The Great Con of Tottenham Hotspur

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As fans’ restlessness and unease grows, Tottenham’s ownership seems primed to double down on their failed policies of the past 22 years. And while some may perceive Tottenham’s chronic malaise as neglect, or ineptitude, a closer look reveals far worse; everything is going exactly according to plan. 

It was one of the most miserable, listless performances in recent North London Derby history. Yet it didn’t end with any great explosion of dissatisfaction or anger. It ended with a whimper. A quiet, solemn acknowledgement that this was where the two clubs were now. Arsenal barely had to move out of second gear, yet they looked levels above a woeful, hapless Tottenham side. 

As always, the manager was the first to get the blame. “Tactics are all wrong!” fans screamed. “Play a back four!” many said. “Be more adventurous!” 

Yet even a cursory look at the club’s recent history reveals that Antonio Conte is not the problem, The Italian is the club’s third manager in four years. Fourth if you count Ryan Mason’s interim stint. Even for a club notorious for managerial churn, that is as emphatic a sign of holistic dysfunction as you’re ever likely to see across Europe’s top clubs.  

The simple, inescapable truth is that once more, Spurs are a club is in disarray. It is Groundhog Day. Again. Yet somehow, the more it happens, the less people seem to care. We seem to become numb to it; as though it’s expected, as if it’s now the way of Tottenham Hotspur. Lurching from one disaster to the next, stuck in a cycle of mediocrity, living perpetually in the shadow of our great rivals. 

The derby performance highlighted the glaring differences of the two rivals not just on the pitch, but more pertinently, off it. Arteta has been backed with big money, consistently, and intelligently, allowed to ruthlessly cut adrift all those he didn’t want, and able to truly build a team in his image. Antonio Conte is still forced to start the players he inherited from the man who managed the club four years ago. 

Tottenham have conceded more goals this season than Everton and West Ham, both of whom sit firmly in the relegation zone. For a manager who prides himself on a tight backline, and builds title-winning teams on defenses; this is shocking. 

The problems were clear last year, when Conte somehow pulled a rabbit out of the hat and dragged this threadbare, mediocre squad to a Champions League spot. Everyone knew the club needed a massive overhaul of the playing squad — and especially in defense. Yet what transpired was the same sort of half-baked, tepid foray into the market we saw with Pochettino and Mourinho; signing a couple of non-priority players, while leaving glaring issues — many of which had persisted for years — completely unresolved. That he is still forced to not just use, but start, the likes of Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, and Emerson Royal, is nothing short of a disgrace. 

Indeed, after defeat to Aston Villa, Antonio Conte lifted the curtain on what truly happens behind the scenes at England’s most secretive and opaque football club. For years Spurs have operated like a totalitarian regime, a hermetically sealed autocracy, where only the news and stories Dear Leader wants us to hear ever see the light of day. Antonio Conte was always likely to present a challenge unlike any Daniel Levy had faced before; an ego and personality simply too big to control. His recent quotes are illuminating.

Here, my task is different. My task is to build a solid base, then try to improve.

If you ask me if the challenge is to win the Premier League or the Champions League, this is not the task here. If I want to stay here, then I have to accept this. Otherwise, if I do not want to accept this, then I have to go.

Antonio Conte

Conte’s fury with the board has been brewing for a while, and he’d made comments before indicating a lack of faith in their true ambitions or desire for competing. But he has never been so direct, and unequivocal. No Tottenham manager ever has. 

While for years it may have seemed that the club was little more than a front for a property and entertainment portfolio, with little to no actual desire of winning things, Conte effectively confirmed as much. For a manager to come out publicly and state that his club’s ambition is not to challenge for silverware, is remarkable — unprecedented not just in England, but in football as a whole. It should make the ownership’s position untenable. Indeed, ENIC, and Daniel Levy in particular, would likely not have lasted more than a few short months at any other big 6 side. Yet other fanbases are not so inured to failure, or so accustomed to mediocrity.  

And despite all this, rather inexplicably, it is still Conte’s name, and his management, that draws the greatest scrutiny. Four years after Pochettino was let down while on the cusp of achieving sustained success, two years after Mourinho came close to silverware, the manager still gets the blame for the failures of those above him. 

For reclusive owners operating with impunity, delisting the club in 2011, shortly after the club was presented with its first real chance for success in a generation, was a masterstroke. The perfect cover. Zero accountability, the opportunity to work in the shadows, away from annoying, unnecessary scrutiny. The stadium, sadly, was their coup de grâce, their raison d’être. Suddenly there was a viable route to maintaining their vice-like grip on the club — and more crucially, for not having to ever significantly invest in the football team. 

Though it should be common knowledge, it goes mostly unnoticed that more than any manager, it is the chairman’s footprints that still loom heavily over this current squad. It is Levy’s mistakes in the market — holding onto deadwood for years too long, inadequate quality, volume, and timing of reinforcements — that continues to hinder this team more than anything else.

The squad has maybe six or seven players of genuine, top tier quality, the rest is a loose patchwork of mismatched kids and rejects. Square pegs in round holes, with deadwood lingering throughout. The questions are manifold: how three years after Jan Vertonghen left the club, do they still not have a replacement? How three years after Christian Eriksen, their sole creative midfielder, left the club, do Tottenham still have a single attacking midfielder in the squad? Only at Tottenham are these things even plausible. And that is how it’s always been under Daniel Levy’s stewardship. The club we see today is an illusion; a mirage of sporting ambition. And everything that happens is entirely by design. 

From Jol’s ignominious sacking at half time, to the infamous Saha and Nelson window when Redknapp asked for Tevez and Cahill, and Spurs were on the verge of a title charge.  From the Berbatov/Frasier “swap” deal, to the 500+ days of no transfers — a record in English football — under the greatest manager the club has had since Burkinshaw, it has all been a meticulously calculated gambit to extend the grift, and continue their ruthless pursuit of profit. It should come as no surprise that no club in the history of English football has raked in as much profit as Tottenham have under ENIC. Even less so that no chairman has amassed a personal fortune like Daniel Levy has. They have milked the club dry over the past 22 years, using Tottenham as collateral for external real estate projects, using operating losses to carry over into their various other investment ventures, while diligently insisting that the club are too poor for actual footballing investment in the first team. 

In light of Conte’s comments, everything makes sense. Why Spurs went for Jack Grealish, only to bid 3m + Josh Onamah; Why Levy sent his chief scout to Milan, to close a deal for Milan Skriniar — the center back Mourinho had targeted — only to come back with nothing. Why Bruno Fernandes had his bags packed to come to Spurs, and Levy reneged on the deal. Why Sadio Mane — scouted personally by Mauricio Pochettino and then head of recruitment Paul Mitchell —  was at the training ground before Levy refused to meet his wage demands. It also reveals why the club are currently haggling with Sporting Lisbon over a £35m release clause, while the club employs some of the worst fullbacks in the league, or why a derisory offer of £12m was submitted for Leandro Trossard, when both players could, and should have been in the squad to face what is likely to be a defining run of fixtures in the coming days and weeks. ENIC are almost unfathomably risk averse when it comes to footballers…yet when it comes to real estate, money is still no object. 

Few players exemplify the ENIC con than Eric Dier. The Englishman was signed in 2014 as a backup RB. He failed there, but was tried by Pochettino as a defensive midfielder. He failed there, as well, and was used only sparingly as a 4th choice CB. Pochettino never fully trusted him, and with good reason. Yet somehow, both Mourinho and Conte have been forced to start him as their lynchpin center back. It is extraordinary that Tottenham’s great rebuild, their attempt at genuinely winning trophies and joining the elite, includes dredging up a player from four managers and nine years ago, to solve their defensive crisis. Ben Davies was signed the same year as Dier, and was never anything more than a semi-competent backup for Danny Rose. Yet in 2023, he’s been promoted not just to the starting lineup, but in an entirely new position — as a left center back — for Antonio Conte. The notion that Conte scoured the world for top class center backs, and settled on Poch’s reserves from nine years ago is beyond farcical. Imagine if Liverpool, instead of going out and signing Virgil van Dijk to replace Dejan Lovren, or Fabinho to replace James Milner, simply held onto their underperformers, waited for other stars to leave, and then promoted them not only to the starting XI, but in entirely new positions? It sounds laughable, like something you’d read in a comedy skit, yet this is exactly what Tottenham Hotspur did. 

