the hat for the new position.

This Daniel Levy is not the same man who comfortably dispensed of Martin Jol at half-time of a match. Or the person who hired Jose Mourinho within hours of sacking Pochettino.

He had previously held the reputation of a good businessman and a tough negotiator. But this is now a chairman who is now being influenced by the fans, who can be swayed with a hashtag, and whose position is becoming ever more fragile by the day.

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  1. Levy is not as good as a lot of fans believe. He let the stadium cost run totally out of control in the end almost double the price. At the same time keeping a very tight control on player spending. Why one goes over and the other not. The stadium will make him and Lewis a lot of money but players only cost money. Levy does not trust players he knows with the rose and eriksen cases they can play out contracts and there is little or nothing he can do.
    On players hitchen and levy have brought in some terrible players who wasted time and money and took us nowhere. Mostly they were brought in because they were cheap. Levy made a mess of grealish and dias deals I am sure there have been many more quality players we have missed out on due to levy saying they are too expensive. I understand we don’t have the money to compete with the best but keeping rubbish like dier, Sanchez, aurier and Doherty to name a few will not get us anywhere. Sell them or trade them for better players. If levy really thought as much of the team as he does about property he would be a much better chairman as it is he is just a money man who cares only about balance sheets. Can’t stand the man and I am loving seeing him suffer sadly it is at the expense of spurs but I hope it gets a lot worse for him, the board and Lewis before it gets better.

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