Pundit hints at silver lining that could come from Steve Hitchen leaving Spurs

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Fabio Paratici
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Kevin Phillips has claimed Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici now have full control of transfers at Tottenham after Steve Hitchen’s departure from the club. 

Hitchen resigned from his position as Tottenham’s technical performance director last week after seeing his role become reduced in recent transfer windows (The Telegraph). 

The 45-year-old spent time as a scout at Spurs between 2005 and 2010 before returning in a more senior role on the club’s board in 2017. 

However, the arrival of Paratici as managing director of football saw his position in negotiations become diminished, ultimately influencing his decision to leave. 

However, former Premier League striker Phillips believes Hitchen’s exit could give the ex-Juventus chief and Spurs manager Conte a bigger say in transfer decisions down the line. 

Phillips told Football Insider: “It looks like Paratici and Conte have taken full control.

“Perhaps Steve Hitchen felt like he was getting pushed out and it happens. People have their own ideas, whether you agree with it or not. It is not a great surprise to me.

“I expect Conte and Paratici to have the full say on signings at the club moving forward. That might not be a bad thing for Spurs either.”

Spurs made the acquisitions of Juventus pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur on transfer deadline day last month. 

Meanwhile, Tanguy Ndombélé, Giovani Lo Celso, Bryan Gil and Jack Clarke left the club on loan while Dele Alli secured a permanent transfer to Everton. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Hitchen had some good ideas during his time at Tottenham but most of the transfers he was involved in were very unsuccessful. It was probably a time to change for both himself and the club, so now the transfer decisions are in the hands of Paratici, Conte as well as Daniel Levy. 

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