Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has confirmed Mauricio Pochettino holds the final say on incoming and outgoing transfers.
The Argentine appeared to be very much in control this summer, with French newspaper La Provence claiming Pochettino overruled his chairman who had lined up a deadline day exit to Marseille for Erik Lamela.
Sporting director Franco Baldini later exited the club, with The Times later reporting there is a five man committee, including Pochettino, overseeing transfers.
Now at a fans forum event, Levy has confirmed it is Mauricio Pochettino indeed who has the final word on deals. The club's official Twitter feed relayed his quotes:
Daniel: "If the football side say it affects equilibrium of the squad if we have a player that doesn’t want to be here then we look at it."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 2, 2015
Daniel: "In the end, it’s up to Mauricio to decide who he does or doesn’t want." pic.twitter.com/vjaV8TKeaX— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 2, 2015
Levy's comments could also be a veiled description of the Andros Townsend situation, with the player relegated to the under-21 side this week.
What they do underline, is that unlike previous boss Andre Villas-Boas, the head coach will decide who is part of his squad.
Villas-Boas, sacked in 2013, bearing the brunt for the way Spurs spent the money from selling Gareth Bale, with the signings overseen by Franco Baldini.
A clearly disgruntled boss told Portuguese television in 2014, reported by The Guardian: "The chairman [Levy] proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham’s competitive level, but immediately [Luka] Modric left and we didn’t get any of the targets I had identified such as João Moutinho, Willian, Oscar or Leandro Damião.
"These were promises that were not kept. I had a group of players I had not chosen. In two years I lost [Rafael] van der Vaart, Modric, Bale, and all the promises made were unfulfilled."
Tottenham appear to have learned from their past mistakes, that a disjointed approach does not work, and that a united one off the field is more likely to lead to sustained success on it.
The club are in a strong position in the Premier League which they will want to maintain through a testing festive period, and with a sensible transfer outlay in key areas in January, there is real potential for the club to finish in the Champions League spots.