IN THE MONEY: Daniel Levy returns to the top of the Premier League director’s money league… while American investment fund 777 Partners look to acquire Sheffield United or West Ham after failed bid for Everton
- Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is the highest-paid Premier League director
- His Spurs side have struggled this season and sit eighth in the table
- Investment fund 777 Partners are still looking to acquire a top flight club
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has reclaimed the title of highest-paid director among the Premier League’s current 20 clubs.
The most recent confirmed figures are from 2021-22 club accounts and Levy was paid £3,265,000, or £400,000 a year more than second-placed Paul Barber, the CEO at Brighton.
Levy’s substantial pay will do little to improve the mood of Spurs fans, who booed the team off last week after losing their final home match to Brentford, in what has been a dismal season.
Long-serving Levy reclaimed the highest pay title after former Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward left Old Trafford following the January transfer window last season.
Woodward was previously the Premier League’s best-paid director, he earned £1.941m in the months before departing Old Trafford, the equivalent of £3,327,000 a year.
Daniel Levy has reclaimed his title as the Premier League’s highest paid Director
It comes in spite of a poor season for Spurs that has seen them drop to eighth in the league with one game remaining
Champions Manchester City are the only club in the Premier League not to publish the remuneration of its highest paid director.
Unconfirmed reports suggest City CEO Ferran Soriano earns £3.4m a year.
Former Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia was the third highest paid director last season, commanding a package worth £2,244,000.
However, her pay was boosted considerably after she banked a £35million bonus for ‘services related to the club’s sale’ to Todd Boehly’s consortium.
Former Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley was the lowest paid director in the Premier League on a salary worth £260,000, albeit topped up with a £900,000 one-off pay-off for losing his job.
However well remunerated the best-paid directors are, there are only two top-earning directors who earn more than the basic average first-team pay of their clubs’ players.
One is at Bournemouth and the other is Brighton’s Barber. Given the season they’ve had, everyone at the club deserves every penny.
777 Partners target West Ham or Sheffield United
American investment fund 777 Partners are keen to acquire a Premier League club and are eyeing West Ham
They are also interested in Sheffield United, who won promotion from the Championship after finishing second
American investment fund 777 Partners remain determined to acquire a Premier League club after a failed bid for Everton last week.
Sources close to the group have not been put off from buying a club in England, with Sheffield United and West Ham seen as potential targets.
It is understood that the group valued the Goodison Park club at closer to £400m, or £200m lower than initial reports had suggested. Relegation fears were among concerns that pushed their valuation down.
777 sources also suggest they are interested in a full takeover or acquiring a majority share in a Premier League club, rather than a minority investment.