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The 52-year-old former England assistant coach leaves his role as Roma's General Director to head a brand new recruitment operation at White Hart Lane

Tottenham have confirmed that Franco Baldini has been appointed as the club's new technical director.

The 52-year-old, who was assistant coach to Fabio Capello with England, will lead the restructuring of Spurs' recruitment operations after leaving his role as Roma's General Director and is expected to handle the clubs scouting and transfer policy.

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Goal exclusively revealed Baldini's emergence as the leading candidate for the position as early as last September and in October reported chairman Daniel Levy's belief that he could lure the Italian to White Hart Lane in time for the 2013-14 season.

And Goal revealed again in May that the north London outfit were closing in on Baldini before a statement on the club's official twitter feed confirmed his arrival on Wednesday morning, followed by a short address from Levy on their official website.

"Franco is extremely well respected in the industry, possessing an extensive knowledge of players around the world," he said.

"He will strengthen our football management team, particularly in the field of recruitment, working closely with Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood across all levels on the playing side."

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