A major update has emerged on the future of Steve Hitchen at Tottenham Hotspur this week…
According to a Spurs inside source speaking to Football Insider, the technical and performance director is likely to remain in any potential stuff and recruitment cull at Hotspur Way due to his relationship with chairman Daniel Levy, on whom he has often relied in recent times.
Hitchen was responsible for transfers prior to the arrival of sporting director Fabio Paratici and notably recruited no fewer than £150m worth of talent during the summer of 2019 and January 2020.
It is believed that the Italian head coach wants to take full control of the Lilywhites’ transfer process this winter as his anger and disappointment at the club’s poor recruitment in recent years has been revealed.
He is said to have confidence in Paratici but does not trust some long-standing members of staff in north London.
Hitchen and his decision-making has often been criticised by large sections of the Spurs faithful over the years, which is hardly a surprise given his attitude when the transfer window swings around twice a year.
“The January transfer window is the worst transfer window. It’s a window of opportunity, it’s a window of panic, it’s never a window to plan… I hate it,” he claimed during Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ docuseries.
Meanwhile, some supporters have deemed his recruitment “shocking” and have regularly taken fire whenever his name crops up in the media.
Indeed, it’s hard to disagree as his major splashes of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso (around £55m apiece) have failed to justify their club-record price tags, with other signings like Ryan Sessegnon, Steven Bergwijn and Jack Clarke all raising further question marks.
Throw in players like Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Matt Doherty and Juan Foyth over the years, and it’s not a great track record whatsoever.
Also, the fact that Conte does not have faith in him speaks volumes, so the Premier League and FA Cup-winning head coach should ultimately be heeded – if he does not want Hitchen, then Levy must ignore his loyalties for the sake of the club. Failure to do so would only anger the fanbase even more.
This latest behind-the-scenes development will surely leave Conte and those around N17 absolutely fuming.
AND in other news, Conte dealt further Spurs injury setback amid Cristian Romero update…