daniel levy - fact file

2001 -         chairman

Born on 8th February 1962 in Essex, England.

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Quietly going about his job, without seeking the glare of the spotlight (unlike some other chairmen), Daniel Levy has put a financial nous to the desire to see the club take their place at the very top of the game.

Levy his millions through his family business in "Mister Byrite", the discount clothing chain of the 1980s and 1990s, and became part of the English National Investment Company (ENIC), where he was made managing director in 1995, that bought out a number of large shares from the Chairman Alan Sugar to take over the club in 2001.  Made a popular, if eventually unsuccessful, move to oust former Arsenal manager George Graham to replace him with Spurs favourite Glenn Hoddle.

ENIC also held shares in Glasgow Rangers, AEK Athens, Slavia Prague, Verona and Warner Brothers, with the major money behind the company coming from Joe Lewis, the currency speculating billionaire.

With Levy putting in the hours at the club (starting at 07:00) and has worked behind the scenes to secure some excellent signings, often at knock down prices (i.e.  Rafael van der Vaart for 8 million on transfer deadline day August 2010) to boost the Spurs playing staff.  Daniel has also presided over a number of managerial changes at the club, but also a period of unparalleled spending on players to try and achieve a return of Tottenham Hotspur to the upper echelons of English football.

Championed the European style of Head Coach with a Sporting Director to carry out the transfer dealings, but was brave enough to admit it hadn't worked and return to a more traditional manager when he sacked Juande Ramos and Damien Comolli in October 2008 and appointed Harry Redknapp to help get Spurs off the bottom of the Premier League.  The move paid dividends, with Spurs qualifying to play in the Champions League for the first time in the 2010-11 season.

Balancing the on and off pitch success, Levy has overseen the development of a new state of the art training facility in Bull's Cross, Enfield and is planning a new stadium close to the current site in Tottenham that will hold 60,000.

Daniel Levy is married to Tracy Dixon, who was once his PA and they have four children.




Was the named as the 71st most powerful man in British sport by The Times (20.02.2009).

"Succeeded Alan Sugar at Tottenham in 2001 after ENIC International, the investment company, bought a controlling stake in the club.  The company has also held stakes in Rangers, Slavia Prague and Warner Brothers, the film company.  Under his chairmanship Tottenham are planning to develop their training facilities and expand their White Hart Lane ground in North London.  He also handled the "night of the long knives" last October, when four coaches were sacked."


What they said about Daniel Levy
Jean-Michel Aulas (Olympique Lyonnais president( on the negotiations to buy goalkeeper Hugo Lloris ...  31.08.2012 (Daily Mirror)

"We have had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we've agreed in writing.  The things as they were at 5am were not the same at 10am. I think we have to make sure we get a certain amount of value because it's important that Hugo can go to a quality club that allows him to do himself justice from a value point of view, so that he can feel right about it.  At the moment we're talking about whether he can come back to say his goodbyes to the supporters, to his team-mates, so we can honour him, this truly great player and brilliant man.

I would put it at 50-50 that Hugo goes to Tottenham. Although from the outset we've submitted to agreements I would now put it at 50-50 that he'll be going there.  Agreements have not at all been respected. We've done what we can. Hugo has been troubled by the difficulty in these negotiations.  He's one of the best in Europe in his position. Our transfer window is open until 4 September but for Tottenham the English transfer window closes on 31 August. Either it happens tonight or not at all for Hugo Lloris.

It's been very, very difficult. I've got 25 years of experience as a president of a club and it's our 16th participation in a European competition in a row.  But this is very rare in the football world.  The negotiation with the Tottenham directors has been the hardest I have ever had to undergo in these 25 years.  We had email exchanges which have been contradicted, so that's made it very complicated. It's difficult. The Tottenham board's theory is to explain that the economic market is very hard and so we have to get used to renegotiating.  But for us, who are attached to a player of the quality of Hugo Lloris, and such is the value of the transfer, that causes us to ask questions.

He has agreed personal terms with Tottenham, he remains under that impression, but since we have had Hugo Lloris on the telephone for a long time overnight and this morning and he's completely undecided about what happens next.  We've been negotiating all night. The first negotiation was at the start of the window, about a month-and-a-half ago, through an intermediary who was a French lawyer, who lives in Lyon.  And then nothing for about a month-and-a-half. The negotiation then picked up again about a week ago."

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What Daniel Levy said about ...
taking over at Tottenham ...  17.03.2001 ("Business and Pleasure" magazine)

"I'm non-executive chairman at Spurs, but hope to have appointed someone else by the end of the season.  I'm not going to be one of those high-profile chairman - I'm pretty low key - and I'm not Alan Sugar's direct replacement.

Plenty of people have suggested that my support for Tottenham was behind ENIC's decision to take a 29.9% stake.  It's not true: I've followed the Spurs since I was eight years old, but I'm not a fanatical fan,  The decision was mad eon business grounds, but obviously, it is an advantage that I have been following the club for so long.

We wanted to buy a club in England and we decided early on that it should be in London.  With apologies, there are only three big clubs in London - Chelsea, arsenal and Tottenham - and Tottenham were available.  We want to bring back to White Hart Lane the tradition and sense of occasion that seems to have slipped away.  I think fans will see we'll be a caring owner. 

I know what it's like to be an ordinary supporter.  I realise how infuriating it is when my son can't get a packet of Maltesers at half-time because they've run out.  I know what it's like to walk down a corridor in the main stand and feel as if you are in jail as the walls are unpainted and bare.  There are corporate areas at White Hart lane with photographs on the wall but no captions; other areas have no pictures on the wall and nothing to signify the club's history.  They're important to a club's atmosphere.


his predecessor Alan Sugar ...  17.03.2001 ("Business and Pleasure" magazine)

"Alan Sugar rescued Tottenham from bankruptcy, provided it with fantastic facilities, and the manner in which he was hounded from office was unfair.  Sir Alan faced the same challenges we do now - balancing the needs of shareholders, who want profit, with those of the fans, who want success on the pitch.  Sometimes the two do not go together.  It is a balancing act.  But Tottenham is a public company and regardless of who is on the board, it has to stand up for itself."

his handling of the club ...  17.03.2001 ("Business and Pleasure" magazine)

"Everybody has their favourite players - and I'm not giving away any secrets if I say Spurs heroes Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker are mine - but I've no intention of telling manager George Graham who he should select.  Everyone wants to see exciting, stylish football but most fans want one thing - to see us at the top of the league.  the balance between being cavalier and dour is a matter of opinion and typically every fan has a different opinion. 

While I won't tell George Graham who to pick, I will take an interest in the way we develop youngsters.  Investing in youth takes time, but is vital to the club's long-term stability and it's an area we want to put significant financial resources."

the next generation of fans ...  17.03.2001 ("Business and Pleasure" magazine)

"Young players are important, but so are young fans.  When I first went to a Tottenham game with my uncle 30 years ago, I bought a large rosette - whatever happened to them ? - on my way, ate a hot dog and loved the experience, even though I ended up freezing.  Plenty of clubs have hiked up admission charges, leaving young supporters unable to afford to get into the game and that's short-term thinking.  Football must make sure it's tempting young fans through the gates because today's wide-eyed youngster is tomorrow's season ticket holder."

on being a fan...  17.03.2001 ("Business and Pleasure" magazine)

"For years, I've taken my usual seat in the West Stand.  Now I'll have to dress formally and watch from the director's box even though I'd rather be cheering from my normal seat."

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