Some Tottenham Hotspur players are reportedly unhappy about the behaviour of two senior staff in the dugout after only three games of the season.
The Lowdown: Paratici’s influence in the transfer window
In June, Fabio Paratici left Juventus after 11 years to join Tottenham Hotspur as Managing Director of Football.
His arrival, alongside the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as manager, has seen a different flow in how Spurs work in the transfer market, with Emerson Royal the oldest permanent signing made at just 22.
Bryan Gil (20) and Pape Matar Sar (18) also joined in the summer window also as Spurs brought players in for the future in the mind as they go in search of their first trophy in 14 years.
The Latest: Players unhappy with Paratici and Hitchen
However, despite the positive feeling around the club given their presence at the Premier League summit, it has been reported that some players are unhappy about Paratici and technical performance director Steve Hitchen being present in the dugout during games.
The report in The Sun states that a few Spurs players are ‘uncomfortable with the presence and behaviour’ of the pair. Paratici was shown on camera jumping and shouting in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the start of the season.
A Tottenham source claimed: “It just doesn’t sit right with the players. The substitutes on the bench don’t feel they are able to speak freely among themselves with those guys sitting next to them,
“The players as a whole don’t like it when the two of them are on their feet shouting at the match officials or the team.”
The Premier League’s pandemic protocols requires all players and staff in the ‘red zone’ testing pool to be together in designated areas, so the players will have to continue with the current setup for at least the rest of this month.
The Verdict: Not ideal, but at least Spurs remain unbeaten
The apparent discontent from some Tottenham players over the presence of Paratici and Hitchen so close to them on matchdays is understandable.
Players use the dugout to have private chats and not having the opportunity to do so because there are two senior club stuff in such close proximity may not go down well with the squad the longer it goes on.
It hasn’t unduly affected the Lilywhites on the field, though, as they sit at the top of the Premier League table with three wins in three.
In other news, one Spurs player ended up impacting the club’s decision on a reported transfer target. Find out more here.
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