'When Daniel Levy took over as Chairman of Spurs, we'd spent the previous five seasons in 10th -14th place, with a team during that period which included the likes of Armstrong, Ferdinand, Anderton, Rebrov, Doherty, Clemence, Davies, Korsten, Carr, Iversen, Sherwood, Leonhardson, Andy Booth, Sullivan, Thatcher, Gardner, Perry, Nilson, Taricco, Hans Segers, Luke Young, Tremezanni, Berti, Saib, Dominguez, Vega, Scales, Baardsen.
And as dedicated as some of these players were, anyone with an ounce of footballing knowledge could see that these guys were never going to secure our position as a top club.
Since 2001, Levy has taken Tottenham into a new era - not only has he achieved top five positions over five different seasons, he has thankfully also avoided the Portsmouth and Leeds financial models in the process.
In addition Levy has had the compounded pressure during his tenure of those artificial cash injections from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and now Manchester City. This financial bias is like trying to run an airline when your three major competitors are flying people first class around the world on economy fares and being prepared to lose hundreds of millions of pounds in the process.
Levy has given us players of the ilk of Van Der Vaart, Berbatov, Modric, Bale, Vertonghen and Sandro. We have quality players in depth like never before, and we have the funds already sidelined to build a new stadium as well. We have finished 4th, 5th and 4th in the Premiership in the last three years, and Levy clearly felt that that wasn't good enough for his ambitions for the club. I loved what Harry Redknapp brought to the club from a motivational perspective, but I doubt many true Spurs fans weren't wondering what the bloody hell was going on in respect of some of the tactics he employed. In Levy and AVB we must now trust.
Next we come to the Luka Modric affair. Now Modric is clearly a top quality player, someone we signed for a very competitive price considering he was already a proven international star. A player who was nutured and commited enough to sign a long contract with the club. And, to be fair, a player who had shown some flashes of Barcelonesk flair and ability.
But the opportunity to play at the highest level, and the ability to double his wages, was clearly a temptation too far. Levy was stoic in rejecting Chelsea's advances, and selling him to the enemy would have only been counterproductive in any case. Levy's business acument and negotiation skills seem to point to a Modric move away from the Premiership, for a fee somewhere around £36m. I find it hard to understand how anyone could regard this as anything other than superb business for the club.
So let's stop for a moment and summarise Levy's tenure:
1. He has moved Spurs from a mid-table sleeping giant to a geniune top four contender.
2. He has invested wisely in players and built a squad of real quality and depth.
3. He has budgeted and planned a state of the art new stadium for the near future.
4. He has operated a profitable Plc unlike many of our main competitors.
5. He is loyal and ambitious and has the genuine interests of the club at heart.
And I, for one, ain't complaining'.
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