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Tottenham confirm head of recruitment has left with briefest of statements

Fabio Paratici, Tottenham v Man City August 2021

Tottenham Hotspur’s head of recruitment Brian Carey has left the north London club just months before the summer transfer window opens.

Spurs released as short statement and said the 53-year-old had “decided to leave his role” after six years.

“We can confirm that Head of Recruitment Brian Carey has decided to leave his role following six years at the club.

“We would like to thank Brian for his work and wish him well for the future,” read the brief statement.

Carey played for Leicester City and Wrexham and follows former technical performance director Steve Hitchen out of the club.

Hitchen, 45, resigned from his scouting and recruitment post and was linked with a similar role at Everton.

The Guardian claimed Hitchen “had been marginalised” on the recruitment side at Spurs since the appointment of Fabio Paratici. And after mulling over his future he met chairman Daniel Levy and asked to be released from his contract.

Two of Hitchen’s signings were believed to have been Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso. Both of whom departed on loan to Lyon and Villarreal respectively in January.


Paratici has been evaluating the backroom team at Tottenham after arriving last summer from Juventus.

Paratici looking for assistant

FootballLondon claim Spurs are looking to appoint a No.2 to Paratici ahead of a summer window that will be crucial.

The summer transfer window opens on July 1 and it promises to be another big one.

The future of boss Antonio Conte is far from assured. The Italian only arrived in November on an 18-month contract – with an option to extend.

But already he has been linked with PSG, with Mauricio Pochettino expected to be axed in the summer. And Spurs may well be reliant on their summer business to keep the Italian coach.

The Telegraph has reported that Conte is chasing a centre-back, a right wing-back, two midfielders, a forward and a backup goalkeeper.

Levy did sanction the arrivals of Rodrigo Bentancur and loan signing of Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus in January. But four first-team players also left either on a permanent basis or on loan.

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