Tottenham Hotspur are still receiving help from Fabio Paratici in an advisory capacity while they look to appoint a new sporting director, according to The Mail.

The Italian joined Tottenham as the club’s managing director of football in June 2021 having left his role as Juventus’ long-serving chief football officer after 11 years just weeks prior to his appointment.

In his 18 months at the north London club he had overseen 12 permanent signings, as well as a move for Dejan Kulusevski, who is on loan but with an option to buy him.

His time at Tottenham came to an abrupt end when he resigned from his position last month after losing an appeal in Italy against his 30-month ban from the game.

Paratici’s punishment for his role in alleged false accounting at his former employer, Juventus, was extended worldwide by Fifa on 29 March and had stepped away from his duties at Spurs pending the outcome of his appeal.

He had his ban partially reduced on appeal by FIFA, allowing him to continue to work in football in some capacity (The Athletic).

Fabio Paratici

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It appears that Daniel Levy and the Spurs board are still seeking the ear of Paratici despite him no longer being involved in a day-to-day capacity at the club. 

Under the terms of the ban he is able to still perform low level duties outside of Italy and had already drawn up a managerial shortlist to replace Antonio Conte, with former Spain boss Luis Enrique said to have been high up on his list (The Athletic).

The reason why Tottenham did not go back in for Mauricio Pochettino is also likely to have been influenced by Paratici, who did not recommend the Argentine to Daniel Levy (Daily Mirror.).

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