Blaming managers at Tottenham for their team’s failings is like blaming a builder for not being able to build a house out of paper. Or a Formula 1 manufacturer for not building a winning car out of plywood. Each is set up to fail; defeat guaranteed from the start. Yet this is the unending scam that Levy has somehow pulled off — convincing people that handing managers subpar players, and unbalanced, inadequate squads, can still somehow lead to success. Perhaps the most incredible aspect of all this, is that for the most part, it has actually worked. Many fans, journalists, and pundits continue to fall for it, still blissfully unaware of the reality of the past two decades. 

Some even aid in their bidding. Levy has long used the media to control the prevailing narrative around Tottenham Hotspur, and to do this, he needs willing accomplices. For some unbeknownst reason, whether it is the fear of retribution in stripping away club perks, or the enticement of financial or other incentives, there has never been a shortage of them. Still they wait diligently to snuff out any hint of discontent amongst the fanbase, and help Levy to weave new narratives invariably casting doubt on managers, and deflecting from what we all know is the root cause.

Take this recent gem from Dan Kilpatrick; who mysteriously unearthed this information right as antipathy towards the ownership was building.

It is as absurd and nonsensical an argument for why a manager should be taking the blame as you’re ever likely to see. Antonio Conte, a world class manager, who’s won trophies everywhere he’s been, should simply shut up, settle down, and accept mediocrity? He should relinquish his inner drive for trophies and glory because he sits in a nice office and works at a nice training ground? Managers should just be happy to be here? It is an extraordinary piece of disinformation, one which respectable journalists should be ashamed to share. Yet this is what happens every time crisis hits, and a manager reaches the end of his line with the paltry, inadequate resources he’s been given. We saw it with Poch, we saw it Mourinho, and now we’re seeing it with Conte. Somehow, the ENIC PR machine revs into overdrive, and the narrative always comes back to the manager. It’s been the same story for decades now; Levy feels pressure, and then activates his minions to start spreading misinformation, subtly undermining whichever manager is currently in the dugout. <insert manager’s> training methods were too intense; <insert manager> has lost the dressing room; <insert manager> is not committed enough. Different managers, same story.

The fallacy lies in thinking that Levy is even trying to compete. This, ultimately, is the greatest con. There is something inherently nefarious about an ownership who hires managers, sets them up to fail, and then fires them at the first sign of trouble. Yet this has all gone largely unnoticed in the public eye, where scrutiny from the general media is almost non-existent. That is perhaps the most troubling part about all this. Mike Ashley was always under pressure. Levy is feted still as some sort of protector of his realm, a tough negotiator, a transfer guru. It beggars belief. 

This incredible fairy tale about Levy not being able to back Conte because of his lack of commitment to the club might have made a semblance of sense had it not been for the previous 15 managers, none of whom were ever properly backed. Indeed, Conte’s three immediate predecessors were all on long term contracts at the time of their firing, utterly dispelling this absurd excuse Kilpatrick and others are somehow keen to spread. Kilpatrick went even further in his article, claiming that Conte is demanding a pay rise to his existing salary to stay on — another snippet of information released purely to rile up the fanbase, and turn them on the Italian.

