Franco Baldini gets nudged one step closer to Tottenham Hotspur exit

Tottenham Hotspur's director of football Franco Baldini's influence is clearly lessening.

The future of Tottenham Hotspur's director of football Franco Baldini looks in further doubt after an announcement from head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine told The BBC he wants the final word on signing players, a luxury not afforded to previous boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Pochettino said: "The final decision? I think it should be me."

Baldini is under pressure at Spurs after a number of his high profile signings for the club failed to pan out, including Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue.

Spurs appointed Paul Mitchell earlier this year from Southampton as head of recruitment. His role is to overstep the wide ranging brief given to Baldini. 

The Mirror reported last month that Mitchell had overtaken Baldini in the pecking order, and Pochettino's proclamation nudges him closer to an exit.

Spurs appear keen to get behind Pochettino after a solid first season in charge, and giving him the final say on players he wants is going to be crucial to their success.

Pochettino has shown already at Southampton he can work effectively with Mitchell, and Baldini as the odd one out could be on borrowed time.

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