In a fiery email to City Hall and Haringey Council — revealed by the Standard last month — Levy accused officials of taking “such little interest” in the development that he was “embarrassed”.
But Sadiq Khan said he was keen on working with both Spurs and Haringey officials in order to “reach a good solution that benefits everyone”.
The 61,000-seater stadium will be London’s largest club ground when it is completed and Spurs estimate construction would generate 2,000 jobs and regenerate one of the capital’s poorer areas.
But with costs doubling, Levy vented his frustration to the Mayor’s head of sport, Simon Cooper, and Haringey Council leader Claire Kober, saying “the administration has shown little interest in the social and economic benefits that I am embarrassed”.
However, Khan insisted he and City Hall officials were very much behind the project being a success.
“I want as many world-class sporting stadiums in London as I possibly can,” he told Standard Sport. “I said when I gave permission for the Chelsea development, this is another jewel in London’s sporting crown. When Spurs is redeveloped it will not only improve the sport on offer but the area is going to be regenerated. That’s why I’m looking forward to Spurs and Haringey working together.”
The Mayor tried to distance himself from the situation, saying it was “an issue between Spurs and the council” but he has a vested interest in the development being a success, with Tottenham’s new ground seen as the likeliest home for an NFL franchise, one of the sporting ambitions in his manifesto for getting elected to replace Boris Johnson in the job.
Khan insists he has not been approached by either party in the dispute since the leaked email.
Levy has kept his silence, the club saying simply it “was a private email and it would not be appropriate for us to comment”. Khan echoed that sentiment and hailed Levy as “classy” not to comment on the matter but he is keen to get round the table with both club and council if required.
“I appreciate Mr Levy’s frustrations but they are with the council,” he said. “We will do all that we can to ensure good relations between the council and a sporting venture. I’m quite clear in my mind that I can help facilitate discussions with third parties but I’ve got to be invited to do so.”