Writing on Twitter, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update involving Antonio Conte after Tottenham’s talks with the Italian manager broke down on Friday evening.
The Lowdown: Spurs manager hunt…
Many names have come in and out of the fray since chairman Daniel Levy opted to sack former boss Jose Mourinho. The likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers were once touted as favourites, but the club has since turned to other targets following repeated blows.
More recently, former Spurs favourite Mauricio Pochettino entered contention after The Athletic broke news of his talks for the job, but Paris-Saint Germain will not let him go easily.
This prompted Tottenham to turn to Conte, but differences over backroom staff, the management of young players and overall ambition saw talks eventually collapse (The Telegraph).
The Latest: Romano makes Conte claim…
After the fallout of those failed discussions with Conte, Romano has shared an update on the 51-year-old and his stance on potentially returning to the table.
Dropping a claim on Twitter, the journalist said that the Premier League title-winning boss hasn’t changed his mind about the Spurs job and not even Fabio Paratici’s imminent appointment as sporting director will convince him otherwise.
“Antonio Conte has not changed his mind about Tottenham in the last 24 hours after Spurs were trying to find a solution to appoint him also yesterday afternoon,” Romano explained on Twitter.
“Not even Fabio Paratici’s imminent agreement to become new Tottenham director of football convinced Conte.”
The Verdict: Blow for Spurs fans…
Some Spurs fans may have liked to see a manager of Conte’s trophy-winning pedigree come through the door at N17. Taking that into account, it’s safe to say this update comes as a blow for those who felt that way.
Spurs legend Graham Roberts recently branded Conte an ‘exceptional coach‘ and his numbers definitely back that statement. Over his managerial career, the former Chelsea gaffer has won eight major trophies whilst averaging a hugely impressive 2.01 points per match and more than 300 victories (Transfermarkt).
Time is running out for Levy to appoint a credible candidate and the options are growing thin.
In other news: Alasdair Gold has now shared ‘good news’ coming out of Tottenham, find out more here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience