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Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a surprise candidate to take over as Tottenham manager following reports the former Serie A chief is in ‘advanced talks’ with the north London outfit.
Spurs are still yet to appoint a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by the club in April as they sat seventh in the Premier League table.
Ex-Juventus boss Antonio Conte looked as though he was on course for the job after leaving Inter Milan in May, only for Tottenham to cool their interest and pull out of discussions.
Sky Italy have now reported another Europa League alumnus, Fonseca, could get the nod, and incoming director Fabio Paratici is believed to have had a big hand in his selection.
Former Juve executive Paratici is still poised to assume the director role in north London despite the fact Conte no longer looks likely to reunite with his old colleague in England.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted Tottenham are willing to hand Fonseca a three-year contract, highlighting Paratici’s high opinion of the Portuguese tactician as a factor.
He added Fonseca is “100 per cent open” to joining Spurs provided they’re willing to follow through in their interest.
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The 48-year-old led Roma to a seventh-place finish in Serie A this past season, the club’s lowest league result in nine seasons.
The Giallorossi did also reach the semi-finals of the comments section. before being knocked out by eventual runners-up Manchester United.
Some Spurs supporters may be disheartened to see Fonseca as the leading manager in the frame considering his potential predecessor has already taken over his old job in Rome.
Tottenham have also been linked with the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Erik ten Hag and former boss Manchester City this summer.
Former Spurs striker Mido took to Twitter to air his frustrations with the current situation at his old club, singling out chairman Daniel Levy for criticism: “#tottenham fans should know better.
"Daniel Levy will never bring any manger in who wants full control of the football decisions will never bring in a demanding manager!! That’s why he sacked Poch [Mauricio Pochettino] when he started to ask for more players when he started to compare his team to [Manchester] City.”
Fonseca started his coaching career in his native Portugal, managing top-flight teams like Porto, Braga and Pacos de Ferreira, though never for more than one season at a time.
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He broke that trend after taking Shakhtar Donetsk to three consecutive Ukrainian Premier League titles between 2016 and 2019, when he received the call to take the reins in Rome.
Interim manager Ryan Mason guided Tottenham to four wins and two defeats in their final six games of the Premier League season, but the 29-year-old was never in the running for the permanent gig.
The north Londoners have just recorded their lowest league finish since the 2008/09 campaign after placing seventh, as well as losing the League Cup final to champions Manchester City.
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