Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has claimed that club chairman Daniel Levy may be partly to blame for the perceived poor style of play under boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Tottenham have been on something of a downward slide recently when it comes to the league, losing their last three league games and conceding three goals in each of them, during which time the Portuguese tactician has come in for some criticism regarding his style of play.
Speaking in matchday programme notes last season (via The Evening Standard), Spurs chairman Levy promised supporters that the club would target a new manager that would bring a “return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining”.
Speaking about those words on Aston Villa outlet Claret and Blue ahead of the teams’ clash this weekend, Gold felt that those words from Levy were a mistake and are coming back to haunt him given how the manager search eventually panned out.
He said: “Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman made this big promise – that he was going to go out there and he was going to bring in a new manager who would play this attractive, entertaining and free-flowing football.
“And I think it was like, that’s probably the worst thing he could have come out with. Because then, the whole manager search got defined by that, and then ultimately took a big twist when Fabio Paratici came in, the new managing director of football from Juventus and wanted a different kind of manager; he wanted a more balanced manager, and that’s what he’s got in Nuno.
“And I think the fans were worried, the fans were suddenly concerned that, oh my goodness we’re not going to get our ‘Tottenham way’, or whatever they want to call it, of football.”
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Whilst Gold might think that the comments made by Levy were a mistake, it is perhaps a bit early to start making statements like that, especially when you consider that this style of football also managed to win them three Premier League games on the bounce to start the season, one of which was against the defending champions.
Nuno is still adjusting to life at Tottenham and dealing with a new group of players, so things are likely going to take time before we can truly see what direction he and the club are going in.
And whilst Levy may not have got the manager that he promised the fans, if Nuno can turn things around and bring them success, either in the short term or long term, then those words are probably going to be forgotten by the fans, who shouldn’t really care how success comes about, just as long as it does eventually.