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Sunday 18 February 2018

Tottenham fans demand answers from under-fire Levy

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy.

Matt Law

DANIEL LEVY is facing the biggest challenge to his Tottenham reign after angry fans demanded last night that the club's chairman explained himself.

Hours after Levy told Tim Sherwood he would be in charge for a second game as interim head coach on Sunday, the Spurs chief was targeted by a prominent supporters' group.

Tottenham fans are furious over the direction the club is heading after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, Sherwood was made caretaker on a game-by-game basis and the club crashed out of the League Cup to London rivals West Ham.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust now want answers and are privately discussing further action if Levy and the club's board ignore their strongly-worded request.

It remains to be seen whether Levy will respond, as he is famously reluctant to speak publicly or give interviews.

Levy has been Tottenham chairman since 2001, has sacked seven managers and earned himself the reputation of being one of the toughest negotiators in the Premier League.

He is also unashamedly hands-on regarding transfers and questions have been raised over the level of his involvement in the £110m summer spend following the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

CHAOS

The sense of chaos around White Hart Lane increased in the immediate aftermath of the West Ham defeat, when Sherwood insisted he did not know if he would be in charge for the game against Southampton on Sunday.

But the 44-year-old was told he will take the team to St Mary's, following a meeting with Levy at the Spurs training ground yesterday morning.

Spurs sources believe it would be difficult for the club to make an outside appointment over the Christmas period, when the team play five games in 14 days and foreign leagues break for the winter.

Ajax manager Frank de Boer, who is among Tottenham's top targets, has made it clear that he would not consider taking over mid-season.

An encouraging run of results may convince Spurs to keep Sherwood in charge until the end of the season and then reassess their options.

Regardless of who is in charge, Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele revealed the players this week held a 'save our season' meeting.

"We have talked among the team already and we said to each other, 'Now let's do it'. It's everybody's fault," said Dembele.

Meanwhile, Tottenham fear England midfielder Andros Townsend will miss the next four weeks after suffering a hamstring injury against West Ham. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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