Agbonlahor digs at Levy's ambition as Tottenham deal all but done
It is irrelevant who Tottenham appoint as their next manager or director of football as the club are not prepared to show any ambition in the transfer market.
That is the view of ex-England and Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as Spurs prepare to appoint Fabio Paritici as their new director of football.
Football Insider learned earlier this week (June 8) Paratici has agreed a three-year deal with Tottenham and will be in charge of transfer and contract negotiations.
His first task was to find a new manager and football.london’s Alasdair Gold reported today (June 11) he has chosen Paulo Fonseca as that man.
It is claimed Paritici’s arrival could be announced as early as this weekend while they iron out the final details of Fonseca’s appointment.
He will work under Paratici who left Juventus this summer after 11 trophy-laden years in various executive roles.
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Asked whether the Italian’s hire represents a coup by Spurs, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “You could say that but the technical director is not going to bring in players or get a manager if the club doesn’t offer the package.
“Antonio Conte probably wanted a good, good pot of money to spend and they couldn’t offer him that so he didn’t take the job.
“As much as it’s good to have a good sporting director or technical director, you need to match the ambition of a manager you want to bring in and Spurs don’t look like they’re going to do that.”
Paratici’s arrival will see Spurs return to a two-tier system with a director of football and head coach.
Daniel Levy has previously employed Damien Comolli, Frank Arnesen and David Pleat in the role of sporting director.