In a move likely to make many fans of Tottenham Hotspur happy, embattled scouting chief Steve Hitchen has resigned from Spurs as the club’s transformation continues.
When Daniel Levy decided to hand the reins of leadership for the footballing operations of Tottenham Hotspur to Fabio Paratici last summer, it was a move that put Hitchen on notice. Hired for the unenviable position of replacing Paul Mitchell in recruitment, Hitchen will likely be most remembered by fans for some ill-fated comments about the January transfer window in the Amazon Prime All-Or-Nothing documentary on the club.
It is vital to note that this was not the club forcing Hitchen out; leaving is his choice. That said, according to The Guardian, who broke the story. Hitchen – who has two stints with Tottenham and another in recruitment with Liverpool – is in demand. The recent changes in leadership to both Newcastle and Everton have created vacuums of footballing leadership that Hitchen seems willing to fill.
Given Hitchen has had more misses than hits with his signings, which have included the sale of Moussa Dembele and the signing of both Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, most Spurs fans will not be sad to see Steve go.
Paratici Tottenham takeover complete
More than anything, with Hitchen leaving, it signals the final steps in the Paratici takeover of leadership at Tottenham. He has partnered with his friend and coaching confidante in Antonio Conte, as Paratici begins to put his fingerprints on the club.
According to the Guardian, Hitchen – who left from the Technical Performance Director position – had little real say in the last two transfer windows, which may explain why new names came to the forefront and the same old tired rumours proved false. Although with Hitchen gone, any blame for failings in the market now falls on Paratici and Conte. As a fan, I would not have it any other way.
Both men – Conte and Paratici – were brought in to lead this club moving forward. To see that it is officially happening both within the squad and now with the leadership shows this may be a new day at Tottenham Hotspur. We certainly wish Hitchen well, just not as well as our two Italians.