Baldini nears Tottenham post after Roma exit

Franco Baldini is free to take up a position at Tottenham Hotspur after the Italian’s exit from Roma was confirmed, the Guardian has reported.

Baldini, who worked alongside Fabio Capello with England, is expected to be named as technical director at White Hart Lane, having been general manager in the Italian capital. Baldini and Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham Head Coach, have a good relationship, the newspaper adds, and the Portuguese is keen to see the appointment of a technical director to help with the club’s transfer policy.

It had been reported that the main hurdle to Baldini’s appointment was the need to compensate Roma for the ex-England general manager’s services. Baldini was on a salary of £850,000 per year at Roma but had come under fire for his role in the club’s recent underwhelming Serie A performances.

Tottenham have in the past had David Pleat as director of football, with Frank Arnesen and Damien Comolli also taking up similar posts. Villas-Boas is said to have urged the appointment of a transfer supremo since initially taking up his role at Spurs, having worked with a similar figure in his time at Porto.

Baldini, 52, played in midfield for the likes of Bologna, Bari and Pescara, retiring in 1992, and worked with Capello at Roma and Real Madrid before the pair took up their jobs with the Football Association in 2007.

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