Levy breaks Tottenham silence: This is Pochettino's real skill as a manager

By Harry Sykes

Daniel Levy has hailed Mauricio Pochettino’s unrivalled skill at developing players as he explained how Tottenham will continue to live within their means during their stadium move.

The long-standing Spurs chairman revealed the club will maintain their “sensible” approach to spending and there will not be the kind of financial outlays expected at the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea this summer.

Tottenham have comfortably outperformed many of their wealthier rivals in the last two seasons despite having a transfer spend and wage bill dwarfed by United, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Spurs are set to finish second this season after recording their highest points tally of the Premier League era.

Levy admitted that his biggest challenge is to ensure Spurs continue to thrive on the pitch while they move home to their new 61,559-seat stadium in 2018-19.

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“We have seen over the years in the Premier League that spending money doesn’t always guarantee success,” Levy said in a rare interview to the Evening Standard.

“In Mauricio Pochettino we have a manager with a real skill at developing players. The new stadium has funding arrangements to secure its delivery.

“It will always be the case, though, that we shall have to be sensible — we always have been.

“My biggest challenge and one that we are prepared for is to ensure that the football continues to thrive whilst we build our new home.

“We must never forget that everything we do elsewhere in the club is to underpin the football.”

Tottenham will host their final White Hart Lane match on Sunday against Manchester United, to bring down the curtain on the 118-year stay at the venue.

The north Londoners will spend next season at Wembley before taking up residence at their new home in the following campaign.

In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.

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