Tottenham Hotspur technical director Franco Baldini has left his post at White Hart Lane on a mutual consent, the club have announced.
We can confirm that Franco Baldini has left the Club by mutual consent. We wish him all the best for the future – http://t.co/nxMsfuo6ze
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 28, 2015
The Italian Real Madrid director joined Spurs in June 2013 leaving his role as AS Roma General Director.
In the statement on the club’s website it continues: “He leaves us now to spend time outside of club football. Wee wish him all the best for the future.”
Baldini also worked as assistant of Fabio Capello during his reign as England manager.
He saw some big departures at the time of joining Spurs in the form of Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone, Clint Dempsey, Scott Parker, and, most notably, Gareth Bale.
He also made many big signings for the club and was influential in those deals to go through. He made signings like Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chirches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela. Only Chadli, Eriksen and Lamela still remain at the club. It was widely discussed in the media at the time that most of the players signed by Baldini were not performing as well as had been expected.
Baldini has been sidelined since the appointment of Paul Mitchell as the club’s head of recruitment last November.
It is thought that Baldini and Mitchell did not have the best relationship and it did not work well and this resigning is an effect of that.
Mitchell shares a very good working relationship with the manager Mauricio Pochettino and led Tottenham’s transfer plans this summer; targeting players under the age of 27 who have the attributes to fit into the Argentine’s high-pressing style.
Baldini’s extensive contacts book has helped the club land some of their top targets — namely Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado — and while Baldini’s signings have not all been resounding successes, his transfer record is not behind his exit.
But with Mitchell now leading Spurs’ recruitment policy, the club want to ensure their recruitment policy can be implemented with maximum efficiency.