TheRealMrFantastic: “How long do you think it will take at this stage for Spurs to appoint their new manager? Will it get to July?”
Alasdair says: “As I said before the weekend, we’re very much back to square one with the impending arrival of Fabio Paratici. The whole purpose of this structure is that the sporting director, director of football, general manager, or whatever you want to call it, must choose the head coach they want to work with.
“That means Spurs‘ previous list will be dispensed with and the Italian will choose his man. He has already begun work to that effect and we’ll see now how long it takes him to decide and negotiate with the person and then for Levy to deliver. You would hope (big emphasis on hope) that they will get it tied up quickly once Paratici is officially in the hotseat.”
allancho04: “Will Spurs try for Antonio Conte again?”
Alasdair says: “Paratici is close to Antonio Conte so that contact will likely always be there but my concern is that the only compromise that would likely see the Italian become Tottenham boss is from his side. Spurs will not gamble with their finances in their current state and I don’t think Conte would last too long if he cannot transform this Tottenham squad into his own image, as he always does in his first summer at a club.
“Conte is one of the world’s best managers but if he felt he was going to tarnish his CV with a financially constrained Tottenham he would be out the door in moments. He did exactly that at Inter and he had just won the title.”
DarrenDilly: “There is some news that apparently Spurs and Inter are interested in trying to hijack Memphis Depay’s transfer to Barcelona by offering him a four- year contract, do you find this believable because of Paratici’s history with free transfers?”
Alasdair says: “Paratici is already working on planning transfers out of the club in order to raise the funds to bring players in. I’d be surprised to see Spurs leaping into signing players just yet. They need to get players out of the door first. Inter are in a similar position.”
CarolineFD: “Which managers would appeal to Paratici?”
Alasdair says: “The truth is we’re about to find out. It’s a tough job for him because he’s got to pick the perfect head coach for Tottenham and also the demands of the Premier League, both of which he will be relatively inexperienced with and are very different to Juventus and Serie A. Looking at the managers he has previously worked with at Juventus, if he can’t get Conte then he’s likely to be working with someone he never has before at Spurs. All eyes are now on the 48-year-old.”
Steve Sharpe: “I watched the Danny Rose leaving videos and the clip from the Amazon documentary. Do you think he was unfairly treated after being such a good servant to the club for 14 years? Surely we could have made more use of him over the 2020/21 season?”
Alasdair says: “I think it’s very sad to see, particularly after all of that service to the club but he was already sliding out of the team before Sergio Reguilon’s arrival. He was such a terrific player, one of the best left-backs in Europe, but that knee injury at the Stadium of Light robbed him of continuing that prime.
“I’m surprised he and his agent didn’t find any moves that met his tastes in the past year because he’s ended up wasting a season of his career. I hope he enjoys a good twilight to his career because he was a good servant to Spurs and so many of the younger players looked up to him.”
MakZ: “Is there any truth to PSG being happy to let Mauricio Pochettino go if they can get Zinedine Zidane?”
Alasdair says: “After kicking up such a fuss, it would be a strange move by PSG now. Also how Pochettino would fit into the new structure with Paratici might be more problematic. Although he’s been at clubs with it before, the Argentine is not believed to be a fan of it. Also, I was told, and this might not have anything to it, that Zidane would not consider PSG because of his Marseille roots. Whether that’s something that applies in the cold light of day we’ll see.”
DarrenDilly: “Have Spurs held any more talks with Erik ten Hag? I know you said that Paratici coming in changes a lot.”
Alasdair says: “Personally, I think Ten Hag is a great fit for Spurs, the new structure, what they are looking for in their next head coach and the current state of the club’s finances. However, it’s not my decision. Ultimate it’s down to Paratici. Ten Hag is certainly someone Spurs spoke to before the Italian’s impending arrival but does he fit what the new man wants? We’ll find out pretty quickly.”
potentiallunatic: “Do you think that given the manager situation and needing to sell to buy, Spurs will do most of their business in the latter part of the window this summer?”
Alasdair says: “As always with Spurs it depends how quickly they can get players out of the door. Paratici is believed to have already been working on that but if he can’t shift them quickly – and that was one criticism levelled against him at Juventus – then yes we could all be waiting a little while for transfers in to the club unless the Italian can rustle up some top cheap or free deal – something he is often praised for.”
screamidge: “If we end up with Graham Potter who will be happy?
Alasdair says: “I think many fans would now see that as a step down from previously spoken to candidates. I know some of the Spurs players were really impressed by Potter’s Brighton side though and there’s a part of me that wonders just how good to watch Tottenham would be with his philosophy and a goalscorer at the head of it. It would be a big step up for the Brighton man though in terms of expectations.”
Tigerspurs28: “Roberto Martinez has won the FA Cup, he did well with Everton with not much funding. If he won the Euros would that be such a bad appointment?”
