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Daniel Levy's Totalitarian Reign

Started on 30 December 2014 by dshaw292
Latest Reply on 18 January 2015 by dshaw292
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Daniel Levy has Gone Mad

Daniel Levy is the most trigger-happy chairman in all of the English Premier League. He has had 10 managers in his 13 year reign, and after a month since the last hiring (with no games being played) Mr. Levy has sacrificed another manager to the gods. Argentine Mauricio Pochettino had a strong start to life in the Premier League, leading Southampton to 12th place in their first season returning to the top flight, and finishing 8th in his and their second respective season. A player firesale had led Pochettino to join the more ambitious Spurs. After a year of turmoil for a club that ultimately finished 6th, Spurs needed some stability, and it seemed as though the former Espanyol midfielder was the answer. However, for reasons only known to Daniel Levy, Pochettino had shown, in his month without matches or the majority of players due to World Cup action, that he was
Daniel Levy:
not suited to lead a club of our stature
. Thus, Mr. Levy, finally sick of the instability and of all the worthless managers, decided to take matters into his own hands. It has been announced on Tottenham's official website that
It is with our greatest pleasure, that a man with such a plethora of footballing knowledge, is taking over the first team head coaching duties. Starting today, Daniel Levy will act as both Chairman and Manager of our football club, and we cannot think of a better candidate!
Levy went out of his way to assure that the staff will not necessarily be fired and the the players will not necessarily be sold, but that a majority of them would. Daniel Levy is reported to have given himself a 26 year contract, by far the longest contract given to a professional football coach.
Good luck!
This looks like a fun and interesting story, good luck!
Very nice start of the season!
I would like to apologize to all who followed this story closely, but due to a computer malfunction, the old save got erased. A new save was created and we will just have to restart this story. More work for me to do, but I promise a good story.

New Tottenham Hotspur manager Daniel Levy sat down with ESPN FC writer Dan Fitch on July 10, 2014.

Q: Welcome Mr. Levy. As president of Spurs for the past 13 years, you know the ins and outs of Tottenham Hotspur. Now you have decided to step up as manager of the club, following increasing criticism from the fans on your lack of patience. The fans have stated that you are trigger-happy when it comes to managers, and that the lack of stability has been the cause of the club's lack of success in the past couple of years. Are you prepared to manage the club with that much pressure coming from the fans?

A: As a leader of a football club, you are expected to deal with the close scrutiny on you. No genius has worked in comfortable confines, there is always pressure. I have realized over the past 13 years that the only person who can realize my vision for this club is myself. I will lead this club to glory.

Q: This is your first time coaching a professional club, and one that has very high expectations from its supporters. Obviously people are going to be skeptical about your hiring of yourself. Do you have the requisite tools to do well?

A: I know everything about football. I have coached recreational youth teams that have won championships, I coached the ENIC business football team to a championship, I am ready for this.

Q: Last question Mr. Levy. You are known for your love of the transfer window, doing a lot of wheeling and dealing on the deadline day, do you have any targets in mind?

A: I will not be buying any players in this transfer window. I bought the needed talent in previous windows, this team is ready for a coach of my calibre to lead it to glory.

The Europa League Playoff Draw has pitted English Premier League giant Tottenham Hotspur against Danske Banke Premiership (Northern Ireland) powerhouse Cliftonville. Cliftonville have been given the home tie for the first match of the playoff, meaning the second leg will be at White Hart Lane. The Spurs manager was said to be delighted with the draw, stating:
Daniel Levy:
There were bigger teams in the draw, and I am happy we did not draw them. We should stomp over Cliftonville.
The Spurs manager is said to be directing his attention towards only the Premier League and the Europa League, as his only goal this season is to make it to the Champions League. Winning the Europa League will bring Levy that prize, while finishing in the Top 4 of the Premier League will do the same. Right now, Levy has to focus on preparing the squad in the upcoming friendlies, and on the transfer window. He looks forward to a North London Derby for his first competitive match in charge, on August 16, 2014.
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Transfer Updates
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that they have signed right back Deandre Yedlin from MLS side Seattle Sounders for 2.4 million pounds. Fans are happy with the signing due to Yedlin's successful World Cup for the United States. Yedlin will finish out the MLS season with the Sounders and join Spurs in January.

Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed the sale of long time Spur Benoit Assou-Ekotto to West Ham for 2.5 million pounds. The news comes as no surprise, considering Assou-Ekotto's loss of favor with manager Daniel Levy. A statement has been released by the club
Tottenham Hotspur:
The club would like to thank Benoit Assou-Ekotto for his service to the club. He has always given his all in a Spurs shirt, and his hard work has not gone unnoticed. We'd like to thank him and wish him the best for the future.

