It looks like it’s only a matter of time before Tottenham Hotspur announce Antonio Conte as their new manager, but a new report suggests that the Italian wasn’t Daniel Levy‘s preferred option.
Spurs confirmed on Monday that Nuno Espirito Santo had been sacked after just four months at the helm. The Portuguese tactician never really looked a good fit for Tottenham, but he was given the job anyway and it just didn’t work out.
The defeat to Manchester United convinced the fans and the board that Nuno had to go. He was relieved of his duties yesterday, and it looks like Spurs could finally get Conte now, just a few months after he rejected them.
Fabio Paratici, who knows Conte really well, is the driving force behind this appointment. However, Spurs’ big boss, Levy, wasn’t initially on board with the idea of bringing in the Italian to replace Nuno.
At one point in the summer, before Nuno was given the job, 48-year-old Paulo Fonseca seemed the favourite to take over at Tottenham. It even looked imminent at one point, but talks broke down after days of negotiations.
Levy, who had built some sort of a relationship with Fonseca then, wanted to go back in for him, according to The Mirror. Scott Parker was also one of the names on the Spurs chairman’s mind, but Paratici was having none of that.
Tottenham’s sporting director made it absolutely clear that he wanted Conte. He really pushed for his compatriot to get the job, and it looks like he has done something that not many are capable of – make Levy do something that he didn’t really want to do.