Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has stated that the club must focus on “improved recruitment” after spending almost £400million on players since April 2019.
Having finished fourth at the end of the 2018/19 campaign under Mauricio Pochettino to clinch a Champions League place, Spurs have failed to secure a top-four finish since after two hugely disappointing seasons in the capital.
Now with Antonio Conte at the helm, Levy will be hopeful that the appointment of the experienced head coach can get them back to where they need to be.
Conte hasn’t been the only major arrival in N17 this season as Fabio Paratici, his former Juventus colleague, was confirmed as managing director of football ahead of the new term.
The Italian has already made a start on reshaping the squad with talented youngsters coming in and experienced players such as Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko moving on to freshen things up.
However, plenty of work still needs to be done in the transfer market if Spurs are to hit their previous heights once again.
When discussing what’s currently happening on the pitch at Spurs, Levy stated that the arrival of both Conte and Paratici is a “clear demonstration of our intent and ambition”.
“It is far from ideal to make changes to coaching staff, however, we have acted swiftly and decisively when we felt it necessary, always looking to act in the best interests of the club,” said the Tottenham chairman in a statement following the release of the club’s financial results for the year ending June 30, 2021.
“We extend a warm welcome to Fabio Paratici, managing director, football, and our new head coach, Antonio Conte, along with his coaching staff. We are also delighted to see Ryan Mason join this group.
“The appointments of Fabio and Antonio are a clear demonstration of our intent and ambition.
“Since opening the stadium in April, 2019, we have spent almost £400m on players. Player spending is no guarantee of success, and our focus must be on improved recruitment, coaching, fitness and a competitive mindset.
“Fabio continued the rebuild in the summer, resulting in the average age of our new summer signings being 22 years compared to the average age of 31 years for the outgoing players.
“We shall also look to continue the well-established path for youngsters from our academy to our first Team.
“I know that Antonio’s approach is if a player is good enough, he will play, regardless of status or age.”
He added: “I should like to take this opportunity to formally congratulate our Women’s first team head coach, Rehanne Skinner, on a successful first year at the club. Under the tutelage of Rehanne and her coaching staff, the team has had a positive start to what is only their third FA Women’s Super League (WSL) season.
“The Women’s first team has seen a rapid rise from being semi-professional less than five years ago to finishing second in the FA Women’s Championship and earning promotion to the WSL in 2019.
“The north London derby against Arsenal, held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November, 2019, set a new all-time attendance record for the WSL of 38,262 which remains in place.
“We are currently undertaking the construction of exclusive facilities for the Women’s first team at the training centre, alongside a dedicated match quality training pitch, where the Women’s first team now train full-time.”
Source by Football London