Writing on Twitter, reliable Tottenham Hotspur correspondent Alasdair Gold has shared a major managerial development now coming out of N17 involving Antonio Conte.
The Lowdown: Spurs and the Conte hunt…
The Italian emerged as a frontrunning candidate for the vacant Spurs job following difficulties in acquiring former favourite Mauricio Pochettino from Paris-Saint Germain.
Indeed, PSG made life difficult for Tottenham in pursuit of the Argentine and have been determined not to let him leave – resulting in the club starting to focus on Conte as an alternative.
Spurs have held extensive discussions with the 51-year-old over this last week.
The Latest: Gold shares major development…
Now, writing on Twitter, yet another twist has emerged in Spurs’ hunt for an heir to former boss Jose Mourinho – who they sacked in late April.
Spurs have been without a manager for over six weeks now and the wait shows no sign of ending after this latest update.
Backing previous reports, Gold has shared that Spurs’ interest in bringing Conte to N17 has reached its conclusion.
Alas, Tottenham have now ‘pulled the plug’ on talks with the Premier League title-winning boss – despite there being plenty of promise early in negotiations.
“Word just now coming out of Spurs that they’ve completely pulled plug on talks with Conte,” explained the reporter on social media.
“Despite promising early discussions. Utter mess from Spurs really.
“Went in a completely different direction to what they were looking for initially with a very different type of manager and character and then weirdly shocked when they realised he didn’t fit their means or that profile they were looking for.
“Bizarre waste of a week or so.”
The Verdict: Big blow, but hardly surprising…
Losing out on a manager with Conte’s pedigree comes as a massive disappointment for Lilywhites supporters.
Indeed, he appeared to be a very credible option given his record with previous clubs – especially considering his impressive haul of eight major trophies across three different clubs (Transfermarkt).
He has also averaged an impressive 2.01 points per match across his managerial career.
However, given Spurs’ financial struggles and Conte’s demanding nature, this is hardly a shock.
Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy confirmed his checklist for the type of manager he wants in his annual end of season letter to supporters, with the ex-Chelsea gaffer arguably not fitting into any of the boxes.
It is also unlikely Levy would have been able to back Conte sufficiently in the transfer market this summer.
As Simon Jordan put it on talkSPORT, it would have been a ‘match made in hell’.
In other news: BBC pundit thrilled by ‘great news’ for Spurs, find out more here.
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