Date: 17th October 2018 at 8:38am
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It was early in 2001 when ENIC (English National Investment Company) and billionaire Joe Lewis came along and took over at Tottenham Hotspur FC. It was at the same time when fans were introduced to Chairman Daniel Levy.

Can you believe the businessmen mentioned above have been around for nearly 18 years?

Daniel Levy:

Positives

  • Very intelligent with a wise head when it comes to spending the pennies.
  • Levy instrumented and instigated raising the finances to build a brand new and state of the art stadium.
  • Recruited one of the best managers around in Mauricio Pochettino.

Negatives

  • Has a habit of sacking managers as if they were ‘cannon fodder.’
  • Fails to interact with fans.
  • Far too Grinch-like when bidding for new players.
  • Too ambitious about the opening date of the new stadium.
  • Appears to be aloof, stubborn and self-centered.
  • Wants to fill the THFC trophy cabinet without paying for it.
  • Turns a blind eye when considering rival clubs and fails to acknowledge their rise up the pecking order.
  • Thinks the Holy Grail is just over the horizon.

Credit where credits due?

A man of his status knows the path he and Tottenham Hotspur are taking. He and his advisors are no fools and will achieve their aims. The only issue I have is that it’s taken most of this century to get to this point. And this point in time is not exactly brimming with success.

These sort of people in business can and often do turn negatives into positives and so I for one (albeit my patience has, over the years grew thin),  believe he will deliver. It’s just a matter of waiting a little longer.

 

29 Replies to “Daniel Levy Is Not A Bad As He Is Perceived – Opinion”

  • Negative comments about Levy generally follow a pattern. He’s criticised for not spending money but we are never told where the money is supposed to come from. As in “Wants to fill the THFC trophy cabinet without paying for it.” implying there’s a ton of money somewhere we aren’t spending but of course there isn’t. He’s criticised for not signing players but its always men with no names, we aren’t told what players he should have signed. As in “Far too Grinch-like when bidding for new players.” all nice and vague. See the pattern ? As far as I can see you can’t really criticise him for sacking managers. He kept sacking them until he found one that could actually do the job, Pochettino. I don’t have a problem with that. There’s a saying about only worrying about things you can control. Levy has no control over what other clubs do although “Turns a blind eye when considering rival clubs and fails to acknowledge their rise up the pecking order.” implies he has, without of course explaining how.

    • Agree with you about the constant Levy criticizing. We all want the best stadium, best players and winning everything but it’s not all possible especially in the current climate with the clubs that have bought their success recently.
      Yes, maybe we could of won a cup or two more and for sure signing a couple of top key players at times when needed could of made a difference during his time with the club but fans of many other clubs could be saying the same with the chairman.
      What we do have is a Chairman who could of done maybe a bit better granted, but one that has continuously made sure that the club is in a very good position to at least compete with other clubs. Also a club which will now have training facilities a stadium etc we can be proud (as well as envied) of and should see as achievements in the current climate of football.

  • I believe you do him wrong.
    You have forgotten to mention to his positives the numerous trophies the club has won during his involvement with Spurs.
    We shouldn’t forget that by wining those titles and trophies, he was able to achieve the main and most important target that a big and popular football club like Spurs is always aiming for.

  • Agree with you about the constant Levy criticizing. We all want the best stadium, best players and winning everything but it’s not all possible especially in the current climate with the clubs that have bought their success recently.
    Yes, maybe we could of won a cup or two more and for sure signing a couple of top key players at times when needed could of made a difference during his time with the club but fans of many other clubs could be saying the same with the chairman.
    What we do have is a Chairman who could of done maybe a bit better granted, but one that has continuously made sure that the club is in a very good position to at least compete with other clubs. Also a club which will now have training facilities a stadium etc we can be proud (as well as envied) of and should see as achievements in the current climate of football.

  • And now for a whole load of random stuff off the top of my head that is no doubt just a load of happy-clappy bull!

    When Spurs supporters speak of our most successful trophy winning teams, do they refer to the manager and star payers or do they wax lyrical about the Chairman and owners at the time?

    Do they say thank you Irvin Scholar for the last FA cup THFC won and who cares if the club almost went under?

    Do we all miss Ramos, Graham, Hoddle, Santini, Sherwood, AVB?

    When I Googled; “Who is the longest serving EPL chairman”, nothing at all came up. It seems that no one really cares. All I got was answers about long serving managers. (I think it’s probably Levy.)
    So, who remembers the owners when we did the 60-61 double?

