During a Q&A with Football.london, Tottenham correspondent Alasdair Gold cleared the matter of players not being happy with Fabio Paratici and Steve Hitchen on the bench. That does not seem to be the case but the seating arrangement is mostly due to Covid-19 regulations.
It was truly a summer of change for Tottenham. A lot of new faces came in not only on the pitch but also behind the scenes. Among the first few major appointments was Fabio Paratici as Sporting Director. Since then, he went on to play a role in appointing Nuno Espirito Santo and overseeing the whole transfer window.
A common occurrence these days is to see Paratici and Technical Director of Performance, Steve Hitchen at the games sitting in the dugout with the players. The pair are an enthusiastic presence often showing support for the team and disagreeing with officials over decisions. That seemed to have put some of the players at unease as claimed earlier.
However, that is not really the case. Journalist Alasdair Gold went on to clear the matter when asked by a fan and stated that the seating arrangement is due to Covid-19 regulations.
“Personally I haven’t heard anything along those lines. They’re on the bench due to Covid regulations and Hitchen is popular among the players. Paratici seems to have settled in well. Poch was calling for Spurs to be more like Juventus in matches with the club officials putting more pressure on decisions and we’ve seen the duo making their feelings clear during games.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing myself. We’re finally getting to see some of the powers-that-be at the club showing emotion and passion for the club. It’s quite refreshing. As for claims that the players can’t be themselves on the bench with them behind them. Those same players are sitting right behind Nuno and his coaching team.”
Gold perhaps summed it up the best. This new togetherness and unity in the side have been missing for a while and their enthusiasm shows that they are invested in the club. Regardless, there are rules to be followed and for now, we can expect more shouting and support from Paratici and Hitchen on the sidelines.