Sport Levy could revive Spurs by hiring 9x trophy-winner who dubbed Mourinho "a little man" - opinion

00:20  07 may  2021
00:20  07 may  2021 Source:   footballfancast.com

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'He's a little man ' - Remembering Conte and Mourinho 's brief yet iconic rivalry. Mourinho is far from the manager who delivered a Treble for Inter in 2010 but, when he takes on his former Daniel Levy 's Spurs could lure former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte back to the Premier League after Inter Milan Treble winner Marco Materazzi has no problem with Jose Mourinho taking the Roma job.Materazzi

Jose Mourinho 's Roma appointment will see him renew his battle with an old foe. Conte was hired by Chelsea to replace interim manager Guus Hiddink, who himself had been put in charge when Like he has this week, Mourinho quickly landed on his feet and just six months later was hired by Manchester United as Louis A little man . 'You ( Mourinho ) don't know very well what is the situation.

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Another big name has emerged as a potential candidate for Spurs’ vacant managerial role this week…

What’s the word?

According to Corriere dello Sport, the North London side have held positive talks with Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte over a potential return to the Premier League.

It is claimed that the 51-year-old, who was formerly in charge of arch-rivals Chelsea, has kept the door open despite leading the Serie A giants to their first title in 11 years this campaign.

Conte is under contract at the San Siro until 2023 but reportedly would be enticed by the idea of a stimulating challenge such as Spurs, who have not won silverware since 2008, though he does remain committed to Inter for the time being at least.

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Conte was hired by Chelsea to replace interim manager Guus Hiddink, who himself had been put in charge when Mourinho was sacked by the Blues in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. I consider him a little man , I consider him a man with a very low profile.’ It was at this point that Conte basically called out Mourinho for a scrap in the changing rooms, telling BBC Radio 5live: ‘When is the game against United? We can meet in a room. To try and explain about these comments.

José Mourinho and Antonio Conte will meet again in Serie A, but the duo had a tough relationship back in their Premier League days. The first time they met was in 2009 when Conte was in charge of Atalanta and held Inter’s treble-winning side to a 1-1 stalemate in Bergamo. "Everybody can analyse from different perspectives but we all watch the match until the red card and after the red card. So we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given," Mourinho said. The Italian’s reply came thick and fast as he attacked Mourinho ’s tactics as the Red

A serial winner

Given that Spurs had targeted some intriguing options, including Julian Naglemann, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers, and missed out on them all, Conte is certainly the calibre of manager they should now be gunning for.

Some of the names mooted with the vacancy are simply underwhelming, especially with the Lilywhites on a downward trend. It was only in 2019 that they made the Champions League final, and now they have struggled to make it past the Round of 16 in the Europa League and are out of top-four contention.

This has been something that talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham alluded to this week.

“I look at the lack of goals and think it’s got to get better than that. [Graham] Potter, [Scott] Parker or Eddie Howe – and then I look at Antonio Conte, who’s just won the title at Inter Milan,” he said. “That’s who Spurs should be trying to attract to their football club. If they go with any of the first three, with the greatest of respect to them, there’s no way [Harry] Kane stays.”

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Mourinho 's apparent unease over transfer budget and his refusal to move out of the hotel he stays in led to speculation over his future. He took charge of United in 2016. He will drag man united down into the sewers. He is the most hated person in football and he will hurt uniteds global brand. Chelsea finally realised that after his treatment of players and the club doctor. he feuds with all the coaches and then the arrogance to blame the others, conte was right he is a little man .

Mourinho 's frustrations were evident at the final whistle as he remonstrated with Conte about his behaviour on the touchline, feeling the Italian had "humiliated" him and his team with his hysterical celebrations. Italian TV reported that he angrily said to his rival at the final whistle: "You don't The United boss was reluctant to return fire directly, but couldn't resist a subtle acknowledgement of the efforts made by the former Juventus midfielder in elaborately restoring his hairline. "I don't know," he said. "I could answer in many different ways but I'm not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio

The Italian has won a total of nine major honours throughout his managerial career, including a Premier League and FA Cup at Stamford Bridge, something that the aforementioned trio of names can’t even get close to combined.

He has got Inter back to their very best, averaging 2.1 points and 2.03 goals per game at an impressive win rate of 62.2%, which is far above the 52% which saw Mourinho sacked.

Club legend Javier Zanetti, now I Nerazzurri vice-president, lavished Conte in praise in a recent interview, he told Ansa (via CultofCalcio): “This victory was born two years ago when Conte and his staff first walked into our training centre. They brought a top-notch working culture and begun transmitting the correct mindset.”

CEO Giuseppe Marotta also waxed lyrical about the Italian, claiming he’s “transparent” and is a “winner.”

Some Spurs fans may soon forget his Chelsea links as he once labelled Mourinho “a little man” and “fake,” especially as many in N17 were glad to see the back of the man they dubbed a “dinosaur” in his final few months in charge.

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Conte insisted Mourinho is a ' little man ' for consistently insulting him. The Italian went on to claim the Manchester United manager is 'fake'. Antonio Conte extended his extraordinary war of words with Jose Mourinho on Saturday night by dismissing the Manchester United manager as a ' little man in the past, a little man in the present and a little man in the future'.

Inter boss Antonio Conte has welcomed the return of Jose Mourinho to Serie A and insists he has no problems with the newly appointed Roma manager. Just two weeks after being sacked by Tottenham , the self-proclaimed Special One has already landed a new job and will take over the reins of the The two managers clashed repeatedly during their time in the Premier League while Conte was in charge of another of Mourinho ’s old clubs, Chelsea . Countless insults were exchanged between the two, with the then Manchester United manager getting personal when he referenced his counterpart’s hair

Conte has fixed the Portuguese’s mess before, too.

The ‘Special One’ left the Blues in peril before they went onto register their worst-ever finish since 1996, placing tenth. In came the former Juventus boss, who clinched the title in his very first season – some turnaround, and surely a hugely appealing prospect for Spurs.

If Levy wants to get his club back on track, then there cannot be many candidates better than the Italian veteran this summer. He must throw the chequebook at him.

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