Alan Hutton has insisted Daniel Levy needs to change strategy if Tottenham are going to push for the Premier League top-four in the near future.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, warned the Lilywhites would go nowhere if the chairman does not loosen the purse strings in north London.
As reported by Fabrizio Romano, talks between Antonio Conte and Spurs collapsed due to several factors including wages and investment into the squad.
Antonio Conte wanted to bring more than 4 staff members to Tottenham, Spurs reluctant on this point. Salary proposal difference around €3m. Investments and project to win ‘as soon as possible’, another issue. That’s why talks with Conte have stalled – no agreement. ❌🇮🇹 #THFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 4, 2021
As such, the Lilywhites remain without a manager.
Hutton heralded Levy for his “amazing” business nous.
However, he insisted something needed to change from a footballing aspect.
“I’ve thought this for a while,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Yes, there’s no taking it away, his side of it is the business side. He’s done unbelievably well when it comes to the marketing, the stadium, amazing.
“But as a chairman, where do you see the club going? What do you want from the club? Do you want to be challenging for the Premier League? Do you want to be challenging for the top four, or do you want to be there just for the Europa League? Where do you want to be?
“If it is challenging for the top of that league, you have to spend money. Nobody stands still. To have this kind of outlook where we’ve got the best training ground, we’re bringing young boys through, that’s a project.
“We’re going to bring in some youngsters for the future, that’s a five-year project. Antonio Conte is not wanting to do that. He wants to win now, just like Mourinho wanted to win now.
“That’s a question that Daniel Levy is going to have to come out and answer to the fans and everybody involved. Where do you see this team going in the next season or two? If he wants to see it high up, he has to spend money. It’s as simple as that really.”
Tottenham finished seventh in the Premier League during the recently-concluded campaign.
Their last top-four finish came in the 2018/19 season when they pipped Arsenal to fourth by a single point.