Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Enough's Enough, It's Time to Tell Lame Duck Levy to Go; Embarrassment: Daniel Levy's Recent Treatment of Tottenham Manager Martin Jol Has Been Disgraceful

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Enough's Enough, It's Time to Tell Lame Duck Levy to Go; Embarrassment: Daniel Levy's Recent Treatment of Tottenham Manager Martin Jol Has Been Disgraceful

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Byline: MATTHEW NORMAN

IN A bid to pioneer the concept of "journalistic set-aside"the variant of the EU system of paying farmers to do absolutely nothing I'velong advocated for bone idle hacks like myselfI am tempted to do no more today than repeat, in their entirety, Monday's wordsregarding Tottenham Hotspur.

For those of you impertinent enough to have missed it, the item made a fewpoints about the Martin Jol hyperfiasco.

The points were these: 1) regardless of his first-class degree from Cambridge,Spurs chairman Daniel Levy can act like an imbecile of a very rare orderindeed; 2) as a direct result of this imbecility, the small but discernibleprogress of recent years at Spurs has been instantly reversed; 3) thanks to hisdiabolical treatment of Jol, no decent coach or ambitious player in possessionof his senses would dream of joining the club; 4) Daniel Levy is a 16th wit atbest, but more likely a 32nd or 64th wit, and; 5) rather than take space on theclub website to inform us, as he did yesterday, that "Martin has my 100 percent support", Levy should explain why he remains a fit person to run the club.

The reason I have not repeated the previous item verbatim has less to do withfears that someone in the office might take a dim view than the sense thatMonday's effort veered absurdly on the side of charity.

In the last four days, after all, Levy has exposed himself as something moredisturbing than a 128th wit.

I know how much fans of other London clubs enjoyed the riotous events ofWednesday when, within the few minutes required for the chairman's IQ to halve,Tottenham denied offering the job to Sevilla's Juande Ramos and Ramos confirmedthat he had been offered it at a "dizzying" salary.

We can safely ignore Ramos's later denial of what he so clearly said as severaldozen bilingual witnesses do not make the identical mistranslation despiteTottenham's best efforts to advise Fleet Street's finest that the respectedReuters News Agency had made a mistake with its representation of what theSevilla boss had said.

What we now know is that two representatives of a senior executive officer of apublicly-quoted company [Levy] metwhether by chance or prior arrangementRamos in a hotel in Seville last Friday night.

And while this may not have been a technical breach of Stock Exchangeregulations, allowing yourself to get caught pictured in a liaison with anothermanager while still employing Jol, is not a great business practice.

Let's move to less contentious matters.

That Levy's attempt to fire Jol after two games of the season was "ridiculous",to quote goalkeeper Paul Robinson, goes without saying. But it says everythingabout the effect of all this lunacy that Spurs players now feel eitherdepressed enough about the team's prospects or nauseated enough by the board'sbehaviour to savage their chairman on the record. …

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