Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has admitted that he does not think the appointment of a sporting director is a sensible decision.
The Athletic reported earlier today that Spurs officials are currently in Turin to meet with Fabio Paratici ahead of his expected appointment and will make the trip to London later this week to be formally announced, should everything go to plan.
Robinson drew comparisons to when Tottenham had Damien Comolli in a sporting director role and claimed that it can create a difficult atmosphere with the manager over a difference in opinion on what players should be signed.
The ex-England international would like to see Daniel Levy appoint a younger manager who can head up a new project to help rebuild the side.
Robinson is unsure whether Daniel Levy will be able to relinquish enough power to allow the sporting director to fully undertake the role and questioned whether the club have a clear strategy following the collapse of the appointment of Antonio Conte.
“I am not a fan at all of the sporting director coming in,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“It often creates a difficult atmosphere because managers want to work with the players they want. They do not want to be told who they have got to work with. I do not like that structure but it looks like that is the structure Spurs are going to go down.
“In such a case I think they should appoint a young aspiring manager to go in and build a project.
“I do not think Daniel Levy will hand over a lot of control to the director of football though. They had it before with Damien Comolli when I was there and it just didn’t work. The structure did not work one bit.
“Paratici was never talked about until Conte came into the frame for the manager’s job and now talks with Conte have broke down but Paratici is still going to be the sporting director, it just looks like they do not have a clear path.”
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