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[Archived] 1994/95 Title Winning Squad - Managerial Curse?!

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Guest Norbert

Levy knows how to screw money out of transfers, that is it. He cannot pick a manager and then keep them, he keeps changing how transfers are negotiated i.e. one minute it's all down to a manager like 'arry, then there's a D of F and a head coach singing from different song sheets, then a traditional manager again...........players are hired and then dropped as each season's manager has different ideas about the squad and tactics. Daniel Levy is good at making money out of the fans, and needs to be as he wastes so much of it by hiring managers, giving them millions of pounds, and then sacking them 8 months later.

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Tottenham are pathetic and Levy is a joke......Here's a team made up of signings since the 06/07 season.

Gomes (10 million)

Hutton (9) - Corluka (8.5) - Woodgate (8) - Chimbonda (4.5)

Bentley (15) - Paulinho (17) - Palacios (12) - Lamela (27)

Soldado (25) - Bent (16.5)

That's 152.5 million.

Now Woodgate was just unlucky with injuries but paying that much for a massively injury-prone player was stupid. Most of the rest have talent, it's just they turned out to be poor signings.....Some like Chimbonda, Hutton and Gomes were embarrasing, and I wouldn't even take any of them here now.

You could even include on the bench other relatively costly, but poor, transfers like Capoue, Dempsey, Chadli and Naughton....or the ones they just didn't need like Piennar and Kranjcar.......They sold Defoe to Portsmouth for 7.5 million then bought him back the season after for 15.

They sold Kaboul for 5 then bought him back the next season for the same amount, just with a new signing on fee and probably higher wages........They had talented players that just went to waste like Kevin-Prince Boateng and Taarabt..... They paid a lot of money for other players in this time but some I thought were quite decent like Crouch, Zokora and Pavlychenko.

And this is all just since 2006. They were paying 11 million for Sergei Rebrov in 1999.....Some transfers worked out, both playing and profit wise, eg Berbatov, Carrick and obviously Bale, but they were even ready to ship him off to Forest by all accounts until Assou-Ekotto got injured.

Since the Premier League began, they've spent around 580 million....Arsenal have spent 435.......since 2003, Spurs have spent 470, Arsenal 295......and in the last 5 seasons, they've spent 310 to Arsenal's 188.

All for two top four finishes and two Carling Cups.

If that's how to successfully run a football club then English football is in despair.

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He backs his managers with cash, and they go out and spend it on rubbish.

He is then forced to sack the manager because him and his signings have done so poorly.

You can't blame bad signings on Levy, he gives the managers what they want and ultimately its their responsibility to spend it wisely, which you have quite succinctly proved they haven't

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Levy is good at picking poor managers and very good at falling out with them. And only a poor chairman would give an open cheque book to his manager.

I see van Gaal is being lined up to replace Sherwood. There's no reason to suggest he will last any longer than the others.

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Guest Norbert

He backs the manager....................then sacks them 6-18 months later. The next guy comes in with someone else's squad, and then gets sacked without having a chance to build something. If Levy was in charge of Liverpool, Rodgers would have been sacked last year, when he was in the process of undoing the average job Hodgson and Dalglish had done, and they would not be where they are now.

And how many of these signings are the manager's? He's had that Danish guy who is/was with Chelsea and now Baldini as a D of F, with license to sign players above the head of the manager/head coach like Shebby Singh. Next, he'll get rid of that role, and have a traditional manager for a season or two before returning to the D of F + head coach set up.

Daniel Levy is like football's Mao Zedong, but without slave labour and starvation. Rather than making things more efficient, letting people get on and run a tight ship, he constantly interferes from above, pouring vast resources into a system that demands quick fixes and chews up people up and stifles innovation and invention. He constantly wants the next manager to produce the 'Great Leap Forward', throws loads of resources, and then jettisons the manager before they have a chance to build something long lasting.

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I doubt Levy gives two @#/? what a bunch of Rovers fans think of him. I'm sure he consoles himself with this...


However he does it, recruiting or dismissing managers, it's keeping his team up there.

Sometimes keeping managers on their toes makes them perform. Not saying it's the best way but it hasn't done Spurs too much harm. The only team they should really be outperform in Liverpool (in theory) but even City can't do that yet.

It just goes to show what a great job Wenger has done, shuffling his pack and selling his best player every two years and he is still keeping Spurs locked out of those Champions League places - which would help them strengthen.

Spurs had the chance to 'kick on' by not selling Bale last year but he knows that you sell your top players at top whack before the break.

In 1992 Gazza went to Lazio for £6m, Viallo went to Juve for £12m. You sell a player when they make you the most money, or you gamble. Levy is a businessman, not a gambler. That's why every team and every manager he gets through keeps him knocking on the door to the Champions League and not lower-mid table.

Like him or loathe him, Levy knows how to run a successful football club.

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