Opinion: Daniel Levy is joking if he thinks “DNA” is way to run a modern football club

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DNA. Deoxyribonucleic acid. It is something in us all. Made of weak hydrogen bonds, with deoxyribose and base pairings, it is located inside the nucleus of our cells. It is inside a human body. Not a football club

Daniel Levy said before Spurs’ final home game this season: “We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great Club …. free-flowing, attacking and entertaining.”

That, in a nutshell, is the problem at Spurs. We are too worried about style over substance. Spurs are a club drenched in failure, and we will always be “Spursy” or bottle jobs until we eradicate this simply abhorrent mentality from ourselves.

Daniel Levy has had a 20-year tenure at Tottenham Hotspur.

While the cynics amongst us may scoff at the idea of Daniel Levy’s reign being a calamitous failure, I would swiftly point them in the direction of a Sir Alex Ferguson quote: “If you haven’t won a trophy, then you cannot say you have had a successful season.”

Spurs have won 2 trophies in 20 years. As such, it is simply ludicrous to the nth degree, that a club whose successes in the 21st century can be put down to “nearly” events or finals, are prioritising DNA over trophies. In essence, that is where the problem lies.

Trophies are the measure of success in football. Not top 4 finishes. Not lost finals. Trophies. And trophies only. And Spurs lack them.

The first priority for Nuno has to be ending the 13-year trophy drought. The fact this has been allowed to reach 13 years in itself, should almost be a cardinal sin. Winning breeds winning. And that’s how you eliminate a bottlejob mentality. By winning. Not with this fanciful rubbish about “DNA”.

It is easy to change your playing squad, and sell certain players and buy others. Heck, it happens every season, to every club in fact.

However, what’s not easy to change is the mentality of a club. It is no coincidence that the “Spursy” label has been unceremoniously given to Spurs in numerous decades with completely different teams; it is not a player issue, it is a club issue. And the constant factor among all this: ENIC and Daniel Levy.

Frankly, to be successful in the long term, Spurs must do two things: be ruthless and be pragmatic.

Pragmatism, will of course have connotations to the Mourinho era gone by, but it doesn’t necessarily have to real to the football being played. The type of player being brought, the messages being sent out to fans, everything.

The ruthlessness too, must be extended to players. None of this haggling for fees, scraping the barrel for funds, Spurs need players in their prime, not with potential, but this is the way trophies are won, not the way we’ve conducted ourselves for the last 13 years.

Perhaps the ruthlessness can be applied to Levy himself. For Spurs to become truly successful now, Daniel Levy must be cast aside and taken for what he is: a bygone relic of what Spurs were in the past.

Daniel Levy is not fit for use in 2021. It is as simple as that.

Fabio Paratici is just the first step to this. Daniel Levy must step aside as a matter of priority if he genuinely wants Spurs to succeed.

New owners would be ideal, however, in the post-pandemic world, enthusiastic billionaire investors are likely in short supply: we shall simply have to survive with what we’ve got.

And we can definitely help ourselves. Do the right thing, Daniel. Let the rotten weeds you’ve sown in our club be rooted out for good.

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  1. There are not many fans like yourself who choose to tell the truth for once. This issue of DNA now sweeping across the premier league is absolutely ridiculous. No club will be remembered by their brand of football but by the number of trophies won. Spurs needs trophies asap and should stop taking sides with players against their managers. They had one of the most successful managers in world football and threw him out in the name of the nonsense called DNA. Spurs will remain average if this nonsense DNA thing is not gotten rid off.


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