Tottenham are convinced to appoint Antonio Conte as the new head coach


Tottenham CEO Fabio Paratici is convinced to appoint Antonio Conte as the club’s new head coach, after Nuno Espirito Santo was fired on Monday morning.

Conte was one of several candidates that Spurs were interested in during the summer, before eventually beating up former Wolves boss Nuno.

But the Spurs hierarchy has already removed the Portuguese from his position after just four months in charge, after the 3-0 loss to Manchester United on Saturday made it five defeats in the club’s first 10 Premier League matches.

Attention has quickly returned to Conte, who is still available after not taking another job since leaving Inter at the end of last season.

90min understands that Conte has agreed to talk to Spurs, and the catalyst for the quick approach has been Paratici – who worked in the hierarchy above Conte at Juventus a decade ago.

He spoke to the former Chelsea boss before the decision was made to fire Nuno, and informed chairman Daniel Levy of his conviction that a deal could be reached with Conte before Spurs face Everton in their next Premier League match.

Prior to that, Spurs will also play in the Europa Conference League against Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday, but it is likely that Ryan Mason – who filled in as interim manager last season when Jose Mourinho was fired from his position – will be on the sidelines of that match.

Conte is a pragmatist and has proven successful. After starting his coaching career at a modest level shortly after retiring as a player, he oversaw the start of Juventus’ nine-year monopoly in Serie A, before finally breaking the dominance of Inter boss last season.

In between, he inspired Chelsea to the Premier League title 2016/17 during his first ever season with work outside his home country Italy, either as a player or coach.

Recently, Conte has been strongly linked to taking over Manchester United, but the Red Devils have not yet pulled the trigger on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who eased the pressure on his shoulders by defeating Spurs in what turned out to be Nuno’s last match.

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