Tottenham’s new financial results show that Daniel Levy has become the highest paid director in the Premier League.

Levy’s annual salary rose from £2.17m to £2.61m in 2015, putting him ahead of Manchester United’s Ed Woodward (£2.52m) and Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis (£2.23m).

So does our esteemed leader deserve to be on so much bunce? On one hand Levy is currently doing a superb job. He has finally found the right manager, the team is doing brilliantly and the club is finally on the verge of delivering a long-needed new stadium.

On the other hand, Levy only found the right manager after countless unsuccessful attempts, he’s taken quite a long time to get the new stadium sorted after trying to move the club to Stratford and the team have only won one trophy during his stewardship.

Perhaps more pertinently, is it right that Levy should be the best paid director in English football when during his reign he’s been unwilling to pay the top wages to players and managers?

Luckily we have created a poll to sort this issue out. Cast your votes below.

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  1. In any other business he would have been sacked years ago for his numerous disastrous managerial appointments. Admittedly the club has done well this year, but that has very little to do with him. After nine bad managerial appointments it’s about time he got it right.
    Let’s wait and see if the new stadium build is financed in such a way that the club still has money for wages and transfers and then we can judge if he has done well. To date I believe he us lucky to still feel in post.

    • Hoddle – excellent appointment as the best young coach in the business. Not Levy’s fault it didn’t work out; Pleat – brought in as caretaker while searching for an experienced manager; Santini – manager of France who everyone thought would be a great appointment but language difficulties caused a problem so Levy should take the blame; Jol – excellent appointment who lasted much longer than the average timer a premier league manager is in charge; Ramos – much admired and experienced coach who won a trophy but ultimately failed due to language difficulties so maybe Levy should take the blame; Redknapp – excellent appointment who eventually had to go over his ridiculous courting of the England job; AVB – his failure at Chelsea should have been a warning (but is now delivering) so Levy should take the blame; Sherwood – poor short term fix so Levy takes the blame; Pochettino – excellent appointment. I love the way the Levy haters re-write history (and blame it on Levy when there is a powerful owner and strong board). In his time there have only been 9 appointments (if you count Pleat) and the latest is excellent. By stating that there are 9 bad appointments this would mean that Poch is a bad appointment and so were all the others when clearly this is nonsense. What’s more, other than Manchester United and Arsenal how many clubs have had less managers than Tottenham in this time? Not many. So, a question – who are the 9 bad managerial appointments?

  2. When Levy took over we were a mid table club no matter how much we kidded ourselves at the time. That’s what we were. Now…we are back to being a top club again and despite the mistakes on the way, Levy deserves a lot of credit. COYS

  3. First thing to remember is that, unlike Gazidis at Arsenal and Woodward at Man Utd, Levy does two jobs – he is de facto Chairman and CEO. The other two are only CEO’s. That is inevitably reflected in Levy’s greater salary. Levy is also, unlike Gazidis and Woodward, owner of a substantial shareholding in the club for which he works. Yet he does not pay himself a dividend. As to whether or not he’s worth the money he’s paid, it’s probably also worth remembering that most of the first team probably earn as much or more. And the job that Levy does is no less important than theirs.

    Evaluating Levy’s worth to the club by focusing primarily on his patchy record of appointing first team managers seems, to me, to be rather limited and lacking in understanding of the breadth of his role. It is but one – albeit an important one – of his many responsibilities. Isn’t the ultimate litmus test a comparison between where we were when he started and where we are now? To which end:

    – From perennial mid / lower table mediocrity (and occasional relegation fights) to perennial top six (and occasional top fours).
    – From having a long neglected, unproductive academy system to having one of the top two or three most admired and productive academy systems in the country.
    – From having a modest, outdated training ground to having one of the top two or three, state of the art training grounds in the country.
    – From having a decent but inadequate stadium to being on the cusp of having one of the top two or three stadiums in the country.
    – From being a club with no vision for the future and no ambition beyond staying in the Premier League to being a club that has a clear vision and a realistic ambition to compete for top trophies.
    – From being something of a basket case and laughing stock to being one of the most respected and envied clubs in the country.
    – From being a club at which staff morale, in all departments, was appallingly low to being a club where everyone seems to be singing from the same hymn sheet.
    – From being a club with a limited, and diminishing, global profile and worth to potential sponsors to being a club with a rapidly growing global fan base and a great attraction to potential sponsors.

