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Five ways Daniel Levy can get the Tottenham fans back on side
By Bruce Grove -

It would not be a lie to say that the relationship between Daniel Levy and the supporters is at an all-time low.

It is never a good thing when there is such a disconnect between a clubs fans and the board, it never results in success on the field and if that broken relationship is not repaired then everyone involved will pay a price.

Therefore, in the hope that the situation can improve, I make five suggestions that could see the relationship between the fans and Levy improve.

Resign

The obvious one, which I suppose is screaming Levy out and probably the one decision that the 59-year-old could make that would definitely get the fans back on side, well, most of them anyway.

Invest hundreds of millions into player acquisition

We can all moan and whine about Man City as much as we want, I certainly do but the fact is that boards are very rarely criticised when the club spends a ton of money. Look at Chelsea, they sack a club legend and get away with it all because they can buy the fans off with massive signings. It really is not rocket science and the ultimate owner of Tottenham Joe Lewis, can afford it.

Treat the fans better

Reduce ticket prices, lower merchandise prices, cut refreshment prices, subsidise travel costs. Maybe this will not be enough right now because the fans care more about what is happening on the pitch but it will go some way to building bridges with fans that feel they are being taken for mugs. It’s a start, put it that way.

Persuade Harry Kane to stay

Levy can force Kane to remain at the club for the next three seasons if he really wanted to but what will that achieve? That is not what the fans really want, certainly not the ones I speak with, what they want is for Kane to want to stay and not be forced to stay. How Levy achieves this I do not know but if he can persuade the England captain to remain at the club and Kane to say so publicly then I am sure most fans will appreciate that.

Apologise and do a full on mea culpa

Levy needs to say sorry for many many things, including not backing Mauricio Pochettino to the latest sorry state of affairs and all that has gone before. He needs to hold his hands up and admit that he is at fault and he has to genuinely mean it. It would not be anywhere near enough and probably most of the fans will not be interested in a mea culpa from the chairman but again, it is a start.

Conclusion

Apart from resigning, I accept that anything else Levy does will probably not be enough to appease the fans, not after what has happened but if he is not going to quit it is not in anyone interested for this broken relationship to continue as it is and a reset has to start somewhere.

But if Levy says sorry, pumps in massive money, treat the fans better and gets Kane back on side then the road ahead would surely be a lot more positive because the way it is right now is simply not tenable.

Oh, I nearly forgot, employ a proper manager as well, that would help.

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Chris K
Chris K
3 months ago

6: Kick the bucket.

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
3 months ago

Come on now HH, you know you’d never get a “mea culpa” from Mr.Levy as it’s roots are in the wrong religion.
& surely a true confession should mean the person truly atones & will not commit the same transgressions again?
So that’s no hope, Bob Hope & bar of soap to that!

MrChickenhead
MrChickenhead
3 months ago
Reply to  Stewart Smith

HH didn’t write the article.

Andy
Andy
3 months ago
Reply to  MrChickenhead

…. a 5 year old writes better stories than Bruce Grove, fact.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
3 months ago

In other news, the press wrongly accused Hancock of an affair….he was just feasting on somebody.
G7….UEFA dignitaries…that…more demoralization.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
3 months ago

Unfortunately we will never get any genuine heartfelt apologies from a megalomaniac like Levy.. His claim in the amazon doc that Spurs ‘had become a far bigger club since he took over’ was complete delusion.. Uncle Joe only invests when he’s guaranteed returns. After 20 years I think if he was going to buy a world class player or 2 then he would have done it by now..

Sandro
Sandro
3 months ago

Levy not backing Poch? There are differing stories surrounding this – one of them being that Poch wanted players A, B and C, Levy could not get them and Poch refused any alternatives put forward.
I have no idea what the truth is – I do know we did not purchase any players for 18 months which is not good, but I am not certain of the circumstances that led that to happen.
If anyone has proof that Levy flat out refused to buy players that Poch wanted (as opposed to being unable to persuade them to come join Tottenham) I would welcome sight of it.
FTR – I don’t think Levy is blameless.

matt
matt
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Poch wanted Ferraris but would probably have settled for a Porsche. Levy offered a Robin Reliant that had a wheel missing.

Sandro
Sandro
3 months ago
Reply to  matt

proof?

Mark
Mark
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Years of failure and pissed off coaches.

