Daniel Levy’s critics

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Look around some Tottenham Hotspur Facebook pages, not all, and you will find Daniel Levy haters. They are neither businessmen or football managers, nor have they ever worked at a football club, but they know better. They could do a better job, and if they had Levy’s position they would do this or that, and they would sack so and so, and why not buy that player, as they would do if they were in charge. It makes you wonder if they are that smart and know better than businessmen, managers and such people, that they haven’t been snapped up and given a top footballing job? It is not an easy life being an owner, director, football manager or just somebody employed at the top at a footballing company. It makes me mad that supporters can just mouth off without no thought or intelligence behind what they are saying.

It is easy to sit at a keyboard or shout to your mates that so-and-so is an idiot and hasn’t got a clue, as if they were better placed and had a deep understanding of the politics of football business, than the person they are chastising.

Yes, we pay our money, and as supporters, we should voice our opinion, but that opinion should have some intelligence behind it. A deeper understanding of what they are talking about (would help their cause), not just talking out off one’s arse for the sake of talking out off ones arse to those who are just as ignorant or blinkered as the one who is doing the pontificating.

Somebody said on social media that if Daniel Levy had bought more players or better players in 2015/ 16 season, then it would have been us and not Leicester City who would have won the title. Obviously, they didn’t think this through. And they were tickety-boo that they were right (“without a doubt”), “it is a fact” (?) they said. He must have been in touch with the spirits (and I am not talking about ghosts here). Never mind that we finished in third, underneath Arsenal. I am sure the same logic must, if you can call it logic, also must apply to Arsenal or even Chelsea, United, City and Liverpool, but no, just us. With such surety, you would think that these wise words had come from either God or a genius businessman, but no, just an Alf Garnett caricature.

Another had written that Daniel Levy deliberately stopped his managers from winning Trophies by not giving them any money; if that were the case, we would have been relegated by now. Such stupidity.

Or we should have won the title by now, never mind that we were brought back from the brink by Sugar and then Levy after near bankruptcy. There are other pieces of drivel directed at Daniel Levy by people who don’t know anything, but pretend they do.

Of course, I am a life long Spurs supporter, and I remember/ saw us winning trophies and want us to win more. We have a great and proud history but is it Daniel Levy’s fault that we had only won one trophy (League Cup 2008) since he arrived? Oh, and don’t let us forget that we had reached another League Cup and UEFA Champions League final. Of course, as a supporter, I would love to have won more trophies, who wouldn’t.

When Daniel Levy came to the club he had a vision, he wanted to restore Spurs rightful place at the top spot. But such visions can’t be achieved overnight (and it cost money). Such visions needed substantial financial investment, and White Hart Lane wasn’t fit for the 21stCentury and Premier League football. We required a state of the art stadium, followed, eventually, by a state of the art team, to compete in the top echelons of world football.

Tottenham were a top-six club, below that we were underperforming, beyond that we were punching above our weight. A new vision and stadium would put us amongst the elite of English and European football. So a lot of jingling and creative book work was needed. He had to find a way to straddle between buying new players (and selling) and putting money away to build that vision. So, yes, we suffered. But we also suffered because of below-standard managers arriving at the club, and to get the right manager isn’t always that easy (just ask United or Arsenal). You can only make a judgement on what you see and hope for. So in succession, managers quickly came and went.  That is until Redknapp was picked to lead us. Redknapp’s failure was taking his eye off the ball in the hope of getting the England job. He was replaced by a couple of misfits until Levy managed to prise Pochettino away from Southampton. Good management and purchases allowed us to punch above our weight and perch ourselves in the top four. There is still a way to go, but the future looks rosy (rosier than if we had stayed at White Hart Lane).

Another criticism that is has been directed at Levy & Lewis is that they should have put their hands in their pockets (like Leeds and Blackburn directors’ did, and you know where these clubs are now!). But how long for? Knowing football supporters, indefinitely. As if it is their money. Clubs must be self-sufficient; otherwise, it can end badly (and many clubs have those scars). And besides, just because somebody is a billionaire doesn’t mean they have free change splashing around, it is probably all tied up somewhere.

Of course, our patience will eventually wear off. The team is going to need substantial investment if we want to keep our top four spot and keep our manager. And of course, Levy needs to fill the stadium and make it viable. Otherwise, he could end up having a turkey on his hands. A lot of pressure and juggling is therefore needed.

There is another thing; replacing Levy, you could get somebody who has never stood on the shelf (like Levy) and that their only interest in Spurs is as a financial asset or as some would call it, an extra testicle.

Hatred for hatred sake, and with no substances is just hatred and shallowness.

So far, Daniel Levy has delivered part of his vision (the stadium and financial security), the next step will be the team (and with the purchase of the latest two acquisitions he seems to be going in the right direction, with more to follow). Intelligent fans can accept the stadium-future vision, they get what he is doing, the marginal-few Levy head-shakers will just continue playing to the gallery of ignoramuses.

