By Frank McAvennie

5th Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit excited by 'great news for Tottenham' after Levy transfer hint

Antonio Conte will only succeed at Tottenham if Daniel Levy agrees to take a step back.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Conte’s appointment.

Conte, 52, was announced as Tottenham’s new manager on Tuesday with managing director Fabio Paratici quoted rather than longstanding chairman Daniel Levy.

McAvennie claims it’s “telling” that Levy’s name wasn’t on the statement and admitted he hopes this is a sign of things to come.

“The key for Conte is how he works with Levy,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“What was telling, for me, was that Levy’s name wasn’t on his announcement.

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“It’s all the new guy [Paratici]. That has to be great news for Tottenham.

“Levy has been the problem there for years, I have always maintained that. It’s a constant issue.

“He shafted Mourinho and the decision to sack him was bizarre. So we will have to see how this one goes.

“Tottenham can only thrive when Levy isn’t involved but he always wants to be at the front.

“He needs to sit in the back and write cheques, that’s his role now.”

Conte won his first game as Tottenham boss on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Vitesse.

Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and an own goal saw Spurs race into a three-goal lead before the Belgian’s started a comeback.

In other news, Paul Robinson makes ‘unforgivable’ claim after Tottenham star’s cryptic message before Nuno’s sacking.