Date: 8th June 2021 at 2:30pm
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Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has been discussing the latest in Tottenham Hotspur news on a Facebook Live video for Football.london. 

One topic of discussion was the expected appointment of Fabio Paratici as the next director of football at the north London club.

Would Paratici be a good appointment?

Yes

Yes

No

No

The Italian is reportedly set to be announced at Spurs this week, with his 11-season stint with Juventus officially coming to an end on 30th June.

It is believed Steve Hitchen has taken on the task of providing Daniel Levy with a shortlist of managers to go after as the club looks to replace Jose Mourinho – a task which is expected to be given to Paratici if he signs.

However, Gold did voice his concerns over anyone taking on the director of football role at Spurs having spoken to previous individuals who have held the role over the years.

Gold said: “You’ve had Frank Arnesen, , you’ve had , you’ve had Paul Mitchell, you’ve had [Steve] Hitchen, and you’ve got [Fabio] Paratici, they all had the same issue.  

“And one of them – I was speaking to some people I know, and one of them told a friend not too long ago, it’s an impossible task being Tottenham Hotspur’s football director.

“It’s an impossible task in terms of sustained success, you can have a win here and there in terms of bringing in this incredible bargain. But ultimately, the parameters you have to work within at Tottenham just means you have to sometimes go for the cheaper option, you have to go for players that are more of a risk than at other clubs.” 

TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…

We tend to agree with what Gold has to say here. If he is to sign, we expect Paratici to have the odds stacked against him to succeed this summer, in particular, with the expected financial struggles across the football world.

If the deal for Paratici is finalised, he will join a club where he will be asked to find a new manager from the off. A reported deal for Antonio Conte fell through last week and it is now believed to be unlikely Mauricio Pochettino will leave PSG.

On top of the manager saga, Paratici will be forced to operate this summer’s transfer dealings on the back of an expected £200m revenue loss due to the pandemic and with Harry reportedly wanting to depart the club.

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