Who is Fabio Paratici and what Tottenham can expect from him


Fabio Paratici will soon sign his contract with Tottenham and Lorenzo Bettoni, Football Italia explains what Spurs can expect from the former Juventus director.

“Paratici arrived here as a lad and left as a man, above all as a winner.” Andrea Agnelli summed up quite nicely the path taken by the former Bianconeri director who arrived in Turin in 2010.

He followed Giuseppe Marotta from Sampdoria and, together with Antonio Conte, built one of the most successful teams in Italian football’s history.

The Old Lady finished the first season of the Marotta-Paratici era in seventh, missing out on a European placement. However, the Bianconeri returned to winning ways the following season.

And what a journey it was for Paratici, who won 19 trophies in 11 seasons in Turin.

He was first reporting directly to Beppe Marotta, the club’s CEO and the man who brought him to Sampdoria.

Paratici had played in Italy’s lower divisions as a footballer. He was a central midfielder but didn’t have a remarkable playing career.

However, his time in the third division helped him to develop a unique quality to spot talented players at all levels and at any age.
He is regarded as the man who was able to bring Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, but the signing of the Portuguese star is not the one he is most proud of.

“If I have to pick one, I go for [Andrea] Barzagli,” he said in his farewell press conference at Juventus, when he had to fight back the tears several times.

“He spent many years with us and he was massively underrated by many. We all know how important he was and what he gave to this club.”
The former Italy defender had joined the Bianconeri from Wolfsburg in January 2011 for just €300,000 and was one of the main protagonists of Juventus’ domestic domination over the years.

During his last few years in Turin, Paratici became a specialist for big-money transfers. He signed Cristiano Ronaldo for €112m in 2018 and Matthijs de Ligt for €84m in 2019. But it hasn’t always been this way. Juventus pulled off some of the best value signings in Europe during Paratici’s tenure. Just think about Paul Pogba’s free transfer in 2012, followed by those of Dani Alves and Patrice Evra.

He didn’t get everything right, but as he said in his farewell press conference, ‘the best one at this job is not the one who makes no mistakes, but the one who makes the fewest’

The Italian director is the right man to begin a long-term project. Again, during his last press conference in Turin, he admitted he gets ‘really angry’ when he fails to land the signing of some 15-year-old players. Which says a lot about him.

Paratici is not just a man to build ‘instant teams’, he is a director who cares about the future of the club he is working for and focuses on the club’s academy, trying to bring in the best players at any level.

Paratici is like a chief scout who is also able to wrap up terrific deals, but the environment where he feels more comfortable is on the sidelines of football pitch rather than an office.

During his first years at Juventus, he travelled all around Europe to watch games, but it wasn’t just the pandemic that stopped him from doing so.

In 2018, Marotta left the club and Juventus tasked him with keeping the books in order while remaining in charge of transfers. He always got the job done, but you had the feeling he wasn’t always at ease with his new role.

His relationship with the media has improved over the years, but we can assume he won’t miss talking to Sky Sport Italia or DAZN before every Juventus game. He prefers remaining in the background rather than taking centre stage.

He indeed had difficult times in Turin too. He was under investigation over false claims to the prosecutor in the Luis Suarez case, which was a mess from the very beginning.

The at-the-time Barcelona striker offered his services to vice president Pavel Nedved, but it was Paratici who carried out talks with his agent and with Barcelona and when the deal seemed close, he found out the Uruguayan’s EU work permit in Spain was not valid in Italy, so the striker needed to take a citizenship exam prior to moving to Turin.

The story became a proper scandal as the rector and some professors of the University of Perugia, where Suarez took his exam, were already under investigation for different reasons and had their phones tapped. Therefore, investigators immediately found out Suarez had known the questions in advance.

However, Juventus President Agnelli ruled out Paratici is leaving the club because of the consequences of the scandal.

Paratici was also fined three times for disrespecting referees in 2020-21 and had had arguments with former Juventus’ CEO Beppe Marotta who, back in May, admitted being on very good terms with Juventus directors, except Paratici.

