Following a breakdown in negotiations, Tottenham has called off their intention to appoint Antonio Conte as their new head coach. Negotiations were deadlocked on Friday evening, with Spurs concerned about several of Conte’s demands, notably a refusal to work with the club’s potential young players.
Conte ended his contract with Inter Milan one year early last month, just days after leading the team to its first Italian Serie A title in 11 years. He has recently surfaced as a candidate to take over at Tottenham Hotspur, who fired Jose Mourinho in April.
According to the reports by BBC, Sky Sports, and The Guardian, negotiations between Conte and Tottenham have come to a halt due to the Italian manager’s desire to reconfigure the squad and if he would commit to developing young players for the future.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Conte wanted to bring in more than four members of his own backroom team, but Spurs were hesitant to allow this, and there was also some ground to make up on pay expectations.
Conte remained unconvinced that Spurs were a club equipped to win championships right away after evaluating the role for several days. The Italian has five league crowns in the last ten years and is hunting for another ‘winning project.’ He wanted to know if it was possible to close the gap on the top four or five Premier League teams in a short period of time.
Antonio Conte is not joining Tottenham at current conditions, confirmed. He’s not convinced about project and staff members. Big difference on salary proposal too. ⚪️🚨 #THFC
Paratici is expected to accept Spurs job.
Spurs will look for different managers, as per @matt_law_dt.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 4, 2021