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Daniel Levy has serious questions to answer if Mauricio Pochettino is sacked from his role at Tottenham Hotspur.
Football FanCast sources understand that the former Southampton manager has told chairman Daniel Levy that he does not intend to resign from his role despite a poor start to the season.
Spurs are currently 14th in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four, and play West Ham United this weekend.
Various reports have suggested that Pochettino’s time is running out but there’s a lingering question over Levy’s contribution.
Indeed, the Argentine has perhaps been the club’s best manager of modern times. He has not won a trophy but he has overseen multiple title challenges and a run to the Champions League final.
Has he been backed adequately though?
Spurs acquired three first-team players in the summer, with the signings of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.
That, though, has come after two transfer windows in which the club did not make a single acquisition. They became the first club in Premier League history to go through an entire summer without bringing in a new player. They then followed that up with the January transfer window, in which they were inactive.
Three first-team players brought in over an entire calendar year is disgraceful at the top level.
Indeed, they also sold Kieran Trippier and Fernando Llorente in the summer and did not replace either of them.
They have headed into the 2019/20 season with a worse squad than the one that reached the Champions League final.
There are also players at the club whose contracts are expiring; Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen all have deals that are running out in 2020.
But one has to wonder why they were not moved on in the summer; Levy’s inability to shift them has left Pochettino with no choice but to play them. Certainly, no central defenders were brought in during the summer.
Thus, there is some culpability in the boardroom.
It is all very well arguing the toss over Pochettino’s tactical decisions and his plans to play the likes of Eriksen and leave Lucas Moura on the bench but there have to be questions asked of the chairman.
He has not spent as much money as he could have, and the squad was actively weakened in the summer.
It is little surprise that Pochettino is struggling; Levy ought to look at himself before pulling the trigger.