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Evening Standard
Evening Standard
Dan Kilpatrick

Scott Munn has huge Tottenham to-do list as Daniel Levy’s new No2

The prevailing mood at the end of Tottenham's 2-1 win over Brighton on Saturday was a mixture of relief and celebration, thanks to Harry Kane's 79th-minute winner, but the second half was characterised by a nervous energy which might have turned ugly if the result had gone against the hosts.

The red cards for coaches Cristian Stellini and Roberto De Zerbi at 1-1 were met by chants for Mauricio Pochettino and against Daniel Levy, and the chairman is likely to increasingly feel the heat from supporters as Spurs muddle towards the end of another chaotic season.

Levy is aware of the need for more coherent football decisions, and on Friday Spurs announced the appointment of another buffer between the chairman and the club's sporting operations in Scott Munn, who will effectively become Levy's No2 when he starts works in the summer.

Munn, who will join Spurs in the newly-created role of chief football officer, has been the CEO of City Football Group in China for the past four years, having previously worked for Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart) since 2009.

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He has extensive experience as a sports executive Down Under, beginning his career with the organising committee for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 before working in the NRL and AFL.

Munn could scarcely be joining Spurs at more crucial and turbulent time, with Levy facing surely his biggest summer in more than two decades in charge.

Among the major decisions are the appointment of a new permanent manager and possibly sporting director, with the future of Fabio Paratici, who will report to Munn should he return from a leave of absence, uncertain as he awaits an appeal against a worldwide ban from the game.

Kane's future is also still to be resolved, while Spurs must continue to rebuild a squad which was eviscerated by former head coach Antonio Conte. There are nine first-team players out on loan, many of whom could return at the end of the season.

Although Munn is on gardening leave until he starts at Spurs on July 1, he faces a substantial to-do list, while also trying to streamline and modernise Spurs's football departments. It will be a big step up for the Australian in his first job in Europe.

For fans frustrated with Levy, the appointment of an experienced administrator to the board will be welcomed, a sign that the chairman is prepared to build a more coherent structure around him.

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