Alasdair Gold has revealed to Football.London that Daniel Levy was ‘somewhat intimidated’ by Fabio Paratici’s knowledge and expertise.
After the news emerged of Paratici’s 30-month ban being extended globally, Spurs announced on Friday that the Italian would take an immediate leave of absence pending the outcome of his appeal, which will be heard later this month.
Gold has now looked into the 50-year-old’s time at Spurs so far and the powerful role he had at the club.
The journalist reveals that Levy had courted Paratici for many years before his eventual arrival in the summer of 2021, which is said to have caught Steve Hitchen and other senior officials at the club off guard.
It is explained that Paratici’s main skills were in working the transfer market and communicating with the boardroom figures and hierarchy of clubs, including his own at Tottenham.
In fact, it is asserted that Levy liked him but was perhaps also ‘somewhat intimidated by the Italian’s football knowledge and experience’, with the former Juve man not being shy of telling the Tottenham chairman that he was wrong and to leave major decisions to him.
Gold reveals that Paratici was intrinsic to everything happening at Spurs and that this is the most power Levy had ever given over to someone else during his over two decades in charge of the club.
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For the longest time, Spurs fans were calling for Levy to take a step back and leave the footballing decisions to others with expertise.
So, it would not be fair to criticise the Tottenham chairman for ceding some of his power to Paratici.
However, it does seem like Levy was too keen to overlook the potential repercussions of Juve’s financial scandal simply because he had wanted to bring the 50-year-old in for a long time.
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