Surely He's Earned Some Slack Now?
Oh dear, it's the topic everyone loves to argue about. Good old Daniel Levy!
For the last 10 or so years on here, I have had, and many others have had some extremely heated exchanges about good old Mr Levy. The man truly does appear to be the human equivalent of marmite. You either love him & totally respect what he's done for our club, or you hate him & totally wish he'd sell up to some bent oil baron who has nothing to offer, other than bottomless pockets. The divide really is (or was?) that vast.
Speaking from my own perspective, for the life of me, I still can't fathom out how some supporters have such hatred and vitriol for our chairman & part owner. It's as though people preferred the days before Mr Levy came in, you know, when finishing 13th in the league & having a decent cup run were considered a successful season. Crazy!
I really don't see or understand how people are able to deny that, year upon year, our club has become stronger than the year before, both on and off the pitch. Don't get me wrong, Mr Levy has made some mistakes that were truly Gross (see what I did there lol). Many of those 'anti-Levy' supporters seem to turn to Mr Levy's supposed bad treatment of the lovable lump that goes by the name of Martin Jol. However, those supporters conveniently forget that, when sacking Martin Jol, Levy was acting under the guidance of the snake known as Damien Comolli. Such was that decision a Comolli decision, Mr Levy went public and, after hiring Juande Ramos, state...
'He has recommended Juande Ramos, clearly he will have [to take] responsibility if it doesn't work, but I have every confidence it will.' (The quote is in this link).
So, Mr Levy stuck to his word. Ramos failed, Comolli was booted & the club has got better and better ever since. We've gone from finishing 13th & having half decent cup runs to, well, when was the last time we finished lower than 6th? When was the last time we didn't have European Football in one form or another? It's been over 50 years since our club saw the consistency that is now being served to us each season and, whether we like it or not, much of the plaudits for this consistency MUST go to Mr Levy. After-all, if he's responsible for the bad things that have happened since taking over, he must be equally responsible for the good things, too!
Whilst watching all the emotional scenes at WHL on Sunday (sadly in my front room) it was great to see a camera pan round to a massive banner that simply said 'Thank you Daniel Levy'. Finally, public backing of a much maligned figure within our club. How on earth can we see that new stadium slowly swallowing the iconic WHL & not think to ourselves, 'Bloody hell Danny boy, that's impressive?'
I've said it before & I'll say it again. I would not swap Daniel Levy for any other owner/chairman in the world. And I mean that! But my opinion is not the point of this article. The point of this article is, surely Mr Levy has now earned the right to be cut a bit of slack from even his most staunch of haters? What say you?