Daniel Levy has his faults, but trying to do the right thing for Spurs isn’t one of them.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Don Scully, the game is about opinions and everyone is entitled to have one. Just because Daniel Levy runs Spurs and is in the position he’s in doesn’t automatically make him right, sometimes the fans can see things in a way he doesn’t and that doesn’t make them wrong. One thing is for sure, the fans have the teams interest at heart no matter what they say.

    • Lol. No one said Daniel Levy was pwrgect. BUT he is perfect for Spurs. Sure people are allowed their own opinions but what tge author has said here is that in most cases it has been borne on ignorance…which i agree wholeheartedly with. Some people are only happy when they have something to moan and bitch about.

  2. Well said Don!

    I’m old enough to remember when we were forced to sell one of our greatest ever players in Paul Gascoigne because of gross mismanagement from Irving Scholar’s tenure as Chairman.

    Levy has been a good custodian of the club and the vision should be clear for all to see with our team competing at the highest level in an unbelievable stadium with no need to sell our prized assets such as Harry Kane.

  3. “So far, Daniel Levy has delivered part of his vision (the stadium and financial security)”…. You know we’re in a debt north of 600 million pounds, right? And as for the argument that the stadium will pay for itself, if we compare our new gate receipts to those of Arsenal FC (similar stadium size and tickets prizes), we’ll make around 100 million a season, add to that the two NFL games and the concerts etc, it will go to 125-130 million. So it will take around 5-6 seasons to clear that debt. And as Arsenal have shown in this window, even with a giant stadium, not making CL can have disastrous consequences.

    “Another criticism that is has been directed at Levy & Lewis is that they should have put their hands in their pockets (like Leeds and Blackburn directors’ did, and you know where these clubs are now!)”… No one is asking or expecting Levy to spend money like a madman. Yes, Leeds and Blackburn spent money, but so did Liverpool. Spending in transfer market will always be a gamble, but if you spend the money on good 2 players, instead of 5 bad ones, you can feel much more optimistic about the odds.Leeds bought around 10 players in consecutive windows, Spurs did that post Bale and Liverpool also did that post Suarez (Blackburn actually didn’t spent much money at all and made some bad decisions regarding their managers). But Liverpool’s recent activity will show that their net spend is not astronomical (because of Coutinho) and they have spend money on people like Van Dijk and Alisson, which are as close to a sure success as you can get.
    But the irony of your statement is, Levy & Lewis have actually “put their hands in their pockets (like Leeds and Blackburn directors’ did)”, it’s just that instead of players, they’ve invested in the stadium. And with that investment, they’ve put us in a position similar to Leeds after their first window of massive spending, i.e. having to rely upon the playing squad to deliver consistently for the next 5-6 seasons to protect that investment. But the catch is, because of the investment in the stadium, they won’t be able to spend upon the squad as much as they could’ve/need to. And as I’ve said, not spending upon the squad could put the CL participation in question which in turn could put that billion pounds investment in jeopardy.

    Look, at the end of the day, disliking Levy(and I don’t dislike him, regardless of what you derive from my comments) is not equivalent to disliking Tottenham Hotspur FC. We all love this club, and we all see the value in getting the Top four spots and are happy when it’s achieved. But at the same time, we all want this club to command the respect we have for it from everyone else in the world. For that to happen, Spurs need to win trophies. And for that to happen, we need players and a squad comparable to the champions. And for that to happen, we need significant investment. We need our chairman to back our manager. You’re a lifelong fan who have watched Spurs win trophies, I’m a young man who’s never seen us lift any silverware. The only thing we have in common is that we will continue to support Spurs, silverware or not. It just will be great to win some.

  4. It’s incredible, isn’t it? THFC now a business run absolutely soundly, with a grounding in the community including through the Foundation, with a really stable elite-level squad, world-leading venue and facilities for staff, players, academy and fans, other revenue through the NFL deal, etc etc – and it is no longer a point of mockery for people to wear Spurs shirts in public. But punters, because we love the club, and feel everything so strongly, know better than the chairman who delivered the greatest leap forward in our history.

    The Levy-haters would probably love to see takeover by a super-wealthy individual or consortium (or state), with hundreds of millions poured into player acquisition, leading to massive wage inflation, loss of integrity and of identity… Sure, it’s frustrating to have wait – remember “waiting”? – for a few weeks while the club tries to negotiate deals with other clubs, who, shock horror, have their own club’s interests at heart, all while fake ITKs and lazy sports journos. Some come off, some don’t (#brexit)

    But the way we have got where we have, by dint of hard work, financial responsibility, developing from within and by personal and collective improvement rather than by Supermarket Sweep, is amazing. It is built on values – we need to be built on values, and Daniel Levy gets that above all else. He is acting as a steward of the club’s values and history, and of its future, and making sure he hands on something eventually that is genuinely an institution (and, I believe, a force for good in the local community).

    NO HALF-MEASURES, NO SHORT CUTS.