Harry Hotspur
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Let’s not go down the road of snarling at people for expressing an opinion, eh?

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Botchy was never getting Messi was he, what did people expect? Club record signings were bought all in top 5, Sanchez, Ndombele, Lo celso, we were told were his targets, when the money was spent, when he was backed, thats when we imploded.. The stadium build was a year and a half with no transfers, but contracts were signed, the likes of Kane signed new ones in that time… I blame Levy Botch and Hitchen for spending hundreds of millions on poor players. Also Walker shouldnt have gone to city..

Mark
Mark
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

If you were running a team in any role in life, you would know what you want and any alternative will not come up to scratch. Coaches talk and know who are the slackers and they know exactly how to finetune a team and if the wrong ingredients are given bang goes the recipe and the cook gets the blame. Levy would not pay the going rate and he has cost us dear. Poch knows his fellow coaches were selling and for how much, their are no secrets within the closed shop, only to outsiders.

Zippitydoodah Ndombele
Zippitydoodah Ndombele
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Poche was pretty adamant during his press conferences; he toed the party line, but the squad ‘needs to be refreshed’ and ‘I am just a coach not the manager’. You don’t need a degree in forensics to read between the lines… they were the lines.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Forget proof that is impossible to get as you know. How about simple logic instead, or the balance of probability? Come on we all know Levy is the culprit behind our hugemungus fall from grace, he is the only connecting thread.

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Mauricio actually DID say that in a subsequent interview, (if he couldn’t have 1st choice(s), he didn’t want 2nd/3rd choice), so not all Mr.Levy’s fault – he is entirely to blame for penny pinching & making ridiculous offers in some circumstances & leaving some transactions till they’re beyond too late, etc.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
3 months ago
Reply to  Stewart Smith

Well if he couldn’t get his 1st choices whose fault was it aside from Levy?

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
3 months ago

Yes, Mr.Levy’s fault for not acquiring 1st choices BUT even the winning clubs sometimes buy 2nd choices (& duds)

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago

Villa wanting 100 million for Grealish now; how much was our idiot supremo prepared to pay for him?

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago

Or rather, not prepared to pay for him!

Jimmyg
Jimmyg
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

I find it remarkable that Levy can never seem to get the players his managers want. Potch having been let down again and again didn’t see the point in accepting any more bargain basement bluffers from Ligue 1. The fact is the only “proof” needed of Levys incompetence is the empty trophy cabinet. Also the circumstances which led to no signings for 18 months have no relevance. The buck stops with our extremely well paid chairman. Our failure is his fault.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
3 months ago

H mentioned Sky bet on his latest brief. Absolutely right. Total wonk. Like when specsavers started doing eye tests as well as selling the lenses….

Scottish Yiddo
Scottish Yiddo
3 months ago

Levy doesn’t care as long as the muppets who go every week keep going n spending cash in the shops if that stops it might make him go or listen but until that happens nuthing will change I used to go ever week from fife ever week now I won’t go again until levy n co fcuk off

Harry
Harry
3 months ago
Reply to  Scottish Yiddo

That’s the only way to force Levy’s hand, mass abandonment of attending games……will never happen thou!!

denzil
denzil
3 months ago
Reply to  Harry

now your talking take the cash away from the clown job done

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
3 months ago
Reply to  Harry

100%. NEVER!

Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith
3 months ago
Reply to  Scottish Yiddo

Er, who you calling a ‘muppet?’
Oh, er actually on 2nd thoughts, I guess I might be. 😳

Scottish Yiddo
Scottish Yiddo
3 months ago

Mason on rolling 1 year contract it’s happening

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
3 months ago
Reply to  Scottish Yiddo

If he has any sense he will reject it.

Tony Borg
Tony Borg
3 months ago

It’s never going to happen and the only thing that Levy could do to please me is leave, he’s had 20 years to do something with this squad and he hasn’t, what makes anyone think he’s going to change and do it now?

Tony Borg
Tony Borg
3 months ago
Reply to  Tony Borg

The only reason Levy has appointed Paratici is to take the heat off of himself, he’ll still make the decisions but from behind Paratici. NOTHING will change while he’s in control.

Harry
Harry
3 months ago

Levy position is untenable, he has abused the fan base for far too long, it’s a lose lose scenairo for him the season. The staduim will either be half full losing the club millions or full capacity creating a toxic enviroment. I said in an earlier post that I would be very surprised if he actually attends many matches this season. He might as well spend match days with Mike Ashley.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago

Breaking news! Spurs will eventually appoint a manager!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago

Or Head Coach, or whatever we call it these days!

