Levy Should Be Focussed On What Really Matters…And Its Not The Olympic Stadium

By on July 1, 2011

Everyone should have a dream, an achievable one, as when we are kids we are often told to shoot for the stars. We are also told to know our limits and that you can’t do everything you want in life.

Then there is Daniel Levy, Chairman of an outstanding football team in the white and blue half of North London, a canny businessman  yet it seems he doesn’t know when to throw in the towel and give up on certain things. Yes, I am talking about the Olympic Stadium fiasco. Still ongoing and getting worse.

Spurs have a huge fan base that cannot be accommodated at White Hart Lane agreed and many people on the season ticket waiting list won’t even get close to securing one whilst they can afford it. I understand that they have to increase capacity and redevelop but why oh why is a supposedly sensible man not listening to the fans anymore?

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At least 90% of the fans I have met and talked to don’t want the move to Stratford and Levy knows it. I am not going over the old ground of the way and the why this whole process started and the situation with Haringey council currently as we all know this.

I am talking about the here and now. I thought about writing this post/blog when I knew Spurs were going to appeal against the process of how the decision of occupancy of the Olympic Stadium was made but waited until I found out the verdict on this.

Seeing as the Olympic committee, West Ham and Government all went through the appropriate procedures and a fair decision was made it was no surprise that this appeal was thrown out. The official statement from Spurs unfortunately held no surprises either. Apart from the usual explanation of the outcome of the case this was then tacked on:

“The Club now has the option of renewing its application at an oral hearing at the High Court and we shall give consideration to this in the next few days”

Surely we all knew what was going to happen as soon as this was included? On Wednesday that happened and we are pushing ahead with appealing against the appeal essentially. Read it here in all it’s glory. 

Levy is like a dog with a bone and whilst during transfer windows we are usually in the news most days linked with numerous players that we have no chance of signing or most fans don’t want, we are becoming a laughing stock over this issue.

We are also pouring time, money and resources in the wrong direction at a very crucial period for us. Now’s the time to get transfer business done early as other teams in the PL are already well into activity, notably Manchester Utd, Sunderland and Liverpool. If we don’t start soon we are going to be only left with the over 30′s and frees, wait a minute!  Apparently according to HR though we have to sell before we can buy, so if rumours are true getting rid of Gio, Pav, Wilson and Jamie O (already gone) for a combined £40m should help get this started surely? Or is this because all the rest of the money is in the new stadium/legal fund?

Also on the club statement of the failed appeal bid was this quote:

“As previously reported, the Club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution”

Although it seems that the redevelopment of the Lane isn’t being pursued as much as most fans would like. Plus the fact Mr Levy has stated in the past that he wants to relocate the club means these are uncertain times for the future home of Spurs and certainly the Olympic Stadium chasing scenario is set to run and run.

Maybe I will wake up tomorrow and discover this is a very real dream that I have been having but I know instead I will still be in Daniel Levy’s dream of a magical world for Spurs away from N17.

COYS

Submitted by Rob from THFC1882

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30 Comments

  1. rupert

    July 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

    im sorry but without a new stadium we wont be buying any players in the future,we will be left behind the other big teams.its of vital importance and is why people like modric want to leave.we cant pay the wages or get the income for big players till we get stadium so levy is doing this for the future of our club.i for one am with him

  2. ants

    July 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

    100% of spurs fans understand how essential it is to move into a bigger stadium… ideally i would prefer to stay at WHL but we cant get too emotional about the area, especially as moving will take the club to a different level. If we can fight for the olympic stadium then lets do it!!

  3. Chris

    July 1, 2011 at 11:48 am

    It’s always the same old shit different day with spurs!!! We focus on nonense instead of what is important. We will be linked with all and sundry but buy little over the Summer. If I was Bale,Van or Modric I would leave this Summer and play for a team that wants to win something.We buy potential talent sometimes but never build on it and then the talent gets bored and leaves, same old same old. Levy has achieved nothing spectacular at spurs and never will. He cares only for PR and profit not challenging for premier league.

  4. cookiebun

    July 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Quote;Maybe I will wake up tomorrow and discover this is a very real dream that I have been having but I know instead I will still be in Daniel Levy’s dream of a magical world for Spurs away from N17.

