Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy recently engaged in a 90-minute fans’ forum at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, addressing a variety of key topics.
During the discussion, Levy candidly admitted to mistakes in hiring managers Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.
He acknowledged that the pressure to win and the desire for a big-name manager influenced his decisions, but he emphasized the importance of playing in a certain way and building a long-term strategy, leading to the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as the head coach.
Levy expressed no regret regarding Spurs’ involvement in the European Super League talks, highlighting that they acted in the club’s best interests at the time.
However, he clarified that the Premier League’s new rules prevent them from considering such a move without consent.
Regarding Harry Kane’s transfer to Bayern Munich, Levy confirmed the existence of a buy-back clause.
He also addressed the contentious issue of increased matchday ticket prices, acknowledging the sensitivity of the matter and the need to review ticketing policies.
Levy revealed that the search for a stadium naming rights sponsor had been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic but emphasized the importance of finding the right sponsor rather than rushing the decision.
On the topic of recent transfers, Levy described the last days of the transfer window as “stressful.” When asked about the possibility of signing James Maddison, he humorously mentioned that Maddison needed to change his car color.
Reflecting on the past six years, Levy discussed the challenges the club faced during the pandemic, including the financial strain due to the stadium’s debt.
Despite the difficulties, Tottenham has emerged in a positive light with the arrival of Ange Postecoglou and his emphasis on attacking football and unity within the club.
Levy emphasized the importance of supporting Postecoglou in achieving success, highlighting the need for appropriate players, facilities, and fan support.
He also praised Postecoglou’s belief in the club’s academy and the vital connection between the first team and youth development.
In conclusion, the forum provided insight into Levy’s perspective on past decisions, current challenges, and the club’s future direction under Postecoglou’s leadership.
Tottenham aims to maintain its identity and philosophy while striving for success in the long term.