June 13, 2021

Tottenham ‘in talks’ with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca over becoming new manager

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Tottenham’s search for a new manager looks to be finally nearly over with the club reportedly in talks with former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca.

Spurs have been without a permanent coach since sacking Jose Mourinho in April, with Ryan Mason taking charge on a temporary basis until the end of the season.

But according to Sky Italy seemingly out of nowhere they have turned to Portuguese 48-year-old Fonseca, who is believed to have a good relationship with Fabio Paratici – soon to be Spurs’ new sporting director.

And there are not expected to be any issues, with Fonseca likely to be confirmed within hours.

Spurs have been linked with a whole host of big names in the last few months, including Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Erik ten Hag, but have been left hugely frustrated.

Tottenham look set to appoint Paolo Fonseca as their new manager
Tottenham look set to appoint Paolo Fonseca as their new manager

Pochettino was initially believed to be their first choice for a sensational return to north London, but despite the Argentinean reportedly being keen on a comeback, Paris Saint-Germain were unwilling to let him go.

It seemed they were closing in on Conte for some time, but the ex-Chelsea man’s demands proved too great for Daniel Levy and co, and talks eventually collapsed.

Fonseca started his managerial career in his native Portugal, taking charge of the likes of Porto and Braga before making the move to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2016.

He spent three years in Ukraine, winning the league in every season before joining Roma in June 2019.

He led his side to fifth place in Serie A in his first campaign, but they finished in a disappointing seventh position in the 2020-21 campaign, although they did make it to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Fonseca’s appointment would be Levy’s 11th permanent managerial one since he became chairman, and he will be desperately hoping it works out this time around.

Levy has come under mounting pressure in recent months from Spurs supporters over the club’s lack of success on the pitch along with the controversy surrounding the European Super League.

The decision would ironically mean that Fonseca and Mourinho would be effectively switching jobs, with the latter having agreed to become Roma manager from the start of next season.

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