Criticism of Levy “grossly unfair” says Spurs’ executive director

Tottenham’s executive director has said criticism of Daniel Levy is “grossly unfair” as the chairman is not preventing the club from spending money in the transfer market.

Donna-Maria Cullen also suggested Spurs do not need to spend a lot because of the quality they have among their youth set-up.

Levy – who has been involved with the north London club since 2001 – has developed a reputation as one of football’s most prudent chairman, with his belief in running Spurs as a business dividing the fans.

Spurs have not been very active during this summer’s transfer window so far and were most recently dealt the blow of failing to land Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

When asked if Levy was reluctant to spend big on signings, Cullen said: “No, no. That is a misconception.

“Daniel works closely with the managers. He identifies targets, works to get them and we are no different to other clubs in occasionally not being able to acquire who might be top of your list.”

Manager Mauricio Pochettino called for the chairman to “be brave, take risks and work in a different way” at the end of the 2017/18 season – which has been widely interpreted as a plea to Levy to release the financial shackles.

Pochettino signed a five-year deal soon after which suggest he had been given assurances that there would be money to spend in the summer, however, the club have waited until the final weeks of the window to do their business.

Cullen added: “Mauricio is relaxed. There was a misinterpretation of his comments. He would say what he said was not about going out and spending money.

“Sometimes there’s a degree of frustration [from Levy] at how much is written that isn’t accurate.

“But Daniel is so focused on delivering for this club. And that’s why any of us who work around him think the criticism is grossly unfair.”

Cullen also suggested the talent of Spurs’ academy means big spending is unnecessary.

She said: “Money doesn’t guarantee you success.

“We’ve had seasons when we’ve brought eight players and it’s not been right. What’s key is we’ve still got so many young players.

“I remember years ago looking at our Under-16s, U17s and U18s and knowing a golden generation was coming through. They were the Harry Kanes and Harry Winks. We’ve still got young players. “You saw Luke Amos play this week. The potential is still there, so why would you necessarily need to look so much further?”


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