Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has said that he is open to selling a stake in the club.
In a complex ownership structure Tottenham are 87 per cent owned by ENIC Sports, of which 29.9 per cent of those shares belong to Levy, with the remaining 70 per cent owned by members of the Lewis Family Trust.
However, Spurs, however, only have a solitary trophy – the 2008 League Cup – under the ENIC regime leading to criticism from supporters.
And while Levy insists he has no desire to leave the club, he claimed he would do what is ‘right’ for Spurs should a good enough offer be made for the Premier League outfit.
The 61-year-old told Bloomberg: ‘I’ve got no real interest to leave Tottenham, but I have a duty to consider anything that anyone may want to propose. It’s not about me, it’s about what’s right for the club.
‘We run this club as if it’s a public company. If anyone wants to make a serious proposition to the board of Tottenham we would consider it, along with our advisers, and if we felt it was in the interests of the club we would be open to anything.
‘If we get the right naming rights partner — and when I say that, I mean somebody who pays the right money in the right sector — then we are willing to consider doing it. But we’re not as tied to doing it now as perhaps we would’ve been when we first looked at building the stadium.
‘We’re very much a club that believes in the academy producing players that can become hopefully superstars at Tottenham. We’re not a club that can buy success. That’s the reality and we have to understand that. And we needed a manager who was completely aligned with our philosophy.’
Speaking at a fan forum on Tuesday, Levy also spoke about a potential return for Harry Kane, wrong managerial appointments and the brilliant impact of Ange Postecoglou thus far.
When asked about the appointments of Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, and, though he did not mention them by names, he explained his regrets in giving both men their jobs.
‘I want to win as much as everybody else, but the frustration of not winning and the pressure from maybe some players and from a large element of the fanbase, that we need to win, we need to spend money, we need to have a big manager, we need to have a big name, it affected me,’ he said.
‘I had gone through a period where we’d almost won. With Mauricio we went through some very good times. We didn’t quite get there but we came very close and we had a change in strategy.
‘The strategy was let’s bring in a trophy manager. We did it twice and look you have to learn from your mistakes. They’re great managers but maybe not for this club.
‘We want to play in a certain way and if that means it has to take a little bit longer to win maybe it’s the right thing for us. That’s why bringing Ange [Postecoglou] in was from my point of view the right decision.’
When asked about a potential Kane return, Levy said: ‘There is a buy-back clause.’
In a video message to Spurs fans after joining Bayern in August, Kane raised the prospect of rejoining the club by saying: ‘It’s not a goodbye, because you never know how things pan out in the future.’
Kane, 30, signed a four-year contract with Bayern last month.
He enjoyed a two-decade association with the club and was their top scorer for nine consecutive seasons, scoring more goals than anyone else for the side with 280.
Kane has settled into Bayern Munich life well, scoring four goals in five games as they sit second in the Bundesliga.
Ahead of Bayern Munich’s thumping 4-3 win over Manchester United in the Champions League, he said: ‘I’ll keep an eye on Tottenham for the rest of my life.
‘I’m really happy to see the team playing the way they are and to see the fans happy is a great thing. They’ve got a massive game coming up [Arsenal on Sunday] so, for sure, I’ll see how they get on over the course of the season.’