Tottenham go into this weekend’s Champions League final against Liverpool months after moving into a brand new, world-class stadium and with some of the best players on the planet playing for them, but one of the most influential figures at Spurs is a name familiar to Rangers fans for other reasons – Daniel Levy.
Levy was on the board at Ibrox in the late 1990s after ENIC’s investment in the club at the height of David Murray’s grandiose.
Despite holding a substantial chunk of the club, ENIC’s investment still left them lagging a long way off David Murray’s overall shareholding and left with only a minor voice in the boardroom.
At this point in time, Murray was at his bombastic best as Rangers spent sums of money on players and wages that saw them on a par with the Manchester United’s, Barcelona’s and Bayern Munich’s of the football world.
The Gers were spending big in a bid to bring European success to Ibrox at a time when domestic dominance was almost taken for granted as the Gers swept everyone in Scotland aside.
ENIC’s involvement with Rangers would last seven years – overlapping their purchase of Spurs by a few years – but reports at the time always portrayed them as only being there because Murray wanted their cash rather than their idea.
Levy would be characterised by many at the time as a fairly isolated figure, with many of the ideas proposed by him ignored.
Murray would go on and repeat the trick almost step for step with Dave King in 2000 after the South African invested £20million in the club –
ENIC eventually decided enough was enough and looked to sell up from as early as February 2001 but it took another three years before they could eventually find a buyer.
David Murray. Who would manage to purchase ENIC’s holding for a little over £8million.
The giant shift in finances in football have seen Rangers go from spending with the biggest and best to struggling to compete financially with second-tier English sides.
Had Levy been given more attention at Ibrox things might well have worked out very differently over the last few decades.
Unfortunately for Rangers, however, they never gave Levy the chance he should have been given to change the direction of the club.
With Lewis money and Levy’s hard-work, they’ve turned Spurs into a potential European Cup winning side – if only David Murray hadn’t run the club as his own private plaything it might well have been Rangers.