Tottenham fans branded ’embarrassing’ after holding up ‘Levy Out’ banner during FA Cup win over Middlesbrough – The Sun
FUMING Tottenham fans made their frustrations with the club's current ownership abundantly clear after Spurs' 2-1 FA Cup third round replay victory over Middlesbrough.
After the unconvincing win, a small group of supporters staged a pre-planned mini protest against Daniel Levy's regime.
They unfurled a banner in the North East corner of the stadium reading: "Thanks for NO memories. Time to say goodbye. LEVY OUT!"
Frustration among a section of the Spurs support has gradually grown this season.
A small number of fans have been staunchly anti-Levy for years – having been particularly angry with the club's pursuit of the London Stadium back in 2011.
And the sentiment was growing during Tim Sherwood's reign at the club, with small protests again taking place in 2014.
But then Levy appointed Mauricio Pochettino, and the club embarked on its most successful spell in decades.
However having allowed the squad to age without giving Pochettino the opportunity to rebuild, then sacking the popular Argentine, frustrations have again been growing in North London.
There is a sense among many that the club blew their opportunity to win major silverware, and have now taken several steps backwards in the last 18 months.
It's fair to say that most Spurs supporters appreciate the good things that Levy has done though, and would actively disassociate themselves with last night's banner.
Levy is managing director of ENIC, the company that own Tottenham, and under his guidance, Spurs have become Champions League regulars and enjoyed their best ever seasons in the Premier League on the pitch.
And off it they have built state-of-the-art training facilities, as well as their world class new stadium.
One Tottenham fan on Twitter responded to last night's banner by saying: "As a spurs fan I don't support this banner. Enic/Levy can be frustrating but be careful what you wish for".
And another said: "Embarrassing. Spend more time actually singing at games and create n atmosphere the players can thrive on."
And while a lot of Tottenham fans were lukewarm towards the banner, fans of other clubs were quick to stick the boot in on the "ungrateful" supporters.
A Middlesbrough fan wrote: "No memories? So they’ve forgotten champs league final, new stadium, pochetini, etc how fickle".
And a Watford fan chimed in: "Only got them Champions League 4 years in a row, signed the most accomplished manager in world football and 8th in the world money charts. Well done Spurs fans, you fools".
While West Ham fans also weren't impressed: "Poor old Spurs fans really suffering aren’t they? ? should be grateful they haven’t got Gold/Sullivan/Brady."
A series of Newcastle fans offered to "swap" Mike Ashley for Daniel Levy's ownership.
And most frustratingly of all for Spurs fans, they were often compared to their nearest neighbours: "Stooping to the level of Arsenal fan fickleness there Spurs".
Having finished in the top four for four seasons in a row under Pochettino, Tottenham fans have gotten rather used to Champions League football.
But it would seemingly take a miracle to return to the European promised land next season, as they currently sit in eighth, NINE points behind fourth placed Chelsea.
The jury is still out on new boss Jose Mourinho, with fans split on whether the 56-year-old will be a success in North London.
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