Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust board member, Martin Buhagiar, has bemoaned the lack of leadership and foresight at the club after the latest development regarding Fabio Paratici.
Paratici’s 30-month ban from Italian football, which was handed to him during Juventus’ capital gains trail in January, was extended to all leagues around the world by FIFA earlier this week (Sky Sports News).
The ban stretches across all football-related and administrative activities, which means that the 50-year-old can no longer play any part in Tottenham’s search for a new manager, in player transfers, or in contract negotiations.
Speaking to The Telegraph, one source described the current situation at Spurs as the worst crisis Daniel Levy has seen in his over two decades in charge.
Tottenham then confirmed yesterday that Paratici would be stepping down from his role at the club until a decision on his appeal is made.
Buhagiar has now suggested that the club only have themselves to blame, opining that the hierarchy should have had a ‘Plan B’ in place for both Antonio Conte and Paratici, since both their futures at the club appeared to be in doubt for some time.
The THST board member told The Independent: “It is one drama after another, one mess and one crisis after another.
“It is really worrying because the lack of leadership there is becoming a real concern for Spurs fans now.
“We’ve known for months that Conte is leaving and no one at any point thought he would stay beyond the summer so that started it, because you’ve got Conte leaving but there doesn’t appear to be a Plan B. We’ve gone back to interim managers again.
“For me, it shows really poor forward planning and that is the issue at Spurs.
“We have no first-team coach, no women’s coach, our director of football has been suspended and just before his suspension is endorsed worldwide by FIFA, they get him to send out a video talking about Conte.
“It is just about leadership. You need someone to stand up and say enough of this.
“It is identifying what that strategy is and standing up and offering leadership and being clear on the vision of the club.”
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Buhagiar is spot on as the current situation reeks of a lack of foresight and forward planning.
Tottenham’s statement earlier this week suggested that they had been completely blindsided by FIFA’s decision, which is difficult to understand, given that it was widely reported back in January that Paratici’s ban would be extended worldwide.
Perhaps, Spurs were informed that the ban would not be extended before the appeal was heard on April 19. Even then, one would have expected the club to have some contingencies in place.
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