Opinion: Why it is time for Daniel Levy to step down from Spurs role

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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded in 1882 by a cricket team who wanted to play a sport in the winter. They had to choose between football and rugby and, in the end, the beautiful game was selected.

Since then, our club has gone from strength to strength building a rich history over time. We were the first English club to win a European trophy and to do the domestic double. To this day, Spurs are also the only non-league club to win the FA Cup since the formation of The Football League (Wikipedia).

Daniel Levy, in the last week, made a mockery of this club by accepting an invitation to the European Super League. This, to me, is the final straw in a long line of abysmal decisions since he was made chairman in 2001.

It is, without doubt, the decision to accept this invitation that is by far and away the worst made in the club’s history. It was driven by pure greed and was made with absolutely no regard to what fans of the club might think.

Our club motto is Audere est Facere in Latin or “To Dare Is to Do”. The idea that we could enter a league that meant we could never face the prospect of relegation goes against everything this club stands for. It is simply unacceptable and the orchestrator of this within the club was Levy himself.

This is, however, not the only reason I believe that Levy needs to step down from his position. During the pandemic, the club had the idea of putting 550 non-playing employees on the government furlough scheme meaning they received at 20% overall pay-cut. (BBC Sport)

Daniel Levy himself at the time was on a reported £7 million just the year prior. The furlough scheme at Tottenham was quickly crushed with once again massive backlash coming from the supporters of the club (BBC Sport).

This once again shows a massive disconnection from the fans and how we want our club to be run. These two decisions alone for me are enough to call for Levy’s resignation, however, it does not stop there. His running of the club on a day to day basis leaves a serious amount to be desired.

We have fallen short in our transfer business for many years now. It is all too common to see a top player at Tottenham move onto greener pastures and for us to fail to replace them.

Our most notable examples would be Bale, Vertonghen, Walker, Dembele and Eriksen, to name a few.

I feel as though Levy has a tendency to bring in promising talents to then fulfil said potential with the long term goal of turning a handsome profit. This, coupled with our lack of overall spending in the market, is what has led the wider fanbase to turn their back on him.

I won’t go into the sacking of Pochettino as it tends to divide the fanbase as to whether it was justified or not. However, I will mention this time under the Argentinian was the best in my recent memory as a Tottenham fan, where I felt as though the club and fans were somewhat on the same page.

With Pochettino and other managers over the last 20 years, Levy has ruled the club with an iron fist. He treats the club like a dictatorship and is involved in too many aspects of the footballing side.

Chairmen should not be involved in the scouting and choosing of signings, understandably financial negotiations would be something they may have a say in. However, choosing who that player is should not have anything to do with Levy whatsoever.

The last and potentially most important thing for me is the complete lack of silverware. It is undeniable that under Levy and ENIC’s reign we rose from a mid-table side to top four contenders each season. However, we never pushed on from that.

We seem to have slowly fizzled out, with a top-four push ultimately being meaningless without it leading to a trophy in our cabinet.

I believe for us to push on and start to complete on a European level we need owners who are going to back our manager whoever it may be.

In my opinion, there is no coming back for ENIC and Levy from this absolute disaster. They showed their true colours and I hope it eventually leads to their downfall.

Like many owners, the fans are starting to band together to take a stand. Could this be the end of Levy? – I truly truly hope so.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. COULDNT AGREE MORE, YOU DIDNT MENTION HIS TREATMENT OF JOSE WHO I KNOW HAS HIS HATERS BUT EVEN TO BRING HIM IN KNOWING HOW HE IS THEN NOT SUPPORTING HIM INFACT UNDERMINING HIM ON OCCASSION AND THEN SACKING HIM A WEEK BEFORE A CUP FINAL HE HAD DESERVED TO BE PART OF

  2. What a waste of space your article is. If you knew anything about the club it was on the verge of bankrupcy a couple of times. Although not responsible for those marginal recoveries he is the man who had and still has a vision for the Spurs and the local area. He must stay to keep our beautiful ship afloat and heading in the right direction. Everyone makes mistakes. Those who don’t probably don’t work. He is no different. Being quite honest you read like a supporter of another club. Be appreciative of what Tottenham supporters have. It’s only going to get better. If you don’t like it there’s another team down the road. COYS…..and don’t forget that.

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