Tottenham Hotspur made an attempt to silence their own fans after White Hart Lane’s faithful once again voiced its discontent over another poor start to the season, it has been claimed.
After Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke, loud music was blasted over the speakers at the final whistle in an overt attempt to drown out boos, while a ‘Levy Out’ banner was reportedly removed by stewards.
Trouble in north London
Chairman Daniel Levy, who has increasingly become a hate figure in North London after consistently selling Spurs’ highest achievers and botching plans for a new stadium, has so far failed to comment on his strained relationship with fans.
Levy has kept Tottenham financially stable off the field, but on it, they have stagnated. At the moment, selling Gareth Bale is highlighted as the club’s key failure. However, before that, it was Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart, and even further back, Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, and Robbie Keane.
In fact, Levy’s policies have backfired to such an extent that because of his keenness to wield the managerial axe, fans no longer feel head coaches can be blamed.
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Mauricio Pochettino has received a mixed reception since making the move from Southampton this summer. Some of his tactics have been off. His handling of Jan Vertonghen’s contract has been questioned, and he has blamed Spurs’ poor home record on the size of the pitch, despite his tactics focusing on closing players down.
However, regardless of his faults, Tottenham’s record with managers is now working in his favour. Fans have woken up to the reality that while the club does not necessarily have a DNA, there is something about the way it is run which means they fall short on the same grounds time and time again – and that cannot always be the managers fault.
Just as Manchester United’s form does not make Louis Van Gaal a bad manager, Pochettino cannot be blamed for what is fundamentally wrong with the club – something which stems from the board.
When this is accepted, though the manager is the primary scapegoat for bad results, then Spurs fans essentially have no room for manoeuvre – other than to protest against owners ENIC.
A lack of transparency on Levy’s part is one of the main reasons for the breakdown in relations with fans. Emmanuel Adebayor has expressed his concern that supporters have created a negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane, but as long as the club charges some of the highest ticket prices in the league, they have every right to.
Spurs’ attempt to paper over the cracks in silencing the fans is pointless and has quickly been exposed by the social media brigade. There is every chance that it could now escalate into something far more serious which Levy will find very difficult to contain.
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