There’s a word for stories and narratives coming out of an institution designed to manipulate and control the prevailing narrative. It’s something that authoritarians throughout history have used with devastating effect. Control the media, control the reality. What’s happening at Tottenham, in every sense of the word, is a form of weaponized propaganda, leaking information through selected outlets, and quietly turning Tottenham’s fanbase against their 15th consecutive manager. Kilpatrick was the messenger, but it’s fairly clear where the message originated from. The words could have been uttered directly from Daniel Levy’s mouth. It’s the con he’s been trying to pull throughout his tenure as chairman. Football is irrelevant, shiny new infrastructure is what matters. Nevermind all of your great rivals spending vast sums of money — which we also have in abundance by the way — and winning trophies; we will do things differently. It won’t yield success, but you should still be happy. It is a central mandate, spread through various arms in the media, echoed for decades, and spoken with unerring consistency. The club have no money, spending money doesn’t correlate to success, the manager isn’t committed, the players we have (who’ve failed multiple managers already) are good enough, there are no players who could improve this team, Covid precludes transfers, the stadium (built for the club to finally compete) is preventing us from spending, etc. An endless stream of lies and misinformation carefully spun to paint the club in the light they choose and to manipulate the paying masses. Slowly, but surely, the words take root, and the brainwashing succeeds. Daniel Levy might be the greatest propagandist in football history.

Another trick borrowed from the authoritarian playbook is the five year plan. A constant moving target of drip-fed lies and false hope, again designed to buy time while the leaders exploit the working class patrons who actually line his pockets. Tottenham are now in the midst of what would be the fifth five-year plan, and no closer to actually winning major trophies than at the very beginning of ENIC’s tenure. One could argue, given the club’s actual trophy performance over the past 22 years, that they are further away than at any point in Tottenham’s post-war history. 

Incredibly, the most disheartening part about all this, is that despite trying the exact same trick 15 times over the past two decades; it is working again, with a large chunk of the fanbase now training their fury at Antonio Conte, and ignoring the underlying issues. One wonders how many top flight fanbases could have been hoodwinked so many times, for so long, yet Spurs appear to be unique in that capacity, suffering a form of collective Stockholm syndrome, with past trauma blinding current thought. 

None of this should come as any surprise — they’ve outlined their goals right from the offset. 

Once more, with the January window wide open, the world’s 9th richest football club, is pleading poverty. This rotting, festering carcass of a squad, with holdovers from *four* managers ago, still cannot be substantially improved. All of those issues Pochettino wasn’t able to address, that Mourinho wasn’t able to address, that Nuno haphazardly walked into — Antonio Conte is now unable to address. He has not signed a single senior CB or RWB since his appointment. For a manager who builds teams around his defense, that is a damning indictment of the levels to which Levy and co. have been prepared to back him. 

We cannot say that we weren’t warned. Slavia Prague endured their worst spell in nearly half a century under ENIC, going 12 years without lifting the title, in a league with only two serious clubs.

AEK Athens chairman, Cornelius Sierhuis, was even more forthright.  

The investment of ENIC in Tottenham does not bode well for their supporters.

Their investments in football clubs have failed, with the exception of Vicenza, thanks to an exceptionally clever manager, and all largely because of an inability, or unwillingness to spend in accordance with their stakes.

Cornelius Sierhuis, AEK Athens chairman.

Sound familiar? ENIC are like a parasite. A ruthless, insatiable investment firm that latches its teeth onto unsuspecting football clubs, before sinking them ever deeper into their operations. Slowly, but surely, the football clubs die a miserable death, their identities and DNA quietly eroded, while something altogether different takes shape in its place. Tottenham today are not a football club. They are, at best, a sports and leisure company. At worst, they are merely an arm of the English National Investment Company, an asset in a sprawling global real estate portfolio. 

The multiple five year plans, the constant moving of the goalposts, the “wait till next window/year” rhetoric, the shiny new stadium; it was all a lie, an elaborate ruse designed to buy time and allow ENIC to bilk the club in perpetuity. The likes of Carrick, Modric, Bale, Walker, Eriksen, etc were right to get off this sinking, rudderless ship and seek trophies elsewhere. Sadly, Kane, Son, and Lloris have wasted their careers at this club, giving their all for a club not even remotely interested in silverware. It all starts from the top. And if those at the top of the chain set the tone that mediocrity and failure is acceptable, it is insanity to expect any other result. 

That blaring red light, that alarm in fans’ collective heads screaming that what they’re seeing is not lining up with what they’re being told, has been on for 22 years. Tottenham Hotspur, in its current iteration, is a scam. The entire operation. From top to bottom. A hollow vessel feigning interest in football, while allowing the owners to funnel funds into ventures they actually care about, and to exponentially grow their personal fortunes. It is sickeningly real, despite many still being blinded by it. Levy and Lewis have telegraphed their intentions the whole time; the stadium was the end game. Football is now an irrelevance, the club that Nicholson built consigned to the history books and annals of the past. 

