Alasdair Gold has revealed on Football.London that contrary to what has been reported by various outlets over the last week, Brentford sporting director Lee Dykes is not in contention to replace Fabio Paratici at Tottenham.
Multiple publications have reported over recent days that Spurs first want to appoint a sporting director before they resume their search for a new head coach (Daily Mirror).
The Daily Mail were the first to report on May 8 that Dykes and German sporting director Johannes Spors were at the top of Tottenham’s wishlist to replace Paratici.
This information was backed up by Football Insider, who revealed a couple of days ago that Daniel Levy was particularly drawn to Dykes due to his impressive recruitment decisions since taking over at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Meanwhile, other publications have also claimed over recent days that Tottenham have held talks with AS Roma director Tiago Pinto (inews).
Gold has now revealed that while Pinto is indeed on Tottenham’s wishlist alongside with ex-Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Tim Steidten, however, Dykes is not being considered for the role.
He adds that there is also another ‘unnamed leading candidate’ who is in the running for the Spurs job.
Gold also sheds more light on Pinto’s work at Roma since joining the club from Benfica in 2020, revealing that those who know the 35-year-old describe him as a ‘big operator’ and the most natural replacement for Paratici.
The journalist adds that the Portuguese director, who has been praised for the culture he has created at the Stadio Olimpico, was previously also on Liverpool‘s and West Ham’s radar.
Spurs Web Opinion
One can argue that the sporting director decision is even more important than the managerial hire in terms of shaping Tottenham’s trajectory over the coming years.
My concern with Pinto is that his managerial hires at Roma have not been very inspiring and certainly do not match the direction that Spurs reportedly want to go in.
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