Amid the talks with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Erik ten Hag is still a contender for the job at Tottenham Hotspur (The Guardian).
The Lowdown: Spurs in advanced talks, again…
This isn’t the first time Tottenham have entered advanced discussions with a manager in the last fortnight.
Indeed, the Lilywhites made attempts for both Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte recently as well.
Pochettino was said to be eager on a return to north London but current club Paris-Saint Germain were determined to dig their heels in (The Athletic).
Thereafter, talks with Conte emerged, and at one stage he looked likely to take the job.
However, despite promising early discussions, the talks eventually broke down – leaving Spurs back at square one in the manager chase.
News broke on Wednesday night of Tottenham’s fresh managerial offer, this time for former Shakhtar Donetsk boss Fonseca.
The Latest: Romano refuses to rule out ten Hag…
Amid these advanced discussions, reliable journalist Romano has claimed that Spurs could still turn to ten Hag and he remains a contender for the role.
Indeed, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has looked at ‘several’ candidates for the manager’s job and it is believed by the Italian journalist that ten Hag remains in the running for now.
However, as explained by the journalist, Fonseca is the more likely of the pair and is now the Lilywhites’ ‘preferred option’ to succeed Jose Mourinho.
The Verdict: Expect the unexpected…
Some reports have suggested the deal is almost done, but as we’ve learned from the Conte talks, things can change very quickly indeed.
Fonseca is understood to be open to joining Tottenham and a three-year contract has been discussed, but news of ten Hag still being in contention points toward this not being finished just yet.
Lauded as ‘remarkable’ by former striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk to TV station NOS (via Planet Football), Spurs supporters will be glad they are still thinking of alternatives in case talks break down.
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