The summer appointment which could backfire on Tottenham

It has been suggested in the past 24 hours that Tottenham will appoint former England assistant Franco Baldini to head recruitment in the summer.

Goal suggests it’s all part of a master plan by Spurs to transform the way players are recruited at all levels for the North London club, ahead of what could easily turn out to be Tottenham’s biggest season in recent memory next year.

However, it is a potential appointment which carries so many possible negatives that Spurs should avoid it at all costs.

Baldini still carries around with him echoes of the Fabio Capello England era with many parts of that reign still heavily criticised by fans today.

Capello instilled one of the strictest and tightest regimes over an England side which has ever been seen, which is something Baldini was fully part of as his assistant manager throughout that reign.

There are two major effects of that which could immediately work against Spurs if they appoint him in any form of technical director role.

Firstly, it will create instant friction as soon as he walks through the door because he’s likely to demand respect and authority from people at the club, when he has no real basis to make those demands.

Secondly, he’s guilty by association. Plenty of possible youngsters could be out off by Baldini led recruitment drives because of the discipline and strictness he’s now associated with because of his Capello days.

The other contradiction in the report by Goal is that Baldini’s current role with Roma (General Manager) is about to change because of serious mistakes he’s made in terms of recruitment.

Why on earth would Spurs want to give a job to someone who is about to be axed from a very similar role at a Serie A giant?

It suggests that those same mistakes could replicate themselves at White Hart Lane, which is only going to increase the friction between Baldini and current first team boss Andre Villas-Boas.

If Daniel Levy wants to try and turn Tottenham into more of a European club in terms of the infrastructure then that’s fine but it’s dependant on the right sort of people being appointed.

It’s a similar system to what AVB worked under during his time as Porto coach so it could work but Baldini doesn’t seem like the best man for the job.

In any walk of professional life, the head of a company would not go out and get someone for a specific job who is about to be replaced at another company for failing to do that very job effectively.

Do you want to see Baldini as head of recruitment at White Hart Lane?

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