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Can Anyone Survive Under Levy’s Regime?
Footytubeblog (Blog) 3 years ago
Andre Villas-Boas has a problem with reality, persistent in his attempts to try and bend the truths of what actually happen. Daniel Levy is guilty of expecting too much too soon, even with the colossal outlay of this past summer.

Regardless of Levy’s position as chairman at Tottenham, someone should have had a word before the start of the season that a title challenge - at least a consistent one – was too soon. Villas-Boas had his issues of tackling his own stubborn streak, but he, Tottenham’s most successful manager in terms of points in the Premier League era, surely could have developed a winning mentality at the club over time.

Levy is right to want more; which chairman or owner wouldn’t want to take their club forward? The problem is pace and that Villas-Boas could only move forward steadily due to the upheaval of the squad and the loss of Gareth Bale – a sale given the green light by Levy.

It shouldn’t be overlooked, particularly by Levy, that Bale alone secured Tottenham many of their wins last season when a draw seemed more likely. This season, it was a case of establishing new match-winners, though the process was complicated by each candidate being a newcomer, both to Spurs and English football.

Tottenham’s spending during the summer was with a view to the long term, at least that’s what we can deduce from the ages of some of the players and that the two most talented, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, are well off their peak years.

Levy also needed to take a look at Manchester City as an example of clubs who spend heavily and yet take years to bear fruit. It took City three years to capture Champions League football after the Abu Dhabi United Group takeover in 2008, and four to win the Premier League title. It was never realistic to expect Spurs to defy those logical timescales.

Villas-Boas rightly had his critics for some of the results and performances this season. But Tottenham are not in a bad place. They’re currently seventh in the Premier League and could quite easily finish in the top four if results from the other inconsistent top teams go their way. But then that should have been the target for this season. If Spurs were unable to finish fourth or higher, it speaks of the strength of the league this season and not solely of the inadequacies of Villas-Boas.

Whoever was in the managerial seat at White Hart Lane would have had a hard task dealing with such a large volume of newcomers and bringing instant results. There is a strong defence for Villas-Boas that he should have been given more time. Even Arsene Wenger commented that so many new arrivals can be detrimental to a team’s immediate results, which is shown by his general reluctance to bring in more than three or four names each summer.

But Levy’s short tether isn’t new. Villas-Boas wasn’t the first to be shown the door based on an inability to achieve the unachievable, and he won’t be the last. Juande Ramos springs to mind following the sales of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane in the same summer. Maybe Tottenham’s static position in the league – they’re a Europa League side for now – speaks of Levy’s own inability to look further ahead than just the upcoming campaign.

The Tottenham chairman would have expected Villas-Boas to finish fourth last season, with no consideration for him being new to the Spurs job and having never completed a Premier League campaign before, let alone finishing in the top four. And credit to the Portuguese, he almost did it.
But what did Levy, the man who appointed Villas-Boas, expect from the former Chelsea manager? If it was short-term gain then why not stick with Harry Redknapp? If it was to establish a model for long-term success at the top as a regular in the Champions League, then the Portuguese’s dismissal continues to look wholly unreasonable.

It is ironic that the arrival of a director of football, a position still generally cast aside by most in England, has led to the sacking of a manager. It’s easy to point the finger at the man in the dugout. Yet regardless of Villas-Boas’ shortcomings, blame – if that’s what we’re labelling it – for Tottenham’s inconsistencies should be directed at more than just one.

Written by Thomas Hallett

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Malachai (Manchester United) 3 years ago
No, cause Levy's a tw*t!

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