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This infographic deftly shows where Daniel Levy blew nigh on £90million mopping up his own mistakes
By Harry Hotspur -

Perception appears to be the word of the day. Antonio Conte’s perception of Tottenham was that if he could bring his talents on the pitch to a club that had achieved so much off the pitch, then this was another side that he could rejuvenate.

A common perception amongst many fans is that Daniel Levy is an astute businessman. Yet, if we look at this summary of managerial payoffs from ENIC, composed by The Sun, what we see is one hell of a lot of money spent on mopping up self-inflicted situations.

Even if one were to take a charitable view and discount the two coaches prior to Poch, this situation is appalling. Nigh on £70million was wasted on not backing Mauricio Pochettino alone.

Dearie, dearie me.

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coys1882
coys1882
1 month ago

Levy has actually managed to totally squander all the good work achieved by Poch on a shoe string budget and likewise some excellent value purchases, by several Directors of Football and/or managers, before that worthless nonentity Hitchin managed to ‘brown nose’ his way into Levy’s inner circle. Since then our transfer policy and the execution thereof has been utterly hapless and an unmitigated disaster.

Nigh on 250 million gross, spent in the past 2 1/2 years, has yielded just one nailed-on starter in Hojbjerg, plus Reguilon and Emerson (rotational/squad players) and a currently crocked Romero. A disastrous transfer policy consisting of cheap punts, promising youngsters not ready for the EPL and a couple of badly conceived, incompetently researched, ‘big money’ signings, that have not panned out.

Now if you look at the players lost in that same time frame the picture predictably looks a lot worse. Dembele, Erikssen, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, all top quality starters in their time, none of whom have been adequately replaced, except for perhaps Rose by Reguilon, (with the jury still out on Romero). As a result the Spurs managerial job has become a poisoned chalice, with the club mired in downward spiral.

Levy’s solution to a debacle entirely of his own making has been utterly predictable. Hire a ‘world class’ manager to try and motivate the cheap dross that he was responsible for buying, rather than investing in top class players. Unfortunately Mourinho, once a great manager, is now just a world class contract negotiator! Conte is top quality, but unless Levy truly backs him, we are going nowhere.

Our only chance frankly is if Paratici can ‘sweet talk’ two or three top free agent signings, like Kessie and Levy stumps up enough cash for a couple of genuine world class players. Conte is already shell-shocked and the enormity of the task has now hit home. Unless he is backed and given real hope of a rejuvenated squad, fashioned in his own image, that he can mould into a successful team, I think he will leave.

Last edited 1 month ago by coys1882
James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago
Reply to  coys1882

Hopefully history will record ENIC’s downfall can be traced back to the “three transfer windows”. Almost all the top players of the Poch era were purchased relatively cheaply but were held onto much too long.

That meant they fetched very little or no money when sold. It also meant that the cost of replacement had rocketed and instead of the process being spread over a number of years it stored up huge trouble for the future.

That future is here now and we see it unfold day by day. The property business genius decided to defy the laws of the football business doing what no other club in any major European League had ever done.

Whether that damage can be ever undone remains to be seen.

Last edited 1 month ago by James McKevitt
coys1882
coys1882
1 month ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

To your point about players from the Poch era being held on to too long, I would say that Moussa, Verts and Toby could and arguably should have been held on to a season longer, but Erikssen should have been sold the off-season before when he refused to sign a contract extension. There were reportedly 3 clubs vying for his signature and each willing to pay more than 100 million GBP for him!

Selling a player when their value ‘tops out’ in the transfer market, is totally viable and in case anyone needs reminding, one can cite the Coutinho sale as being the catalyst for Liverpool’s ascension to the Champion’s League and EPL titles, with the money used to buy Alisson and Van Dijk. Players can be over-priced. Erikssen was then and Kane was this past off-season. 250 million pounds could have been raised from selling the pair of them, when neither wanted to stay.

Selling Walker wasn’t necessarily a mistake, it was failing to take Sancho for 8 mill as the makeweight in the deal and then buying Sanchez with the proceeds that turned that deal into a loser. Either way Levy’s fingerprints are all over our precipitous decline. The unforgivable 3 idle transfer windows and the utterly incompetent splurging of cash after the CL final, with not one current starter for 150 million quid spent.

MrChickenhead
MrChickenhead
1 month ago

COYFS

Finn
Finn
1 month ago

Look this is small potatoes and just the cost of doing business when having to maintain the burden of running a football club to support a property development enterprise – like having to take a troublesome child to work with you…..poor Daniel………

Antonio Conte walks on water
Antonio Conte walks on water
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Sadiq Kahn , ruining London the Levy way

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Levy should av been sacked 12 times over by now.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Quite remarkable and a testament to the utter bilge the Prem is that after Spam lose ENIC fc can be 1 point off 4th.

Crackers.

