Ange Postecoglou praises Fabio Paratici’s work at Tottenham: ‘He’s a smart guy’

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Ange Postecoglou has spoken about his relationship with Fabio Paratici, praising the Italian as “a smart guy” with “a great eye for talent”.

Paratici left his role as Tottenham’s managing director of football last April after he was banned from working in football. But after successfully appealing the scope of his ban, Paratici was able to start working for Spurs on a consultancy basis.

Tottenham have since appointed Johan Lange as technical director, but they still use Paratici as a consultant. This window for instance, the £25.8m-signing Radu Dragusin was a player Paratici knew well having signed him at previous club Juventus.

Postecoglou has not spoken previously about his relationship with Paratici, but said on Wednesday: “Obviously I know Fabio and every now and then we’ll exchange messages or calls. He’s a smart guy and you can see that he’s got a great eye for talent.”

Postecoglou then added that his priority is the football side of things and so he doesn’t speak a huge amount to anyone from other departments: “Within the workings of the club and what I do, I don’t have that kind of engagement. Not just with Fabio but with most people. It’s more about what the priority is right now, this week, and my focus is on the football and the football department.

“I don’t have a lot of dialogue with too many people. That’s how I structure my working life, I keep these things to a minimum.”

This has been Spurs’ first window with Lange and Paratici both in place, and they moved early to sign Dragusin and Timo Werner on loan. Postecoglou said on Tuesday that it’s “unlikely” Spurs will sign any more players before Thursday’s deadline.

Before then, his Tottenham team host Brentford this evening. A win would take them fourth, ahead of Aston Villa.


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