São Paulo Spurs
São Paulo Spurs
3 months ago

Well, yes. I suppose if he does more things that usually please fans the fans will like him more. He’s had 20 years to do these things.
He certainly won’t resign and I’m not even sure if he can be sacked.

Surespur
Surespur
3 months ago

If Lewis and Levy were genuine fans, they wouldn’t prioritise brand over trophies; they wouldn’t have saddled the club with more than half a billion of debt; and they wouldn’t look to rinse the fans’ pockets at every opportunity.
If Lewis were a genuine fan, I would expect him to do all he possibly could to see the team he loves, do something spectacularly brilliant, before he stacks in his chips. The only spectacular we’re seeing from these cretins, is how to destroy a once great football institution.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago
Reply to  Surespur

Quite!

Zippitydoodah Ndombele
Zippitydoodah Ndombele
3 months ago

I think let Kane go. He wants to go. Best to move on than see him have a season where you feel like he does not want to be in the shirt anymore. I don’t think the issues Kane raises are fixed in two seasons let alone one. Maybe he comes back ala Klinsmann I’d welcome that. If there really is a gentlemans agreement with Levy, Levy should honour it. Honouring stuff helps you recruit players.

Agree on prices, that stadium is a millstone. He did get unlucky with Covid that’s not on him; but the product on the pitch has to justify all that non-football investment, and he didn’t appreciate in serious fashion. The hiring and fawning over Mourinho is all on him. The non-investment for those years under Poche is all on him. The talking to Conte when he never had the money to do it is all on him. The fractured relationships with the fans and the prices is all on him. The lack of proper business insurance. The fractured press relationships. The smell of elitism around the new stadium which isn’t earned by actual trophies…that last bit embarrasses me and us.

Take responsibility Mr Levy. Fill the place with trophies the right way.

Mark
Mark
3 months ago

Firstly, Levy is playing poker and wants more money. Secondly, to win trophies we would need the squad we have and several hundred millions to get in the winners to make us champions. Ain’t gonna happen and Levy is now a poisoned chalice to any potential mangers worth their salt. Mourinho and Poch are part of a community that is tight and talks. Levy is not the only one who tries to keep his finger on the pulse and ex-players are more open with their own than with boards. Best thing for Levy to do is have a chat with Ardiles and help him to understand what makes a winner tick. Again, will not happen. Levy just cannot listen. His ears are of selective hearing and his brain only knows what it wants to know.

dembeleshapedhole
dembeleshapedhole
3 months ago

Yup, it’s all on him. Levy + gentleman’s agreement ? Stop it, you’re killing me 🙂

Hentus
Hentus
3 months ago

5 paragraphs for the topic are indeed a redundancy. 5 words are more than enough: Resign; take ENIC with you

Dancing barber
Dancing barber
3 months ago

Levy has long looked for a football director and he has got one. Will the fans accept that the new man has to be trusted to make decisions. If he makes choices and fans rebel who are they targeting Levy or Paracti?
In some ways Levy has apologised by admitting he got it wrong on Poch and Mourhino . And he has spent recently 5 incoming last season.. but as you say Harry it may satisfy the likes of me but not everyone.
But the manager has dragged on too long. I think it has something to do with him having doubts on his judgement, the arrival of a DOF and the board flexing it’s influence.
At this stage I’d settle for anyone, where’s Big Sam ?

Statler & Waldorf
Statler & Waldorf
3 months ago

Considering his tenure as well as Lewis’s ownership, nothing will change without both of them selling up and sodding off. Its one big scam year after year fleecing “customers” (thats right we are customers now). Infrastructure upgrades all to bump the value of the business yet football as suffered for years. Just when things move in the right direction hands firmly go in the pocket and the shop is shut thinking job done. Pathetic pair of money hungry business men not Football Club owners in this modern game

dembeleshapedhole
dembeleshapedhole
3 months ago

Spot on gents. Nice to hear from you. And we’re now officially the Muppet Show

Bergy
Bergy
3 months ago

For me. Get Joe to pay off the stadium debt and spend money on the team that the club earns. I don’t need then to go all Abramavic on us, but don’t cripple us with dept that sucks transfer funds

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