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Report: Paratici already clashing with senior Tottenham figure over key summer plan

Fabio Paratici is already clashing with Daniel Levy over their plans for the next Tottenham Hotspur manager, per

Spurs only hired Paratici as their Managing Director of Football last Saturday and he does not officially take up the position until July 1. But the former Juventus chief has been involved in Levy’s search for the club’s new coach.

Levy pushed through Paratici’s appointment despite knowing his arrival would hinder any plans to re-hire Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine was not keen to work with a Director of Football, which created an opening for Paulo Fonseca.

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Paratici is understood to have seen Fonseca as a compromise between his and Levy’s desires for the role. But sources in the Portuguese’s camp suggest the talks held highlighted the differences between Paratici and Levy’s vision.

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Fonseca’s camp felt Levy was chasing a coach that could bring expansive and attacking football to north London. Yet Paratici was chasing a more reserved option who favours a conservative approach.

Paratici then turned attentions to Gennaro Gattuso when plans to appoint Fonseca collapsed. He had considered the Italian for the head coach role at Juventus while still in Turin, as they looked to replace Andrea Pirlo.

The former Napoli boss then become available again for Tottenham after leaving Fiorentina just 22 days into the job. But he lasted less than one on the north Londoner’s shortlist before they quickly scrapped plans to appoint him.

Tottenham back at square one as Levy and Paratici clash

Tottenham caved to the mounting pressure of hordes of supporters raising concerns on social media over Gattuso’s past comments. Now, Levy and Paratici are back at square one with no manager and a hot seat going cold.

And the longer they wait to appoint a manager, the later into the summer their transfer plans stay on hold. Levy and Paratici cannot sign off deals before a coach is in place to avoid wasting funds on a player who will then not feature.

Funds are already tight in north London, with Paratici having to offload players before he can really strengthen the squad. But it could occur that he does not last long as Spurs’ Managing Director if he continues to butt heads with Levy.

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