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May 18, 2013

Villas-Boas calls for sporting director

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has urged the club to shake up their player recruitment policy after re-issuing his plea for a sporting director to be put in place at the north London club.

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is currently charged with signing new players and controlling the club's financial masterplan, yet Villas-Boas is pushing for the appointment of a figure 'with dressing room experience' to assist him ahead of what is certain to be a crucial summer transfer window for the club.

In comments that may be seen as critical of chairman Levy's lack of football nous, Villas-Boas has spoken openly about his vision for the club's future and their need to restructure their set-up.

While many English managers are adverse to working with a sporting director for fear that they will undermine their authority at the club, the open-minded Villas-Boas is actively encouraging chairman Levy to relinquish some of his powers in a bid to enhance the club's hopes of success.

"We have been outlining the route ahead for what we want to do in terms of the club structures," Villas-Boas told reporters. "Hopefully the arrival of somebody else in the structure for the recruitment side, a technical director.

"It would be good to have the person that bridges the gap between manager and board and is able to be focused on the technical side of things. I told the club that it's somebody who is extremely important in my view of the structures of the club.

"Someone who has experience of dressing rooms, represents the club, is able to link up with players, agents, I think it's a very important role. It probably opens a wider market and we are able to touch different players. It will help with the club moving forward to the dimension that we want to arrive.

"It's something that I am used to working with. I have had a number of experiences. With Jose (Mourinho) at Inter Milan with (Marco) Branca working alongside us, it worked well.

"Not only me as a manager but when I was with him so I think it's something that works. Since the first day I told the club that it's somebody who is extremely important in my view to the structure of the club."

The departure of Tottenham's chief scout Ian Broomfield in January has left Villas-Boas to rely even more heavily on Levy's transfer acumen in the last six months, with the chairman's failure to sign a striker in the last transfer window viewed by many observers as the primary reason why the club are in danger of missing out on Champions League football once more.

Levy's insistence on leaving his signings to the final moments of the transfer window has also been criticised by Villas-Boas, as he wants this dealings concluded more hastily this summer.

"Ideally when you set up for the first game of the season to have put the team to bed would be the ideal situation," he added. "Tottenham has a great tradition in football, and these facilities and I think we have a group of players that attracts other players to come here.

"Other players in bigger or same level squads would want to join up and play with them. The stronger your squad is, the better, and the fact that we have Gareth (Bale) achieving those individual awards this season is obviously something that other players will recognise as important moving forward."

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