103 thoughts on “The Great Con of Tottenham Hotspur”

    1. Real nail on the head stuff

      The sooner we all can see past ENICs facade of a football club, the sooner we can get it back for all of us

    2. The truth is that Levy is no Moses. That profit only led his people into the wilderness for 40 years, for Spurs fans it is going to be a hell of a lot longer. We had a window of opportunity to establish ourselves at the top of the league three years ago. That was squandered in football terms but the balance sheet still looks good for ENIC. Now we are boxed out and if you are going to bet whether Liverpool, Chelsea or Spurs are going to be able to mount a challenge for a top table place, who is your money going on?

    3. Supported this club for 70 years.
      I really would like to call you all the names under the Sun.
      unfortunately you are 100% correct.
      I have been Told by many supporters that I am just a moaner for saying this.
      I am a fool for still going week in and out.
      will be there for Fulham Match 23rd Jan.
      How stuoid of me.
      Dave Poulter

    1. Pathetic trollop. The Arse have been way behind us for all but this year for the last six or so years. Conte is certainly to blame for the current disquiet. He has no plan b and obviously had the most negative tactics of any manager since George Graham. We probably have the strongest squad we have pocessed in a generation which is being thoroughly wasted. Look at where we are in global terms to before Levy was in charge. No comparison. Let’s just get a forward thinking expansive style of manager and enjoy excitement again not mediocrity.

      1. Haven’t you contradicted yourself whilst supporting the main point of the article?
        Yes revenues have grown, yes we were ahead of Arsenal for a while but to what end? Nothing, none, nada. That’s precisely the point. The ruse, the scam in a nutshell. Make progress on the commercial side whilst continuing to fail on the pitch.

      2. Your reply epitomises the exact mediocre-accepting, levy loving fan detailed throughout. You need to wake up. Strongest squad? Nearly all wouldn’t start for Portsmouth ffs.

      3. Well fuck me, as if we have a Levy apologist here. Go suck a lemon. You’re exactly the problem with this fan base and why we’ll never progress as a football club or win. It scares me that people like you exist. Probably part of a cult somewhere.

      4. strongest squad? You think Dier, Sanchez, Emerson Doherty, Tanganga Sessengon are a strong squad? They wouldn’t get anywhere near any of the top 4 sides teams. We’ve about 6 players worth holding onto. Our squad is rubbish which is why no manager can get a long term tune out of them. Conte has no plan b because our squad doesn’t have a plan b. Struggling to break a team down? Let’s bring on our 6ft tall target man like United just got in Weghorst, nope can’t do that we don’t have one, ok let’s bring on a creative midfielder with a forward attacking mindset, nope can’t do that we don’t have one. What can we do then? Well let’s bring on another couple of shit wing backs to replace the shit ones we already have on the pitch.

      5. Russell you’re really confused. I point your attention to an American Football owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys. He is pretty much doing the same thing that Daniel Levy is doing over the last 15 years. Money first, foot ball second. He would hire unnecessary players. Keep one’s around and fire coaches(managers) when the team couldn’t produce trophies.

      6. Totally agree we were well off the pace last season 9 pts behind Arsenal and they had games in hand we finished 4th, this season Mr Stubborn won’t try anything different, and poor Spence has not been given a chance. We got there with a lot of players who are now out on loan. The quicker Conte and his waffle go the better.

      7. Hold on, you comparing us to the Arse ? – in the time between us winning our last FA Cup in 1991 (and all we have won since is 2 League Cups in 32 years, the last being 15 years ago) the Arse have won 2 doubles, another premier league title, 8 FA cups, 1 league Cup and 1 European Cup and gone a season unbeaten, not forgetting when we won the Cup last, they won the League and have become the greatest FA Cup team ever, when we should have had that title. We have a squad which, if you gave them the choice of picking any of our players to go into their squad, they would probably take Kane and thats it, you think that we compare well with them ? Apart from Kane, Son and Kulu, I’m not sure any of our players would even get into their 2nd team
        Grow up and smell the coffee – the article is spot on !!!!!

