By Editor Wayne Veysey
Recruitment chief David Webb resigned from his post at Tottenham last week, Football Insider sources understand.
There was speculation that Webb, one of the key deputies of former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, was sacked by the north London club as part of a major overhaul.
Squawka correspondent Greg Stobart claimed on his personal Twitter account Webb, the head of elite potential identification, was axed by new chief scout Steve Hitchin shortly after he took office as a result of some transfer blunders.
But Tottenham sources have told Football Insider that is not the case and Webb in fact chose to leave White Hart Lane of his own volition and for personal reasons.
Webb quit seven days ago and has been placed on gardening leave for three months, a similar situation to the man he reported to, the club’s former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell.
Webb, the former chief scout of Bournemouth who was also on Southampton’s recruitment staff, is highly regarded in recruitment and is renowned for discovering Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha at the age of 11.
Tottenham are flying high in the Premier League but have been criticised for some of their recruitment last summer, with the signings of Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou widely regarded as flops.
The only senior arrival last summer who has been an undisputed success is Victor Wanyama, who has started all 27 of the team’s Premier League fixtures this season.
Spurs demolished Millwall 6-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday as they aim to end the club’s lengthy pursuit of silverware.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.