Spurs’ latest humbling at home to Liverpool has seen Andre Villas-Boas sacked. But while chairman Daniel Levy hovered ominously over the White Hart Lane dugout like a hitman ready to fire, perhaps it’s time for Levy’s position to be called into question.
The summer transfer window saw Levy sanction a phenomenal £100 million spending spree, but not only have their new additions made little to no impact on the squad, Levy got his politics all wrong.
The finalisation of Gareth Bale’s protracted move to Real Madrid was left until deadline day in a vain attempt to deter the Spanish giants from selling Mesut Ozil to north London rivals Arsenal.
It is not, by any means, the first time Levy has publicly left the club’s professionalism to be called into question.
In 2007, just two games into the season, Martin Jol was deemed surplus to requirements and Levy’s comrades Paul Kemsley and Damien Comolli were controversially pictured in Spain believed to be pursuing Sevilla manager Juande Ramos.
It was an episode that did not end all too well for Spurs, it would be fair to say. Enter Harry Redknapp, with the Ramos appointment seeing Spurs salvage just two points from eight games. The Lilywhites enjoyed a reversal of fortunes under Redknapp’s magic touch, but this was curtailed once talk of the England job turned the now QPR coach’s head.
Levy was once again ready with metaphorical axe in hand. His decision to appoint AVB promised a future of development, a transitional period, perhaps of building for the future – exactly the opportunity Villas-Boas had been denied in his days at Chelsea.
Despite Spurs’ failings with Comolli, however, Levy turned once again to a continental approach – tried, tested and failed countless times in the Premier League – of a director of football alongside the head coach to take charge of transfer policies.
This then, is where the fault lies for the debacle of Spurs’ big money season that is seemingly going horribly wrong. Even valuable additions such as Paulinho have provided a service (albeit one for £15 million) that looked healthy in the hands of Tom Huddlestone, whose opportunities were few and far between last season.
It was the board, not AVB, that seemingly sanctioned the signings of high-profile flops Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado.
Levy took charge in 2001 but has once again not taken responsibility for the failings in his tenure. The lifelong Spurs fan replaced Alan Sugar but quickly made his name for a string of laughable claims that the club were ready to sign Andrei Shevchenko at any minute.
Levy’s position has gone ignored for too long. Tottenham owner Joe Lewis may face uncomfortable questions about his choice of chairman.
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