Conspicuous By His Absence!
It wasn`t that long ago that any article appearing on VS, irrespective of the subject, would turn into a Levy-bashing, or current manager-bashing, attack. But over the last couple of years it seems that the 'bashers` have become more and more silent and progressively faded away until, now, they have disappeared completely. Threads, no matter what subject is up for discussion, are no longer taken over by repeated calls for Levy`s head, or the head of the current manager.
The 'Levy detractors` on VS were consistent in their criticisms; mainly that he would not spend money, and he would not back his manager. They simply did not trust Levy to do what it takes to progress the club ... the progression, as they saw it, being the immediate acquisition of trophies or the purchase of 'world class` players for obscene amounts of money.
Financial constraints in comparison to other clubs were rarely considered.
Just as some supporters did not trust Levy, it seems that Levy did not trust some of his previous managers. What many supporters failed to grasp is that Levy had a plan, a long-term plan. We can clearly see that plan unfolding before our eyes in every aspect of the club`s functioning. A few supporters on VS understood that plan. They advised caution, they advised patience, and they advised placing their trust in the THFC Management and Board. They advised a steady and incremental approach in progressing the club to where they dreamed it should be; an approach that would not only lead to success, but would make success sustainable. Levy did not want to buy glory (even if he could) because it was not a business ethic he aspired to. And modern day football is very much a business. He wanted the club`s glory to be sustainable and enduring, which was a far more realistic approach to the business of running a football club in this day and age. Yes, he had a plan. But there was one vital ingredient missing. Until .... along comes Mauricio!
In Mauricio, Levy appears, at last, to have found a manager to share his vision for the club`s future. A manager he can trust. A manager he can support. Of course there is still a fair way to go before Levy`s plan reaches full fruition, but it`s getting closer every season. There will be hiccups along the way. Life throws curve balls at unexpected moments and they have to be dealt with. Key players might, for whatever reason, decide to leave. The manager, for whatever reason, might decide to leave. Some things are beyond the club`s control. But the stronger the club`s foundation is, within its financial capacity, the less damage any curve ball will create and the easier it will be to overcome it.
Of course some of those 'curve balls` will see supporters having a rant now and again .... it`s the nature of football and being a supporter. Any point dropped is unacceptable to some and deserving of some harsh criticism. Having supported Spurs for almost six decades, I can understand, but not enjoy, how a team can beat Barcelona in a CL game and then lose to Wigan in a league match. .... within the same week! The beauty of football is that any result is possible on the day and the many variables that affect the game are not always consistent.
Daniel Levy is a strong person and long time supporter of THFC. He is the longest serving Chairman in the Premier League. He has just been recognised with an award by the Premier League in honour of his achievements. His vision, the 'bigger picture`, is now clear and has taken the club to the brink of sustainable success and potential glory not seen since the 60s.
The future is looking positive and can be viewed with optimism. In the meantime I am looking forward to Levy`s continued absence on future VS threads.
It`s just my opinion, of course. What`s yours?