Spurs Call Off Talks with Conte Over Becoming Their Manager
Tottenham Hotspurs have abruptly called off their plans to appoint Antonio Conte as their new head coach following a breakdown in talks.
A potential appointment at Spurs would have marked a return to England for the 51-year-old Antonio Conte after he left Chelsea three years ago.
However, on Friday evening, negotiations between Spurs and Conte were at a standstill with the former holding concerns over some of Conte’s demands that included a reluctance to work with promising young players.
Conte 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 the League Champions, Manchester City.
Reports in Italy also suggested Conte had his reservations over Tottenham’s ability and was frustrated by the club’s refusal to allow him more than four members of the coaching staff.
After days of consideration, Conte remained unconvinced Spurs were a team ready to win trophies immediately. Thereafter, with major doubts surrounding the Italian coach on becoming Tottenham’s next boss, he was inclined to turn the offer down.
Similarly, at Spurs, sources insist the Italian’s demands proved unrealistic during talks and he was ultimately deemed a poor fit for the club.
Meanwhile, the end of talks with Conte leaves Spurs at a point where they can make a final attempt to prize former manager Mauricio Pochettino back from Paris Saint-Germain or turn to Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.
However, it is unclear if Spurs are in a position to spend big this summer with the side still continuing to pay off their £1.2 billion new stadium and reeling from the financial impact of the pandemic.
Regardless, Fabio Paratici, who left Juventus last month and had worked with Conte between 2011 and 2014 remains close to joining the Premier League side as their new sporting director.