Tottenham's Levy paid £4.5m to sack manager, so why not fire these two players?

Daniel Levy

In an age where manager sackings are far too common, why are player firings so rare?

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is unafraid to wield the managerial axe on the men under his employ, but should he get tougher with players?

When Levy fired Andre Villas-Boas 12 months ago, The Evening Standard reported the former Primeira Liga winner received £4.5 million compensation, for the remainder of his contract.

Juande Ramos was paid £2 million when he was sacked, while Martin Jol received a fee in the region of £4 million.

As far as employing managers go, it's part of the hazard of the job, but why does that not extend to players?

Spurs have a player on their books in Benoit Assou-Ekotto who is owed £1.4 million in wages until the end of the season, and has absolutely no chance of playing for them.

He is untrusted and unwanted, and has a potential FA ban hanging over his head. No other clubs want to sign him due to his £40,000 a week wages, so shouldn't Spurs just get rid, in the same uthless way they have with their managers, so both club and player can move on?

Another player Spurs have tried to shift in recent years is Emmanuel Adebayor, who is paid an astronomical £170,000 a week.

It's a sum which based on his level of performance this season and last, sees him grossly overpaid. Again, it's little wonder that with the striker unwilling to take a pay cut, Spurs can't get rid of him; yet having him around is acting as a deterrent for them to go and sign a new striker, for he is taking up a squad place.

Adebayor is due to earn over £3 million between January and the expiration of his contract next June, yet if it enables them to sign a new forward, or even just helps them move on, cutting ties could be worthy of consideration.

This is normal practice it seems with managers, but a rarity with players. Which is why a report in The Telegraph this week suggesting Manchester United could pay Brazilian midfielder Anderson £1.4 million was a notable change in approach.

The case for Spurs to cut loose Assou-Ekotto is quite clear cut, Adebayor open to debate as to whether fans value him from a football perspective from January onwards, assuming Spurs sign another striker in the transfer window.

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