Conte may have insisted his brief reference to “the owner” and 20 years of under-achievement was part of a wider attack on his players, but it brought the entire stewardship of Levy under scrutiny and posed many questions about Spurs’ future.
Levy has appointed managers with a track record of success before they came to Spurs – Conte and Jose Mourinho in particular – only for them to become locked in the same spiral which sees the League Cup as the only trophy won on his watch, and that way back in 2008.
Mauricio Pochettino may not have trophies to his name but is beloved by fans for the attacking style he produced when boss – and the almost-miraculous run to the 2019 Champions League Final when they lost to Liverpool in Madrid.
The Gunners manager was not only backed by a board when many were calling for his removal, but actually given the assurances of a long-term contract and time to do his work, which now sees them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Levy has faced up to fan revolt before and survived, but once again his running of the club and its resulting lack of success makes his next appointment another one of those “his most important yet” moments.
The all-time record goalscorer for club and country will have one year left on his contract at the end of the season – and may feel the time is right to finally cut the ties with Spurs.