Director of football: new name enters frame

12 May, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

According to reports in Spain, West Ham are interested in poaching Roma director of sport Tiago Pinto for next season which would be welcome news for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese chief was brought in from Benfica in January 2021 and is under contract until June 2024, Roma won the Europa Conference League under his watch..

His rapport with coach Jose Mourinho has been the subject of speculation for several months with the manager being used to complete control of transfers.

Spanish site Relevo claim that West Ham and another Premier League club have set their sights on potentially coaxing Tiago Pinto to England over the summer.

Roma have been shaking up their leadership in recent weeks, sacking CEO Pietro Berardi and bringing in former Olympiakos chief Lina Souloukou in the dual role of both CEO and General Manager.

Mourinho has been dropping hints that there are issues behind the scenes, complaining in interviews and press conferences that he was forced to be ‘more than a coach’ at Roma, fulfilling some of the duties that ought to be covered by directors.

West Ham’s board want more control over transfers this summer after spending £180m last summer, the Hammers would like to bring in a new experienced director of football to help them re-invest the money they receive from the sale of Declan Rice. David Moyes is likely to have a lesser role in transfer identification if he stays next season but will retain a final veto on signings. Whether head of recruitment Rob Newman would work under a new director of football would be debatable.


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