Robinson fears Comolli 2.0 as Tottenham delegation jets out today for manager talks
Paul Robinson is unimpressed with Tottenham as they close in on appointing Fabio Paratici as their new director of football.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one suggested the 48-year-old will create a “difficult atmosphere” in north London.
This site revealed earlier today that Paratici is putting pen to paper today on a three-year Spurs deal after terms were agreed last week.
A source has told Football Insider a club delegation are jetting out to Italy to finalise the deal and hold talks with the former Juventus chief over their manager search.
He will now spearhead the club’s search for a new manager after talks with Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino broke down.
Robinson fears Paratici will be the second coming of Damien Comolli who’s appointment at Spurs in 2005 “just didn’t work”.
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“I am not a fan at all of the sporting director coming in,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“It often creates a difficult atmosphere because managers want to work with the players they want. They do not want to be told who they have got to work with. I do not like that structure but it looks like that is the structure Spurs are going to go down.
“In such a case I think they should appoint a young aspiring manager to go in and build a project.
“I do not think Daniel Levy will hand over a lot of control to the director of football though. They had it before with Damien Comolli when I was there and it just didn’t work. The structure did not work one bit.
“Paratici was never talked about until Conte came into the frame for the manager’s job and now talks with Conte have broke down but Paratici is still going to be the sporting director, it just looks like they do not have a clear path.”