Therefore, it is quite unlikely to see Tottenham sign an Inter player soon unless someone else negotiates in place of Paratici.

Perhaps, Spurs fans should keep an eye on Mauro Icardi who Paratici admires for a very long time. It was Paratici who brought the Argentinean to Sampdoria in 2011 and with Harry Kane on his way out of North London, you can bet Paratici will try to sign the former Inter captain to replace the England star.

Overall, Tottenham are getting the best Italian sporting director of the last ten years and if Paratici is able to sign the right players at the right price and build a solid bond with the new coach, who won’t be Antonio Conte, Spurs can hope to return to winning ways, just like Juventus did.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

598 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Chauveljn
4 months ago

I’ve cracked it! With all the theatres being closed by the pandemic, I just realised that Levy and Hitchen have been free forming their own tribute to Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’. Comedy and pathos by the bucketful. Splendid work by Danny and Steve.

This must get nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Award, maybe even an Olivier.

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Talking awards, I think all PL players should get some kind of recognition for their “Players Together” initiative. I know they got some stick when they wouldn’t accept a wage cut like everyone else, but they really come through and donated 4mil between them to NHS causes.
In other news, the total PL wage bill is 2.9billion.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

w.o.w.

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Sorry, should have added that they managed to raise another 1million by selling £5 raffle tickets to us fans for signed shirts (that they don’t pay for).

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

One seventh of 1% of their combined wages was a deep dig into their pockets.

I hope they are not regretting their munificent largesse…

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Yep me boy still goes on about kompany , respec for giving up his final seasons wage to a homeless charity and campaigning . Still a fraction of ones wealth but I remember him saying how can I speak to children straight in the eye , when I could do so much to help .I think it was about 12M or so.
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/vincent-kompany-manchester-city-captain-testimonial-homeless-charity-tackle4mcr-202298

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Look.at his own children in the eye .

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

They’re going to follow this up with a ‘Head coach flash mob’ in the High Road….

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Get in Vladimir and Estragon up front waiting for a pass from Winks and Hojbjerg.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

That never comes!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Winksy works very quietly

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

If we get patricio in chauvs, are we rocking ?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Seen downstairs about surrounding yourself , with lesser individuals , with JM I thinks that discounts that , I’ve seen this too but is this a statement of intent if we get this man .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Good you chauveys on the previous discussion of who is who in the we are the world , you is Ray Charles

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

A mixed fusion of passion with the blues .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

A genius too x

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

for you .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

As long as it isn’t giroud.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

So Spurs have to pay £3.6 million for their part in the Super League business. Plus there was a withdrawal penalty for pulling out of the deal, reported to be £1.5 million.

£5.1 million down the pan. Remember that as we try to buy some players this summer.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

We’re paupers!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago

Not if daniel.has anything to do with it 👍

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Give some fly by night 250M quid and get on with it. Would be good to see if that was from our own pocket .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

go big or go home , that conte will go home no worries.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Ooh I fucked up, ciao, vaffanculo.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

Punishment for the Breakaway Six detailed in a joint statement by the Premier League and the FA: 

“The six clubs involved in proposals to form a European Super League have today acknowledged once again that their actions were a mistake, and have reconfirmed their commitment to the Premier League and the future of the English game.

“They have wholeheartedly apologised to their fans, fellow clubs, the Premier League and The FA.

“As a gesture of goodwill, the clubs have collectively agreed to make a contribution of £22million, which will go towards the good of the game, including new investment in support for fans, grassroots football and community programmes.

“Furthermore, the clubs have agreed to support rule changes so that any similar actions in the future would lead to a 30-point deduction.

“Each of the six clubs, in that event, would also be subject to an additional £25million fine.

“The Premier League and The FA have worked closely together throughout this process and this agreement brings both investigations into the matter to a conclusion.”

Last edited 4 months ago by SeattleSpursGuy
Chauveljn
4 months ago

Thirty points eh? That’s easily possible relegation for Spurs and Arsenal if we are naughty again…. 🤔

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Points too😀⚽

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

It’s not like the other 4 face relegation face relegation issues as you say .