    Yes, there have been some whopping mistakes – Stratford, Ramos, AVB, not investing judiciously in players at key times etc – and a number of backward steps over the years. But the overall momentum has been forward. Nor should we forget the context in which all of this has taken place. Along with Everton, Spurs were the club that the Premier League and Champions League era had left behind. It’s easy to forget now but it was nigh on impossible, back in 2001, to imagine that Spurs could ever again catch up to those clubs that had jumped on the Champions League gravy train and were disappearing over the horizon. We were trapped in a vicious cycle while they revelled in a virtuous circle in which money begat success which begat money….

    And that’s before even beginning to consider how a Russian oligarch and an Arab prince subsequently put a massive spanner in the works.

    So is Levy worth the money? Absolutely. I’ve been a fan since the early 70’s and I can’t remember ever feeling that the club was in better shape, and hands, than it is now.

    P.S. In reply to Oldjdub, do you not think it more than a little unfair to berate Levy for all his bad managerial appointments while dismissing his good appointments merely as the consequence of good fortune? You either have to accept that some of the appointments that didn’t work well also owed something to bad luck or that the appointments that did go well owed something to good judgement.

  4. Horrible money grabbing little Jew, only out for himself. Sold Carrick, Berbatov, Modric and Bale. Cost us the league on at least two occasions.

    • Coming from a horrible, ignorant little racist…….

      People like you are not wanted at our club. You clearly don’t understand what it stands for.

      As to Levy costing us the league twice….how, exactly? His caution in the 2012 January transfer window might have cost us Champions League qualification that season, I’ll grant you. But by far our greatest problem then was that Harry was too busy flashing his knickers at the FA rather than concentrating on the job at hand. Other than that, this is the first time in thirty years that we’ve been anywhere close to challenging for the league at this stage of the season.

      As to the four players you mention, Levy sold them because they all wanted to leave and either threatened to go on strike and / or run their contracts down. In the circumstances, he squeezed the highest possible fees out of the Man Utd for Carrick and Berbatov. And he chose to turn down the highest possible fees for Modric and Bale because he refused to sell to Premier League rivals who had offered more than Real Madrid (Chelsea and Man Utd respectively). I’m not sure what more he could have done.

      Besides which, every single penny that has been raised by selling players has been invested back into the club. The fact that it hasn’t always been well spent is hardly his fault alone.

      • Levy wanted to leave north London he ain’t all about what’s good for spurs, he annoyed so many spurs fans he made that decision no one else, u got to understand the people’s frustrations, selling to real Madrid and they have first option on are players we should b growing not selling

  5. man, some of the short term memory on this site is appalling. do you guys even remember where we were before 2001 and where we are now? sure some of the managerial appointments haven’t worked, but take a step back and look at the upward trajectory this club has shown over the last 15 years..it’s truly incredible. Tottenham is now a perennial champions league aspiring club and slowly becoming a top destination for players and managers alike. With the new stadium coming, and a brand new bottom up philosophy, there’s no telling how high the ceiling is. So, to answer the question, hell yes. levy deserves every penny.

    • I remember since 1995 I also remember how levy treated Martin Jol, then sold berbertov and Keane and replaced them with Pav and Frazier Campbell on loan, we got over 50 mil for them 2 and lost over 40 goals a season

  6. I’m not a Levy fan I admire he’s business brain he is very strewd, I love the fact were not in debt but that’s all I do like about the man, I can’t understand this agreement we have with Real Madrid, I can’t understand the policy off selling are best players year after year, don’t understand the technical director of football having final say on transfers when the manager should and finally he tried to move us out of north London, levy then showed what he was all about money

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