  5. Can you name a football club (worldwide) that it had to build a bigger stadium first in order to win titles and trophies?
    Did you ever hear Levy and Co mentioning that they took over Spurs because they wanted to win glory on the field with the club?
    Do you know any club of Spurs size the owners of which have set up a twenty years long project in order to make the club able to compete for titles and trophies?

  6. Don, Don, Don respect bud it’s great to hear some of the same arguments that has had me band by Harry Hotspur and his fellow gearning goons being said by someone else. Although I have to say you dragged it out a bit i was nearly fast asleep by the end lol. I have decided to just not click onto his posts as I just know its going to be the same old its all Levy’s fault, i swear if someone brought up the Irish famine or the likes of Chernobyl it would be Levy’s fault on that page. Let them say and be whatever, yes Tony Borg i agree it is about opinions but to have a truthful opinion you have to have an open mind and see all sides of the issue before coming to your own opinion do you not think, but the fans (i use that term lightly) that is being written about here only see one side (theirs) and thats Levy out! Now we know Levy’s not perfect he has his faults ie he’s frustrating in the transfer windows and other ways as well but all the hours, weeks, months and years of hard work that he has put in for our club to get us where we are today simply unbelievable and I love and respect the guy for it, Thank You Mr Daniel Levy! COYS!

    P.s I think I dragged it out too long as well Don….

  7. Most laughable thing I’ve ever read!!
    Daniel Levy stood on the shelf? !!!!!! Hahahaha
    The bloke had two west stand season tickets at Highbury to entertain clients. Some Spurs fan.

  8. “So far, Daniel Levy has delivered part of his vision (the stadium and financial security)”…. You know we’re in a debt north of 600 million pounds, right? And as for the argument that the stadium will pay for itself, if we compare our new gate receipts to those of Arsenal FC (similar stadium size and tickets prizes), we’ll make around 100 million a season, add to that the two NFL games and the concerts etc, it will go to 125-130 million. So it will take around 5-6 seasons to clear that debt. And as Arsenal have shown in this window, even with a giant stadium, not making CL can have disastrous consequences.

    “Another criticism that is has been directed at Levy & Lewis is that they should have put their hands in their pockets (like Leeds and Blackburn directors’ did, and you know where these clubs are now!)”… No one is asking or expecting Levy to spend money like a madman. Yes, Leeds and Blackburn spent money, but so did Liverpool. Spending in transfer market will always be a gamble, but if you spend the money on good 2 players, instead of 5 bad ones, you can feel much more optimistic about the odds.Leeds bought around 10 players in consecutive windows, Spurs did that post Bale and Liverpool also did that post Suarez (Blackburn actually didn’t spent much money at all and made some bad decisions regarding their managers). But Liverpool’s recent activity will show that their net spend is not astronomical (because of Coutinho) and they have spend money on people like Van Dijk and Alisson, which are as close to a sure success as you can get.
    But the irony of your statement is, Levy & Lewis have actually “put their hands in their pockets (like Leeds and Blackburn directors’ did)”, it’s just that instead of players, they’ve invested in the stadium. And with that investment, they’ve put us in a position similar to Leeds after their first window of massive spending, i.e. having to rely upon the playing squad to deliver consistently for the next 5-6 seasons to protect that investment. But the catch is, because of the investment in the stadium, they won’t be able to spend upon the squad as much as they could’ve/need to. And as I’ve said, not spending upon the squad could put the CL participation in question which in turn could put that billion pounds investment in jeopardy.

    Look, at the end of the day, disliking Levy(and I don’t dislike him, regardless of what you derive from my comments) is not equivalent to disliking Tottenham Hotspur FC. We all love this club, and we all see the value in getting the Top four spots and are happy when it’s achieved. But at the same time, we all want this club to command the respect we have for it from everyone else in the world. For that to happen, Spurs need to win trophies. And for that to happen, we need players and a squad comparable to the champions. And for that to happen, we need significant investment. We need our chairman to back our manager. You’re a lifelong fan who have watched Spurs win trophies, I’m a young man who’s never seen us lift any silverware. The only thing we have in common is that we will continue to support Spurs, silverware or not. It just will be great to win some.

  9. All of this has some truth in it!
    The question is: does the club have the ambition and the funds to move to the next level?
    This season the club needs to show this to its manager, players, fans and the football world!!!!

  10. I’m interested in football, not finance, but isn’t it the case that ‘our’ billion pound stadium actually belongs to ENIC, and the club is just the main tenant? Everything’s gone into the infrastructure rather than the team for several years, and we’ve won nothing while every other member of the so-called ‘Top Six’ has trophies to show for their efforts, even Arsenal! Levy may have been a fan, but he and Lewis are now in it for the money, and on-field success is incidental, as anyone not blinded by a flashy stadium aimed at the NFL can see.

  11. Great article and so true Levy is first and foremost a fan of the club and always has the clubs best interests at heart that’s why he is so well known for being a tough negotiator FairPlay to Levy because he has always backed his managers over the years it is not his fault when players/managers have underperformed COYS in Poch we trust

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