Stellini claims Paratici had been ‘far’ away from Tottenham for ‘a couple of weeks’

Joe Williams
Tottenham boss Cristian Stellini talks with Fabio Paratici

Cristian Stellini insists Fabio Paratici leaving Tottenham was “not a factor in preparations” for their match at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Paratici officially stepped down on Friday after losing his appeal against a 30-month Italian Football Federation (FIGC) ban on certain football related activities, which FIFA ruled to extend worldwide.

Asked whether it had impacted preparations for their match against Newcastle, Stellini told reporters: “No, it is not a factor in preparations.

“Fabio was far from here for a couple of weeks so nothing changed in this type of situation but humanly we are very close to Fabio. It was a tough period for him. The final result is very sad for him and all of his family. The club made a statement.

“[I now report to] Gretar Steinsson, Daniel Levy and Andy [Scoulding]. We have people around Fabio who have stepped up.”

Spurs have gained four points in Stellini’s three matches in charge as caretaker manager after Tottenham decided to sack Conte after their 3-3 draw against Southampton last month.

Their mixed form has seen them drop to fifth in the Premier League table with Manchester United and Newcastle United now in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League.

Tottenham are three points adrift of fourth-placed Newcastle with the Geordies also having a game in hand on Stellini’s side and the two teams face each other at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Asked about injuries ahead of the trip, Stellini added: “We have Ben Davies back in training, in part of the training so maybe not ready to play yet.

“Clement Lenglet is so so. We are trying to have him 100%. He trained. We are confident that tomorrow that he can train for a full session with the group rather than being apart.”

Davinson Sanchez was booed off the pitch during their 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend and Stellini admits it has been a “tough” week for the Colombian.

Stellini continued: “Yes I spoke with Patron. We had a good conversation. Of course it’s tough for a player to come in and come out from the pitch. It’s the type of things that happened to me as a player. It’s not the best moment. It’s the type of thing that has to gvie you a good reaction. He’s a good guy and he understands the situation.

“It’s very rare [this kind of booing from your own fans] and I think it happened to some players. It’s important your reaction to have the fans back with you. I want to help him have this situation.”

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