Also leaving the club is South African center back Bongani Khumalo, signing for Charlton on a 1.1 million pound transfer fee.

Steve Clarke is Hired!
It has been announced that former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke will join the revamped Tottenham Hotspur coaching staff. His hiring accompanies an extension of Steffen Freund's contract, the hiring of Francesco Valenti, and the firing of various staff members. Steve Clarke is coming into Tottenham Hotspur having the most managerial experience, however, he will simply be a coach for the side. Bookies are already suggesting that if Tottenham get a poor run of results early, Steve Clarke will take over and Daniel Levy will step back into his presidential role. Perhaps this hiring is a way for Daniel Levy to hedge his bets.

August Results

Sat 8/16/2014 Arsenal H 2-0 Premier League
Aaron Lennon (30), Harry Kane (33)

Thu 8/21/2014 Cliftonville A 3-0 Europa League Playoff First Leg
Nacer Chadli (20), Aaron Lennon (60, 67)

Sun 8/24/2014 Hull City A 4-1 Premier League
Mohamed Diame (1); Nacer Chadli (18, 63), Emmanuel Adebayor (pen 55, 57)

Thu 8/28/2014 Cliftonville H 3-0 Europa League Playoff Second Leg
Emmanuel Adebayor (11), Kyle Naughton (32), Aaron Lennon (88)

Sun 8/31/2014 Crystal Palace H 2-1 Premier League
Harry Kane (13, 62); Wilfried Zaha (68)
Would like to see someone play in the left-side of defense rather than Rose! Maybe Ricardo Rodriguez or the versatile Santon? Striker is a must as well
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@Pauker: Ricardo Rodriguez is always a great buy, but is very expensive in FM 2015. Santon has some Premier League experience, but I'd rather keep starting Davies so that he reaches his potential. Rose is a solid backup. As for striker, I'm essentially doing the same thing as I am with left back, and am letting Kane get the majority of the starts while Soldado and Adebayor remain as solid backups. For striker, the person who plays is the one who is most in form. Also, playing as Daniel Levy, Levy does not like to spend a lot, and wants to get the most out of players he doesn't even use, so it is very hard to sell the likes of Adebayor, Soldado, and Rose.
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H Birmingham vs. Sunderland A
H Brighton vs. Nottingham Forest A
H Chelsea vs. Swansea A
H Huddersfield vs. Arsenal A
H Leeds vs. Ipswich A
H Man Utd vs. Cardiff A
H Middlesbrough vs. Reading A
H Southampton vs. QPR A
H Stoke vs. Crystal Palace A
H West Ham vs. Watford A
H Derby vs. Tottenham A
H Everton vs. Hull A
H Fulham vs. Bournemouth A
H Leicester vs. Newcastle A
H Man City vs. Aston Villa A
H Norwich vs. Liverpool A

While most Premier League sides would love to be drawn against a Championship side, Daniel Levy seemed uneasy.
Daniel Levy:
While we do not have too much invested in this competition, and while I expect my team to always come out on top against a lower league club, Derby away is a tough fixture. (Steve) McClaren is a good coach, and almost got them to win the playoff last year. This will be a tougher fixture than most expect, but I will bring home victory.

Group A

Daniel Levy was present in Switzerland for the draw, and seemed very pleased with it.
Daniel Levy:
There were some big teams that I was hoping we would avoid, and we did. I expect us to finish top of the group with ease.
Looking at the group, Tottenham should qualify, and should finish top of the group, but APOEL might give them some trouble at the top spot.

September Results

Mon 9/15/14 Stoke A 1-3 Premier League
Gregory van der Wiel (44), Mame Diouf (53), Charlie Adam (pen 90+1); Mousa Dembele (90+3)

Thu 9/18/14 APOEL H 6-1 Europa League
Harry Kane (10, 23, pen 60, 70), Federico Fazio (12), Nacer Chadli (65); Nicolo Consolini (68)

Sun 9/21/14 Manchester City H 4-1 Premier League
Harry Kane (6, 14, 16, 77); Sergio Aguero (52)

Wed 9/24/14 Derby A 2-3 e Capital One Cup 3rd Round
Craig Forsyth (71), Jesse Lingard (82), Leon Best (119); Erik Lamela (37), Harry Kane (84)

Sat 9/27/14 Chelsea A 1-3 Premier League
Diego Costa (5), Loic Remy (84), Filipe Luis (90); Roberto Soldado (90+3)
John Terry (52)

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