• February 23, 2024

Paulo Fonseca: Tottenham in talks with ex-Roma boss over manager role

Fonseca won three championship titles in a row with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine

Tottenham have started talks with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca to become their new coach.

Having gotten to the advanced stage of negotiations with Antonio Conte, only to fail the deal, there is understandable caution regarding the situation and no agreement yet.

The 48-year-old Fonseca impressed at Roma but lost his job last month after his side slid to seventh place and were eliminated by Manchester United in the Europa League semi-finals.

There is a sense of irony that Jose Mourinho replacing his Portuguese compatriot in the Italian capital, because if Fonseca got the job at Spurs, he would replace former Chelsea and Manchester United manager, who was sacked by Chairman Daniel Levy in April.

The move bears all the hallmarks of the significant involvement of Tottenham’s new sporting director Fabio Paratici, who joined the club after 11 years at Juventus.

Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri with the Roma after three years with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. The Portuguese also trained in Porto and Braga in his home country.

Between 2016 and 2019, he won three consecutive doubles as coach of Shakhtar, a Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2016 and a Portuguese Supercup with Porto in 2013.

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