Alasdair says: “I think the Tottenham fans would go mad to be honest. There’s such a difference between international management and club management. Everton fans grew so frustrated with his lack of attention to the defence and that’s an area where Spurs really need to focus next season. There’s no doubting his teams play good football as many of the Swansea managerial products do but the fans would be on his back from the start.”
Gluben: “Is Ralf Rangnick still a target for Spurs? Obviously the director job has gone but could Paratici still look to him for the manager role?
Alasdair says: “I think that would be a strange pairing to be honest. Someone better known as a director of football himself in recent years, managing underneath someone much younger in that same role. Rangnick has only managed briefly in the past decade and I think some of his dubious public comments from recent years would be seized upon by the media if he were to join.”
DarrenDilly: “It has been reported that Paratici will act as a general manager, do you think this is a way for Daniel Levy to slowly back out of the spotlight?”
Alasdair says: “We’ve been here many times before with Spurs. Paratici will be following in the footsteps of David Pleat, Frank Arnesen, Damien Comolli, Franco Baldini, Paul Mitchell and Steve Hitchen in taking charge of football affairs under chairman Daniel Levy. General manager, director of football, sporting director, CEO of football, technical director, whatever you want to call it, all of them were responsible for deciding football matters at the club but the final say and the green light will always come from Levy.
“Whether Paratici can get what he wants more often than his predecessors will depend on how quickly he and Levy can strike up a relationship and whether the chairman listens to him. One of his predecessors told friends that it was an “impossible task” to consistently succeed in the role at Tottenham due to the parameters in place, which forced you to gamble more on younger players who may not live up to their potential.”
Okan5858: “Supposedly Gareth Bale wants to end his career after the Euros, is that right?”
Alasdair says: “The only man who knows the answer to that question is Gareth Bale. His agent shot down the rumour, the player skipped around it a bit but it would seem strange to retire not long before the World Cup unless those golf courses are just too appealing.”
5787655433: “Do you think when picking the next manager Paratici will try to appoint a manger who does embody all the values Levy spoke of in his programme notes?”
Alasdair says: “You’d hope so but he was very keen to link up with Conte again, who did not fit Levy’s brief. It’s going to be interesting to see who adapts to who in the coming days when it comes to Paratici and Spurs.”
FrustratedDannyRoseBestLB3: “Do you think Spurs have deals lined up ready to go with Steve Hitchen? Surely we aren’t just spending all time and energy waiting on a manager and the rebuilding is started?”
Alasdair says: “Paratici is working already on potential transfers out to create funds for signings. The good thing about a director of football structure is that it creates the continuity and the squad and the head coach comes in to coach that. Of course certain players can be tailored to different types of head coaches but ultimately you choose a head coach that fits the club and target rather than randomly going after contrasting managers – yes, exactly as Tottenham have done this summer.”
morganeinon: “Does Daniel Levy care that he’s seen as the problem by media and fans or is he just solely focussed on revenue for ENIC?”
Alasdair says: “He has previously said in meetings with the supporters’ trust that he is not concerned with how he is perceived and that he just wants to do what he feels is best for the long-term future of the club. This is the first time though that he will have seen people protesting and calling for his exit outside and inside the stadium. Will that have left a mark? With his very private nature it’s unlikely we’ll ever know.”
sutchy81: “I know many feel that Spurs went for Pochettino and Conte because of season ticket renewals but I genuinely feel that it was just a bad coincidence, what do you think?”
Alasdair says: “I agree that the timing was horrible and gave that impression, however the word on the talks was coming from both sides of them so it wasn’t Spurs pushing something out there. My feeling also (although I could be wrong) is that most people will have decided long ago whether they were going to renew or not, regardless of the manager/head coach brought in.
“For many going to the football is their routine and they want to get back to it, and for some they will have been so upset with the past season and their dislike of the owners that one appointment won’t alter their decision. So I don’t really buy that theory, even if I can see how it came about.”
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Timmymac: “If Gareth Southgate fails to get England out of the group in the Euros and resigns as a result, is it likely he will then go straight to the top of Levy’s list?”
Alasdair says: “I think you’d have to be wary of appointing any international manager who has not managed at club level for a long time or had success at club level, regardless of their international achievements. The longest wait Spurs fans have had for a new manager came before Jacques Santini was appointed ahead of taking France to the Euros. He was a disaster.”
FrustratedDannyRoseBestLB3: “A new goalkeeper coach has come in for the U18/U23s. Is this strange considering we’re changing the whole set up or is it kept totally separate?”
Alasdair says: “Dean Rastrick heads up the academy and that will have been his decision to bring in Dean Brill from Leyton Orient.”
Kyledawson: “Why does everyone think Tottenham has to sign a Pochettino or Conte type manager? Why can’t we find the next Pochettino? He wasn’t a top name when he came to Spurs so maybe Spurs should look to find an up and coming star manager?”
Alasdair says: “That was what the new manager profile seemed to indicate but fans’ expectations will have been raised by the Pochettino and Conte talks so would they accept an up and coming young manager now without trophies to their name?”