    Great last paragraph. Just typifies the whole article, if you could call it an article.
    You are blind. Try repeating, ‘I do not know what I’m mouthing off about’ 100 times.
    Daniel Levy has worked tirelessly for THFC for over 10 years now, both as a fan and as a businessman. He understands the consequences of taking this OS thing to the wire and he is intelligent enough to realise that there will be a positive outcome for the Club, the fans, the team and the shareholders.
    What he doesn’t need is this constant negative (I know everything Brian) from gobshites that don’t know or understand the reason why he continues to carry the fight to the decision makers with their alterior motives.
    Now give him peace to plan our future as he is our Chairman.

  5. Jesse Nicol

    July 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Levy, unlike you, knows what he is doing!!!

  6. Ron

    July 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Nice to see a balanced response to what is a difficult problem.

    I like many other don’t want to move but if that’s what it takes to get a new affordable ground then that’s what we will have to do.

    Levy in my view is without the best chairman in the league and we have to back him he has the best interests of the club at heart.

  7. spurstough

    July 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Maybe Levy knows somthing you don’t…. Well obviously he knows quite a few things that you don’t but ykwIm!

  8. dixta

    July 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    gotta back Levy. too easy to use the “laughing stock” line. it’s painful I agree and is costing a lot in legal fees but that must be in the 100s of thousands rather than millions, so it’s not hitting out bottom line too much. the wasted cash on the OS bid was prob in the low millions tho. wembley hasn’t been mentioned lately. i’d hate that but it makes financial sense.

  9. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    What is wrong with us developing the Lane? and to all you know it all’s we will not need a bigger stadium if we cant attract big name players anyway. So for now lets get cracking with bying a few top class players. Out with Jenas and Bentley for starters, then Keane. So i say a central defender is a must and a top striker. Then move on Levy from Stradford… lets develop the Lane.

  10. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    All you old farts that believe moving is the best option you are deluded,get into debt like Chelski did or Leeds hahaha you sad gits. For a start the club needs good results and cup runs to help finance all this. So we need to make our squad stronger, to do this. Which is why players should be secured first.

  11. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I’m off now for a drink with Harry and to tell him that he should hurry up and off load Bentley and co lol

  12. JohnnyB

    July 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Do you honestly think Levy has put transfers on hold while he deals with the stadium issue? Personaly I reckon, someone capable of running a football club would be capable of doing both..probably by using ‘staff’ to handle the details of each. It also wouldn’t surprise me if our transfer budget was a completely seperate fund from any finances set aside for legal challenges. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say, there is a lot that goes on at THFC that Levy doesn’t personally deal with, meaning he’s free to deal with stuff he has to.

  13. spursmad

    July 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    everyone agrees we need a new stadium, that is not a contention. the article is simply stating do not waste anymore time and money on a lost cause with the olympic stadium. you cannot expect to take on the olympic committee, government, the mayor and the courts and expect to get the decision overturned. How many people will now bet on spurs getting the olympic stadium?

  14. Mes

    July 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    JohnnyB, love your work. ‘Staff’, genius.

  15. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Bollocks to the Olympic Stadium it is a shit venue anyway. The Lane is where we belong and we should just get on with it. Now if i am getting on your nerves tough!!! as i am a big Yid fan who feels strongly about staying at the Lane, and buying class players.

  16. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    If you aint happy at the Lane go to see the Goons, we dont want negative people supporting us Yids

    • ants

      July 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      you’re a muppet mate!!!
      is it being negative that most supporters as well as the chairman want our club to have a 60k capacity stadium rather than 36k.
      I bet you live in Cambridge anyway

  17. Giz

    July 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Honestly, you wannabe reporters are a joke. How do you know what Levy is focussed on? He’s clearly aiming to recoup the cash Spurs paid out on the OS bid, it’s hardly rocket science.

    Try and read between the lines instead of copying and pasting statement after statement…

  18. Bexo of da lane

    July 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I for one would like levy to keep the club in N17, but not at the cost of only surviving for a few years before buckling under the debt of what the current costs of developing the outstanding nortumberland development project are! Spurs are getting no help what so ever from the local council, lammy, or the mayors office. It is not for levy to regenerate the local area or the clubs to pay for improved traffic structure or public transport. The Olympic stadium decision was underhand and given for all the wrong reasons. Keep Coe happy, keep the “legacy promise” etc etc. Now, levy and enic are no mugs. If they truly believed they don’t have a legitimate shout at getting a result they’d drop it as they are not in the habit of chucking money away. If their appeal is rejected again don’t be surprised if next up is a trip to Brussels and the european courts. The decision was unjust given the criteria that was asked. And let’s not even go into newham council using 40mil of tax payers money to help a private business buy a stadium already built with tax payers money!! I’ll put money on levy getting some sort of positive result when dust finally settles. As for new players, levy has said countless times, once some of the deadwood is shifted he’ll fund players coming in, but he is not going to pay wages to players who are just going to wear training kit and never see the first team. As mentioned earlier, levy is the best chairman in the premiership and the tottenham faithful should back him because the man knows what he is doing! COYS!!!!