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I have a stutter , scuze me.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

We just trying to keep up with the pack.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago

Thank you sir.

It makes sense that it is not in the form of a fine or penalty.

Sounds like rules would be modified to warrant and justify a fine next time. I think that gives FA too much power, but c’est la vie I suppose.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Agreed to it. In the sense that not agreeing would risk harsher treatment.

Like ‘agreeing’ to put a quid/dollar in the boss’s birthday collection and then being allowed to sign the card.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago

I never understood why fines aren’t a percentage of ones wealth/income . Far more fair.

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

That would work quite well right now, we’d be getting money back from them instead of a fine.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Hahaha. We’d be loaded.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

If we had what was owed , they could take 90 points away and we’d win the league by 20 furlongs and still be owed.

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago

Have to say that’s hilarious.
So if they breakaway from the PL to join a superleague worth hundreds of millions, they’ll be docked points from a league that wouldn’t be all that important anymore, and fined just a small fraction of what they could earn in the new league.
Not a massive deterrent, as deterrents go.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Too right , I see Daniel being bullied and fighting our corner

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Trying to be bullied, he’s up against it.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

But they’ve promised to be good and have apologised.

‘Wholeheartedly apologised’ I might add.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago

This is pretty funny …

Dele photographed kissing Peps daughter. And the claim that Dele’s last girlfriend broke up with him due to his playing too much Fortnite.

Modern journalism …

https://www.football-espana.net/2021/05/15/dele-alli-caught-kissing-pep-guardiolas-eldest-daughter-in-london

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Dele is now out in the Middle East sharing a gym with Kyle Walker-Peters. Some happy snaps on KWP Instagram account.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

That’s a long way to travel just to play more fortnite

Chauveljn
4 months ago

The six ESL clubs are to be fined 20 million pounds in total by the Premier League.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

By what precedent or breach, I wonder ?

It can’t just be arbitrary… must have a basis.

Last edited 4 months ago by MiT
SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

they agreed to it, apparently.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
4 months ago

I heard Levy was out buying new shoes yesterday. Apparently all of his older ones were worn out due to extensive foot dragging.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
4 months ago

Save his Soles!

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago

Wrong!! He didn’t buy new shoes, just got his old pair resoled. Again.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
4 months ago

Wolves just announced their new manager. Shocker, they are a club that can be negotiated with.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago

That’s a bunch of cobblers. 😉

Chauveljn
4 months ago

I’d heard he just puts shoe polish on his feet and ties a bit of old inner tube to his soles with some string. Saves so much money.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I heard he has webbed duck feet, and must have special shoes for them.

I also heard that his pance have to be tailored to tuck in and hide his little spaded tail.

Last edited 4 months ago by MiT
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

He has to, he was getting mixed up with Scrooge McDuck too often.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Hehe … can sit in a cold pond in the middle of winter without his tight arse getting cold.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

Its come down to this…

FB_IMG_1623235895825.jpg
ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

The problem with footie supporters….

Screenshot_20210609-064240_Twitter.jpg
foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I’d agree, Leo was clueless. Shouda stuck to parachutes and helicopters.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

This is true he was in the wrong business.
I’m not quite sure if Levy is smiling or not

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

He was only ever skilled enough to make clay pots. Nothing more.

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago

Nice weather we’re having. No thanks to Levy, if reports are accurate he’d rather it be freezing cold and raining all summer. He just doesn’t care about us fans.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Yeah, but then he goes totally the other way and wants it too hot, and a drought. He’s got no idea…

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Agreed. He needs to stick to what he’s good at, we don’t need his bloody input on the weather. So sick of it.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Yep. Worst chairman since Alan Sugar. And Sugar was the worst since Irving Scholar. And he was the worst since Sidney Wale who refused Bill Nic a testimonial…

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Is that true about SW and Sir Bill? How outrageous!!!

