A concerning claim has emerged after Tottenham Hotspur’s move to appoint Paulo Fonseca fell through last week…
The 48-year-old looked likely to be announced as Jose Mourinho’s successor before the saga took yet another stunning twist after the club broke off talks, as per the BBC.
More details about the situation have since emerged with Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) revealing that Spurs’ new director of football betrayed the former AS Roma boss by turning his attentions to Gennaro Gattuso, which soon caused fan backlash on social media.
It’s claimed that Fonseca and Paratici spent two days at Lake Como discussing plans and that’s when things began to falter, also suggesting that it wasn’t related to finances.
“In reality, however, it is Paratici who changes course when he realises that Fonseca would like to play with his preferred form, the 4-2-3-1, and not with the three-man defence.”
There was also said to be a disagreement over the backroom staff, with the Italian wanting him to work with people in Spurs’ current set-up.
It’s blatantly obvious that Spurs are in a mess right now.
Fonseca was even considered to be their sixth-choice option, behind names like Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, so to not secure him is rather damning.
But what is most concerning is the potential influence of Paratici on the pitch.
When the 48-year-old was announced over a week ago, Spurs claimed in a statement that he would be “responsible for managing and developing the club’s sporting operations, facilities and footballing infrastructure.”
He’s the first man since Franco Baldini in 2015 to hold such a position in North London but could he already possess too much influence on the playing squad, coaching staff and tactics?
It seems bizarre for a director of football, who is supposed to act as a talent spotter and deal with transfer negotiations off the pitch, to be so directly concerned with how the team shapes up on it.
Not only will it lower the pool of candidates that he’ll have to choose from – something that is already drastically decreasing by the day it – but it also means the next head coach will have very power or much of a say in anything.
Seeing as the Spurs faithful have already protested against Levy and the ENIC Group in recent weeks, this latest development will not go down well whatsoever.
It’s a worrying time to be a Lilywhites fan right now, that much is now clear.