Daniel Levy has to take a huge share of the blame. He has been in charge for over 20 years and has failed to build a team that can challenge for the top honours. He has been too focused on the commercial side of the club and not enough on the footballing side.The sacking of Mauricio Pochettino was a huge mistake and the appointment of Antonio Conte was an even bigger one. The decision to sack Cristian Stellini after just four games was also a mistake. It is clear that Levy does not have a plan for the future of the club and that he is just making decisions on the fly.The only way forward for Tottenham is to appoint a manager who can bring some stability to the club and who can bring back the identity and ethos that Pochettino had created. Until then, I fear we are in for a long and difficult period.
Tottenham’s 5-0 defeat against Newcastle has sparked outrage among fans about the state of their club. Chairman Daniel Levy has been receiving the brunt of the criticism, as this humiliation follows a string of disastrous decisions starting with the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. In response, Levy has fired interim boss Cristian Stellini and put Ryan Mason back in charge for the remaining six games of the season. Despite being in fifth place, Tottenham still have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, though few expect that to become a reality.
The major issue now is who will provide Levy with football expertise to assist in decision-making. Tottenham are without a manager for either their men’s or women’s team, and Fabio Paritici resigned as managing director of football last week after his worldwide football ban. It is understood there has been no contact from Tottenham with Pochettino, who would be welcomed back by the majority of supporters. Levy’s best managerial appointments have been somewhat under the radar, while his stellar names have not gone well.
The names being mentioned now include Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique, Brendan Rodgers, and Roberto de Zerbi. Tottenham’s owners agreed a £150m “capital increase” for the club last year, but few would argue it has been spent wisely. Son Heung-min’s contract runs to 2025, but his form this season has been very poor, and Harry Kane is about to enter the final year of his present deal.
The problems at Tottenham are easy to identify, but finding solutions is far more difficult. Anna Howells from Spurs XY said she was lost for words, and that this is not a team anymore. She believes Harry Kane is the only one who can hold his head up high, but that Tottenham do not deserve him and would not blame him for leaving in the summer. She also blames Levy for not investing correctly into the footballing side of the club, and believes the only way forward is to appoint a manager who can bring stability to the club and bring back Pochettino’s identity and ethos.