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

Sadly true, Wale should have been ashamed. It was because Bill Nic had different ideas as to who should succeed him at White Hart Lane from the board. He championed Danny Blanchflower and they wanted Terry Neill.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

There is only one weather word for him. Drought

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Just looking at Ten Hag at Ajax. Became manager 4 years ago and led them to their first title in 5 years in 18-19. Was leading the league last year but that was cancelled due to covid. Won the title this year. Also won the cup twice to make it two doubles.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

74% win ratio I believe. Yes, I know it’s the Eredivisie.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

And he’s had to cope with the club selling off their best players every year. You wonder where all the money goes? What’s the Dutch for rucksack?

foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Clogzak.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Painful. 🤪

Chauveljn
4 months ago

If he could bring new midfield sensation Ryan Gravenberch with him… And Tadic.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

He was the obvious choice to get in. Either him or Galtier, who also built a championship team from the ground up with little money. Levy should have got serious and chased either of these two. The Conte pursuit was a farce and a distraction which makes us look stupid and desperate. He never fit the profile that Levy laid out in his end of season spiel

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

One has to be careful hiring managers out of the Dutch league. They often do not translate well to other leagues due to being glued to the “Dutch way.” Their academies are all run in a system designed to keep producing players who can plug and play into their senior squads when earned.

What happens is that young managers only know the “Dutch way” and struggle to adapt to managing players outside of that system.

I will admit… once upon a time, I was all-in for Frank de Boer – looked like a good man to work with the academy after seeing 4 straight Eredivisie titles with Ajax, while losing his strongest pieces each year.

It just did not translate well outside of that league.

Frank is a great coach, but he has struggled outside of Eredivisie to get players and clubs to buy in to what he knows. It is a risk hiring Eredivisie system managers.

Last edited 4 months ago by MiT
foeorfreund
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I wanted Frank De Boer over Poch!

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Same. Spurs could have missed out on some great times. A great Levy hire in Poch’s case. Just did not trust Poch very much in the end to begin the changes necessary to remain viable and to become a truly big club.

That had to hurt Poch deeply.

Poch, his family, and his staff loved it in London, and loved their club. They put down deep roots, many of which are still buried.

Last edited 4 months ago by MiT
ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

What is Paratici going to do for us.
Levy first will get him selling.
It may all end there

Gdawg
Gdawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I would like to see him selling off some dead wood quickly, instead of holding out for unrealistic valuations. Would be a small sign that maybe this time it might be different

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Can he sell Levy to Man City? 😮

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Summed it up pretty well. History repeating

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Same as any gooner fan would write , sorry Ronnie .

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Its the reality Ant.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Im.dying inside. you don’t believe this shot ronnie😁

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I do I do.
Apart from me joking I say truths at least the way I think. The truth itself we don’t always know as we are not flies on the walls

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Brilliant Brian Johnson joining ACDC. Aussie band HUGE and they found Geordie club singer living at home in his 30,s magic. Anything possible

Gdawg
Gdawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

The article is pretty objective. Just states the facts as we know it. It doesn’t try to theorize because it doesn’t have to. The list of managers is there, their styles are well documented. There is no clear plan when picking them, they are as disparate in style as you could get. Not to say that the club can’t evolve it’s approach. But I see no evidence of evolution, it just looks so reactionary

HjD 😷🇺🇲
HjD 😷🇺🇲
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Deja vu, all over again.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Levy is good at business he just picked the wrong type

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Smart people know to surround themselves with other smart people, and let them do what they are good at. Levy acts like he is the smartest person in the room

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

That’s cause he is 🐔⚽

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

One of the best !!

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Perhaps he avoids having other smart people with him. That’s also a possibility? I’ve seen that trait…

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Another question why does poch love the club so much and why does he want to come back ?

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

The guy is a romantic he loves to love to love….
How could he negotiate with Levy?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Daniel and poc h worked together for long enough and made beautiful music together . If Daniel was such a bastard why would poch want too renew his vows ?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

We were top o the league at xmas, and in all 4 cups till late.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

With JM.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Bastard !!!!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

3 😮

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

He got 140 M +in his last window. He was warming up 😀

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

N dombele, lo c elso, sesssegnon and clarke.

