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Is Daniel Levy holding back Tottenham’s managerial search by micromanaging?
By Bruce Grove -

Tottenham has been searching for a new manager for the better part of three months, yet they don’t appear close to appointing one at the moment.

The Lilywhites is one of England’s top clubs and most people would have thought naming a replacement for Jose Mourinho would be fairly straightforward.

But it is far from that at the moment and one reason could be Daniel Levy’s style of leading the club.

Spurs came close to naming Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca as their newest manager in recent weeks, but both deals fell through.

It was believed to be for financial reasons and Football Insider columnist, Kieran Maguire is claiming that Levy is a micromanager and has the final say in Tottenham’s search for a new boss.

He says the buck stops with Levy on everything that happens at Tottenham and he would have already set the budget for a new manager.

If a target wants more money than he has budgeted, the deal will fall through because he is not always flexible.

“Everything at Spurs is determined by Daniel Levy,” he told Football Insider.

“He micromanages everything. If he feels that the price being asked for a potential manager is too high, then it goes no further.

“There are no specific calculations made. Instead, it just comes down to what Daniel’s max is.

“He isn’t always very flexible and therefore that tends to be the determinant in many of the decisions that are made by Spurs in terms of recruitment and retention.”

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Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago

I don’t think there’s anything there in Mr Grove’s latest missive that we didn’t already know or suspect!

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
3 months ago

Now AVB is coming out and criticising Levy. Let’s hope other ex managers come forward and speak out against the bald megalomaniac.

matt
matt
3 months ago
Reply to  SimonSpur

Where is this? I would be very interested to read. I always thought AVB was very hard done by at Spurs. The players were with him 100%.

Mark
Mark
3 months ago

Open letter to Danny.
Dear Daniel, hope this reaches you while feeling awfully well.
I do feel for you after 20 odd years giving this great club all of your very best. I know, you just are not appreciated after bringing us so far forwards after several years in the wilderness and hiring coach after coach after coach who just cannot see your vision and magnificent ability to bring out the best in all you meet. Especially while those upstarts pile so much cash into cheatski and city. Just who do they think they are? If they had any sense, they would walk all the way to N17 to have a seminar where you can enlighten them on how to run things properly. I sincerely believe, the only way forwards is to take a well earned break from the property business, get the Spurs kit man to measure you up and sort you out with some trainers. They are the things players and staff wear on their feet while running around on mud and grass. Then take up the mantle of manager yourself, giving you complete control of recruitment, tactics, who plays and to ensure you are on top of the players feelings. This would ensure no more silly outbursts such as from your namesake Danny Rose, which must have hurt you so very much. He just does not get it, does he? Players are here to be seen but not heard. I can see the pots flooding in now.
All the best! One of your biggest fans, Mark!

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

Only on the proviso that he gets sacked (permanently from any role) if we don’t make top 4…

Mark
Mark
3 months ago

🙂

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

Actually, as I have mentioned on here before, a former Third Lanark chairman, Bill Hiddelston (in the chair – should have been the electric one perhaps! – when the Hi Hi’s went out of existence) had in the fifties as a director become the actual manager. Mind you, we weren’t at that time yet – and, particularly in Scotland – fully in the age of the tracksuit manager; most managers at the time still spent most of their time behind a desk. Incidentally,Hiddelston, then running a hotel in Blackpool, wasn’t much of an age when he died from a heart attack months after Thirds were wound up.

Enjoyed your piece.

Mark
Mark
3 months ago

Not all Willie Maley I guess. Good points! 🙂

Tangangry
Tangangry
3 months ago

Well, I’m all for a bit of Levy bashing, but to be fair to him, every job within an organisation has a salary range, and that is based on skill and experience.

