Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy addressed supporters in his latest interview, talking about club finances and the direction he intends on taking the club.
A number of topics were discussed in Levy’s update. He conducted the interview to address supporters after widespread backlash for his handling of
In prototypical Levy fashion, he made no excuses nor did he apologize for any of his egregious decisions since hiring Jose Mourinho. Levy didn’t speak much about the new coach, but reinforced his trust for Fabio Paratici, who was yesterday confirmed as Tottenham’s sporting director.
The Italian is certainly in Levy’s close cohort and should have the license to make important decisions without Levy’s micro-managing tendencies. Though we’ve heard that before.
The club’s financial position
Levy also, as usual, discussed at length the club’s current financial position, reminding supporters of the crushing blow dealt by the pandemic. Spurs lost £200 million in revenue, mostly due to not being able to fill their 60,000-seat stadium with paying supporters.
He spoke of the need for financial prudence, saying the cub will spend on the transfer market but only within their means. Tottenham’s financial prudence includes balancing the books, only spending money on incoming players that is received for the sale of outgoing assets. Sounds like much of the same, then.
If supporters expect Paulo Fonseca to come aboard and add a bunch of players to his new team, they have another thing coming.
Levy not going anywhere
Levy didn’t try and find a conciliatory tone and had no intention on apologizing to supporters for anything that has occurred in the previous 18 months. He’ll feel his statement a few weeks ago showed enough accountability and regret over certain aspects of recent club happenings.
Whatever you make of Levy’s latest interview, it’s clear he is not going anywhere. He refers to “unfinished business” and his desire to win at the club, which is sure to exacerbate and perpetuate the agony felt by supporters who want him out.
He also talked about how the widespread criticism he’s been receiving doesn’t effect him or the way he runs the self-sustaining club. But Levy struck a somewhat defensive, defiant tone in his latest interview, which won’t go down well with those calling for his head.
If there is a legacy Levy will leave when he finally departs Tottenham (which by the sound of it isn’t coming any time soon) it’s one centred around fiscal responsibility and running a profitable, self-sustaining club.
It feels like much of the same from a chairman whose priorities have not changed.