Nuno confident Spurs will pull together amid struggles
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Tottenham stars have handed Fabio Paratici and Steve Hitchen an amusing pair of nicknames, according to reports. Managing director of football Paratici was appointed in the summer and joined technical performance director Hitchin on the club’s staff.
Paratici was key during Spurs’ search for Jose Mourinho’s successor in the off-season.
A chaotic recruitment process saw talks with Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca fall down. Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy eventually landed former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Former Juventus director Paratici was also involved in securing the club’s transfer business.
The North Londoners signed Cristian Romero and Perluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta. They also completed the permanent signings of Bryan Gil and Emerson Royal from Sevilla and Barcelona respectively.
Teenage midfielder Papy Matar Sarr was acquired from Metz before being sent straight back on loan to the Ligue 1 club.
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And Paratici’s busy start to life at Spurs has earned him and Hitchen new nicknames.
According to the Mirror, the first-team squad cruelly refer to the pair as ‘pink and perky’ because of how noticeable they have become around the club this season.
The characters were part of a children’s TV show shown first on the BBC in the 1950s and 1960s, and then on ITV until the early 1970s.
Paratici and Hitchen have even sat on the substitutes’ bench alongside Nuno and the Portuguese’s staff this term.
Nuno started his premiership well but Spurs have suffered a disastrous run of results, with supporters criticising the 48-year-old’s style of football.
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The head coach was forced to defend his side’s performances, which have seen them concede three goals in each of their last three Premier League games.
Suggestions that Nuno’s side are too defensive might concern Paratici, though, who implied that his appointment was because the club wished to implement a more attacking style in the aftermath of Mourinho’s tenure.
“I have been told and everybody knows. It’s football,” Nuno said when asked about the ‘Tottenham DNA’ prior to Spurs’ Europa Conference League fixture against NS Mura.
“Everybody wants to play good, everybody wants to play offensive, everybody wants to score. This is what we chase.
“Sometimes it’s not possible but we’re aware that this is what we want to do. But it takes a building process to achieve it. And we’re trying.”
Upon appointing Nuno, Paratici said: “The brief for this appointment has always been clear, we wanted a head coach that can instil all the values that are important to this football club.
“You only have to look at Nuno’s time at Wolves to see his ability to take a group of players and implement an adaptive style that brings success and allows players to develop and thrive.
“We are all looking forward to getting started in what we hope will be a successful time with the club.”
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