Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Tottenham are now closer than we realise to appointing a new sporting director.

There appears to have been some big movement on the managerial front over the last couple of days, with multiple sources reporting over the last 24 hours that Arne Slot has now become the big favourite to be the next Tottenham head coach (Fabrizio Romano – YouTube).

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There appears to be no clarity yet on who Tottenham’s top target is for the sporting director role, with the likes of Lee Dykes (Daily Mail), Tiago Pinto, Tim Steidten (Football.London), Marco Neppe (Georg Holzner) and Jordi Cruyff ( La Vanguardia via Sport Witness) being some of the names mooted as targets for the North London club.

However, Jones believes that Spurs may have already made significant progress in their search for a Fabio Paratici replacement, remarking that the club would not have stepped up their managerial search without clarity on who is likely to arrive as the new director.

When asked about the sporting director role at Spurs, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “It’s definitely key to the managerial search.

“In talks, managers are going to be made aware of the situation and to be honest, this is probably further along the line than we actually realise right now.

“There’s not really any point speaking to managers if you haven’t got a strategy of what’s going to be happening above them. The two things need to align.

“The manager needs to know what sort of control he’s going to have, not just over the team, but over the club affairs.”

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There could be another explanation for the fact that Spurs seem to be making progress on a managerial appointment without settling on a top target for the sporting director role.

It could be that the club want to give a limited role (compared to the one Paratici had) to the next director, having him mainly oversee recruitment. 

Scott Munn might have been entrusted with the task of hiring a new head coach and overseeing the bigger picture, including setting a culture at the club and defining the strategy for the academy.

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