Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's pay has increased over the past year to predictable outcry, but is there a case to be heard?
The London Evening Standard have reported Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's salary has increased over the past year by £500,000.
This has been met with expected criticism from supporters, with Tottenham without a trophy since 2008 and looking set for yet another season without Champions League football.
Here are just a few responses from supporters on social media reacting to the news:
Levy gets a pay rise for sacking 2 managers in a year that he himself appointed. Nice work if you can get it. Never his responsibility #thfc— Julian Betts (@BettsJulian) April 16, 2015
A lot of work to do because of the situation you've got us in yet you think you deserve a £500,000 pay rise?! Do me a favour Daniel Levy— Tottenham Hotspur (@THFC__Fans) April 16, 2015
I wonder what Levy thinks he did to warrant giving himself half a million quid pay rise. Disgusting. #thfc— ENIC OUT (@Nice_One_Cyril) April 17, 2015
Now the easy path to take here would be to join the swathe of criticism lambasting Levy for receiving such a financial boost.
But to play devil's advocate and look at the positives he has helped bring to Tottenham over the past 12-24 months, here is a look at three reasons why his pay rise is deserved...
Stadium move secured
Tottenham have this year achieved a major milestone in building for their future. They won a legal battle delaying progress regarding their new stadium, and work is already underway. When the new stadium is built, Tottenham will have increased gate receipts, and as a result generate more income to spend on players. This will be key for Tottenham's success for decades to come, and there is no under-estimating just how important it is for the club.
On pitch consistency
While Tottenham have not kicked on to reach the Champions League, their achievements should also not be overlooked. In recent seasons sides like Everton and Newcastle have finished inside the top six in the Premier League, only to suffer the following season. Levy has helped ensure Tottenham have a squad capable of competing on multiple fronts, even if they have been unable to take that next step. The club remain in play to kick on, unlike Roberto Martinez's Everton who require a big re-focus simply to recover to their 2013/14 level of achievement.
Finally found the right manager
The big criticism of Daniel Levy in recent seasons has been his hire and fire nature as chairman. Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood have all failed to convince him they deserved to stay in charge, and as a result Spurs have been caught in a vicious cycle of rebuilding. All of those doubts will begin to go away if it emerges he really has finally found the right head coach in Mauricio Pochettino. The early signs are good, reaching a League Cup final, unearthing a top striker in Harry Kane, and a determination to really build upon the youth-led success which helped the Argentine thrive at Southampton.