Former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has suggested some behind-the-scenes changes for the club.
The Belgian was a fan favourite during his time at the north London club and he was undoubtedly one of the best defenders Tottenham have had in the modern era.
The Belgian believes that Tottenham should look to put former players in executive roles going forward. He cited the example of the Dutch outfit Ajax who have appointed Edwin van der Sar as the CEO of the club.
Vertonghen wants former Tottenham players to be involved with the club on the technical side of things and not just on the coaching front.
Vertonghen said to The Sun: “Holland always seems in many ways, in the business and football side, ahead of everyone else.
“Ajax and Edwin van der Sar are perfect examples, with him coming from the football side going into marketing and then ending up as the CEO.
“It would be great, let’s talk about Spurs, to have former players getting involved in the technical side. Not just on the coaching side, but in other areas. “
Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason is already a part of the backroom staff and it will be interesting to see if Daniel Levy is willing to hand out more opportunities to former Tottenham players in the coming seasons.
Jan Vertonghen has revealed that he could be open to a management role in the future when he hangs up his boots.
The 35-year-old is still playing for the Belgian club Anderlecht and he is currently a part of the career transition program, an educational opportunity provided by UEFA. The course prepares footballers for a number of possible roles at football clubs.
Making former players and club legends a part of the background staff could prove to be a wise move for Daniel Levy and Tottenham. Players like Vertonghen are passionate towards the club and the former players share a strong bond with the fans as well.
They will be aware of the expectations of the fan base and their footballing experience could also come in handy.