Frank McAvennie has questioned whether the director of football model can work at Tottenham.
The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, warned Fabio Paratici’s appointment could put off potential managers.
On Tuesday (8th June) Football Insider revealed Paratici has agreed a three-year contract to be Tottenham’s new director of football.
The new role will give him overall responsibility for transfers and contract negotiations.
Paratici comes well regarded after spending the last 11 years in various executive roles at Juventus.
According to Sky Sports (10 June), Spurs are in advanced talks to appoint former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as their new manager.
McAvennie claims Paratici’s appointment can only be a success if the right manager is brought in.
When asked if appointing a director of football is the right move by Spurs, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “It depends who the manager is.
“I wouldn’t like to be a manager in a situation like that. What if this guy comes in and does it all himself?
“It’s a groundbreaking appointment, it changes a lot when you bring someone like that in.
“Imagine the manager coming in and this guy says he’s bought four new players. That’s great unless he doesn’t want them.
“I think the manager should always have the final say. You get the sack if results don’t go your way.
“But the director of football carries on. If you’re in that situation, the manager has to have the final say. It won’t work otherwise.”
Fonseca will essentially swap places with new Roma boss Jose Mourinho if he takes the Spurs job.
Tottenham sacked Mourinho in April just days before the Carabao Cup final.