Tottenham are in superior talks to nominate former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as their new head coach.
As first reported by Sky in Italy, the Portuguese is predicted to signal a three-year deal however nothing has been agreed but between the 2 events.
Former Juventus switch chief Fabio Paratici, who is because of be introduced as Spurs’ new sporting director this week, has been concerned within the course of.
Spurs have turned to Fonseca after their plans to nominate Antonio Conte as Jose Mourinho’s substitute collapsed final week following a breakdown in negotiations with the Italian.
The membership additionally tried to lure Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino again to north London a yr and a half after his sacking, however had been unsuccessful.
The previous Porto, Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk head coach has been with no function since leaving Roma on the finish of the season, with Mourinho named his successor on the Stadio Olimpico.
Fonseca failed to steer Roma again into the Champions League throughout his two years accountable for the Serie A membership, securing a fifth-placed end in his first marketing campaign adopted by seventh place this season.
He introduced Roma to the Europa League semi-finals this yr after beating former sides Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk in addition to Ajax however ultimately misplaced out to Manchester United.
The Portuguese was criticised for his failure to realize ends in crunch Serie A video games, as he managed solely 4 wins in 24 outings towards Italy’s prime sides since his arrival in 2019.
Fonseca received three successive doubles accountable for Shakhtar Donetsk between 2016 and 2019, in addition to a Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2016 and a Portuguese Tremendous Cup with Porto in 2013.
Mourinho and Fonseca may go face to face subsequent yr and compete for the inaugural Convention League trophy after Roma and Spurs certified for UEFA’s new membership competitors by ending seventh of their respective leagues.
Evaluation: Has Levy simply run out of choices?
Former Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown instructed Sky Sports activities:
“To start with, I am very shocked because it’s Jose Mourinho’s predecessor at Roma of all people who Daniel Levy is concentrating on. Is he the precise choice for a Spurs crew that’s in transition? It is a tough state of affairs for whoever goes into the soccer membership given the change that should happen.
“He is received expertise, coming as much as his 600th sport as a supervisor aged 48 and he is received some titles with Shakhtar Donetsk nevertheless it did not go so nicely throughout his time at Roma. They completed fifth within the league, and they’d have anticipated much more.
“He took them to the semi-finals of the Europa League, nevertheless it has come as a little bit of a shock. Final week, the stories had been that Antonio Conte was the goal so that you surprise now if Levy has simply run out of choices.
“Followers perceive the strain on Levy now to herald a person to ship trophies. Questions can be requested as they need the perfect and somebody who can ship on these guarantees.
“Gamers may nonetheless go away the membership so it is an enormous summer time for Levy, and this appointment of somebody who is not in a task is not as enticing as one with titles beneath his belt or has been within the Premier League. What kind of funding goes to be there with a purpose to enhance the squad.
“It’ll be extraordinarily tough for whoever takes the job. It is a squad with expertise however one that’s lacking in gamers in sure positions to push the crew in direction of the highest finish of the league. Perhaps Spurs is not a horny possibility in the meanwhile given the uncertainty over the star participant.
“The brand new coaching floor and the stadium is spectacular, however the supporters now need the trophies. Whenever you are available in as not the primary selection, that may be tough for the remainder of the gamers within the dressing room.
“The speaking level can be that Fonseca was the person changed by Jose at Roma and the supporters will react to it. However Levy and his crew must be revered and can be vetting each candidate. It’s a must to give him an opportunity. He is earned his attempt within the Premier League nevertheless it would not look good when Mourinho has gone the opposite method.”