    When I looked up the current longest serving PL manager. Pochettino is in 3rd place behind Dyche at Burnley and Howe at Bournemouth. Why?

    So, if we forget Wenger and Fergie, It is the norm for managers to come and go at all PL clubs, All too frequently. Even the very best and most successful gaffers do not hang around for very long. But, we all know this don’t we?

    Did THFC need a new stadium? Are Spurs stronger on and off the pitch since the days before ENIC, Lewis and Levy? Are Spurs on the rise since ENIC or are we falling down, down, deeper and down?

    Do we now have our best manager since Burkinshaw (The last man that had Spurs relegated by the way), in spite of no trophies?

    Did we now finish regularly in the top 6 or are we still mid table mediocrity (with the odd League cup thrown in), more often than not?

    Do we have one of the best home-grown talents of all time in Mr. Kane or is he just a one-season-wonder, Championship player at best?

    Would we all prefer our Chairman to be forever courting publicity and being a constant loud-mouth to the media? Or just one that gets on quietly and expertly with his job and without too much fuss or complaint?

    Can you just buy a cup to put in a cabinet or do you have to win a given amount of football matches and thereby earn it?

    Thinks the Holy Grail etc…. What does that even mean? Likewise, turning a blind eye to other clubs?

    Levy has been a very naughty boy hasn’t he? But I can assure you all that when MP wins us all a cup this season, Levy will not be held responsible. It’ll all be down to Poch and the players… Think about it. Or not…

  • WE do not need a trophy cabinet we aint winning anything soon , i like poch but i’d take burkinshaw over him any time

  • Jod,look at the net spend of our club of the last five seasons and ain’t matching up with us been the 6 richest club in the league closer to the bottom clubs in the league Zero net spend. As for your taughts on his hiring and firing of managers don’t make me laugh , in any other walk of life he would of got the bullet long before poch arrived but for the fact he’s the nephew of Bahamas’s joe.levy recent comments confirm to me that he has no intention in spending big on any player new stadium or not ,they will not put there hand in there own pockets , enic will ride into the sunset with there billion pounds the same pockets that they can’t take there money out of.enic have one love and it ain’t Tottenham Hotspur football club.(£££££££££££££££)

  • What many posters on VS don’t realise Daniel Levy has had a season ticket at WHL for many years, and which he gave up to fans each game / season, and therefore / logically he is a spurs supporter before ENIC. Looking back over the 18 years of their ownership, most of his decisions were to make spurs a better club. So he did hire managers to do the job of creating a team to win trophies. Under performing or loss of players respect managers were sacked. Harry’s successes did more in his 3 years that others before him, and the financial revenues from CL was the base Levy started to build from (enfield training ground).

  • Look at our net spend blah, blah, you say Pauric.

    Spurs wage bill is the 6th highest in the PL… And, as you have pointed out, THFC is apparently the 6th richest club in the PL. Should we expect it to be substantially higher? We are not Man U in the money stakes… We all know this.

    And yet somehow we have fantastic new training facilities and a very impressive new stadium about to open it’s doors… Oh, and a very good football team… How much has that little cost? Did it all come free of charge?

    Or, am I just imagining all of this?

  • *Little lot cost* I meant…..

    Ive grown sad in recent years… I only ever used to talk football when er… talking football. I’ve since fallen into the big money, chitter-chatter, clap-trap and, I don’t like it.

    I’m a supporter who doesn’t really have an opinion on Levy as a person. I don’t know the fella and therefore I have neither loved nor hated him… And, I’m glad he doesn’t court publicity and keeps a low profile. It makes me tend to assume that he’s got a job to do and is just getting on with it. You do your job mate and the players, the manager and the tea lady will do theirs…

    If Spurs had been in a steady decline throughout the ENIC years then maybe my opinion on the company, Lewis and Levy could be way different. You know, I might be in a perpetual twist. All bitter and angry… But it’s the opposite, Isn’t it? We have seen a steady and sure rise at our club… Haven’t we?

    Anyway, if I ask a whole bunch of questions on the subject (as in my post above) and I get no response on here, whatsoever. I have to believe that I was probably right for most of my life when it comes to being a football supporter… And not a football money-moaner. Give me football for football sake. For goodness sake!

    And really it’s all quite simple for me. Regardless of how much Harry K gets paid for the goals he scores. Will Spurs win their next match? I hope they do. Will Spurs do their best to not only win it but also entertain me with skill, great team spirit and some lovely little moves on the field of play? Wherever we play. Will I see scorchers and world class saves? Will I see 1,2,3,4,5 goals in a 4-2-3-1 or 3 at-the-back formation? Or please, at least Tottenham, get the 3 points… 1-0 will sometimes just have to do…

    And, call me sad and foolish, when like us all, I have bills to pay… But, I would play for free… For Spurs. Would you?

