Tottenham owner Daniel Levy must think long and hard before appointing another sporting director/director of football figure at White Hart Lane.
It was reported on Thursday that Franco Baldini, who has been operating under the former soubriquet since his arrival from Roma in 2013, has accepted a severance package from the club.
His final act will be to orchestrate the sale of Roberto Soldado, one of a welter of underwhelming signings brought into north London on his watch.
Baldini is widely accepted to have squandered the vast majority of the world-record fee Spurs received for Gareth Bale.
From a total of seven players brought in to the club the summer the Welshman left, only Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli have proved much use to Mauricio Pochettino.
At the time of the septet’s arrival, then manager Andre Villas-Boas wasn’t particularly circumspect in letting it be known that they weren’t necessarily the men he wanted.
Such a situation is nothing new at White Hart Lane, where bringing in sporting directors who antagonise managers/head coaches has been habit for some time.
Previous incumbent Damien Comolli enjoyed a fraught relationship with Martin Jol, who took Spurs to the brink of the Champions League in 2005/06.
While Comolli had a better strike-rate with signings (he brought in Bale, Luka Modric and Dimitar Berbatov), Jol blamed him for unbalancing the squad with signings he hadn’t approved of.
The Frenchman’s predecessor Frank Arnesen was also forced to deny rumours of a rift with short-lived head coach Jacques Santini during the 2004/05 campaign.
Luckily for the Lilywhites, 4/1 sixth-favourites for a top-four finish in 2014/15, their days of manager/sporting director disharmony may be drawing to a close, bringing an end to a long history of wasted money and sub-par recruitment.
Why? The answer has it’s kernel in the departure of Baldini, who had become marginalised since the arrival of Pochettino acolyte Paul Mitchell.
Having formed a commodious working arrangement together at Southampton, the Argentine was at pains to bring his ex-colleague with him to capital city last winter.
With the Baldini out of the picture Tottenham, are expected to formalise his accession and may finally be able to look forward to a manager and director of football singing from the same hymnsheet.