Paleo
Paleo
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

But my baby just loves to dance

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Hahaha. He’s the greatest dancer , oh what, wow.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

That hubris shields him from reality.
It becomes about his power in negotiating rather than finding a solution to a need.
He contradicts himself a lot. Like his view if Tottenhams DNA. He has no idea what it is

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

This is what he said in an interview:

https://thesetpieces.com/interviews/vox-in-the-box-jonathan-liew/

Off the record – entirely off the record – Spurs. Actually, you know what, you can write that but you have to also write the full story. And that’s that my first team is Spurs and my second team is Arsenal. It’s a very clear one-two. They’re not joint favourites by any means, but I do like them both.
How does that happen?
I come at things very logically and rationally. And while Spurs is a very emotional thing, that came from school days, as I grew older I started to question ‘why do I instinctively have to hate Arsenal? I admire their manager, I admire their football.’ And Spurs and Arsenal are demographically the same, there’s no sectarian split there. They’re the same. They should merge. They really should merge. I’m a North London fan.
North London Rovers.
Yeah, North London Rovers. Spursnal. Arsenham. Do it. They should share a stadium. They should play in each other’s kits when they go away from home. That should be the next step. Arsenal should play in a white away kit and Tottenham should play in a red away kit. Eventually they’ll turn ever so slightly pink and then suddenly one day, nobody even notices, they’re both wearing the same colour shirt, with the same sponsor and they’re called Arsenham. That’s the dream.

———————–
Make your own mind up whether he is serious.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Pink shirts. Yeuch!

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago

If Daniel appoints paratici, does this show a statement of intent ?

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Nope. Now if he’d signed Conte as well, for right or for wrong that would have been a sign of intent

The fact that we still don’t have a head coach is a sign as well. Just not a good one

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

so we shouldn’t appoint him.?

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

who?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Fabio Paratici.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Who knows? The guy looks okay on paper, proven winner. But if Daniel won’t give him the freedom to do his job to remodel the team, he will fail

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

On paper , he’s smashing the recruitment charts, but yes we don’t know , but is this Daniel trying . If we get him ? Or would you say not ?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

If not we should give him the swerve

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Campos is gone. So he’ll come in and give it a crack

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Is paratici one of the best ?

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Don’t know much about him. He’d been with Juve for 14(?) years and during that time they have won a lot of stuff. Sounds like he used to be very good at finding young players, getting good players cheap, later he was into big deals like bringing Ronaldo in. Like I said, let him do his job, buying and selling players to strengthen the team, and we could do well. If Levy insists on overseeing all that he does we will be no better off

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

No worries , he’s one of the best.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Eggzakerly! Just because Levy has appointed a DoF, it doesn’t mean he’s relinquished any control. Only time will tell, and I have to confess, I have my doubts..

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

The article Ron posted above lays it all bare. And it is not pretty to read. Levy is a footballing layman playing FIFA football manager with one of the richest clubs in the world, with seemingly no one to answer to

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

What control control would you like to see funks?

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

read the article Ant. It’s all there

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Haha ha , must be gospel

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Handed over to paratici so we can see his crack ?

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Or a freebie master

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

It could show a statement of intent, but history says it shows a statement of deception.

Teasing the Conte farce just to get ST holders to re-sign at the 11th hour was a dirty, dirty move. I think it could be the move that finally puts him past the point of no return.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Make no mistake, I would love for Levy to have finally learned to actually place some trust and faith in others who know how to actually keep a finger on the pulse of the squad.

But he has earned the distrust. Fully earned it.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I only am asking if we get him Mits.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

I think Spurs should pick him up, yes. Either Levy actually allows Para to guide player proceedings, which would be great …

Or Levy once again shows himself to be unable to release the strings, resulting in his final undoing… which would be great.

