'That's Really Big From Daniel Levy' - Exclusive: Pundit wowed by Tottenham chief's audacity
Daniel Levy deserves enormous credit for his audacious appointment of Jose Mourinho — even though things could have turned out horribly for Tottenham.
That is according to 79-time Spurs striker Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge as the dust settled after Tottenham’s League Cup semi-final victory over Brentford.
Spurs advanced to the semi-final after a 2-0 win over their London rivals, giving Jose Mourinho the chance to win his fourth League Cup title and become the most successful manager in the competition’s history.
A lack of trophies has long been used as a stick to beat Tottenham with, so to see Mourinho lead Kane and co to a final will be encouraging for Spurs fans.
And Darren Bent believes that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s divisive appointment of the Portuguese manager is beginning to pay dividends, even if he won’t be completely vindicated until Spurs lift a trophy.
He told Football Insider: “That’s really big from Daniel Levy because he gets a lot of criticism anyway. When he let Poch go, I’m pretty sure that’s when he received most of his criticism.
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“But he understood what was going on. Maybe he saw it and realised Poch has got them as far as he can. So he goes and gets Mourinho, someone who’s been there and done that?
“I think great credit has to go to Levy for A) recognising potential and knowing what needs to be done and B) taking a great risk because it could have backfired.
“He could have brought Mourinho in, it could have been horrible, the atmosphere could have been terrible. But the fact they’re in a league cup final will show a lot of Spurs fans that this was the right decision.
“But there will only be 100% validation if he actually wins something.”
As a result of fixture congestion, the final will take place much later than usual this year, 25 April.
Should Spurs be successful, it will be their first silverware since 2008 when they won the League Cup under then-manager Juande Ramos.