By Alan Hutton

7th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Hutton unimpressed by 'strange' Tottenham dugout arrangements amid dressing room unrest rumours

Alan Hutton has insisted Fabio Paratici and Steve Hitchen should be nowhere near the Tottenham dugout on matchday amid reported unrest among the players.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the situations was a “strange” one.

The Sun claim (September 5th) there is growing unrest amid the Tottenham camp about Paratici and Hitchen’s appearances and behaviour in the dugout at games.

The suggests their presence is because of Premier League red zone requirements.

As such, the arrangements will continue until October at least.

However, Hutton suggested directors such as Paratici shouldn’t be “anywhere near” the football staff on matchdays.

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“That’s a strange one – I’ve never seen that before,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“You don’t see Daniel Levy down there sitting next to the manager.

“I know the manager and the director of football have to have a good working relationship, but when it comes to game day and matters on the field – it’s all about the manager and the players.

“I don’t think the director of football has to be anywhere near that.

“He’s done his job with the recruitment; he doesn’t have to be down there.

“If I was sitting there and the director of football was sat next to me – that would feel a little bit strange.

“I’d like to think that as we return to some sort of normality, that would change.”

“I can see why the players think it’s a bit ‘different’ – should we say?”

Tottenham have enjoyed a flawless start to this season under Espirito Santo, winning three from three to claim top spot in the Premier League.

The North London club also managed to qualify for the Europa Conference League group stage after a 3-1 aggregate win over Pacos de Ferreira.

In other news, this pundit thinks Tottenham should push for a swap deal involving AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.