By Michael Cantillon
Franco Baldini has left Tottenham by mutual consent, the club confirmed on Monday morning.
The 54-year-old Italian is set for a spell outside of club football following two years as Spurs’ technical director, charged with heading recruitment and contract negotiations.
“Franco joined us as Technical Director in June 2013 from AS Roma where he was General Director. He leaves us now to spend time outside of club football,” the club confirmed in a statement. “We wish him all the best for the future.”
Arriving in the summer of 2013, Baldini’s first role at the club was to help reinvest the world-record £86million Tottenham gained from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
He oversaw the signing of seven players in total that summer for in excess of £100million. Since then, the club has moved several of those purchases on for a loss with Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho all sold for cut-price fees after failing to impress at White Hart Lane.
Erik Lamela, who followed Baldini to Tottenham for £30million from Roma in 2013, has failed to settle, whilst Nacer Chadli took over a year to find his feet.
Baldini can point to the £11 million signing of Christian Eriksen as shrewd business, but too many of the players he scouted have failed to produce and the club have now decided to sever terms.
Spurs chiefs recruited Paul Mitchell from Southampton as Head of Recruitment in November of last year, paving the way for Baldini’s departure.