Tottenham makes U-turn on the appointment of Conte as new manager

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Tottenham have called off plans to appoint Antonio Conte as their new head coach following a breakdown in talks.

Negotiations were at a standstill on Friday evening, with Spurs holding concerns over some of Conte’s demands including a reluctance to work with promising young players at the club.

According to Sky Italy, Conte had major doubts about becoming Tottenham’s next head coach and was inclined to turn the offer down.

Fabio Paratici, who left Juventus last month and worked with Conte between 2011 and 2014, remains close to joining Spurs as their new sporting director.

After considering the role for several days, Conte remained unconvinced Spurs were a team ready to win trophies immediately.

The Italian has won five league titles in the last decade and is looking for another ‘winning project’.

He was trying to understand if it were possible to bridge the gap with the top four or five Premier League teams in a short period of time, with Spurs having finished 24 points behind champions Manchester City.

Conte’s record as club manager since 2011

2011Siena2nd (P, Serie B)
2012JuventusChampions (Serie A)
2013JuventusChampions (Serie A)
2014JuventusChampions (Serie A)
2017ChelseaChampions (Premier League)
2018Chelsea5th (Premier League)
2020Inter Milan2nd (Serie A)
2021Inter MilanChampions (Serie A)

It is understood Spurs would not have pressured him to win trophies.

Conte may now decide to take a year out of management.

Tottenham’s Premier League finishes since 2011-12

2011-124th
2012-135th
2013-146th
2014-155th
2015-163rd
2016-172nd
2017-183rd
2018-194th
2019-206th
2020-217th

A potential appointment would have marked a return to England for the 51-year-old three years after he left Chelsea, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup during two seasons in charge.

Conte joined Chelsea after Euro 2016 having previously coached Italy for two years.

Spurs have been searching for a new permanent manager since sacking Jose Mourinho in April. Ryan Mason took temporary charge for the remainder of the season as the club finished seventh in the Premier League.

Last week, it emerged Mauricio Pochettino was in talks with Spurs over a sensational return to the club after less than six months in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

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