Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing a director of football to aid current manager Andre Villas Boas, with Roma General Manager Franco Baldini the prime candidate for the role.
The Italian, who was also the number two to former England boss Fabio Capello during his England tenure, has a stable relationship with AVB, once reported to have attempted to bring him to Roma before the Portuguese boss chose Chelsea instead. Now it seems that Baldini will be hired by Spurs in a new, structured backstage fallout to work alongside Boas.
What will Baldini bring to Spurs?
It is rather surprising first of all, that chairman Daniel Levy is eager to implement a director of football at White Hart Lane once again. It was scrapped upon the appointment of Harry Redknapp, with previous director Comolli proving to anything, but a success. However, AVB is used to working under the structure involving a director of football aiding him, having worked under such circumstances at Academica and Porto. This would allow him to continue to implement his philosophy at Spurs, under the structure that he is accustomed to.
Levy has always been rather astute in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of Modric, and Berbatov, before selling them later for a good profit. However, to many Spurs fans ire, he is rather hardball when it comes to certain transfers. Andre Villas Boas, is not exactly a calm and composed character in general himself.
Baldini will provide the link between manager and chairman in regards to the such issues as; transfers, contracts, and also allowing AVB to focus moreso where he seems to thrive, which is the performance of his players. While Levy will have control of the purse strings still, Baldini’s influence should allow transfers such as Moutinho to go much smoother in the future.
As always, such a possible addition will raise speculation that AVBs job is under threat, most director of football appointments seem to do that, the general consensus being that Baldini could replace Boas at a moments notice, should results in the Premier League go astray. The difference here however, is that both Baldini and AVB have a mutual working friendship, which should allow a greater sense of stability, and perhaps allow Spurs to evolve to the next level.
Would Baldini be a good signing?