Glenn Hoddle delivers Tottenham ultimatum to chairman Daniel Levy after Antonio Conte appointment
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle has said that it’s now or never for Daniel Levy to get things right on the pitch.
The Spurs chairman has done an impressive job off the pitch in building the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and building a squad which has challenged for the Champions League places, even reaching the final in 2019.
However, the wheels have fallen off over the last few years and Levy has been at the forefront of it.
Speaking before Antonio Conte’s first game in charge of the club, following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo at the start of the week, Hoddle did praise Levy for the spectacular work done off the pitch but pulled no punches when it came to the product on it.
“He’s done a fantastic job with this [the stadium] over my shoulder,” Hoddle said on BT Sport. “This stadium, the training ground, the infrastructure, the business side of what this stadium will bring in is incredible.
“But since, let’s talk about since the Champions League, they should have gone and bought [players] then. They weren’t playing particularly well going into the Champions League [final], had a tough end to the season, and then that season they weren’t playing that well.
“The squad needed building then, he didn’t do that. But since then, he’s under a bit of pressure.
“He’s under more than a bit of pressure because he’s got to a situation where he’s got to get it right. Eleven managers, in which I was one of them, since he’s been at the club.
“It’s now, the time has come where it’s on his shoulders.”
Hoddle was fair in his assessment of the last few seasons, saying the global coronavirus pandemic made things hard. But added that with the stadium project completed, wins and trophies must be round the corner.
“I think with the pandemic, with all the sort of things with what he was doing building the stadium here, we’re past that now. It’s not a new stadium anymore,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful stadium. But now we’ve got a look at the football side. The business side is fantastic this club, it can go off, it’s ready to take off, they’ve got to concentrate on the football side.
“It’s got to be the number one. The number one thing in this club has got to be what happens on that pitch now.
“There weren’t excuses, there were facts. Money had to be spent on the stadium, Tottenham are now in a position where you go right it’s now or never and I think it could be now never really for Daniel levy as well in many ways.
“He deserves to, you know, to be applauded for what he’s done for this club from where it is. But this is a football club at the end of the day. Stadiums don’t win trophies and he’s got to get that squad right.”