Tottenham have appointed PSV’s Eindhoven’s Frank Arnesen as the club’s new sports director.

Arnesen’s appointment prompted the resignation of David Pleat as director of football.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “He has a proven track record of working successfully alongside some of the world’s top managers.”

Tottenham are still without a manager and Levy confirmed that Arnesen will play a role in the appointment of Spurs’ new first-team coach.

“Quite clearly we are operating in an international market and it’s vital we put in place an appropriate management infrastructure and expeprtise to achieve our aspirations,’ added Levy.

“It’s important we have stability and a consistent strategy for first team and youth development.

“I firmly believe this can be best served under a new continental structure and that Frank Arnesen is immensely qualified to oversee this for us.”

“For many years now, not just for the time I have been here, this club has failed to achieve a league position commensurate with the financial investment that has been made in the team.”

Arnesen, a former Denmark international, has been with PSV for more than 10 years, during which time the club won 12 major domestic honours.