      1. It’s possible to be against ENIC and antisemitism.

        ENIC Out will never be more than a small, noisy, online cult if it cannot cut out the lazy racism of many of its supporters.

        1. Arabian owners will do much better job than these lot they have ambition they wanna win silverware but no you are too important and you always bring politics as an excuse. All of you enic in fans you are parasites just like him.

      1. Seriously? Are you purposely blind to to see what direction – to where the club has headed since the takeover? One trophy throughout their helm..
        I rest my case…

    1. What an absolute loser to try and pretend this is anti semetic because you don’t like it.

      Levy absolutely uses the media, all clubs do. I thought the example he presented was excellent and really brought it home and made it visible.

      Please just stick to NFL or baseball please or at the very least leave your stupid politics out of it.

      1. No one is pretending it is antisemitic or bringing stupid politics into this. That the term parasite has a long history of antisemitic use is inarguable. Anyone who was serious about wanting ENIC out would want to avoid something that could be construed in this way and will put off many fans from supporting the campaign

      1. Parasite has been used as an antisemitic slur for decades. It may have been used unconsciously but it should be avoided

  1. I cannot fault anything in his article , it’s been in my opinion bang on with my total thoughts with what Enic has meticulously carried out on my beloved football club . And as for the word parasite Being used , I’ve read articles on mosquitos but not once have I ever related the mosquito (which is a parasite) to a Jew ! Please please please do not deny like ignorants that Enic have not used our club to line their pockets very successfully like great business people they are ! My worry is they would turf us out of our home and leave us out on the street cos they have overall ownership of the THFC brand ? My only little observation on this write up is the constant use of the word Manager . Since Enic took over , they’ve carefully employed Coaches ? There is a huge difference !

  2. What better way of ensuring defeat than to underspend on defenders and have a keeper that continually makes howlers. There’s definitely something wrong at the club. Enic, Levy, Lewis, Conte or all of them together. I wish I’d thought of it sooner I’d have made a small fortune betting on goals conceded

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    If there is any proper governance in place at the board level, surely Levy should be the one replaced. At this time, the board clearly sees Levy is acting ‘appropriately’ financially to the interests of shareholders but not to the fans. There should be more demands from the board to the management, else they all are complicit to the lack of growth of the football club. They see the major investment on the stadium plus sponsorship of global brands as success but the flow to the football pitch can’t be reaped by the fan and suckered into this hopium that the club will somehow, someday make a break magically.

  4. Interesting perspective, and it may be the case that ENIC has other priorities. But it’s ridiculous to suggest that Spurs are playing so badly and were so badly beaten by arsenal for any other reason than the manager. Spurs have spent more than arsenal on players and they actually have a very good team which is dramatically under-performing.

    For example, we have terrible wingbacks, one of whom was bought by Conte, yet the manager refuses to give 2 youngsters even a try. We were overrun in midfield by Odergard, Xaka, and Partey – let’s be honest, hardly a world-beating midfield – simply because we had 2 against their 3, and the manager refused to change it throughout the match. He started the match with Ryan Sessignon, who is so weak that players go past him time after time; Sessignon just is not a PL level player yet conte picks my opinion have a really capable team that has made some excellent purchases in the past 12 months.

    The woes of Spurs are exactly the same now as they were under Mourinho- we play with terrible tactics employed by a manager who is dogmatically intent on proving his point.

    It may be that Conte has won everything in the past, but that was in short sprints with unlimited cash to spend. That is not the nature of this project, and never was. When it comes to a project like Spurs, conte appears to have no clue. And like Mourinho, he has resorted to abuse to get himself out without losing face.

