Twenty years ago, Daniel Levy became the youngest Premier League chairman when he took control of Tottenham Hotspur.
Levy replaced Lord Alan Sugar at Spurs in March 2001 after serving five years as a non-executive director at Rangers.
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Levy is the longest serving chairman in the top division
Upon arrival, he posed White Hart Lane opposite his former home in an interview with Sunday Business.
Levy said you could “smell history” at Ibrox, while some corridors in Tottenham “felt like a prison” because they were unpainted and bare.
Two decades later, Levy cemented his status as the senior group leader and made the Lilywhites one of the largest clubs in Europe.
Harry Redknapp, who ran Spurs under Levy for four years between 2008 and 2012, has paid tribute to his ex-employer for his efforts to turn Tottenham into a powerhouse.
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Levy succeeded Lord Sugar as chairman of Spurs in 2001
“It’s a massive contribution,” Redknapp told talkSPORT about Levy’s impact in his two decades in north London. “He delivered an amazing new stadium – it’s just amazing.
“The training ground is as good as anything in the country.
“There have been massive steps forward since his arrival. People forget when I was in West Ham we ended up over Tottenham three years in a row [in 1997/98, 98/99 and 99/00].
“You might do it again but you see where Tottenham has gone in the last decade and whatever, they play Champions League football and they’re always looking for the top four.
“Daniel did a great job.”
Redknapp was a popular character during his four-year stint on White Hart Lane, and he admitted that he never had any issues with Levy during his time in N17.
“It was a big step for me,” he added. “I had a good relationship with Daniel and people always think he never interfered, but he was always very supportive.
Redknapp took over the helm of Spurs in 2008 and spent four years at the club
“I can only speak well of him, to be honest.”
Levy is often portrayed as a die-hard businessman who puts the commercial side of the game before sporting success, but Redknapp insists that he enjoy deadline transfers and have a keen eye for a deal.
Redknapp added, “He came alive on the cut date. He loved a deal. Buy one, get one for free. Buy two, get one for free – he loved a deal.
“Even Rafael van der Vaart, that day we tried to borrow it and he said we are having trouble getting a loan agreement but we can buy it cheaply for £ 8 million. He said, “What do you think?” and he made an amazing deal that day.
“He loves it and the transfer part has been a big part of his life.”