Villas-Boas wants technical director for Spurs

Andre Villas-Boas hopes Tottenham will finally grant his wish to employ a technical director at the club before the start of next season.

Andre Villas-Boas the Tottenham Hotspur manager

Villas-Boas hopes to end his first full season in charge of an English team by sneaking Spurs in to the top four at Arsenal's expense.

After that, the Portuguese will start planning for next season.

Spurs failed to land Villas-Boas' top two transfer targets this season - Porto's Joao Moutinho in August and Leandro Damiao of Internacional at the end of the winter transfer window.

During his time as a manager and coach in Italy and Portugal, Villas-Boas became used to the idea of working under a technical director, who deals with several off the pitch issues, including player recruitment, leaving the head coach to concentrate on managing the squad.

Franco Baldini has been linked with the role and the Tottenham manager would like to see the position filled by the time the next season begins.

"We have been outlining the route ahead for what we want to do in terms of the club structure," the Tottenham manager said.

"Hopefully (there will be) the arrival of somebody else in the structure for the recruitment side, a technical director.

"It is a position I am used to working with and ideally it is someone that will help us to move forward."

The employment of someone to bridge the gap between the coaching staff and board may be viewed with some scepticism by Spurs fans, who will remember the fractious relationship ex-manager Martin Jol endured with former director of football Damien Comolli.

The pair clashed over transfer targets and at his unveiling as Fulham manager, Jol claimed that Comolli came up with the idea of replacing the Dutchman with Juande Ramos - an idea that totally backfired for the north London club.

Villas-Boas does not foresee any problems like that occurring again, though.

"It's not fundamental, but it will help the club moving forward," Villas-Boas added.

"It's something that I am used to working with. A number of experiences that we had with Jose (Mourinho) at Inter Milan with (Marco) Branca which was always positive.

"Not only me as a manager but when I was with him so I think it's something that works. Since the first day I told the club that it's somebody who is extremely important in my view to the structure of the club."

After letting a seven-point lead slip, Tottenham now need to beat Sunderland and hope that Arsenal drop points at Newcastle in Sunday's final game.

Regardless of whether they qualify for the Champions League, Tottenham are expected to be busy in the transfer market.

Having relied on Gareth Bale's 25 goals this season, a striker is high on Villas-Boas' wishlist.

Barcelona forward David Villa has been heavily tipped for a move to White Hart Lane, and Villas-Boas did little to play down that link, revealing his admiration for a player he wanted to sign at Chelsea last season.

"I think he's a world-renowned striker," Villas-Boas said.

"His tally of goals in Valencia was impressive. When he got to Barcelona he played off the channels because (Lionel) Messi started going through the middle, but he still had a good record of goals in his first season, until he broke his leg.

"I always had a good relationship with him. I tried to sign him for Chelsea. I think he would make an impact on English football, yes."

Tottenham are renowned for their deadline-day forays in to the transfer market.

It is a policy that has yielded good results in the past, most notably the £8million capture of Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid three years ago.

Some fans have grown tired of the policy after the recent failings in the market and Villas-Boas would prefer it if his team's transfer business was concluded early this season.

"This club has managed to get some great coups at the end of the transfer market, but ideally when you set up for the first game of the season, to have the team would be the ideal situation."



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