  5. Whatever you think of this article, the facts are the facts. Spurs have the 9th largest revenues of any football club. Levy and ENIC are the ones that kept us competing with Europe’s elite when we haven’t really been truly successful since the ‘60s and we’re therefore a club that has been largely irrelevant in the pitch compared to the giants of world football – we’re a challenger club where qualifying for Champions League was for a long time only a dream. Levy’s recruitment of managers and backing of the playing squad is what got us there with a little bit of luck along the way, especially finding a diamond in the academy in the form of Kane. Until Nuno, I couldn’t really knock Levy.

    We’ve now built really solid foundations, Deloitte show how strong our revenues are, we’ve come through Covid and managed the debt of a billion pound stadium rebuild well…but the time for excuses is over from Levy. Conte is being honest and upfront about a lack of alignment between him and the club and if he walks who could blame him. We will take a step backwards by not only losing a quality manager, but the message this sends to the team, fans, and football world that there is a lack of playing ambition and this project will always be setup for failure.

    We had the £150m cash injection last summer which did very little, we are seeing the old wheeling and dealing tactics being deployed of yesteryear that should now be consigned to history – we used to have to be creative because we couldn’t support ourselves from a revenue perspective, now we really can. We’re dragging our heals in recruiting talent, trying to structure deals in a way that benefits us and not the seller and ultimately negatively impacting the teams ability to perform. We could have had 2 players in as the window opened, reinforcements for the Arsenal and City matches, giving players time to bed in ahead of the next round of the Champions League. Instead we might make a loan signing in deadline day that Conte won’t be happy with and won’t play until he has trained enough and proven the quality.

    We’re a financial powerful club, but we are a wounded animal on the pitch – this doesn’t add up. Kane and Son are ageing, our defensive options are poor, squad quality is low past 12/13 players, Lloris needs replacing and it is time to splash the cash and back the manager.

    I’ve been patient thinking there is a master plan and all the pieces have fallen into place…instead, it’s now clear there is only profit for ENIC. Our only hope is an acquisition or investment that is ring fenced to improve the playing squad. Any investor wants a return and the only way to go to the next level is on pitch success that wins prize money and grows our global brand.

  6. As long as the fans keep turning up week in, week out then nothing will change. Time to start boycotting the club. I for one won’t wast my money anymore.

  7. Makes me laugh that people say we are under performing. We probably have the 7th or 8th best squad in the league and that’s only due to our forward line, take them out and we have the worst team. So people really think conte is failing and a new manager can come in and turn the likes of Dier, sessengon, Tanganga , Emerson, sanchez , Doherty into top defenders. It isn’t happening but the managers are always forced to try to work with the same crap players. Arsenal let Arteta just give away their best striker because they trusted him. We hold onto players for years because we want too much money for them and end up loaning them out until their contract runs down and they go for free, might as well have just sold them for £5m. That’s why our budgets never high, levy is worried about the likes of Lo Celso, Ndombele and winks all coming back onto the wage bill. They then tell the new manager his budget but then inform him that’s not really the case cos they’ve got to now pay for the previous managers loan deal which turns into a buy this year whether that’s the player he wanted or not.

    The way we kick the fan down the road and operate is embarrassing. The £150m cash injection was sold to us like a real treat when in reality teams like West Ham and Villa spend this regularly now because their owners don’t want the profit for themselves. We were so close then they let Poch go 18 months without a signing with a team that finished 2nd, that showed their ambition was zero. Our team started to erode and we tried to replace on the cheap. By the time Poch realised a painful rebuild was needed Levy wanted no part of that and decided the best course of action would be to start a manager merry go round. Poch probably only needed £100m back then now he’d need £300m, probably spent that on sacking managers. He worked their way he was happy to find bargains like Dele and Toby and Trippier. Instead they want these big name managers who they’ve seen produce the goods when backed, they want the goods but they just don’t want to pay for it.

    As the article said I noticed this when they shafted redknapp, he got us top 4 time to kick on and they made him scrape around for free transfers like Gallas, Saha and Nelson.

    These owners don’t want to adapt with the times, the thought of an average player costing £50m now scares them, football has outgrown them. It’s time to go but they won’t, our stadium is their cash cow now. They won’t want to walk away from them profits unless someone stumps up £4.5b at least, they’d have projected they could make billions from the stadium over the next decade and that will all be put into their asking price. All they want to do is spend enough to keep us above mid table to keep the brand and money coming in. What they don’t realise is clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal and United make so much more money worldwide due to years of success and making that brand go global on a massive scale. The only reason we have a decent global size is the Middle East because of Son and we know when he leaves he will take all his supporters with him.

