Daniel Levy

31 March 2021 - 4:41 PM


Alamy | Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Test Event - Under 18 Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton game on March 24, 2019.

“You won’t find an on/off button attached to a strategy” – authors of strategy book confused as to whether Tottenham changed their whole strategy when hiring Mourinho

  • The authors are unclear whether Tottenham Hotspur are in the middle of a significant change of direction in terms of their playing philosophy. The transfer strategy may have changed as well.
  • “The complexity in football doesn’t allow you to suddenly make a strategic U-turn in order to win a short-term title,” the authors say, if the hiring of Mourinho was solely a matter of winning something within a short period of time.
  • Daniel Levy has a reputation as a very successful and focused chairman with a long-term mindset, so the book’s authors are surprised if he is deliberately changing the playing fundamentals at the club.
  • According to the authors, clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur need to realise that they cannot continue to outperform competitors who are spending significantly more money on transfers and wages.
  • Their book “How Hard Can it Be” is about strategy work – and the lack of – in the football industry. They argue that Tottenham over-performed for a number of years and should have accepted the decline in results in the last phase of Pochettino’s reign.

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