Spurs are in the process of assembling a ‘new-look’ backroom team for incoming manager Paulo Fonseca, according to Football London journalist Alasdair Gold.
Tottenham are said to be closing in on the appointment of the former AS Roma boss and could make an official announcement this week.
They’ve been without a permanent manager since sacking Jose Mourinho in April.
Fonseca, who’s also managed the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk FC Porto, is set to sign a two-year contract with the option for a further year.
Spurs are set to compete in the inaugural Europa Conference League in 2021/22 after finishing seventh in the Premier League.
Gold explains that Spurs are looking to provide Fonseca with a team that ‘will cater to his strengths’.
Crucially, though, ‘new coaching talent’ will be recruited to address concerns over the defence.
That problem is apparently ‘high on the agenda’ after plaguing Spurs last season.
They gave up an ‘expected goals against’ tally of 52.55, only the 11th-best defensive record in the top-flight.
Encouragingly, Spurs are building an environment where Fonseca could thrive. He was dogged by behind-the-scenes structural issues at Roma, but here, he’ll have the support of a general manager who effectively handpicked him and the assistance of a tailored backroom set-up.
The concern is the extent to which Spurs’ defensive issues, in particular, can be solved through coaching alone.
They may need to invest in a top centre-half, with Toby Alderweireld and Joe Rodon either side of their peak years and Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier proving to be unreliable.
Still, getting a coach in to improve the team’s defence shouldn’t hurt and is a very positive step.
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