Kieran Trippier Takes Dig At Spurs Hierarchy

Kieran Trippier Takes Dig At Spurs Hierarchy

Tottenham Hotspur have undergone significant growth over the last five years.

Younger fans of the game may identify Spurs in being one of the Premier League’s strongest clubs, consistently on the fringe of pushing for a title charge every single season. This hasn’t always been the case though.

The days of reaching a Champions League final and the actual expectation of qualifying for the competition are relatively new in the world of Tottenham Hotspur. Despite a lack of silverware, the Mauricio Pochettino era has been a successful period for the club, with the Lilywhites moving up a level under the Argentinian.

Despite such progress, there remains external concerns as to how the club is being ran above the manager’s head. One player who has highlighted such a factor has been Kieran Trippier, with the Englishman hitting out at the way the club dealt with his recent exit.

Trippier unhappy with Spurs exit

When news broke out about Trippier joining Atletico Madrid, many fans were shocked. On paper, it certainly did look a strange move. The Bury born defender, making a seven year jump between Burnley to the Spanish capital. Quite the story.

From a career perspective, nobody questioned Trippier’s intentions, but the Englishman has recently stated that the transfer move was not exactly a smooth ride. Speaking in a recent interview, he said,

“I spoke to the manager about his plans and I didn’t get a ‘yes’ and I didn’t get a ‘no’ – so you get the impression. The manager didn’t say he wanted to move me on and I tried to speak to the chairman about it. It’s not nice when you know the club want to sell you. I heard rumours about them selling me and it’s not nice but it happens and it’s football.”

Clearly, there was ambiguity surrounding the defender’s future, who actually admitted that he wanted to stay at the North London club. Such confusion seemingly stemmed from Daniel Levy, who continuously failed to give Trippier a clear answer. The Englishman further said,

“It’s disappointing. I gave everything for the club and I wanted to stay. I had another couple of years left but everything happens for a reason. Me and the manager didn’t leave on bad terms; he has done a lot for me and I respect him highly. It is just a few things – I tried to speak to the chairman, I just didn’t really get an answer.”

This isn’t the first negative comment that somebody has had to say about Levy, with many involved with the game having dished out criticism to the chairman in the past. After such positive steps forward on the pitch, will such confusion with transfer activity continue to hold Pochettino back from reaching the next level?

Another exit on the cards?

Fortunately for Spurs, there were limited exits from their squad this summer, despite the inevitable transfer rumours and stories. Another name that was linked with a move away from the club was Christian Eriksen, with the likes of Real Madrid and PSG seemingly interested in the Danish midfielder.

Currently, the Spurs playmaker has less than one year left on his contract and a move away in the future does appear inevitable. Eriksen isn’t the only player in this situation either, with both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld out of contract next summer. Although summer 2020 seems a lifetime away, such a scenario is not exactly ideal.

Some fans on social media have suggested that such dealings from obove fuelled the rumours around a potential Pochettino exit last month. Although the manager came out and squashed the news, this isn’t exactly the first time that there has been conflict between the Argentinian and Levy.

Pochettino admitted in the summer that he should be referred to as ‘the coach’ and not the manager, as he has next to zero say in any transfer activity. Will Levy’s antics be the reason behind a Poch’s walkout one day, or will his capabilities as a coach continue to overshadow the mishandling at the top? Only time will tell.

Tottenham Hotspur 19/20 Odds

(all odds via Betfair)

Premier League winners = 50/1

Premier League top 2 finish = 6/1

Tottenham top 4 finish = 2/5

League Cup winners = 8/1

FA Cup winners = 17/2