Conte ‘ready to accept’ Spurs with ‘talks in final stages’

Date published: Monday 1st November 2021 10:33 - Will Ford

Man Utd-linked Antonio Conte adjusts his scarf

Tottenham are reportedly feeling ‘more than confident’ of persuading Antonio Conte to be their next manager.

Nuno Espirito Santo was relieved of his duties on Monday after just four months in charge.

A club statement read: ‘The Club can today announce that Nuno Espírito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties.

‘Fabio Paratici, Managing Director, Football, said: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.

“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”

“A further coaching update will follow in due course.”

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And it’s claimed that “further coaching update” could be to announce Conte as their new boss.

Fabrizio Romano tweeted: ‘Tottenham board feeling ‘more than confident’ to convince Antonio Conte and appoint him as new manager to replace Nuno. Talks progressing right now with Conte’s camp.

‘He’s asking an important plan for next transfers window and long-term contract. Paratici is on it.’

He continued: ‘Antonio Conte is ready to accept Tottenham proposal. Talks underway and understood to be ‘at final stages’ – salary and long term contract discussed but he seems convinced to say ‘yes’. #THFC Negotiations to continue in the next few hours in order to complete the agreement.’

The Times claimed that the club were ‘reluctant to sack Nuno before lining up a replacement’, which suggests they are indeed confident that Conte is set to take the helm.

They want to avoid repeating the ‘farce’ that occurred as they ‘lurched from one candidate to another’ in a search for someone to take over from Jose Mourinho, after they sacked the Portuguese boss in April.

That report claims the club would also be ‘keen to re-hire Mauricio Pochettino’, while Sergio Conceicao is also thought to be in the frame.

Levy said when he hired Nuno that the manager could restore Spurs’ “DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football” and build “something special”, but the side have scored just nine goals in ten games and the Spurs chairman was ‘furious with the manner of the defeat to Manchester United’.

But it appears the club could be about to appoint their ‘top target’ from the summer…


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