Tottenham turn to Paulo Fonseca to end faltering search for new manager

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Tottenham are turning to Paulo Fonseca – Jose Mourinho’s predecessor at Roma – in a bid to end the faltering search for a new manager, with the Portuguese boss identified by new sporting director Fabio Paratici after failed moves for Conte, Nagelsmann and Rodgers

  • Tottenham speaks with Paulo Fonseca in their ongoing search for a new boss
  • Talks between Tottenham and Fonseca would be positive
  • Fonseca left Roma at the end of last season and was replaced by Jose Mourinho
  • Sports post understands that Fonseca is fully open to a move to the Premier League
  • Daniel Levy has missed several managers, including Antonio Conte

Tottenham have turned to Paulo Fonseca in their faltering search for a new manager.

The 48-year-old is the latest boss Spurs have spoken to in their bid to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April.

Sports post understands that Fonseca is fully open to a Premier League transfer this summer after leaving Roma last season.

Tottenham now haunt former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca as their new manager

Tottenham now haunt former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca as their new manager

Tottenham have failed in their search for a new manager since Jose Mourinho was sacked

Tottenham have failed in their search for a new manager since Jose Mourinho was sacked

Tottenham have failed in their search for a new manager since Jose Mourinho was sacked

Intriguingly, sources claim Fonseca was a contender to replace Steve Bruce in Newcastle if the failed Saudi takeover had gone through.

Talks with Fonseca are underway and are said to be positive, although there will be some caution regarding Fonseca’s possible appointment at Tottenham.

The club has missed its two main targets, Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers, but also failed to lure Antonio Conte, Erik Ten Haag and Mauricio Pochettino into what has been a frustrating search for a new boss.

Fonseca left Roma in early May - and was replaced by Mourinho at the club

Fonseca left Roma in early May - and was replaced by Mourinho at the club

Fonseca left Roma in early May – and was replaced by Mourinho at the club

But after being identified by upcoming sporting director Fabio Paratici, Portuguese boss Fonseca is now leading the way to become the new Spurs boss.

Roma announced in early May that Fonseca would be leaving the club at the end of the season, just hours before their second leg in the Europa League semi-final with Manchester United.

While Fonseca managed to lead the Serie A club to a European last-four draw just last season, he only managed to pilot the Giallorossi to seventh in Italy’s top tier – qualifying them for the Europa Conference League.

Fonseca (left) won three Ukrainian top-level titles with Shakhtar Donetsk before joining Roma.  came

Fonseca (left) won three Ukrainian top-level titles with Shakhtar Donetsk before joining Roma.  came

Fonseca (left) won three Ukrainian top-level titles with Shakhtar Donetsk before joining Roma. came

A day after announcing Fonseca’s departure, Roma announced Mourinho’s appointment as boss, just two and a half weeks after he was sacked by Spurs.

Fonseca had only led Roma for two seasons, leading them to fifth place during the 2019-20 season. Before moving to Italy, Fonseca was in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk for three years – winning the Ukrainian top flight every season.

The 48-year-old has also managed Portuguese giants Porto and Braga during his managerial career, winning the national cup with the latter in 2016.

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