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

i was thinking that looking at the table yesterday,quality has really dropped .
Half of the championship teams would win games in the prem no problem.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Levy still thought/thinks that the ‘jam-tomorrow’ bulls*it is still going to wash after almost 23 years. That’s the most troubling aspect of this, the mindset of the man is really quite concerning…

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

Conte masked the standard “world class facilities” rhetoric in a strange poetic twisting and hot air filled pseudo rallying call….

Patience…..there’s none left.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago

Just read recently that Bill Nicholson spent £500,000, half a million quid in 1964 to begin rebuilding the Double team and to replace the irreplaceable John White.

That was some spending when you realise Jimmy Greaves £99,999 transfer fee was a British transfer record.

Bill Nicholson broke the British transfer record three times for Jimmy Greaves, Martin Chivers and Martin Peters. He also broke the record for a transfer from a Scottish to an English League club with the £72,500 purchase of Alan Gilzean.

And the crowd running Spurs at the moment have the gall to talk of Tottenham’s DNA. They don’t even know the history of the club they are privileged to run.

Last edited 1 month ago by James McKevitt
Ballina Hotspur
Ballina Hotspur
1 month ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

Perryman almost didn’t join Spurs because Spurs didn’t have a reputation of developing youngsters at the time.

It was Bill who convinced him to join and said he was good enough and will get the development he needs. So Perryman became part of the rebuild and the rest we all know from their.

Bill knew about spending power and spent it on the right people, at the right time to bring him the success he got.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago

Bill knew his business unlike some others.

at large
at large
1 month ago

For me, not backing Poch after he took these mid-table players to the Champions League was the final straw so I’ve lost all hope until ENIC is flushed down the bin like the turd they are.

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  at large

And in doing so created £350 mil which levy then overspent on a stadium that was completed one year late.
Criminal.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

Despite yet more evidence of gross incompetence he still has his fans. The cult of Levy like that of Scientology is a tough nut to crack

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Munchausen Syndrome ..Levy depends on it….

Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Yeah JG I really cannot understand it every time I hear or read one (and it is rarer now thankfully) but just my personal take is I hate these wipers more than I hate ENIC.
They are the type of people who when you get invaded by the Nazis they go and make them cups of tea.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
1 month ago

Tbh, I am not sure I entirely understand these figures as I understood that NES and his team received £14 million in compensation for their four month tenure at Spurs but nevertheless, I have been boring you all to death about what an incompetent football administrator Levy really is. He has never been taken to task for the amount of compensation the club, yes the club, not Enic, have had to pay out in compensation to not only managers but coaches, DoFs, scouting and administrative staff over the years. This is pure financial incompetence which affects the club’s spending powers and it’s reputation but Levy never receives the blame for this as he gets richer by the hour whilst club flails around like a drunken sailor looking for the last whore available on the dockside as it attempts to recruit a new manager.
Not only is Levy an absolute disaster as a football administrator, God only knows how much money and success he has cost us in the transfer market over a long period of time, he is also a thoroughly objectionable human being without any discernible good traits. A contributor mentioned below how badly Martin Jol was treated but that is only one of the many instances of Levy’s thick skinned and tone deaf antics which makes us a desperately despised club. There was his attempted furloughing of the staff, his attempts to join the ESL, completely laughable in my view when you consider what a shambles of a club we are, asking the STs to renew at the new stadium, knowing that it wasn’t ready. There was also his laughable statement that the building of the new stadium would not impede our spending in the transfer market which was followed by zero recruitment for eighteen months. Levy is a man who is always “economique avec l’actualite”. To make things even more unbearable, I am forced to receive Whatsapp jokes from friends, such as the one which depicts Ronnie Barker reading the news, “Tottenham have been beaten 2-1 by Mura. If you have never heard of them , they’re a small team from North London”.
My only hope is that a shaman or witch doctor in the deepest jungles of Patagonia where Enic’s largest shareholder is currently denuding the indigenous people of their water rights, puts a curse of Lewis and Levy.

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Nailed it.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Levy and ENIC really are a piece of work…

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago

Levy is a lousy and incompetent businessman. He suffers from the malady “buy cheap buy twice”. Evidence of that lies in our RB position; he sold Walker to Man City and gloated about the £50m he got (despite once going on record as saying he would never strengthen our rivals). He then went on to spend more than that on buying failed replacements for that position in Aurier, Doherty and Royal. None of whom are remotely near Walker’s quality or level. I expect him to have to buy another replacement soon in a never ending cycle of stupidity. There is the proof as to what an incompetent clown the man is.

