'Oh God, 'Horror' - Tottenham fans react to reported dressing room unrest as resentment grows
By Richard Parks
Tottenham’s players are reportedly stunned at Daniel Levy’s £115,000-a-week contract – and Spurs fans have taken to Twitter to deliver mixed verdicts.
The Times claim that the Spurs squad were staggered to learn yesterday from the club’s end-of-year financial results that the long-standing chairman received £6.013 million in 2016-17, more than twice as much as the £2.84 million he was paid the season before.
It is equivalent to £115,000-a-week, which catapults the 56-year-old into number one spot in the Spurs pay league ahead of top-earning player Harry Kane, who is on £110,000-a-week salary, and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Times report that there is considerable dressing-room unrest at Levy’s pay deal, at a time when players have been told to accept pay restraint, including contract rebel Toby Alderweireld.
It comes against a backdrop of imminent contract talks for a number of senior players, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Jan Vertonghen among those who will sit down for contract talks with Levy in the coming months.
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Many Spurs fans are not taking such a hard line at the chairman’s salary on social media, with some claiming his £6million-a-year deal should be expected by the players given his role and responsibilities at a club with a £300million-a-year turnover.
Others claimed “oh God” and “shock and horror” at the prospect of the players being destabilised by Levy’s pay packet.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
So the media have tried and failed with Poch, tried and failed in selling off Dele and Kane so they turn their attention to the Chairman. Yet more dirty tactics from the media as it pains them that we’re in a good position.
— Daniel Rogers (@danrogers77) April 4, 2018
6 million for being chairman of a business that makes over 300m a year is not actually a lot in the real world
— gary hayes (@garyjohnhayes) April 4, 2018
I wonder how they know that… typical media trying to destabilize us after a formidable win.
— jrbmdemon (@jrbmdemon) April 4, 2018
Yes I’m shocked to learn that my CEO earns more than me
— Steve Smith (@SteveSmith7195) April 4, 2018
I would’ve thought he got paid more tbh.
— Delme (@delme_cupido) April 4, 2018
Shock and indeed Horror…succesful businessman gets well paid.
Why is this even a story ??
— simon james (@sithespur) April 4, 2018
— CELTICS SZN (53-23) (@Zooba39fifa) April 4, 2018
— Dell (@DeadlyAll1) April 4, 2018
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are working on a deal to sign a 29-year-old left footer who would be a sensational signing.