Tottenham Hotspur players have reportedly labelled Spurs chiefs Fabio Paratici and Steve Hitchen 'Pinky and Perky' amid the duo's constant presence within the team.
Paratici was brought into the Tottenham boardroom as the new Managing Director of Football in June – and has since been a very visual presence amongst the team.
The Italian chief and technical performance director Hitchen have often been seen sat in the dug-outs at many of Spurs' matches this season.
And, according to Daily Mirror columnist John Cross, it is understood the players feel their proximity amongst the squad has even undermined new manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
It has also been claimed that both Tottenham officials are regularly in attendance at training sessions and have even reportedly tried to sit-in on team meetings.
The players have not been very comfortable with both officials being so close to the squad – and it has led to the pair being nicknamed 'Pinky and Perky' by the Spurs dressing room.
Paratici’s arrival to Spurs was a huge surprise of the summer, but even more so was the fact Hitchen remained at the club.
Hitchen, who was a former central defender for Blackburn Rovers and Macclesfield Town in the Football League between 1995 and 2004, appeared to be leaving the club but was instead retained to work under Paratici.
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Unfortunately, the fact both officials almost appear to be constantly over Nuno's shoulder has not gone down well with the players, who feel it is disrespectful to the former Wolves manager.
The heat has been cranked up on the Portuguese boss, after Tottenham’s recent run of three consecutive Premier League defeats.
Their strong start to the season where they recorded 1-0 victories against Manchester City, Wolves, and Watford, is long forgotten after convincing defeats to Crystal Palace, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
Santo is reportedly the bookies favourite to be the first manager to be shown the door in the Premier League this season, with Sky Bet slashing his odds from 16/1 to 3/1.
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