Danny Mills has claimed that Fabio Paratici could prove to be an important acquisition for Tottenham as he would be able to bridge the gap between the business and football decisions at the club.

While Tottenham have seemingly ended their pursuit of Antonio Conte, reports indicate that Paratici has agreed a deal to join as the North London club’s Director of Football.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the recently departed Juventus man has been on Daniel Levy’s radar for several years.

Some reports have alleged that the 48-year-old has already begun his work of identifying Tottenham’s next manager after accepting to join the club.

Mills insisted that a Sporting Director has become extremely important for clubs over recent years in order to plan for the long-term and bridge the gap between what happens on the pitch and at board level.

The former Leeds defender insisted that the Italian’s experience could prove crucial for helping Spurs to move in the right direction.

When asked about Paratici’s impending move to Tottenham, Mills told Football Insider: “I’ve said for many years that sporting directors are absolutely key.

“It’s vitally important that if you’ve got an owner who doesn’t quite know football in this country as well as they should.

“That’s what is incredibly important. You need those people to understand football, understand business and bridge that gap.

“It’s one of the most crucial roles of all time. It is so, so important.

“With that pedigree, Spurs are trying to be a top, top club. Franco Baldini has been in there and done a decent job.

“It’s such an important role, it’s absolutely crucial. The modern-day sporting director is what the old school manager was.

“In terms of overseeing recruitment, making sure all the right things are putting in place, dealing with the board. It’s what Sir Alex Ferguson did back in his day.”

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