By Richard Parks
Mauricio Pochettino has vetoed Tottenham’s search for a director of football, according to a report.
The Telegraph claimed the Argentine manager does not want a recruitment chief signing players over his head as he is keen to “retain control over his signings”.
It is said that Pochettino has proposed a number of summer targets to the Tottenham board and is particularly keen on signing Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon.
Spurs have been without a director of football, or technical director, since Paul Mitchell quit last year following an extended period of gardening leave.
The transfer guru, who followed Pochettino from Southampton to White Hart Lane, has subsequently been appointed head of recruitment at German club RB Leipzig.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs fans will not quibble too much about Pochettino having control over signings, given the smart judgement he has exercised in so many areas during his outstanding four-year reign. The club changed their recruitment structure following Mitchell’s exit, with Steve Hitchen appointed the new chief scout. Clearly, the manager doesn’t fancy having signings foisted upon him, however good the intentions. But, Tottenham must tread carefully in handing Pochettino too much control. Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he had to be persuaded by Liverpool’s recruitment team that Mohamed Salah was the right man last summer as he wasn’t initially convinced. The scouts and technical staff have valuable input, and the manager certainly doesn’t know everything.
In other Tottenham news, the club are working on a deal to sign a 29-year-old left footer who would be a sensational signing.