'Criticise Levy? I can't have that' - Arsenal legend backs Tottenham Hotspur chairman

Daniel Levy

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has backed Tottenham Hotspur's Daniel Levy against criticism.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has defended Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy from criticism.

Wright co-presents BBC Radio 5 Live phone-in show 606, and fielded calls from angry Spurs fans after the club's defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend.

It was not just the players and head coach Mauricio Pochettino who took the flak, with owner Daniel Levy getting his own portion of blame for the club's failure to move forward.

Wright however stuck up for the Tottenham chairman, arguing he does all which is asked of him.

He said: "We had a Spurs fan on criticising Levy, I can't have that.

"He gives them money to buy what they want. He's doing his job.

"He doesn't seem to be someone who interferes on the football side. Thats what he's got Baldini there for. He (Levy) gets the finger pointed at him, but he's (Baldini) got the money."

A summer ago Franco Baldini was appointed at director of football and had £100 million to spend, but did have to replace £100 million worth of players, with Spurs' net spend that summer only £6 million.

Levy still has questions to answer however, with a failure to have any kind of longevity with managers during his time at the club, either through his own impatience, or the appointments turning out to be erroneous.

A cynic may suggest even that Baldini is in place as a shield, to cop the flak and spare Levy from criticism after a string of managerial failures, but Wright clearly believes this is not the case.

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