Chaos at Tottenham; after Conte leaves, technical director also resigns his duties
Following the departure of head coach Antonio Conte, Tottenham Hotspur has fallen even further into administrative penury. Technical director Fabio Paratici has resigned his duties at the club for the time being. FIFA has suspended him for a period of 30 months because of the abuses at Juventus, where he previously worked.
There, Paratici held various positions between 2010 and 2021. For the last three years, between 2018 and 2021, he served as sporting director. The Italian club allegedly committed some 115 million euros in fraud around transfers and salaries. It already caused chairman Andrea Agnelli, vice chairman Pavel Nedved and CEO Maurizio Arrivabene to resign from the Italian club in November. In addition, Juventus received a 15-point deduction, dropping far back in the league.
Tottenham also bid farewell to coach Antonio Conte in late March after he fiercely criticized the club following the 3-3 draw against Southampton. “I’m not used to this at all. I see a lot of egoists, I don’t see a team. It’s 11 players playing for themselves, going up a pitch and not putting any soul and soul into the game at all,” the Italian feted at the time. It ultimately lb meant his dismissal.
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Despite the managerial turmoil, ‘The Spurs’ are still in the race for direct placement for the Champions League. The team is currently fourth, which at the end of the season entitles it to direct entry into the billion-dollar ball. At the same time, it feels the hot breath of direct rivals Newcastle United and Liverpool on its neck. Those teams are several points behind, but both still have several games to go.
Paratici is not yet resigned to FIFA’s decision. On April 19, he contests his punishment at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Based on that outcome, Tottenham will decide whether the Italian technical director can still return.