Filip Fric
Filip Fric
1 month ago

Ye, not even trippier’s quality. Although he is a good example for players like alli, doherty, ndombele, sanchez etc. why transfer in the best thing they can do for their own careers and for the club

Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
1 month ago

You are incorrect he is a very good businessman look at what the club is valued at now and compare it to the £25m investment made. I cannot even work out the potential profit in terms of percentages.
However as a CEO dealing with footballing matters he is worse than useless and dont forget all those payouts are from club profits ENIC dont invest a penny.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

What the club is valued at maybe good for borrowing…Forbes Rich List, but what the club is worth is what is paid for it should it be sold.
Years ago I wrote I didn’t trust Levy because he was a businessman..the football club is an annoyance which facilitates borrowing for ENIC as it has guaranteed revenue streams attached, little else.
ENIC are not custodians of THFC..they will quite simply bleed it dry until other revenue streams are achieved.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago

He is a lousy businessman in terms of doing football business, which is what I obviously meant. I don’t care about real estate and corporations. By the way don’t forget the debt…

John
John
1 month ago

*comment removed due to lack of IQ points*

Last edited 1 month ago by Harry Hotspur
John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  John

*burp*

Last edited 1 month ago by Harry Hotspur
Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Disagree John , even if it is wages it shows how much has been paid out to take the club backwards and when we were successful in our own terms ..no players were bought, and the coach sacked At the very least it all looks like money down the drain as the club has achieved nothing as a bunch of fakwits oversea transfers as a mechanism to maintain control .
The whole thing looks like an exercise in futility run for the benefit of very few..and if this is the wages where are the figures for the payoffs.
Never in football history has one man spent so much to achieve so little…
Forbes rich list ..Odious little Creep.

Filip Fric
Filip Fric
1 month ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

You both have a point tbh, but you are not talking about the same thing.
It was still cheaper for enic (at least in a short run) to pay them off, take a new guy and take public attention away from the real problem, rather than investing into new players and cut the deadwood with a big loss. Ofc, football suffers, we fans suffer..

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago
Reply to  Filip Fric

Filip I am in complete agreement with you. Levy is well aware hiring a coach is cheaper than replenishing the squad with the appropriate players. I despair of Tottenham Hotspur a club at which control is maintained by a transfer committee effectively governing the club through players in and out. How much has been wasted in recent years? It beggars belief. The assumption too many make is that Levy and his cronies actually care about the football.
If I am wrong and they do care they are merely incompetent evidenced by the hundreds of millions wasted over recent years. In no other commercial business would a fool like Levy still be in post. It is only the quasi religious status of football and it’s fans in England that allow THFC to be viable business..because fans buy into a dream and the club offers only product..the illusion remains alive. The board need to go. Only then with THFC be a successful football club and a truly successful business
Daniel Levy needs taking down from his cross and given some serious time in an Acute Assessment Unit .

Filip Fric
Filip Fric
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

what did he say?

Last edited 1 month ago by Filip Fric
Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago

Poch is on record describing himself as a coach. I don’t for a second believe he was in charge of the transfer policy and his job would involve talking to prospective recruits who were coming to be part of the squad. To make Poch solely culpable for signing that useless wastrel is laughable.

Nemesis
Nemesis
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

Poch was thrown under the bus. As was Mourinho. Conte? I guess we’ll find out..

Nemesis
Nemesis
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Hopefully to hijack the bus

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Nemesis

Daniel “doesn’t do emotions” apparently… doesn’t to f*cking trophies either! 😂

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Nemesis

Dont forget what he done to Martin Jol..All the old White Lane new he was getting the chop before he did…disgusting little man

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Smith

I bet only dogs can hear Levy fart..tight little git

Nemesis
Nemesis
1 month ago

Poch initially wanted Bruno Fernandes, but Levy refused to pay up
Mourinho wanted Ruben Dias and got Joe Rodon.

Last edited 1 month ago by Nemesis
Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Nemesis

Poch also wanted Mane and got Sissoko.

Nemesis
Nemesis
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

He also wanted De Jong. Redknapp wanted Suarez, but Levy thought 24m was too much

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

Mane cost 35 mil ..from Soton.what a buy..let’s face it football is an inconvenience to Levy ..when you add this to the fact Daniel has been in charge of the of the THFC Universe for so long it’s going to take Chloroform and a straight jacket to wheel him out.
Perhsps WhiteWebbs could become the biggest train set in the world..and you Daniel are in charge ..yes you are special Daniel so so special..

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

Surely there is a massive bonus paid to Daniel Carry on up The Tottenham , DNA Another Day, Dr Strangelove Uberfuhrer, Deluded
Kappelmeister Levy, not on the list.
Such acumen such financial genius. This abomination of a Chmn justifies the inaction of all our layabout players. They can rightly look at incompetent greedy Pontiff and justify their money for nothing attitude.
Basket Case of a Club…and that’s the way he likes it.
Levy Out #sectionlevy

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago

Is that wages paid or the pay off for the sack. Where is the oft mentioned figure of £14 million which Nuno supposedly got on his departure.

Eddie
Eddie
1 month ago

But it’s still cheaper than buying decent players Joe.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Eddie

Spurs built a goldfish bowl run by plankton….Levy OUT

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Smith

Should of put top quality fish in first

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