Tim Sherwood delivers verdict on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tim Sherwood gestures during the Pro-Am prior to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 25, 2016 in Virginia Water, England.

Daniel Levy continues to be the brunt of criticism at Tottenham.

Swindon Town Director of Football Tim Sherwood looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic at County Ground on November 12, 2016 in Swindon,...

Former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager Tim Sherwood has told Sky Sports programme 'The Debate' that he believes chairman Daniel Levy deserves much more praise than he is being currently afforded.

Levy has always been a target for criticism, with his tight stronghold on the Tottenham coffers either drawing plaudits when the club is performing, or being scrutinised when the club eventually decide to sell - Gareth Bale for example.

Times journalist Oliver Kay gave his verdict in an opinion story back in August on how Spurs' stars are paid less than other clubs: "Beneath every bit of praise, has been the nagging feeling that progress on the pitch will be hard to sustain unless Tottenham adjust to the realities of the market that has little respect for prudence."

Tottenham Hotspur's English chairman Daniel Levy (R) looks on during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in...

The Daily Mail claim Kane is the Premier League's 35th highest-paid earner on £110,000 a week despite being in the top 10 of the Ballon d'Or, but Sherwood believes Levy deserves to be applauded for his work.

"You're never going to get any change off of Daniel, he's an astute businessman," Sherwood said. "He knows what he's doing does Daniel, he's the best operator I've ever seen. Teams will have to pay through the nose, and if he doesn't want to sell, then they will be going nowhere.

"The club is on the up. The last thing they want to do is lose players. Without Levy's mind, Tottenham would be in a much worse position. He's had to do it slowly. He's under pressure to give his players what they want and remain competitive."

Dele Alli of Tottenham is challenged by Jonathan Meades of AFC Wimbledon during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium on...

Sherwood's comments come after Levy told Sky Sports that none of Tottenham's stars would be leaving the club this month or in the summer, unless Mauricio Pochettino wanted them too, despite interest in the likes of Dele Alli.

Boyhood Tottenham fan Levy will be in the stands once again on Saturday evening at Wembley, as his beloved Spurs take on Sam Allardyce's Everton as they look to keep the pressure on the top four.

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