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Sport Paulo Fonseca 'agrees to become the new manager of Tottenham'

17:55  11 june  2021
17:55  11 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Desperate Tottenham are chasing SIXTH choice manager Paulo Fonseca

  Desperate Tottenham are chasing SIXTH choice manager Paulo Fonseca It wasn't supposed to go like this. When Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy sacked Jose Mourinho on April 19, he surely envisaged a super coach leading Spurs into the Super League era.But just like the Super League plans, Levy's vision has gone up in smoke. Less than two months later, after failed moves for Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs look set to appoint their sixth choice to replace Mourinho in Paulo Fonseca.

Paulo Fonseca wearing a suit and tie: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Paulo Fonseca has agreed to become the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Telegraph.

Spurs have conducted a thorough, and at times frustrating, search for a successor to Jose Mourinho's old job, with the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Hans Dieter Flick and Julian Nagelsmann turning the north Londoners down.

The Premier League side appeared close to coming to an agreement with former Inter boss Antonio Conte only for chairman Daniel Levy to abandon his pursuit as talks stalled.

Paulo Fonseca wearing a suit and tie: Paulo Fonseca has reportedly agreed a two-year deal to become the new manager of Spurs © Provided by Daily Mail Paulo Fonseca has reportedly agreed a two-year deal to become the new manager of Spurs

Spurs have since turned their attention to former Roma boss Fonseca, the number one candidate of new sporting director Fabio Paratici, who has held talks with the 48-year-old this week.

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And The Telegraph reports that Fonseca has agreed in principle to a two-year deal to take the Tottenham vacancy, with the option of an additional year.


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Spurs will look to get the deal wrapped up before the formal presentation of Paratici in his new role as sporting director, having previously held a similar position at Juventus.

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  Erik Ten Hag 'back in the frame for Tottenham job' Spurs are still seeking a replacement for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April, and have been thwarted in attempts to recruit Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers. Talks with Conte, who is chairman Daniel Levy's preferred choice, have also stalled due to the Italian's concerns over the club's ambitions. And The Mirror now claim Ten Hag, who was one of the original candidates, is back in the frame.

a group of people playing football on a field: Fonseca's eye-catching style and willingness to promote youngsters are admirable qualities © Provided by Daily Mail Fonseca's eye-catching style and willingness to promote youngsters are admirable qualities

All that remains for the deal to be completed is an agreement on the paperwork and the final signing off from Levy, who is understood to be in the Bahamas with main shareholder Joe Lewis.

The Portuguese guided Roma to the Europa League semi finals this season, but were dumped out by runners-up Manchester United. Former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has since taken the job that was vacated by Fonseca.

The 48-year-old was not the club's first choice but his track record of developing youngsters, as well as his capacity to play eye-catching football has held sway.

Fonseca was a candidate for the Tottenham job before Pochettino was appointed in 2014 and is in a similar mould to the Argentine as a manager in his ability to work with tight budgets as well as trusting youth players.

Tottenham 'set to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager'

  Tottenham 'set to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager' Reports in Italy suggest Conte is on his way to London to finalise a move while talkSPORT have claimed that both Conte and Paratici have agreed to join Spurs following successful talks. Spurs have been in talks with Conte about their head coach vacancy, with the Italian seen as the front-runner to land the job.

Pochettino was linked with a sensational return to Spurs last month, but the complexities involved in prising the former boss from Paris Saint-Germain proved an obstacle too big for Levy and Spurs.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Spurs want the deal wrapped up before Fabio Paratici's unveiling as sporting director © Provided by Daily Mail Spurs want the deal wrapped up before Fabio Paratici's unveiling as sporting director Read more

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Spurs have not had a director of football since 2008, but have been pushing to bring Paratici to north London as they look to rebuild after the departure of Jose Mourinho. More to followSpurs have not had a director of football since 2008, but have been pushing to bring Paratici to north London as they look to rebuild after the departure of Jose Mourinho.

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