Tottenham Hotspur in talks to appoint former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca

Tottenham Hotspur are speaking to Paulo Fonseca in their ongoing search for a new manager.

Tottenham are reported to be in advanced talks to sign Paulo Fonseca as their new manager. Fonseca is set to sign a three year deal with the English club but no agreement has been reached yet. The two parties are still in talks and Spurs are confident of their chances to sign Fonseca as their new manager.

Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman Daniel Levy has been on the lookout for a new manager since April after sacking Jose Mourinho despite the Portuguese guiding the North London club to a Carabao League Cup final. Former Spurs Ryan Mason was appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season. Since then Mourinho has been signed as the new AS Roma manager after Fonseca’s sacking from the Italian club in May, just hours before their Europa League semi-final second-leg with Manchester United. Fonseca has in turn been offered the Tottenham job.

Before focusing his attempts on hiring Fonseca, Daniel Levy also made an unsuccessful attempt to lure Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino back to the club for a second stint just a year and a half after his sacking. Antonio Conte, who left Inter Milan at the end of the season after winning the Serie A title with the club was also approached. Spurs had reportedly signed Conte’s former Director of Football at Juventus, Fabio Paratici to lure the former Inter boss to London but funding and other demands of the Italian coach were not met, and resulted in him dropping out of the candidate’s list. Fabio Paratici is however set to be announced next week as Spurs’ new sporting director. Paratici has reportedly been involved in talks to appoint Fonseca as the new manager.

Fonseca won three successive doubles in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk between 2016 and 2019, as well as a Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2016 and a Portuguese Super Cup with Porto in 2013.

Mourinho and Fonseca could go head to head next year and compete for the inaugural Conference League trophy after Roma and Spurs qualified for UEFA’s new club competition by finishing seventh in their respective leagues.

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