Blame Game

Daniel Levy tells Spurs fans exactly what they want to hear

Popular businessman shifts blame onto former manager

When the Daniel Levy breaks

With Tottenham looking like they might survive another season in the Premier League, chairman Daniel Levy has today tried to exonerate himself from the club’s recent troubles, by blaming absolutely everything on pesky former manager Juande Ramos. Firstly, he claims he should have brought in Harry Redknapp eighteen months ago:

“I can’t give details but I’m sorry that, for whatever reason, we didn’t appoint Harry then.”It would be unfair of me to give details on the historical discussions with Harry.

“Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this position if we had.

“I hope he can be a top-four manager but he has never managed a top-four club so you are never going to know until, hopefully, we get there.

After Martin Jol’s dismissal, would a club with Big Four ambition and a chairman with a penchant for big name foreign managers really have been chasing Harry Redknapp? Really?

Riding on the wave of positive feelings in north London, Levy continued by claiming the sale of Dimitar Berbatov was also completely down to that hapless Spaniard:

“We would have kept Berbatov even though he wanted to leave.

“But Juande managed the team and his advice was that he didn’t want a player that didn’t want to be in his squad.

“He thought it would be detrimental to the team as a whole. I backed his advice.”

Um, so the Berbatov sale had nothing to do with maintaining the club’s excellent financial status? Or the fact that the stroppy Bulgarian was unhappy and would probably have wanted to leave under any manager?

What next, Daniel? Are you going to blame Ramos for David Bentley’s haircut?

3 responses so far
  • Steve // October 31, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I seem to recall reports saying that Levy would hapily let Berbatov rot in the reserves than let him go. Especially to United. That, in my view would give some credence to the suggestion that it was Ramos’s decision to let an obviously unhappy player go. When you sell a player like Berbatov, especially to you rivals you’re duty bound in my view to get the absolute maxim in transfer fees and I think Levy was right to do so.
    Sometimes it’s easy to forget that ultimately, the club is bigger than any player.

  • Gareth // October 31, 2008 at 10:10 am

    How exactly are Spurs and Man Utd rivals? Man Utd are going to be challenging for the league, and the Champions League (where Spurs have never been), whilst Spurs are struggling to stay in the top division.

    These are just more ridiculous comments by Levy. Berbatov told Jol he wanted to leave!

  • CyprusYid // October 31, 2008 at 10:22 am

    The blame for the sale of Berbatov cannot be attached to Ramos. In Levy’s open letter to the fans, the day Harry was appointed manager, he said that Berba wanted to be transfered to Man U from the season before, and it was clear for all to see that his attitude on the pitch was of someone not interested in playing. Also in the original statement. Levy mentioned a clause in the FIFA regulations concerning players signed before their 28th birthday being able to transfer after 3 years to another club with the fee being set by arbitration from a third party. I agree that Berba should have been sold, and there was no point in keeping him at the club, and I also agree we should cash the chip before its value plundered. The mistake was that as Levy & Co knew Berba would be gone at the summer window, a replacement should have been saught and taken way before they actually attained the services of Pavlyachenko. All the talent was gone by the time Spurs moved to buy and I’m surprised that Comolli does not warrant mention.
    Harry Kedknapp is a great aquisition but from the players’ attitude, I don’t think that Harry is responsible for all the praise. Rather I feel, it was the players’ unwillingness to play for their manager that caused the poor start to the season and the demise of Jaunde Ramos.

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