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Inside Lane: How much is Levy to blame for Spurs’ slump this season?

07:40 04 April 2014

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

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Tottenham blogger Mike Williams says chairman Daniel Levy is facing mounting criticism after a disappointing campaign.

As the away supporters sang “where is our manager?” at Anfield on Sunday, some followed this up with “Levy’s our manager” to mock the Tottenham chairman and make his afternoon even more uncomfortable.

Like all chairmen of Premier League clubs, Daniel Levy has had his critics but this has never really turned into public criticism or a backlash from the fans. The latest defeat against Liverpool seems to have caused a storm, though.

In truth, it has been a storm which has been hovering and building for a while, with many supporters growing frustrated with the current direction of the club.

There is no question that, since Levy took over from Alan Sugar in 2001, he has moved the club forward, but is he going about things in the right way?

Those who support Levy argue that we will never do a Leeds United and slump down the divisions going bankrupt along the way. That is true, but those who criticise him aren’t asking for the club to spend money they don’t have - they simply want the club to keep the assets they do have.

In recent years, those assets have included Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and of course, Gareth Bale. Granted, Modric and Bale went to the biggest club in the world and Van der Vaart departed for personal reasons, but we don’t have the tag of a ‘selling club’ for nothing. All of those players signed contracts which meant Levy held the power.

The chairman has done some fantastic things for the club, most notably delivering one of the best training facilities in the world, but he hasn’t helped himself in other aspects.

In 2008 the club revealed their fantastic plans for a new stadium but, six years on, the only thing to show is a shiny new Sainsbury’s next door – although the club claimed this week that they could move into the new ground in 2017.

Many supporters have been on the fence when it comes to the Levy debate but, this season, many have become critics. In December, Levy sacked Andre Villas-Boas – a man who also split opinion – but then took on Tim Sherwood as the head coach, giving him an 18-month contract.

Tottenham invested £100million in the summer and have given the top job to someone who had no previous managerial experience. This isn’t work experience, this is the Premier League. For anyone who was undecided on Levy, he seems to have made their decision a little bit easier.

With six games remaining, the mood could so easily turn ugly, with many criticising the club as a whole. This summer Levy has another big decision to make, and it could potentially be his most defining and important one yet.

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