    ENIC out

  8. Gave up my ST after 40odd years home/away/europe – I finally saw the light during Lockdown – very sad but quite clever at times. Smoke & mirrors at its best. Plan atm is clearly to employ fantastic managers that keep us/get us in a decent league position that is unrealistic when you look at our squad strength

  9. Well what an eye opener not all fact mostly opinion but probably true. Football is a business now and the supporters are taken for a ride up and down most down. Remember the Newcastle shirt fiasco from a few years ago yes seems like we will but anything mostly BS

  10. Great article, well written. Fully agree with the failings and the way Enic use our club, however don’t agree that Conte is the right man either. Find it baffling that people still go to the games or even waste their time watching on tv.

  11. I’m 80 and a season ticket for 57 years and I’ll willingly sign up for another 5 year plan. Lol
    I must say there is much truth in this well written article which is sobering.
    Gotta get an oil laden Country to buy us out. Yemen rites notwithstanding! COYS

  12. So true and very sad. There was a time when Spurs players had passion and talent. You din,t need to be Messi or Ronaldo to win trophies. Brian Clough won the league and European Cup with a Forest team full of average players. They played as a team. Spurs players look miserable, do not play as a team and Frankly, Levy should be requested to resign. Far too many schoolboy mistakes from highly paid players. Son has disappeared. Kane looks a little slow and I regret that Lloris just doesn,t inspire confidence.
    Dier not good enough like so many other make shift Spurs players . To sell Bale, Modric,Eriksen ,Tripper and Kyle Walker was football suicide but good for the bank balance. What a joke. Yes, there is a terrible atmosphere at Spurs these days. It has been there for quite a while. The article written here really hits the nail on the head. Goodbye Levy, don,t ever come back. I hope the remaining games can prove to be a stepping stone but can,t see it frankly. The rot gas set in too deep. Can they beat AC Milan? Can they even win over Preston North End? I am full of doubt.

  13. Enic are far from perfect & not winning a cup recently is disappointing but let’s be honest we are not actually struggling!!
    A Top 8 club in the best league in the world & one of the biggest clubs in Europe is certainly not something to be sniffed at.

    Perhaps we are now more punching our weight after a few seasons overachieving under Poch?

    Do we as a fanbase need a reality check & expect too much?

    Facts: We have never been a club who has won loads.

    Historically Liverpool, Man U & those goons down the road have always been the big players/powerhouses in English Football.

    We though made up the ‘traditional’ big 6 along with Villa & Everton. Trophy/size wise we are far closer to Everton/Villa than the 1st trio.

    In recent times clubs like the Man City/Chavs & now Newcastle have disrupted the traditional big 6 through obscene investment/corruption/sports washing buying status & unfortunately a place at the top of the table.

    It’s just crazy tough nowadays competing with this & its unfair & totallt sucks!!

    But let’s be honest the biggest loser’s have been Everton & Villa. Both as stated similar stature traditional clubs that have won the top division more recently than us but are now it seems miles behind.

    Yes Enic have minimised risk & maximised potential gains but that is simply what most smart business people.

    Unless you are owned by a mad man/ sugar daddy or nation state you are not gonna throw hundreds of millions down a football club/transfer black hole.

    On Enics watch We have been in 2 finals in recent seasons including the champs league ffs. Something I never thought possible!!

    We have challenged for the title & consistently been at the top end of or the toughest league & have the best stadium in the World.
    Unless you go back over half a century the only thing we really did better pre enic was picking up the odd trophy. So yes that is disappointing.

    However I would say the stature of the club now is bigger than at anytime in the last 50 years.

    As said Villa & Everton are the ones that have really struggled with the ‘new money’ in football.

  14. Jonathan Northctoft in the Sunday Times also wrote a sycophantic pro Levy article that was quite remarkable.

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