Harry Redknapp says Daniel Levy has done an ‘incredible job’ at Tottenham as Premier League president celebrates 20 years at Spurs
Twenty years ago Daniel Levy became the youngest president of the Premier League when he took control of Tottenham.
Levy replaced Lord Alan Sugar at White Hart Lane in March 2001 after spending five years as a non-executive director at Rangers.
Upon arrival, he compared White Hart Lane to his former home in an interview with Sunday Business.
Levy said one could “smell the history” at Ibrox while some hallways at Tottenham “Felt like a prison” because they weren’t painted and naked.
Two decades later, Levy solidified his status as the elite’s longest-serving president and transformed the Lilywhites into one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Harry Redknapp, who led Spurs for four years under Levy between 2008 and 2012, paid tribute to his ex-employer for his efforts to turn Tottenham into a powerhouse.
“It’s a huge contribution,” Redknapp told talkSPORT about Levy’s impact over his two decades in North London. “He delivered an amazing new stadium – it’s just amazing.
“The training ground is as good as anything in the country.
“It has been huge steps forward since his arrival; people forget, when I was at West Ham we finished above Tottenham three years in a row [in 1997/98, 98/99 and 99/00].
“They can do it again, but you look at where Tottenham has been in the last ten years and whatever, they play Champions League football and are always looking for the top four.
“Daniel did an amazing job.”
Redknapp was a popular figure during his four-year stint at White Hart Lane and he admitted he never had any issues with Levy during his time in N17.
“It was a big step for me,” he added. “I had a good relationship with Daniel and people always think he never intervened but he always supported me a lot.
“I can only say good things about him to be honest with him.”
Levy is often described as an uncompromising businessman who puts the business side of the game ahead of sporting success, but Redknapp insists he appreciates transfers on deadline day and had a keen eye. for an agreement.
Redknapp added, “He came alive on deadline day. He loved business. Buy one get one free. Buy two, get one free – he loved a good deal.
“Even Rafael van der Vaart, that day we were trying to lend him and he said we were having trouble getting a loan deal but we can buy him cheap for £ 8million. He said, ‘what do you think?’ and he made an incredible deal that day.
“He loves it and the transfer part has been a big part of his life.”
Current boss Jose Mourinho is aiming to clinch a trophy for his boss for the first time since 2008.
Tottenham last won the silverware when they beat Chelsea in the League Cup final and Jose Mourinho want to deliver this season.
Spurs are in the League Cup final and are still in the Europa League.
“I don’t think it is sometimes fair that an owner, a CEO, an administrator, a president of a club is judged on trophies, because trophies often depend on others,” said Mourinho.
“The work done in this club regardless of the trophies that the club did not win is undeniable. The club is a great club in many ways. It’s an incredible job on his part as a big boss and the whole structure that works for him.
“But trophies are the spice of the game of football and I would love to help that happen. I’m not a big guy on stats but my 1000th official game is going to come this season too for a career I’ve had the chance to win so much. It would be good for him to celebrate my 1,000 official games by winning a trophy for Tottenham. “