Tottenham Managers During Daniel Levy's Time as Chairman

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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.

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  • jim

    MP has a 5 year contract, and I think it will take Spurs 5 years to be in a position to really challenge at the top. The financial policy won’t change any time soon, so 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be adjusting the squad, balancing the books, probably ending up 5th, and maybe winning one league cup. Next, in 2016-17 and 2017-18, Spurs will be on the road whilst the new stadium is built, partly over the old WHL. This could affect performance, but we could just win the europa league in 2017-18. That brings us to 2018-19, and finally into the new stadium, with champions league via winning the europa league. The stadium funding of naming rights, development profits and owner share equity allows Spurs to use the increased season ticket income to boost the squad in the summer of 2018. They finish 4th, get to the champions league quarter-finals, and win the fa cup.
    So MP’s 5 years will get us into a position to challenge, if Spurs are patient for that long.
    Having supported Spurs for over 50 years now, the above is my realistic best case scenario.

  • Samit

    Close on the heels of Real Madrid, Daniel Levy has achieved his own “La Decima”. Pochettino is the 10th manager of Spurs under Danny Boy’s Chairmanship!

    We have come full circle as well. Levy started by sacking an incumbent manager who was a well-known Arsenal supporter (Graham) and replaced him by poaching a manager from Southampton (Hoddle). And now Sherwood (alleged Arse supporter) gives way to Poch (fresh from the Saints).

    Now which lemon will follow Poch from Southampton a-la Dean Richards?

    The more things change, the more they remain the same.