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'Daniel's right': Tottenham owner backed by ex-player over Antonio Conte decision

Daniel Levy was right not to appoint Antonio Conte last week, according to former Tottenham player and now Talksport regular, Danny Murphy.

A deal for Conte fell through late in the week for Levy and Spurs. It came after a few days of negotiations appeared set to end with the Italian taking over from Jose Mourinho.

But differences about money, the expectations, and working with youth, all led to Conte not getting the job.

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However, rather than be concerned Spurs didn’t get it over the line, Murphy believes Levy was right to move on.

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“My feeling would be that Daniel Levy or Tottenham shouldn’t be held over a barrel by anyone. How can you demand more money than they’re earning?,” Murphy told Talksport.

“It depends on his demands. If they were ridiculous then get him out the door and get someone in who is going to work under the restrictions Tottenham have. So, if he was in there being stupid, then yeah, Daniel’s right, next one.”

Murphy had a short spell with Spurs in the mid-2000s. He is better known for his time with Liverpool and Fulham. However, he clearly knows how a club like Spurs works too.

Was Daniel Levy right to shun Conte in the end?

We don’t know which way around this went, really. It might be that Levy walked away, but it might be that Conte walked away as well.

However, if Conte was making huge demands, then Murphy is right in that Levy has done the correct thing and ended talks.

Regardless of the manager you get, the owner of the club still needs to hold some power. It can’t all be down to the man in the dug out.

It’s a huge shame for Spurs missing out on Conte. However, there are others out there and in the long-term, things just might work out fine.

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