Tottenham executive director Donna-Maria Cullen has jumped to the defence of Daniel Levy following continued criticism of the chairman’s approach to transfers.
Spurs are yet to make a signing this summer, which is nothing new – the club often leaves its dealings until late in the window.
But Tottenham fans expected different this season. Comments made by manager Mauricio Pochettino towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign suggested the club would do its transfer business more quickly than usual this time around.
That clearly hasn’t been the case, and Spurs now have less than two weeks to make a couple of vital squad additions while shipping out players unwanted by Pochettino.
But Cullen has defended Tottenham’s lack of movement in the market, claiming Levy’s methods aren’t particularly different to those of other big clubs.
“Daniel works closely with the managers and always has done,” Cullen said during Tottenham’s pre-season tour of the US (via Sky Sports).
“He clearly identifies targets, works to get them, and we are no different to other clubs in not necessarily being able to acquire who might be top of your list for whatever reason. There are so many other moving parts in that whole scenario.
“Mauricio is very relaxed. I also think there was a misinterpretation of his comments [at the end of last season]. He will say that what he said was not about going out and spending money.
“Sometimes there’s a degree of frustration at how much is written [about Daniel] that isn’t accurate. But what you get with him is he is so focused on delivering for this club – and that’s why any of us who work around him think it’s grossly unfair.
“The point is if he was a chairman who came out and spoke every time there was an assertion that we weren’t comfortable with, you guys would stop listening after a while.
“When he does speak he does it because he’s got something to say rather than just responding. He is so modest, shy and understated and it’s never about him.”
Regardless of Cullen’s comments, many Spurs fans will continue to criticise Levy and demand signings are made sooner in future windows.
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