The Franco Baldini rumors return

Paolo Bruno

Could Tottenham appoint their first director of football since Damien Comolli?

Roma director Franco Baldini has reportedly offered to resign his position at the Serie A club so that he can take a job with Tottenham Hotspur. After a tough season, Baldini has come under fire, and appears ready to take the blame for the club's struggles if it helps him move on to greener pastures. Take it away, Football Italia.

According to Sky Sport Italia and La Repubblica newspaper, Baldini has decided to take responsibility for the failed season, which saw Roma lose the Coppa Italia Final and fail to qualify for Europe again.

Tottenham do not have a director of football, and have not had one since Damien Comolli left the club. Since the Frenchman's departure, Daniel Levy has done much of Tottenham's transfer dealings on his own. Under the Harry Redknapp regime, the manager requested transfer targets, but did not deal in the market. Indications are that Andre Villas-Boas is more involved than Redknapp in dealings, but that it's still Levy calling the shots.

While Levy has extensive experience in football and has proven adept in the transfer market, he has never played the game professionally or worked as a coach or scout. It's not the least bit insulting to Levy's intelligence or competence to suggest that a director of football with extensive experience in the game would be beneficial to him.

Baldini was linked to Tottenham back in October, but went on an angry rant about how he had no intention to leave Roma in the middle of the season. Now that the season is over, Baldini's and Roma's circumstances are different. It would be surprising if we didn't hear more about a potential link-up between the two parties in the near future.

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