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

His record is off the scale , we ain’t got him yet , but if he is close as reported , Daniel must have done a good job 👍

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

Galtier is liked by Everton apparently also apparently he had to suffer losing his top players and he had to replace them with discount ones and he apparently apparently made them play very well
Its hearsay but I just said it

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

Farhad Moshiri has put in 350 million into Everton in 4 years including 50m last autumn because of covid.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

You also need to consider Eveton’s wage to revenue ratio, it’s a tad eye watering. 😱

Last edited 4 months ago by Oh no, not Nuno!
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

About 85% still? Leicester’s is up there too. Buying success…

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yep, way beyond sustainable limits.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Although in Everton’s case buying mediocrity.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

I thought he’d already signed somewhere else? He just took Lille from the ashes to the league title. Right down Levy’s alley I’d have thought

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

No, he was heavily linked to Nice but Lille issued a statement that he was still under contract. Looking for lots of compensation possibly?

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

Goal Italia claims Antonio Conte will take a break from football after talks with Spurs collapsed. 

Just a weekend of talking to Daniel makes him want to step away from the game.

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

I can’t agree more. Its what Levy does!
Foitball whats football? Negotiating is his game and he isnt a fan of win-win

MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  ronwol196061

!!!! EXACTLY !!!!

ronwol196061
ronwol196061
4 months ago

Really I think he cant do it any other way.
Its deep in his psyche. He must have been a silk road trader in his former life.
I think some are authoritarian in their dealings. I personally like win win. Authoritarian’s live and die by the sword
Clever negotiators are more than one dimensional though

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

Blimey. Look at this France team against a bunch of Bulgarian nobodies. Not mucking around.

France.jpg
Chauveljn
4 months ago

What, no start for Sissoko? 😟

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

Doherty & Parrott both start in Hungary tonight for the ROI

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Parrott is surrounded by poor team mates. He’s made some bright one touch passes which are wasted on his clod hopping colleagues.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

No, I can’t watch anymore of this stuff. Two teams who will finish bottom of their groups.

Paleo
Paleo
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

If only Ireland could

Mystic arnold
Mystic arnold
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

A few years ago the room squad was drawn from top flight clubs like us arsenal look now says they come from the level below the championship

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

I love this headine:

Robinson ‘100%’ sure on Bale maybe returning to Tottenham as Ancelotti stance confirmed.

Definitely, possibly returning.

Last edited 4 months ago by SeattleSpursGuy
Chauveljn
4 months ago

It’s a 100% maybe?

Mind boggles at the murder of linguistics.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

Anthony Joshua is set to appear at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with his upcoming bout against Oleksandr Usyk slated to take place in September.

Earn that coin, Daniel.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago

Jack Pitt-Brooke: “There are few people in football who enjoy as much power at a club as Levy does at Tottenham Hotspur. He has run almost every aspect of the club for 20 years now, right down to the little details. From contracts and transfers to the stadium and the training ground, and of course the hiring and firing of various managers, head coaches and sporting directors. But more recently, Levy has accepted that the time has come to delegate more. Which is why he wants Paratici to oversee all football matters from now on.”

I’d love to know where that little nugget comes from.

MiT
MiT
4 months ago

:”right down to the little details. ” … such as what information is fed to which journalist… the patrician’s way of drip-feeding propaganda to the plebeians.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

His imagination. JPB knows less than Ally Gold about what goes on behind the scenes, and Ally himself now appreciates after the shenanigans of the last week that he knows sweet FA for certain.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I don’t think Ally, Jack or anyone knows anything other than what the press officer feeds them.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

At least Ally had the humility to throw his hands up recently to admit he’s been played by the club. JPB would have us believe he’s got his finger on the pulse. I don’t even think he is a journalist admitted to ask questions at pressers.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Ally seems like a good guy, but he needs to chase down sources of his own and not just rely on the party line from the press office. You can tell he feels betrayed by recent events.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

In his latest video on Football London, he stated a friend of his spoke with a previous DoF who said “it was an impossible task to operate… within the parameters that were laid down.” I think we all know that means Levy has sign off on every paper clip in the office.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

JPB writes as if he’s never heard of Arnesen, Comolli, Baldini, (Mitchell), all of whom who hired as DoFs or recruitment specialists. They’ve been there before Paratici. Until we see it with our own eyes, there’s no proof Levy will relinquish much real authority.
JPB comes across as a millennial with no grasp of much background of years gone past.

