If Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy had a favourite proverb, it would almost certainly be ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again’.
This becomes more apparent when you consider the long line of managers who have come and gone at White Hart Lane during the nine years that the 48-year-old has presided over the North Londoners.
We have to go all the way back to George Graham to see how ruthless Levy has been in disposing of failing managers in order to satisfy his insatiable thirst for Champions League qualification. Graham, of course, was in the hot seat at the time Levy took over from Sir Alan Sugar at the turn of the century and had delivered a League Cup in 1999 and with it Uefa Cup football. He could never get Tottenham above tenth place in the Premiership though and was swiftly given his marching orders by the newly-installed chairman.
Next came Glenn Hoddle and then David Pleat and Jacques Santini – none of whom could lift Spurs from the clutches of mid-table obscurity. Martin Jol did much better and guided the club to a fifth place finish in 2006/07 yielding another bout of Uefa Cup football. Levy’s decision to dismiss Yol after a poor start the following season was widely seen as a rash move given the improved standard of football he had got the side playing, but, it was symptomatic of the much greater ambitions that Levy nursed for Tottenham.
The appointment of a new management team, including the highly-regarded Juande Ramos resulted in a bubble of optimism amongst the Tottenham faithful and in February 2008 they beat Chelsea in the League Cup Final to pick up their first trophy for nine long years. A dreadful run of form the following season, in which Spurs slumped to bottom of the table, shattered any hope of further success on the pitch and Ramos was duly given his marching orders.
The club have gone from strength to strength now that Levy has finally got his man and their recent top four finish seems to have vindicated his hire and fire mentality. Redknapp’s position is secure now that he has supplied his chairman with the success that he so badly craved but it must be sustained if he is not to become another victim of his chairman’s lofty ambitions.
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