Flash back to the 2005-6 Premier League season. Former assistant coach Martin Jol has staged an impressive turnaround from the years of mid-table wilderness and Spurs miss out on a Champions League place by a single point and a dodgy buffet. The following year they also reach fifth place, but this isn’t good enough for chairman Daniel Levy who sacks much-loved Jol and replaces him with Jaunde Ramos.
Levy’s strategic genius is rewarded with Spurs’ worst ever start to a season with Tottenham facing the real possibility of relegation.
In desperation, Levy sacks Ramos and replaces him with Harry Redknapp who turns the club’s fortunes around. The next season the team qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history where they reach the quarterfinals having bested Milan and Internazionale. The following season they make fifth again, and this year only miss out on a place at the top table due to Chelsea’s Champions League victory.
Quite some record for a manager of a club without billionaire backers which sits behind Schalke in the international wealth league.
So what does strategic genius Daniel Levy do? He sacks him.