Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry believes that Antonio Conte’s potential appointment at Tottenham Hotspur broke down because of Daniel Levy’s demands relating to young players.
Conte was heavily linked with a move to Spurs as the club look to appoint a replacement for Jose Mourinho.
Reports suggested at the time that the two parties were engaged in talks over the Italian becoming the club’s new manager.
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However, they broke down, with Spurs said to have walked away from negotiations, amid a flurry of discontent from Spurs fans.
Reports now suggest that Paulo Fonseca, the former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma manager, could be the man to replace Mourinho in the dugout.
Fry believes that talks with Conte broke down because of Spurs’ desire to blood youngsters and bring through talent from the club’s academy, something which goes against the ex-Chelsea manager’s philosophy.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, he said: “Reading between the lines, I think Daniel Levy said to him, ‘we want to bring some of our youngsters through and blah blah blah’ and he said, ‘I’m sorry, I want to win things, I want recognised players that’s already proved it, I’m not coming to you to develop your young players’.”
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