Jose earns £15m a year because he’s a proven winner with a cabinet of trophies and one of the biggest names in world football, Nuno will lucky to be offered a third of that, so if people are trying it on because they can see we’re in a pickle then he’s right to tell them to do one!

matt
matt
3 months ago
Reply to  Tangangry

Point kind of taken but …. here is the reality……… Managers say to Levy ‘I will put up with your sh!t for £Xmillion’

It is a two way street.

John
John
3 months ago

I wonder if he realises he is the problem. Even if he does, he can’t/won’t change so as long as he is there, it’s the same old same old.

Harry
Harry
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Delusions of grandeur!!

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

Of course he doesn’t (realize he’s the problem).

Bren Long
Bren Long
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Micromanagers rarely, if ever, accept culpability.

Dexter
Dexter
3 months ago

It’s the beginning of the end for Levy at Spurs. Maybe not ENIC, but certainly Levy. The end might be a ways off yet, but the wheels are in motion.
The world of football has woken up and decided to take Daniel’s sh*t no longer, confirmed by his embarrassing and utterly pathetic inability find anybody who’s willing to manage the team under him.
Hiring a Managing Director of Football (who he is already micro-managing) will further fend off any viable prospects from applying.
Joe Lewis will be watching this sh*t show unfold and unravel, and he’ll be calculating how many pounds sterling are at risk as the brand gets dragged into the mire by this self-obsessed goon.

Harry
Harry
3 months ago
Reply to  Dexter

I remember when we sold Carrick and Sir Alex saying dealing with Levy was more painful then his hip replacement! that must be about 15 years ago….so he has been consistent at least. More clubs hate dealing with him as he is so awkward. He needs to take a step back and smell the coffee.

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

I think people would rather have root canal treatment than deal wit Levy!

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

I don’t think I can ever remember one of our supposedly top clubs having such a hard time finding a manager. Yes, Celtic have also had a huge problem, just recently, filling their managerial vacancy but that’s in Scotland where they don’t get the enormous amounts of television money and so it’s incredibly difficult to find – with their limited finances – a manager commensurate with the expectations of a nevertheless large fan base. Big club, no money! Same with Rangers, of course. Occasionally these clubs will find an O’Neill, Strachan, Rodgers, Gerrard (in the case of O’Neill and Rodgers these were Irishmen who were Celtic fans), but it’s difficult.

With the Spurs scenario, the problem, essentially, is that no one now wishes to work with the appalling Daniel Levy; his reputation has preceded him!

Dexter
Dexter
3 months ago

Yep. His reputation has finally caught up with him, and will hopefully bury him.

Tony Borg
Tony Borg
3 months ago

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Levy was dragging out the manager search as to give the new manager less time to spend in the transfer window. As it is the new manager will have very little time to get their deals done, Paratici is probably under orders to drag deals out too. We have to get rid of Levy, Lewis and ENIC if we want any change for Spurs, if they stay expect the same year after year, we’ve had 20 years of this dross, it’s time for them to go.

Harry
Harry
3 months ago
Reply to  Tony Borg

We can all but dream…..if I ran a poll saying would you rather the club won silverware or got new owners…..hand on heart I’m not sure which would be higher!!

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
3 months ago

Maureen has alot of respect amongst his peers in the footballing world. More than Levy knows. A chairman sacks him based on a clique of players that were unhappy, gutless and lazy. Maureen’s dismissal was a act of negligence by a toxic CEO. Tavistock group should pull the trigger.

Mike J
Mike J
3 months ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

You do wonder whether ‘approached managers’ look at both the Poch and the Mourinho sackings… and ask themselves why would they even bother.

StuSpur
StuSpur
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike J

Both men attract a lot of respect from their peers no doubt.
Other mangers must wonder how they’d get a tune out of that squad under that chairman if those 2 couldn’t

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
3 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

The disease filters down from the top. Players are taking a wage but are capable of turning out disgusting and disgraceful performances like the last Europa League game. No manager wants to try an resurrect the dying careers of mediocre players who are deluded enough to think they are mustard when in fact they’re sour milk.

