Levy has been chairman of Tottenham since 2001, when he replaced Lord Alan Sugar following ENIC International Ltd’s purchase of a controlling stake in the North London club.
The 52-year-old has been remarkably active in the playing side of things, progressing through a number of managers during his tenure, and helping the side in the transfer market. However, Levy has come under criticism in recent years, with the sacking of Harry Redknapp in 2012 leading the club on a downward spiral that has left them struggling in mid-table after 11 games of the current season.
Having secured a world record transfer fee for Gareth Bale in 2013, Levy re-invested the funds in a number of players, many of whom have failed to be a success at White Hart Lane, and following a string of average on-pitch displays under current boss Mauricio Pochettino, fans are calling for Levy to step down if the club are to have any hope of fulfilling the potential they possess.
However, he has been in charge to oversee Spurs’ plans for a new stadium set to open in 2018, and club legend Jurgen Klinsmann - who scored 38 goals in 68 games for the Lilywhites - believes that Levy is taking the club in the right direction, whilst urging fans to stay patient through the inevitable ‘ups and downs’.
Speaking to the Standard, the current United States manager said: “They [club management] are doing a fantastic job.
“In the last few years, Tottenham have qualified for the Champions League and they are consistently in the Europa League.
“They have built a fantastic new training ground and when you do things like that, you have a long term picture in mind. They are doing well in the Europa League, and, while they have lost a bit of ground in the Premier League, it will go in the right direction.
“A new manager [Mauricio Pochettino] has come in and he needs the time to put his stamp on the team so there will be a few ups and downs, which are happening right now. But it’s a lot of fun looking at Tottenham from the outside and I’m always keeping my fingers crossed.”
It is true that fans should hold more patience with Levy, with him improving the off-pitch situation in North London since his arrival, but, if things continue to take a downturn in the coming months, he should be willing to accept the blame - something he has yet to do.