Tottenham’s Very Own Shakespeare Character (Not Harry Hotspur)

Posted: September 3, 2015 in Football, Opinion, Tottenham Hotspur
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image(James Bond villain and part time undertaker Dastardly Daniel Levy trains his super high powered binoculars-designed-to-look-like-any-old-reading-glasses on Saido Berahino to see if that really is him playing for Jeremy Peace again.)

I like Tottenham. I like them in a way that only someone who isn’t a supporter can like them. I laugh at their little jokes, cry with them in times of sadness and am constantly amazed at how much they think they can achieve, without ever achieving any of it.

Take Emmanuel Adebayor, as I am sure Spurs wish somebody would. He left Arsenal and went to Manchester City, shortly after which he was sent on loan to Real Madrid who, obviously unimpressed, sent him back fairly pronto. City then sent him on loan again, this time to Spurs, who were so impressed that they bought him. Now they don’t want him and he won’t leave. Well, not until he gets a sign from God that it is the right thing to do. Five million pound signs ought to do it.

How about Tactics Tim? He was doing fine at Tottenham and actually seemed to get the best out of Adebayor. He gave Harry Kane his debut, along with other youngsters. Unfortunately, his profile didn’t fit with Dastardly Dan, who wanted immediate success with a bigger name than Sherwood. So goodbye Tim! Aston Villa’s youngsters are now benefitting from Tim’s babysitting skills.

Then there’s ‘Appy ‘Arry Redknapp. Takes Spurs to the Champions League for the first time in their history. Only lost to Real Madrid because Peter Crouch had a rush of blood to his head and decided to see just how quickly he could collect two yellow cards. Oh, alright, they would have lost anyway, but it may have been a bit closer. Based on this abysmal failure by Tottenham’s own remarkably high standards, ‘Arry, by mutual consent, had to do one. So he did, to face a relegation battle with QPR, but that’s another story.

So, without boring you with any more individual sob stories, who is the man behind all these tales of joy/woe depending upon which side of the fence you are comfortably seated? As mentioned earlier, take a bow Dastardly Daniel Levy.

Known as a man who is notoriously difficult to do business with, work with, have a chat with, share a joke with, be in the same room with and other things you’d have to ask his missus about, Daniel Levy has, in many ways done a lot for Spurs. The question is whether what he has done has been good for the club or not.

He sold Gareth Bale, BOO! He spent the money on lots of players, HOORAY! None of them were any good, so he wants to sell them again, BOO! He wants to buy Saido Berahino from West Brom, HOORAY! He doesn’t want to pay for him, BOO!

Whatever people may think of Levy, his prudent management of the Tottenham purse has certainly kept them nearer the top end of the Premier League than the bottom. He also likes to give new managers a chance. Not a very long chance, but a chance nevertheless. You get the feeling this could be Mauricio Pochettino’s last season if Spurs finish outside the European places and don’t win a cup.

One thing is for certain, unless some super rich Arab/American/Russian squillionaire comes along with a blank cheque to buy Spurs, then Dastardly Dan isn’t going anywhere soon. As this buy-out doesn’t appear to be imminent maybe Spurs fans can be a little bit grateful that Mr. Levy is still in office.

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