Maureen was shafted by them and Levy. The pattern is obvious. The unresolved saga of Kane is also an influential part of the job hunting.

How many days now? 67? Rant over.

Anyway seasoned poached egg on French toast beckons.

StuSpur
StuSpur
3 months ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

Yep levy fails to understand that no matter how many chefs try to make a turd sandwich taste good, ultimately it will always taste like sh*te. You have to throw it out and get new ingredients. Of course everyone can’t go but you need the churn.
Levy has zero football understanding. In his narrow mind he believes this group got us champs lge final and almost won the league, therefore get them playing like that again.

Last edited 3 months ago by StuSpur
Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

It seems very likely that’s what he believed when he appointed Mourinho. Worryingly, I think he probably does still believe it!

Djokovic apparently one set down to Brit, Draper!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

“Seasoned poached egg on French toast beckons” I assume you mean our annual forays into the bargain (or not so bargain) basement of French football. Very droll.

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

Definitely.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

Jose said he loved the squad 2 deep, but carry on. Just another day of regurating the same rant. Levy is stubborn and want the power. He is like James Dolan here in the States. They think one day, they will hit the pay day and I happen to root for both teams. The knicks has not won since 1973, and the hockey team last won in 1994. We had serial winners everybody from GMs and coaches, the constant are the guys at the top. So excuse me if I look at Levy as just a power hungry wannabe control all things for me to get riled up about some media speculations. I believe in journalism to a fault expecting them to dig in and get information we as fans and consumers are not able to have access to. Apart from HH giving his take. Every story I read elsewhere boldly typed with do source conformation “according to”, but we kept getting worked up. Some folks here I see on other sites doling out the same anger to the unverified stories. Some labelled me a Levy lover, but all I want is to enjoy my club. We as fans take it too personal in attacking each other for their opinion. It cost all of us as fans to support our clubs so let me have my say.

Harry Hotspur
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Paul, maybe it’s an unfortunate coincidence but every time I read one of your comments you’re berating someone, this place of generally looking for a punch up.

Please stop giving out instructions, or you’ll be removed.

Cheers.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

This is your site and if you want to remove me fine. I have no authority to stop you. We cannot all share the same opinion. Cheers to you too Harry and in all sincerity good luck. I will volunteer to not post here again.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
3 months ago
Reply to  Lord Croker

And sacked a week before a cup final in which his experience MIGHT (and the operative word is MIGHT) have enabled him to pull a rabbit out of the hat and win a trophy that he was, supposedly, brought in to do!

StuSpur
StuSpur
3 months ago

And the most insulting thing is Levy presenting the situation to his patsies at SpursTV as being some kind of unavoidable limitation. “we can’t do more than we’re doing”, “this is the only way” etc etc.
No Daniel, those limitations are set by you. YOU set the boundaries on what can be achieved, there is no budget but the one YOU decide.
It’s very simple. Back the manager, trust the manager, invest in the manager and step back. Accept that paying big money is the ONLY way to get quality and you will be rewarded by the success that investment brings.
Stop pretending to the fans that the club can only operate within this small framework. You’ve had 20yrs of evidence showing you that it DOES NOT work.

Harry
Harry
3 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

Yet he still found the funds to pay himself a nice little bonus on the completion of the new stadium??

StuSpur
StuSpur
3 months ago
Reply to  Harry

The audacity of the man is almost admirable.
It’s like rewarding yourself with spa weekend because you went and bought a new car on finance. One you neither needed or was prepared to put money against

Spanky The Wonder Giraffe
Spanky The Wonder Giraffe
3 months ago
Reply to  StuSpur

You forgot the bit about where the car was written off because the Highway Code isn’t good enough, and that everyone should trust the way you drive, you know best.

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

Oh yes there’s always enough down the back of the sofa to reward himself for doing a bad job. You couldn’t make it up, he might be a billionaire but he is the most hated man in football. Was it worth it Daniel?

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