Tottenham STILL suffers a blow in their search for a new manager as talks with Antonio Conte stall amid concerns over the club’s ability to win trophies… and Italy’s unlikely to replace Jose Mourinho
- Tottenham have reportedly been chasing Antonio Conte . called off
- The Italian debated an offer to take the hot seat in north LondonL
- Ex-Chelsea boss has reservations about Premier League ambitions
- The latest development is a blow to the club’s manager quest
- Daniel Levy is looking for a successor for the fired Jose Mourinho
Tottenham’s pursuit of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has stalled amid concerns from the Italian over the club’s ambitions.
Talks between Spurs and Conte are ongoing but it is clear that Conte is stuck with Tottenham officials now seriously doubting the former Inter Milan boss’s appointment is possible.
Conte is chairman Daniel Levy’s favorite candidate after missing out on Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers, while bringing Mauricio Pochettino back to the club from Paris Saint-Germain proved complicated.
Tottenham are reportedly on the hunt for former Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte . gave up
Talks with Conte will continue this weekend, but the Spurs need to convince him of their long-term project. Conte, 51, wants assurances that the club will take it seriously and eventually challenge for major silverware.
While Conte held back the Spurs’ offer, the North Londoners were also concerned about the 51-year-old’s age and whether he would give young players any opportunities in the first team.
Fabrizio Romano also reports that Conte was not convinced by the club’s project, nor was he able to bring more than four staffers with him, while there remained a wide gap in salary expectations between the Italian and Spurs chiefs.
Spurs chief Daniel Levy has held talks with Conte over Jose Mourinho takeover
Conte, however, has reservations about the long-term ambitions of the North Londoners
Former Chelsea boss Conte is used to winning trophies and wanted assurances that the club was serious about eventually challenging for big silverware.
Earlier on Friday, Conte revealed he was open to leaving Italy and working abroad, having had success in West London with the Blues.
“I would like to have more experiences abroad,” Conte told DAZN. “I don’t think I’m one to be happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead.
The Spurs were also concerned whether Conte would give youngsters opportunities in the first team elf
This latest development does not affect the club’s pursuit of Fabio Paratici as sporting director
“As a player I have won everything there is to win, but I have also lost a lot. When you lose, there remains a desire in you not to experience that again, so you do everything you can to pass that on to your players when you are a coach. It’s all because of your scars and wants to keep you from getting more.”
Meanwhile, Spurs are continuing their plan to appoint former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, regardless of whether Conte joins.
The Spurs roster is in need of a major overhaul, requiring significant transfer funds and Conte wants assurances that Tottenham are making serious investments in the squad.
Paratici will join a role associated with recruiting players. He will work with the club’s current player transfer staffing structure.