Profile: Daniel Levy - North London’s quiet man and his empty field of dreams

31 August 2020

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Photo: PA Images Transfer talks with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy could be rather tough. Sir Alex Ferguson famously said it was 'more painful than a hip replacement.’ The agent Jon Smith did the deal that took Harry Redknapp from Portsmouth to Spurs in 2008 but he and Levy were £50,000 apart when it came to the commission. Levy eventually agreed to pay the extra so long as Smith bought an executive box at White Hart Lane. It cost him £48,000.

Amazon’s new ten-part Tottenham documentary should have been a victory roll for the club’s chairman. Instead Daniel Levy finds himself centre stage as the club face the unprecedented Covid crisis.

In "All or Nothing" the famously private Levy presents a more affable face than the hardnosed caricature people assume of him.

Levy says that perceptions of him are unfair. ‘I’m incredibly ambitious to improve the team. My critics just don’t know how hard it is to get to that place.’

‘It’s become a massive club – there’s more than 600 employees – but he wants to know what’s going on in every aspect of the business,’ a former employee tells offthepitch.com

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

For so long in public football’s quiet man, Daniel Levy is in unusually expansive form as the new ten part documentary on Tottenham Hotspur, All or Nothing, kicks off.

Diminutive, physically fit, head shaved to the bone, his tie removed and top button undone; he is the first interviewee in this new fly on the wall series, the opening three episodes which dropped on Amazon Prime on Monday.

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