Simon Jordan has described Daniel Levy as a ‘very good businessman’ but admitted that the Spurs chairman has made some poor decisions, including appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach in 2021.
The discontent towards Levy and ENIC has been growing among the Tottenham fan base recently, with some fans even turning up outside the club’s training ground last month in protests against the owners, asking for them to leave the club (BBC Sport).
Jordan has come to Levy’s defence in the past, even describing the Spurs fans who protested against him as ‘idiots’ a couple of weeks ago (talkSPORT).
The former Crystal Palace owner has now clarified his stance on the Tottenham chairman, explaining that he is more than ready to call out the poor decisions that the 60-year-old has made, such as his decision to replace Jose Mourinho with Nuno.
However, he pointed out that a distinction has to be made between Tottenham’s ownership model and that of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
Jordan told talkSPORT: “The bottom line is that Daniel Levy could do more, when you compare him to the ownership models of other clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle, he’ll wither and die on the vine.
“I’ve criticised Daniel repeatedly, I thought it was a ridiculous decision to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo, but I also think he is a very good businessman.”
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☑️ “Levy’s job is to put Spurs on an economic level to compete!”
👏 “I’ve criticised Levy, but I think that he is very good businessman!”
🤷♂️ “If you compare Levy to the ownership models of Chelsea, City and Newcastle he withers on the vine!”
Simon Jordan defends #THFC’s Levy! pic.twitter.com/PyGndkqdR0
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 31, 2023
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I have always found the lack of success argument against Levy and ENIC to be extremely incoherent. That assumes that Spurs were extremely successful in the 1980s and 1990s and the situation worsened after the new owners turned up.
That could not be further from the truth as we were mid-table at best during the 90s and even constantly flirted with relegation. Our league finishes have improved considerably under the new ownership and we have reached a lot more semifinals and finals than we did previously.
Is Levy the only one responsible for the fact that we have bottled finals and semifinals time and again? While the Spurs chairman and ENIC certainly deserve some criticism for some of their decisions, the reality is that trophies are not the only measure of success.
It is worth remembering that the last manager who won us a trophy in 2008 (we finished 11th in the table that season) was Juande Ramos, who is considered by many to be the worst manager we have had in the last two decades and was sacked just months later.
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