The Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been divided in the Transfer Tavern this week over a key club issue regarding the wage structure and Daniel Levy’s salary.
Much has been made of Tottenham’s strict wage structure in recent seasons and whether it will eventually cripple the clubs ambitions of achieving silverware in the long-term, and the latest reports from The Times have served to further intensify those debates. According to the report from the British media outlet, Daniel Levy pocketed a hefty £6 million last season for his role as Tottenham chairman, which amounted to more than any player within the first-team squad.
The final figure averaged out at £115,000 per week whilst Harry Kane remains on just £100,000 per week despite his phenomenal goal-scoring record in recent years. Naturally, the revelation has provoked plenty of conversation amongst our resident Lilywhites propping up our bar in the tavern, with a consensus on the issue far from being reached at this stage.
Considering Levy is the chairman of the club and ultimately one of, if not the most important individuals away from the field of play, it’s difficult to argue with his wage, especially considering how his transfer negotiations have played a pivotal role in enabling the club to develop into an established top-four club. However, the fact he pockets an annual salary which exceeds that of any of the Tottenham players is bound to raise a few questions in the dressing room.
The players will naturally consider themselves as the most important components of the club, especially from an economic standpoint. They are the ones who train day in day out and put everything on the line to ensure the club are successful, so they are bound to be wondering how Levy can justify taking a higher salary than the men responsible for the success Tottenham are currently enjoying.
Levy has certainly done a fantastic job as chairman throughout his tenure, but if he does not accept the transition into a new era of super wages and extortionate transfer fees in the very near future then the Tottenham players are bound to be tempted away from the club by lucrative contracts on offer elsewhere. The news regarding Levy will not instantly signal the beginning of a mass exodus, but it will certainly give the players plenty to think about as the summer transfer window approaches and rival clubs begin to swoop over North-London with riches to offer in abundance.
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