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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara has defended chairman Daniel Levy from the ire of supporters, per talkSPORT.
Levy has been at the centre of a firestorm of criticism from fans since manager Mauricio Pochettino alluded to his frustrations with the club’s transfer policy earlier this week.
Since then, supporters have called on Levy to splash the cash and back the manager or leave the club, with deals for Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon both continuing to drag on.
£120m for finishing 4th
£100m from the CL Final
£360m from AIA
£800k PER MATCH DAY from the stadium
£30m a year, 15 YR DEAL with Nike
Stadium naming rights to come
£22m for Tripps
AND STILL LEVY WON’T BUY CELSO OR DYBALA!
This is a SHAKEDOWN ON THE CLUB#BackPoch #LevyOut
— Nektarios Sokas (@nektarios_sokas) July 31, 2019
— Jack O'Driscoll (@JODriscoll2002) July 31, 2019
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) July 30, 2019
But O’Hara, who played for Spurs between 2005 and 2011, has defended the club’s powerbroker.
He said: “Let’s go back ten years to when I was there; we were a good side and it was a good club to be at, but they weren’t what they are now.
“Tottenham are a top football club, they’re established and week-in, week-out they’re performing at the highest level. You can’t say that’s not down to Levy and the infrastructure he’s put in at the club.
“It’s not just Pochettino who has done this – Levy built the training ground, he built the stadium, he’s got the players in, he’s done the contracts, he’s kept these players there.
“Yes, Pochettino has done a fantastic job in terms of the squad, but for a Spurs fan to say, ‘get Levy out’, I think is the completely wrong message.”
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Levy is underappreciated at Tottenham.
The club’s chairman has overseen the construction of a £1bn stadium, arguably the finest in the Premier League, and has also helped the club build a state-of-the-art training ground.
Fans, of course, love to moan, and many believe that the purse-strings could be loosened just a little in north London.
But the club could well end up with Lo Celso and Sessegnon joining the squad, strengthening a pool that reached the Champions League final last season.
Levy has overseen growth both on and off the pitch and, as O’Hara says, he deserves credit instead of criticism, particularly with the transfer window remaining open.