Tottenham have been handed a major boost in keeping hold of manager Mauricio Pochettino from the grasps of potential suitors after a decision was made to end the pursuit of a new sporting director, according to a report.

The Times claim on their website that the Argentine manager was against plans to bring in a new figure to replace former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, and after crunch talks with chairman Daniel Levy, the hunt for a new figure was ended, Pochettino said to be looking to keep command of the club’s transfer decisions.

It is said that Levy’s decision to keep Spurs’ manager happy will help their chances of keeping a hold of him after claims Spanish giants Real Madrid have eyed him up as a potential replacement for Zinedine Zidane.

Football Insider verdict

It is fair to say that right now, Levy would bend over backwards to keep Pochettino as happy as possible, and if that means giving him the reigns over transfers, then he would absolutely give him what he wants. Really, the need for a sporting director is marginal when you have a manager as hands on as Poch, and the Argentine boss will know exactly what needs improving and where he is going to get his hands on what he wants. Another figure in the fray would have just muddied the waters, whereas this decision just strengthens the bond between Levy, Pochettino and the club. 

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