Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini has left White Hart Lane today.
As confirmed by the official Tottenham website, Franco Baldini has left White Hart Lane by mutual consent.
Baldini joined Spurs in 2013 from Serie A side AS Roma, taking up the role of technical director in North London.
His job involved the scouting and signing of players, with Baldini expected to bring in lesser known players to compete with the top Premier League sides.
However, he failed to impress in his role, overseeing the arrivals of the so-called ‘magnificent seven’ - many of whom failed to impress, and headed out of the club before him this summer.
Baldini has been sidelined this season due to the appointment of Paul Mitchell from Southampton, and his desire to bring in a new style of scouting and signing players - which looks to have been a success so far this term.
There have been suggestions since Mitchell’s appointment that the duo could not work well together, with their differing styles of management competing, and Baldini’s decision to leave ensures Spurs can continue with their new-look set-up.
When the news of Baldini’s exit was confirmed, fans took to Twitter to express their delight at seeing the 54-year-old Italian finally leave Spurs, and we collect some of the best responses here.
Just heard the fantastic news Baldini has gone!! About time after his poor recruitment with 100+ million. #COYS— Adam Johnson (@AdamJ_NAO) September 28, 2015
With Baldini gone we really are now into a new era. Long may it last. #COYS— No Kane No Gain (@Mishmoo5) September 28, 2015
Baldini leaves. What a few days for the Lilywhites. COYS— Paul A'Lee (@ALeePaul) September 28, 2015