Tottenham Hotspur’s new managing director of football Fabio Paratici ‘changed course’ in talks with Paulo Fonseca when he learned of the Portuguese’s preferred formation, according to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness).
It was reported that Paratici had himself picked out Fonseca as a successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by Spurs in April, and Fonseca believed that his appointment was imminent before Spurs pulled the plug on talks.
Spurs briefly pursued Gennaro Gattuso following his abrupt exit from Fiorentina but ended their interest amid a backlash from numerous supporters.
The north London outfit, who finished sixth in last season’s Premier League, have also held unsuccessful talks with Antonio Conte over the vacancy and tried to persuade Mauricio Pochettino to consider a comeback (via BBC Sport).
The report from Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) revealed details of talks held between Paratici and Fonseca at Lake Como in northern Italy.
Fonseca was given assurances that star striker Harry Kane would be retained and he communicated an intention to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, rather than the three-man defence he has tended to favour. This was one of the reasons why Paratici began looking elsewhere.
The report added that Fonseca learned that Tottenham had moved on from him through the media rather than being informed in advance, something which the former Shakhtar and Roma boss didn’t take ‘well at all’.
These feel like hugely significant revelations. Spurs are seemingly determined to switch to a back-three moving forward, making it an essential criterion for a prospective new manager.
Ultimately, the claim that Fonseca wasn’t even informed in advance that he was out of the running only adds to the feeling that Spurs’ managerial hunt has descended into a farce.
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