THE SCORN of the angry Spurs fans was relentless.
No matter Mauricio Pochettino did not appear even remotely upset with Daniel Levy, let alone raging, the tidal wave from ‘the terraces’ was overwhelming.
A summer without a single signing was their final straw.
Levy, some have decided, is the biggest problem at Spurs, he is holding the club back.
Preventing Pochettino from doing what he wants to do.
And only interested in the bottom line. The fury is understandable. After all, they all believed Spurs were ready to spend big this summer, not sit on their financial hands.
But that anger is utterly misdirected. Without Levy, without his drive and ambition, without his partnership with Pochettino, Spurs would be what they were for two decades.
A fallen giant, happy to stay in the financial shadows of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Stuck with a stadium that was, with every passing year, falling further behind. Busy going nowhere.
Some of them seem to have forgotten that decade under the ownership of Alan Sugar. Never finishing above seventh. Average final position: 11th.
Instead, next month, they move into the finest new stadium in the world. A piece of architectural and sporting beauty, back on their own manor.
A ground that will bring old-fashioned, raw bedlam and intimacy from 62,000 fans, nearly a quarter of them in the ‘White Wall’ at the South end.
Truly a home from home. A statement of the club’s intent and determination.
A club with the World Cup Golden Boot winner and most sought-after centre-forward in Europe leading their line. One of the many who have signed up for the long-term.
With the man who lifted that World Cup into the Moscow sky in goal. With five members of the England squad that reached the last four.
Three of the Belgium side that made the semi-finals. Asia’s finest player and South America’s best young centre-half.
And with an infrastructure and development project that WILL deliver, to ensure that the next generation thrives. Even more for whom the fans can sing “he’s one of our own”.
Yes, Levy has made mistakes. It took him eight managers to finally get the right man.
And Spurs spent an absolute fortune over that period. But he has that man, in Pochettino.
The Argentine has delivered three top-three finishes in a row for the first time since Bill Nicholson’s 60s sides.
Poch is project manager, Levy is the architect. The pair have transformed the club, on and off the pitch.
When those fans who are moaning this weekend walk into their new home for that opening Liverpool clash, they will see a team worthy of its surroundings.
Some may even acknowledge what Levy has done for Tottenham. He deserves that recognition.
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