Tottenham ‘are about to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager’ after reaching an agreement with the Italian boss…
- Antonio Conte has reportedly agreed to become Tottenham’s new manager
- Reports suggest Italian boss will complete a move in the coming days
- Ex-Juve chief Fabio Paratici is also appointed as sporting director of the club
- Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho on April 19 and missed two goals
Tottenham are reportedly planning to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager, and a move for ex-Juventus chief Fabio Paratici is expected to be completed at the same time.
Reports in Italy suggest Conte is heading to London to complete a move while talkSPORT have claimed that both have agreed to join Spurs after successful talks.
Spurs are in talks with Conte about their vacancy as head coach, with the Italian seen as a frontrunner to land the job.
Antonio Conte becomes the new Tottenham manager after successful talks
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy (left) has been searching for Jose Mourinho’s successor for more than a month
Paratici, who is also reportedly wanted by a number of top clubs, spent 11 years at Juventus, where he helped Conte lead the club back to the top of Italian football.
The Spurs still have no manager, despite Jose Mourinho’s resignation on April 19 after missing two main targets Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers.
Importantly, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is behind the prospect of naming the Italian, despite his past with one of his club’s arch-rivals in the capital.
Spurs have also explored the possibility of bringing Mauricio Pochettino back, but luring him out of his current position at Paris Saint-Germain is proving complicated, despite the Argentine seeking a return to north London.
The French club insist Pochettino will stay and have even put an extra year on his contract, making it all the more difficult to get him out.
Conte quit Inter Milan just weeks after dreaming up their first Scudetto win in nine years
To appoint Pochettino, the former Southampton boss would have to give up his job in Paris. Even then, Tottenham would have to pay PSG compensation over the notice period of his current contract.
Hiring Conte would prove to be a much easier exercise as he is currently a free agent following his departure from Inter Milan. The fact that he has experience with the Premier League is a clear draw for Spurs, who have also thought of Graham Potter of Brighton and Erik ten Hag of Ajax.
Conte thrilled Chelsea when he arrived in 2016 and won the Premier League title in his first season – seven points ahead of second-placed Spurs. But its combustible nature was never too far from the surface.
His intensity was undoubtedly one of the main drivers of Chelsea’s form, while his early decision to switch to a back three was seen as a tactical masterstroke.
However, Conte’s fiery temper saw him clash with Diego Costa midway through their title-winning season over the then-Spanish forward’s condition and attempts to secure a money-grubbing move to China.
The 51-year-old Italian won the 2016/17 Premier League in his first season with Chelsea
Conte posted this photo to Instagram on Wednesday with the caption: ‘It’s a beautiful day’
Conte got into a series of flaming fights with Costa before having his influential goalscorer out of the roster for an extended period of time. He also got into infamous spats with the club’s board over frustrations over his lack of control over Chelsea’s transfer strategy. His relationship with certain members of the club’s hierarchy was non-existent by the time he left Stamford Bridge in 2018.
Conte craves control, but history tells us he won’t necessarily get that luxury at Tottenham.
Levy runs a tight ship; it may have to tighten up even more in the coming months and years as the club pays for their new stadium and adjusts financially due to the cost of covid.
But his proven track record of making an immediate impact at clubs was evident not only during his first season as manager at Stamford Bridge, but also at Inter Milan, where he won the Serie A title in his second campaign after only was one point behind. conquering Juventus in its opening year.