Spurs Turn to Paulo Fonseca In their Faltering Search for a Manager
Tottenham has missed out on their top two targets, Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers, and also failed to lure Antonio Conte, Erik Ten Haag, and Mauricio Pochettino in what has been a frustrating search for a new boss.
Having been identified by incoming sporting director Fabio Paratici, Portuguese boss Fonseca is now the front runner to be named new Spurs boss. He is the latest boss Spurs has spoken to in their bid to replace Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April. Moreover, the 48-year-old Fonseca is open to a Premier League move this summer after he left Roma last season when the club announced at the start of May that he was set to leave the side at the end of the season hours before their Europa League semi-final second-leg with Manchester United.
Interestingly, a day after their announcement of Fonseca’s departure, Roma announced the appointment of Mourinho as boss, two-and-a-half weeks after he was let go by Spurs.
Before moving to Italy, Fonseca was in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk for three years. In Roma where he has been in charge for two seasons, he led them to fifth place in the 2019/20 campaign and also led them to a European last-four tie. The Portuguese coach also managed to guide the Giallorossi to seventh place in Italy’s top-flight thereby qualifying them for the Europe Conference League.
The 48-year-old has also managed Portuguese giants Porto and Braga during his managerial career, winning the domestic cup with the latter in 2016. This means the Portuguese has had the experience of working with some talented players in the past.
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