Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes seems to be believe that one of the key reasons for Tottenham Hotspur’s recent struggles is them having too many people involved in signing players.
Spurs’ technical director Franco Baldini and manager Mauricio Pochettino shared the responsibility of recruiting players in the summer transfer window, while club chairman Daniel Levy also has a say in who comes in and who goes out.
Ex-England international Scholes, who spent his entire club career at United, finds this process complicated and suggests an easier way of conducting transfer business.
‘The old debate about the director of football raises its head once again with the issues at Tottenham Hotspur, where signing players seems to be a shared responsibility between the manager and the technical director, Franco Baldini’, Scholes wrote in The Independent.
‘My view is that the signing of players should be a simple process. The chief scout identifies them, the manager decides who he wants and the chief executive is dispatched to do the deal. It really is as simple as that.
‘At Manchester United it was a very simple partnership between Ferguson and the then chief executive, David Gill. Beyond that, Ferguson had scouts all over the world who would bring him options, which he would discuss and then act upon’.
The concept of a ‘technical director’ (or a 'sporting director') is relatively new in English football and is quite useful, but, as Scholes highlights, there are complications.
Every manager has his own footballing philosophy and his own vision of doing things, but to realise that vision time is essential.
Over the years, Tottenham have been impatient with their managers and have sacked them quite frequently.
The North London club’s main objective has been to finish in the top four of the Premier League and establish themselves as a true power in English football, but they have consistently failed to do so.