Levy could sack Nuno (it is in his contract), but he isn’t the problem.
By Don Scully
Our Chairman Daniel Levy has the option of sacking Nuno Espirito Santo at the end of the season. According to Tottenham sauces, our glorious leader has necessitated that fourth position is a must requirement if Nuno wants to survive into the next season.
Despite the team just four points adrift of Chelsea, Nuno remains under pressure to keep the club amongst the elite. The report stated that a clause in his two-year contract permits a departure in 2022 without the head coach being compensated.
Nuno was only appointed as the replacement to Mourinho after Levy had tried and failed to secure the services of numerous other candidates. In fact, Nuno was 6th on the list
So far, Nuno has notched up six wins in all competitions and four defeats from his 12 matches in charge of our rag-tag-and-bob-tail team of players.
I’ve got to ask, what is the point of keep sacking managers when the problem is Daniel Levy and the board. To get into the top four and compete with the elites of the Premier League (Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea), you also have to compete financially. Daniel Levy has been sacking his way out of the Spurs problem for 20 years in the hope of deflecting the blame from himself and Joe Lewis.
The problem with Lewis and Levy is that they want a top-four spot without putting any money in or as little as possible, just relying on cheap and academy players. He just doesn’t get it. When Pochettino and most of the other managers could only go so far, they went to Levy and asked for more money to strengthen the team and were promptly sacked. That is Levy’s answer to anything. He believes that because he is a genius as a businessman (the stadium, training facilities, etc.), it also equates to him being a genius as chairman of a football team as well. It doesn’t.
Levy has insisted to any new manager that they must use academy players where possible(because they are cheap) rather than go out and compete with the top four premier league owners on a financial level.
We also must remember that, where the other football club stadiums are basically football stadiums, so are limited in how they can get money in, the Tottenham stadium is a cash cow, raking money in from football (like Chelsea, United, City and Liverpool) but also from boxing, concerts, American football, Rugby etc., but compared to the other elites teams (even though we are regarded as a rich club) we fall way short of the other top elite teams spendings.
Just look at the big six and what they have spent since the summer of 2014
- City are at the top of the league and have spent £518m
- United have spent £466m
- Arsenal have spent £225m
- Chelsea have spent £200m
- Liverpool have spent £183m
- And at the bottom, us, and we’ve only spending £29m
The top five have constantly won trophies over the years… as for Levy, he has only won one trophy, and that was the lowly League Cup in his twenty years in charge. Levy’s spending highlights our failures.
The problem isn’t our managers – so sacking them won’t achieve anything – but Levy and Lewis and I can’t see any way out unless they sell.
Where has the money gone? Levy became the highest-paid Premier League chief executive, with an annual remuneration of over £6 million in the 2016–17 season (Ed Woodward has just taken over from Levy). And then there are the others on the board, Joe Lewis and course the investors who will want a slice of the pie before anything reaches the team.
But saying all that, Levy still has his fans… who can’t see the woods for the trees. They just point to his achievements as a businessman and gloss over his accomplishments (or lack of them) as a chairman of a football club… of Spurs!
[I know I’ve said that the requirements for Nuno to survive would be a top-four spot, however, some sources says a top sixth place is needed. But I have it on good authority that Nuno must reach the top four to survive]
By Don Scully
I have been following Spurs since the sixties and work in London. My current job is as a professional writer (working in the media), and I have work connections to the club and had previously worked for them. Including working at the old White Hart Lane stadium.
I also have my own blog and have written for the SpursWeb app & its website.