Levy: the problem or the solution?

Chairman has Roman emperor status, but seems as difficult to work with as Nero.

Arsenal fans love him for the managerial chaos and grandiose statements that can be mocked in retrospect. But they also fear him, because like the Terminator he does not quit.

I was never an AVB fan but have sympathy for his alleged grievances against our Daniel. He obviously could have done a lot with Hulk or Moutinho, the latter apparently easily available, and the board was briefing against him from an early stage.

Flashback to January 2012, with Spurs riding high in third, and Redknapp seeking a new striker, ideally Carlos Tevez, and Gary Cahill. Levy gambled on Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen, and should take due responsibility for the unraveling.

On to our ninth permanent manager of his 12-year reign, among the highest turnover in the league, and while I believe success brings stability rather than vice versa, the chairman has often created conditions that make neither possible.

Santini and Ramos disastrous appointments. Jol and Redknapp arguably fired too quickly, even if both can be justified, not least by their subsequent performance. But the manager is always set up as the fall guy, undermined or denied the necessary tools, and the Levy show rolls on.

The stadium plans look solid, proof that the Spurs-supporting chairman is 100% serious about securing a place in the elite. Ditto the training ground development. Popular thinking goes that ENIC need Champions League to facilitate a sale at the right price.

And yet the plan often seems short-term. The extra pound gained from a transfer that disrupts our season. The rapid turnover of players and managers. Grand statements such as the Real Madrid partnership that add up to nothing. Playing to the fans but staying unaccountable.

In a lot of ways we’re lucky not to have a situation like Hull or Fulham (although that would never be tolerated in Germany or Spain and the FA’s craven stance on ownership is an insult to fans), with supporters on the board and financial resources. I just worry that Levy wants his cake and to it – instant success but without the commitment to see it through. As we prepare to welcome De Boer or whoever, will they see our chairman as a partner for success or an albatross around the neck? And while the criticism is flowing for AVB, how much should go upstairs?

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