Tottenham identify Premier League boss as ‘frontrunner to replace Conte’ – two alternatives named

Date published: Friday 6th May 2022 7:41 - Lewis Oldham

Tottenham boss Conte

According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur have a three-man shortlist to replace Antonio Conte in case the Italian opts to leave during the summer.

Conte has been Tottenham’s manager since November. He penned an 18-month deal which included the option of a further year.

Spurs have fared well under the Italian. They have won 18 of his 32 games in charge across all competitions.

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The ex-Chelsea boss has been linked with a move to PSG in recent weeksTheir current boss Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure following their disappointing Champions League exit.

The Telegraph are reporting that Brighton manager Graham Potter is the ‘frontrunner’ to replace Conte if the latter leaves.

Potter was linked with Spurs last summer and he has enjoyed another successful season with the Seagulls. They are currently ninth in the Premier League.

The report adds that Tottenham would have to pay Brighton £10m to get Potter. It is said that Pochettino and Italy boss Roberto Mancini are the alternatives.

Conte said on Friday that he would happily commit his future to Tottenham if he was guaranteed the same working environment that Jurgen Klopp operates in at Liverpool.

Klopp has been given time and hefty backing in the transfer market, with key additions Mohamad Salah, Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz helping propel them to new heights.

Conte, whose side visit Anfield on Saturday night, would love similar backing in north London and said spending money is the only way to guarantee success.

Asked whether Spurs are in a similar position now to Liverpool were when Klopp took over in 2015, the Italian said: “I don’t know but if I was sure this type of situation can happen, I sign, you understand?

“But also the time for Liverpool was easier than now because when Liverpool started this work with Jurgen, they were a top team but not in a way they are now – so consolidated with an important manager, always the same team, big investment, big money spent on the transfer market.

“They had also the right space to improve and reach this.

“Now, in my opinion, I am talking about this league, it is more difficult because the space is not so big.

“To reduce this gap, you need to spend a lot of money because you need to buy important players. You have to know this otherwise you cannot reduce this gap and hope always for a miracle.”


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