Daniel Levy’s 10 Tottenham Managers
In Daniel Levy’s time as Chairman at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino is manager number 10. In the 13 years since ENIC took control, 8 permanent managers plus David Pleat who had almost a season in temporary charge, have come and gone. In that time Tottenham’s achievements have been restricted to a win the Carling Cup in 2008, losing finals in 2002 and 2009, qualification for the Champions League once with progress to the quarter-finals of the competition in 2010-11, finishing 4th but missing out on Champions League in 2012, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals on 3 occasions with have four 5th-placed finishes in the Premier League with a record points total in 2013.
None of the managers have been given time to build a team with their vision for Tottenham’s future cut short at an early stage. Only Harry Redknapp came near to producing a team playing stylish football able to challenge the top sides in England but even his time in charge came to an abrupt end.
George Graham (Sacked March, 2001)
Few Tears Shed at the Lane
Graham had been at White Hart Lane from October, 1998, having been appointed by Alan Sugar to replace Christian Gross. He guided the team to a win in the Worthington Cup in that initial season. The former Arsenal stalwart’s past and style of play never sat comfortably with fans at Tottenham and within months of taking over Levy dismissed Graham even though he had taken Spurs to the FA Cup semi-final which was only fortnight away. Comments by Graham about the club’s finances for future transfers brought a parting of the ways. There was much delight among Spurs fans on the departure of Graham on the eve of a league game against Coventry City.