Tottenham Hotspur will make wholesale changes to their managerial structure this summer with the club's technical director Franco Baldini prepared to leave regardless of who is manager next season.
Tim Sherwood is largely expected to be replaced at the end of the season having failed to earn the club qualification for next season's Champions League after being named Andre Villas-Boas' successor in December.
The Daily Telegraph report that current Holland boss Louis van Gaal has been given permission to hold talks with the club, having already announced his decision to step down as national team coach following this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
But the club could be set for more upheaval as Tutto Mercato report that Baldini, who was named technical director at White Hart Lane last June, will leave his post via mutual consent at the end of the season.
Baldini worked alongside Andre Villas-Boas and club chairman Daniel Levy last summer as the club embarked on a £100m summer spending spree to supplement the loss of Gareth Bale. However the Italian has taken his share of the blame after the club's seven signings failed to inspire a top four finish for Spurs, something which was made a priority after last season's failures.
It is suggested that the Tottenham board will hand full control over transfers to their manager in the summer transfer market and while the club may retain the position of technical director, it is likely to be vacated by Baldini with a severance package currently being discussed.
With both Sherwood and Baldini tipped to leave, van Gaal is regarded as the ideal candidate to fill the void. The Telegraph suggest the 62-year-old coach remains Levy's favoured candidate for the job although Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax's Frank de Boer also remain linked.
Van Gaal will leave the Dutch set up after two years this summer with Guus Hiddink set to take the reins after the World Cup.