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Jose Mourinho heading towards a battle that he is guaranteed to lose, he needs to back off|opinion
By Bruce Grove -

It was always going to be interesting to see how Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy worked together at Tottenham considering their very different personalities.

When Mourinho joined the Lilywhites, it was a surprising appointment considering the fact that Spurs aren’t the biggest spenders under Levy, while the Portuguese has developed a reputation for spending big at the teams he has managed.

They have combined well to sign at least one player in the last transfer window even though Mourinho later claimed that Steven Bergwijn wasn’t his first choice target (Daily Mail).

That seemed to be a sign of good things to come, but it hasn’t lasted so long with a new report from L’Equipe via Sport Witness claiming that Mourinho wanted Thomas Meunier, but the move for the Belgian was scuppered by Levy and the player has now joined Borussia Dortmund.

According to the same report, Mourinho is non too happy about the loss of Meunier, especially when he put the effort in and telephoned the 28-year-old.

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The loss of Meunier because of Levy’s reluctance should prove to Mourinho that he won’t win every battle when it comes to transfers at Tottenham.

The former Real Madrid manager has been known for falling out with teams when they fail to match his ambition in the transfer market and he needs to be prepared not to get every player he wants else an early exit from Spurs might be on the cards for him.

There will only ever be one winner in any battle of wills at Tottenham and that is Daniel Levy. It would be in Mourinho’s best interest if he accepts that inevitable outcome now before he creates an untenable situation for himself.

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ministers cat
ministers cat
1 year ago

Depends how much Jose wants to stay in London. He may just learn to bite the bullet. What ****** me off about Levy is his handling of transfers. Appoint a man tell him how much he can spend on a player/wages/agent fees and let him get on with it. Take the deal to Levy to explain how this player can improve the team and tell the weasel to sign. None of this changing deals at the last minute to save a bit here and there short term.
Above all though beware – we don’t want to do a (insert name here but not Liverpool/Leicester/Man U/Man C/CFC/AFC obvs)

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 year ago

Trying to sign a free transfer is a clear indication that Jose knows the difficulties facing the club. Not being sanctioned is a different matter. It is hardly an ambitious signing is it, with the only thing to lose is wages? If you look at this objectively, if Dortmund or Spurs came knocking who would you sign for? I’d like to believe we might have a better option lined up, but what is better than an experienced free transfer?

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
1 year ago

For the record, it is not Levy’s club, it is Enic’s He owns approximately 29% of Enic. I believe that his father is one of Joe Lewis’s oldest friends. So far, Lewis has been happy to let Levy continue with his micro management, but at some stage he will become unhappy as Levy, who is the highest paid CEO in the PL continues to make mistakes. We had around £350 mill in the bank which has been splurged on a retail centre which has left us with a debt of around £650, excluding interest. when Levy inevitably sacks Maureen, it will be the eleventh manager who has exited Spurs under a twenty year old regime which has produced one piece of silverware. One wonders how much Levy’s errors of judgement in the appointment of managerial , coaching and scouting staff have cost the club in compensation. If you really believe that Lewis and Levy have the best interests of the club at heart, wake up and smell the grass. Their only ambition is to sell the club for an enormous profit at the appropriate moment. they do not care about the club or it’s supporters whom they have consistently treated with contempt.

Steve KillerCushion Williams
Steve KillerCushion Williams
1 year ago

Future clashes are inevitable. Surely. Unless Levy and Lewis change their ways. Leopards rarely change their spots.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago

BIG Leeds coming up. Will be wicked for the prem, and the city. Peter Lorimer. What a shot he had on him. WHACK! Big up the chapel town man dem🌚. Forest. Fix up, get back to where you belong. Preston north end, come on

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 year ago

I think Mourinho is on record as saying he understands the financial situation at Spurs and is happy to work with that. If we can’t spend big at least let’s spend wisely.

Watching Arrons in the FA Cup, I can’t say I’m overly impressed. Buy Todd Cantwell.

East Stand
East Stand
1 year ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

I don’t think Levy’s micromanagement of finances at Spurs
would have been a secret to anyone at that level of the game.
Jose knows Poch and Arry well and would have known what he
was walking into under Levy.

However, I reckon Levy tends to convince managers that he intends to
be ‘sensible’ over finances but that he’ll do everything he can to help etc
and also pays well to get the manager he wants.

The reality is more like Levy saying ‘ I pay you a small fortune as manager,
so I get to make the key decisions, not you”.

Meunière at 28 might look like a bad resale prospect for Levy, so there you go…
Why bring in Jose when he wants a few experienced players getting paid the going rate
and you aren’t going to allow it? Poch never got backed properly despite his incredible
overachieving with the resources he had so even if you’re ‘special’ it makes zero difference
with Levy. ‘It’s his club, he can do what he wants…’

ENIC OUT

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