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
MiT
MiT
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

EXACTLY.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
4 months ago

Patience grasshopper(s). What else is there? 🤔

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

Rebelion?

Chauveljn
4 months ago

You know the ‘grasshopper’s name was given as Kwai Chang Kane (my preference to’ Caine’ that was put on his wanted poster!)

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
4 months ago

‘I know we’ve said this every week for a very long time, but this really is a crucial week coming up for Tottenham.
Would expect to know more on the new head coach in the next 7-10 days.’

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Knowing more isn’t the same thing as an appointment. All it says is Levy still hasn’t sorted anything as of now except brought in an additional voice (Paratici) to join the chorus of discord.

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
4 months ago

Where’s my tinfoil hat?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago

You shoulda all moved to Suffolk whilst you had the chance… Mwahaha!

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Ha ha ha!

Tim Sherwood and S*l C***bell are both 100/1.

Can you imagine Levy appointing S*l?

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Calm down!

JS72834296.jpg
Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

That would be like taking a contract out!

Chauveljn
4 months ago

I have not the foggiest idea who the next head coach will be.

But I do have strong expectations that the board/Levy will come out with some absolute bollards like ‘Martinez/Joe Bloggs has always been pursued as our preferred target but the club had to wait until after the Euros/genital wart removal surgery to make the announcement.’

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Potter, Parker and Martinez.

A buggers muddle if ever there was one!

What do the bookies say?

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

The bookies say

“thanks very much Mr Levy!! We took a bundle of cash on Pochettino and even more on Conte. Luverly jubbly! Keep it up my son, we’re making out like bandits!”

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Nice one.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

You can get

ETH 3/1
Conte 5/1
Martinez 7/1
Potter 8/1
Poch 8/1
Howe 14/1
Sarri 16/1
Klinsmann 20/1
Parker 25/1

How about Steve Bruce 80/1?

Colin Wanker is a tempting 400/1

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

To show how weird the odds are, you can get 40/1 on Ledley King and Benitez.

Ledley hasn’t a single coaching badge yet. He’d be inadmissible.

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago

No you don’t…otherwise Roy Hodgeson will come!

Chauveljn
4 months ago

And ‘well respected inside the game’.

Meaning Danny Rose has heard of him…

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago

I am completely at a loss as to the state of our club.

We don’t know anything as opposed to knowing some things about the running of the club. It’s as though the Board have gone on holiday leaving behind an unsupervised child, open to neglect and kidnapping by big clubs who now see us as easy prey…

There are no managers out there that are availble or who would want the job under Levy.
If you think the DoF will sort the Levy problem then remember who holds the pursestrings.

Has Paratici imagined himself as a second Brian Clough, who famously said that he wanted to manage Hartlepool United to European Cup glory, and taken it upon himself to show that it is possible to be successful without any dosh?

I think not.

So what if he takes the job? How will he start?
No money…need to sell players…bring in kids from the academy…buy future stars on the cheap…loan a decent player or two.

Was that last para something similar to Levy’s DoF job description and list of objectives?

If it was and Paratici has accepted it…then it says a lot about his judgement.

Enough said…I’m bloody sick of Levy ruining my summers and hopes for the following seasons. It happens every year..

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

When I was at Xerox I’d be asked to spec out the requirements to fulfill a contract, so I’d analyse the contract brief, the work to be completed and the time scale/deadlines and submit a schedule of the office equipment needed, the server/IT time to handle the data and the number and type of staff for each process, and even the floor space/area needed (we were billed per square foot!)

Then the production manager would rip it all up, tell me what I was going to be given and to get it done.

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I used to work with Rank Xerox in Germany…efficient money makers.

Job spec, personal spec job description and objectices.

Haven’t written that since I retired.

Phew!

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Yes, the Mitcheldean site had at one time over 5,000 workers. Also profitable, but when the company retracted they pulled out of a lot of locations. For political reasons they sacrifice overseas jobs before the US, although some production went to Slovakia I believe (very cheap labour). Was the biggest employer round here and the area really suffered.

Chauveljn
4 months ago

Fifty days ago we started looking for a new coach.