  • HT….a few very wise posts there, I totally agree with you, I am not and never will be with the constant whingeing club minority regards net spend/tight wads only in it for the dosh, I am like you a football fan of Spurs first and foremost, and a very big yes I would play for them for nout!

    Mind the odd trophy would be nice, but I think a number of other clubs have a say in that and keep trying to stop us, strange that!

    Nice and steady, easy does it. COYS

  • I personally do not trust Levy one bit when it comes to eventually leading the club to glory. I believe he is investing in the club’s infrastructure in order to raise the value of the club, and that he will never change his spots and actually spend what it takes to make THFC perennial winners.

    I believe he is going to make the club (and himself, in the process) wealthier, in order to either build a cash cow, or prepare the club for a future sale. Sporting considerations will always come a distant second, and only be seen as a necessary evil to keep the club at a certain profitable level.

    That’s not to say that the current path is not worthy of being followed. Making the club wealthier is not a bad thing.

    But winning trophies comes with risk – it sometimes takes risky investments in certain players to win things. And I believe Levy is far too risk averse to be willing to do that.

    Most successful businessmen recognise that sports clubs/franchises are risky endeavors, and cannot be run like traditional businesses, if the goal is to win trophies. There are other, far more profitable and safer investments if money is the main driver. I believe Levy will always run the club as a business and will always lack the slightly unreasonable/passionate personality trait that most successful chairmen have.

    But that’s just a personal opinion.

  • HT – “Spurs wage bill is the 6th highest in the PL… And, as you have pointed out, THFC is apparently the 6th richest club in the PL. Should we expect it to be substantially higher?”

    And where do we rank in the “revenues to wage bill” ratio that most external evaluators use?

    Bottom five in the PL.

  • With reference to what I have just posted BS… I no longer wish to be the sad Spurs man and supporter that preoccupies himself with the money, money, money. Money can’t buy me love. My love for Spurs, that is… If I’m gonna be sad from now on it’s because of my pathetic but passionate love for football. And I’ll also be just a little sad when THFC lose football matches, full stop!

    And so, I vow not to engage in such net or gross, richest or poorest transfer or no transfer, bore-talk no more…

    I’m afraid you’ll have to debate your points with other more willing posters from now on…

    WHU 1-4 THFC!

    Sissoko hat trick, Hugo own-goal and a last minute super-strike from that man Llorente…Gertcha!

  • HT – “Sissoko hat trick, Hugo own-goal and a last minute super-strike from that man Llorente…Gertcha!”

    A timely bet of even 10 pounds on that might make you wealthy enough to take the club over!

  • And my first move as Spurs new owner?

    I’d sell Sissoko for whatever I can get, fire Pochand then put myself up as player/manager. Give Harry the number 9 and I’ll be the 10 in the hole behind him…. Cups? I’d buy them all!

  • Ht you don’t want to talk about money , net or gross well that’s fine. Could you please let know who’s paying for stadium, training centre?? He couldn’t even sign 1 player in summer transfer shocking . The truth be told he probably tried to sign some bang average players but poch said do one i.e. Sissoko,lorente, gnk ,njie, vorm.he’s had enough of his bargain basement deals he’s sticking what he has instead of more rubbish landed on his desk.

  • … And, on the subject of football, here some good Spurs news:

    The not so chronically injured Eriksen and the not always so machine-like, man-machine, Dembele, have been training this week and are in contention for the WHU match. Nice one!

    Maybe I should now make that; WHU 1-5 THFC!

  • Pauric,
    We have some great players, very good players and some ok players. Pretty much as most clubs have. But all I look at when judging the team as a whole is the overall results. And no matter what you, I or anyone thinks on any of our players, even with those that I’ve just called okay players (Not bad), we have been doing pretty good, results wise, most of the time. We lose occasionally. That happens…

    By the by, Levy doesn’t put Sissoko on the team sheet. So, perhaps it’s MP you should be unhappy with in that respect. Because he does keep on playing the guy no matter what you or I may think of him as a player, good, bad or just okay…

  • HT good posts there. As I said on another thread, posters have lost track of why we are spurs supporters…football …. we are the best team to watch, (Man CIty & Liverpool 2nd. 3rd. lol) as many managers and pundits agree. COYS

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