  19. Wes

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Strange. I was expecting the usual luddite responses backing up this article, but low and behold, there are fans here who see the bigger picture…except neilTheYido. Mate, comments like that help no-one. It’s f***ing childish. Who are you to tell me to support another team just because I want us to succeed? It’s precisely because of the Goons that I’d follow my team to Stratford, if that’s what it takes for us to finally overtake them and be where we belong in the table. I’m sick of finishing behind them year in year out. You should be too mate. Otherwise, what does that say about your ambition?

  20. edspur

    July 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Well from the responses so far it seems the author has just been discussing the issue with like-minded blinker-wearers. Obviously Levy isn’t solely concentrating his efforts on the OS. He has said openly that people are still actively working on the NDP and to think he has shelved transfers in and out in the meantime is just plain daft. It wouldn’t surprise me if we win some concessions from the powers that be by our appeals against the OS decision and process in order to get more help to stay in N17.

  21. brian

    July 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Why this obsession with the Olympic stadium? If Levy gets his way, and the whole process starts from scratch, it will still require keeping a stadium with a the running track, so where does that get us? I suggest building a new partially built stadium in Haringey, say 40,000 to 50,000 capacity if thats all we can afford,then complete it up to 60,000 later on as the finances allow.

  22. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Ants you tool i live in Southend and am from Barnet you tool. I think you are deluded if you think the Olympic stadium is what most yids want!!!!!!! go and read some previous stories. I like many prefer to be a North London club. How about you get a life and read Brian says note.

  23. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Haringey Council have given the go ahead so why over spend in a area away from North London {White Hart Lane} So stupid you sound go and watch the Goons they are thick aswell as boreing

  24. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Listen Wes and co i have been a Spurs man all my long life, and i have enjoyed being faithful even when i lived In Yorkshire for a few years still trvelled to every game so p….off with telling me i dont understand etc. I am not a Kid unlike most of the people who say we should move. Lets get a grip i have prob seen more games than you have ever done at the lane. I am obsessed with Tottenham so dont talk down to me because i dont share your veiw. I am saying to be in North London is where we should be. So dont give it large…

    • Ron

      July 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Not a kid????

      Stop acting like one then. Stop the abusive language and have a proper discussion.

  25. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Bravo to Brian…..

  26. Bexo of the lane

    July 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Oh Neil, why oh why 🙁 I do my best to never get petty with fellow yids. But seriously, I’ve seen more games than you at lane blah blah blah how ridiculous.
    Every Tottenham supporter would prefer the club stay on the seven sisters road, but not at the cost of the clubs future. Which would severely be at risk with the current cost prediction. Like edspur says, there is every chance that levy is playing his cards this way so to wrestle some favour towards the ndp stadium. Stranger things have happened.
    As for signings of strikers, rossi and llorente have always been the preferred choices and in this case, maybe prudence pays as it looks like barcelona no longer want Rossi and real no longer have an interest in llorente thus leaving us to bid without a bidding war.

  27. Neil the Yido

    July 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    If you take a look Bexo i was called a muppett for having my opinion that’s all so i got a bit cheesed off. I too love the Spurs and dont always agree with others on things such as moving grounds. I will always speak my mind and not follow the rest to try and sound cool. I think some people just jump on a band wagon.

  28. Bexo of the lane

    July 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Well yesterday was a mixed bag wasn’t it? First spurs apply for funding help for the excellent Northumberland development project and then oplc member is suspended due to connection with west ham personnel! Now everyone over there has been quick to say there was no way there was anything untoward in the decision. But there is no smoke without fire and if so why suspend her? Did levy know of said members relationship and is that why he is so determined to prove the stadium decision was so unjust? Excellent drama and intrigue lol

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