Spurs are poised to hire Paulo Fonseca as their next manager this week on a three-year contract. Following the breakdown of discussions with former Chelsea and Inter manager Antonio Conte, Spurs’ new director of football, Fabio Paratici, made a bid for the former Roma manager. Read more about Tottenham Hotspur closing in on the appointment of Paulo Fonseca as their next manager below.
Over the weekend, talks moved smoothly, with Fonseca agreeing in principle to take over at Spurs, where he would succeed José Mourinho, who replaced him at Roma.
The deal to hire Conte, who left Inter after winning the Serie A title, fell through because Spurs were concerned about the Italian’s expectations and whether he would commit to developing young players.
Tottenham is poised to make Fonseca’s debut as soon as Wednesday. The contract is believed to be structured as a two-year pact with a one-year extension option.
At Roma, Fonseca found himself in a difficult situation. The team had recently lost out on the Champions League and was facing a difficult reorganization due to Monchi’s costly transfer market blunders.
The Friedkin Group and owner Jim Pallotta then launched buyout discussions, which paused when the epidemic struck and re-started during the summer.
When Monchi’s successor, Gianluca Petrachi, was fired from his position, a void was created in the club, leaving Fonseca exposed. With all of the uncertainties, the work was not simple.
Under the Portuguese, Roma played some slick football and advanced to a European semi-final, but his poor record in key Serie A games and a repeat of missing out on the top four led Roma’s new owners to abandon what they had inherited.
Paratici is an Italian former footballer who worked with Juventus for eleven years in several management positions, including chief football officer. With a goodbye news conference conducted on Friday, June 4, Juventus stated last week that his contract will not be extended. Between 2011 and 2014, Paratici worked with Conte at Juventus, where the team won three straight Serie A titles.