Tottenham will confirm the appointment of former Juventus transfer chief Fabio Paratici this week.
They are still pressing ahead with that appointment even after the collapse of their attempts to bring in Antonio Conte as their next boss.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy views the latest setback as part of the process but it must be viewed as a major blow because Paratici and Conte were due to be reunited having worked together at Juventus.
Conte expressed major concerns about Tottenham’s ability to compete, wanted guarantees about keeping Harry Kane and they have missed out on appointing a huge name to keep the fans happy.
But Paratici will arrive as director of football to assist Levy on negotiations and deals and that will be hoped to give them a boost when it comes to recruitment and rebuilding the squad.
Tottenham have been keen on Mauricio Pochettino returning but Paris Saint Germain are determined to block that while they have also played down suggestions they had talks with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.
They may have to revisit a move for Ajax boss Erik ten Hag or English candidates like Brighton boss Graham Potter or ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
Meanwhile, Inter president Steven Zhang has opened up on the difference of opinion that led to Conte leaving the club so soon after winning the Serie A title.
Zhang told Gazzetta Dello Sport : “I was and remain convinced that Conte is a winning coach: this is the reason that led us to invest so much in him and in the team in the last two years.
“Last summer the pandemic had greatly affected our revenues but we continued with him, focusing on the season convinced that we could win.
“The decision was right, but now the bill brought by the pandemic is such that we cannot fail to review the situation by looking for savings that lead to a future budget balance.
“We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation.
“What wasn’t fundamental for him, was for the club, and vice-versa. Conte is a top coach, but as president I have to think about the solidity of the club.”