Daniel Levy has been blasted over his decision to hand an unreliable Tottenham player a new three-year contract amid the club’s search for a new head coach.
Levy has been heavily criticised in recent years due to his reluctance to back managers with enough money to sign their primary transfer targets, which has seen a host of top stars head to other teams. The Tottenham chairman has also been slammed over some of his managerial appointments, with Nuno Espirito Santo doing poorly and Jose Mourinho leaving in disputed circumstances.
Levy is currently searching for someone to take over from interim boss Ryan Mason at the end of the campaign. There have been rumours he may bring in another well-known, short-term manager, similar to Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Levy wants to end Tottenham’s trophy drought while they can still rely on deadly attackers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
But this is something Spurs fans have seen before and are unlikely to be happy with. They would rather see a younger coach with a long-term vision arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and take the club on an exciting journey, just as Mauricio Pochettino did. A trophy may then come with that if the new project goes well.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has emerged as the frontrunner for the job after Spurs ended all association with ex-Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann.
Surprisingly, it seems Levy is making squad decisions before the next head coach has even been signed. According to the Evening Standard, centre-half Eric Dier could soon be handed a new three-year deal, with his current contract due to expire in June 2024.
Dier is a regular in the Spurs starting eleven, having played in 42 matches this season. However, his contract renewal will be a controversial decision among the Spurs faithful.
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The Englishman lacks agility and can therefore be caught out when coming up against pacy forwards. Plus, he often has a mistake in him which, when coupled with the errors from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, has resulted in some poor defending this term.
The report carries quotes from former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who has called Dier’s potential new contract a ‘horrendous’ decision and claimed Levy ‘doesn’t have a clue’.
Spurs have looked into signing at least two new centre-backs in recent months, with Alessandro Bastoni, Piero Hincapie and Marc Guehi all emerging as targets.
Bastoni and Hincapie would likely cost around £50million each, while Crystal Palace have set Guehi’s price tag at the £45m mark.
But it seems Spurs could snub those players by continuing to place their trust in Dier. There have also been rumours the North London side might complete a permanent deal for Clement Lenglet, despite his underwhelming loan spell with them.