Spurs ‘working to close’ deal for new boss in ‘next few hours’

Date published: Sunday 31st October 2021 9:57 - Joe Williams

Spurs-linked Antonio Conte watches his side

Spurs are reportedly losing in on a deal to replace Nuno Espirito Santo with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after Tottenham lost 3-0 to Manchester United on Saturday.

Nuno’s reign at Spurs is only 10 games old, but it already looks in a perilous state as Tottenham fans have rejected his style of play.

They have now gone two hours and 16 minutes without having a shot on target, flying in the face of chairman Daniel Levy’s demands for “attacking, free-flowing and entertaining football” from his new manager.

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Nuno has claimed he is not worried about his future and has asked the Tottenham fans to stick with the team.

“I’m only thinking about the next training session because no words will solve this situation,” Nuno told reporters after their defeat to Man Utd.

“The booing and disappointment of the fans is understandable when they don’t see the team they expect.

“A team that should play – and I truly believe we are better than what we showed today – they’re going to boo. It’s up to us to change the mood.“I believe we can do better and I trust these players. I will support them and stick with them until the end but in a humble way I ask the fans to keep helping us and supporting us so we change.”

However, Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb claim that Spurs are ‘working to close’ a deal to snap up Conte, who is out of work following his departure from Inter Milan in the summer.

Conte has been linked with numerous top jobs in recent months, including the managerial roles at Man Utd and Newcastle, after winning the Scudetto at Inter last season.

TuttoMercatoWeb add that an agreement with Conte to replace Nuno – who is under severe pressure – could come in the ‘next few hours’.

The Premier League club’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, is understood to be ‘betting strongly’ on the appointment of Conte.

Victory for Man Utd over Spurs on Saturday eased pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend.

That reportedly gives Tottenham a window of opportunity to close a deal for Conte to become their new manager.


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