These are process stages:

Longlist – to begin with

Shortlist – of real targets

Surrea list – WTF is happening?

Fabu list – You think Conte will come?

Black list – Do any decent coaches fancy us?

Nihi list – The club board hasn’t a clue

Rea list – Fakinel get someone in!

Fata list – it’s Martinez isn’t it?

Last edited 4 months ago by Chauveljn
GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago

Anal ist….. this is gonna hurt….

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I missed out somnabu list – chairman sleep walking over a precipice.

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Phil ate a list…stamp it out.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Getting Brahms & Liszt.
The only remaining viable option for the fanbase.

Last edited 4 months ago by Flat Oeuf
MiT
MiT
4 months ago

“SeattleSpursGuy
 10 hours ago

Fabio Paratici will be the new director of football for Tottenham – he will work with Daniel Levy to FIND the new manager. [Fabrizio Romano]”
–‘
I can get behind this if it is a sincere show of change from Levy.

Time will tell.

And until time tells, I do not trust that little conniving Voldemort piece o…..

Oh Sorry.

But the man is no longer trustworthy.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  MiT

I’m wondering whether he’s gone for Paratici because, along with signing some young gems who have turned into genuine worldies, he has been able to get big names for relatively little or no transfer fee. Can someone who understands our finances explain whether paying huge wages for this type of player (out of contract or last year of contract) sits better with Levy (or on our balance sheet) than paying a substantial transfer fee and slightly less wages?

When the stadium is back up and running and humming along, will this mean we can pay Messi 1m per week, for example? Surely we need CL football as well as the television money to be competitive in the transfer market at all?

I suppose I’m also asking whether the stadium is really the financial game-changer it has been touted to be?

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

I would suppose that the stadium money allows us to ultimately spend more on players, therefore getting us into Europe and those UCL dollars. It will solidify our place in terms of stadium gate income, do we now have the biggest stadium in the Premier league? We aren’t getting stadium sponsorship money and our global merch money must be a fraction of Chelsea Liverpool and ManU in particular. We have to be smarter because we won’t outspend them

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
Funkenschlag!
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

The stadium helps, but alone it’s not a game changer, that comes with winning silverware and CL qualification, once Spurs are perceived as a successful club by potential sponsors will the club maximise potential revenue.

Last edited 4 months ago by Oh no, not Nuno!
Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

This.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Especially the premium a successful club can extract from sponsors.

Bruxie
Bruxie
4 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

I understand that at a full stadium the profit from merch, food & drink etc is £1.8m.or £30 per attendee. That doesn’t include ticket prices.

Chauveljn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

That’s a lot of cheese!

Syd
Syd
4 months ago

Just had a look back at this bloeug. It’s been sabotaged……

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Syd

The bloeug, like the club, is in limbo. Us fans are in almost perpetual purgatory

Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

Hi Dawg. I thought it had been hijacked.
Who’s your preferred manager?

Last edited 4 months ago by Syd
GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Syd

If I could choose it would be Ten Haag. Ajax are masters at developing young players which is in tune with Levy’s spending habits, they have played an attractive style over the last few years. I notice there is a confused article on NN that says he is one step away from taking the post. In the next breath it sort of says not going to happen. So who the hell knows? Potter is a long shot, they have mentioned Howe who was good for Bournemouth but the sample size on both is small

Last edited 4 months ago by GDawg
Syd
Syd
4 months ago
Reply to  GDawg

I’m actually lost now on the managerial roundabout. I hope Levy is not.
Nuno must still be in the mix surely. Not saying I want him, but not sure if I don’t either.
I don’t even who the possibilities are now.
I understand Sarri really wants the job. I don’t think I would hate that.

GDawg
GDawg
4 months ago
Reply to  Syd

If the coach isn’t on the same page with Paratici we are stuffed. If Daniel continues to meddle we are stuffed. It feels a bit like this

https://youtu.be/PWhnZI_GIgg

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

Angus is the guitarist , his bro is the other

AntSpurj
AntSpurj
4 months ago
Reply to  AntSpurj

At 11 yrs old this blew me mind