Tottenham canceled their move a little over 24 hours ago to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager. after they believe they are close to an agreement. The London club is poised to hire Fabio Paratici as sporting director, with chairman Daniel Levy driving a return to a two-tier management structure.
However, they have cooled down in Conte now. The ex-Chelsea manager, who left Internazionale after leading them to the Serie A title, was worried about the demands and whether he would commit to bloodletting the young players.
Conte didn't seem like an unlikely target to replace José Mourinho, who didn't quite fit the manager profile Levy had. Although negotiations have progressed quickly this week, he has made it clear he wants to.
The big question is how much money Conte will charge to oversee the remodeling of the roster, which seems overdue and where Levy can be found, assuming a large sum – given the Spurs have been hit hard, he said. Levy can raise a large sum by selling his talisman, Harry Kane, which indicates that the team wants to leave, but the president opposes the idea.
It is unclear whether the Spurs will return to the negotiating table. If Conte were to loosen his demands, but Friday night that seemed unlikely, leaving Levy to consider his next move. Levy sacked Mourinho in April – the Spurs finished the season under inexperienced interim manager Ryan Mason and sought a permanent replacement.
Levy said he wanted the new manager to “embrace our desire to see young players from our academy evolve alongside seasoned talent.” In general, Mourinho's predecessor Mauricio Pochettino is known to be looking for a figure in the mold of Mauricio Pochettino, who has worked wonders on a relatively small budget and has developed a team of young players.
Conte left Inter last week because he was not satisfied with their plan to sell €80m worth of players this summer to close the gaps in their balance sheets. He wanted support for new signings and a bigger chance to win the title. The collapse of the likely Conte deal will further put pressure on Levy after a disastrous season in which the team fell from a promising position in December.
Mourinho was sacked six days before the Carabao Cup. A recent defeat to Manchester City and Levy received universal condemnation for his rush to join the ultimately doomed European Super League. Kane's condition brought further discomfort. He wants to leave after deciding he can't win trophies at the boyhood club, and if "Mr Tottenham" no longer believes in them, it's obviously very damaging.
The money talks are over. Apart from what happened with Conte, and provided that final talks go as expected, the man who worked for years as sporting director will again join the Spurs at Juventus. Working with Conte in three of these years, Paratici won 19 trophies in Juventus.
Levy has previously employed Paul Mitchell, Franco Baldini, Damien Comolli, Frank Arnesen and David Pleat in a sports director or similar role, while Steve Hitchen is now one of the leaders in recruiting.
Earlier on Friday, as doubts began to rise as to whether Conte believed the recommendations by the Spurs, broadcaster DAZN published an interview with him. In it, Conte confirmed that he was ready to work again outside of his home country of Italy, but also emphasized that he wanted to stay competitive.
“I want to have more experience abroad,” Conte said. “I guess I'm not just someone who is content with a comfortable situation. Instead, I always chose the most difficult situation.
“I gained everything I could gain as a player, but I also lost a lot,” Conte added. “When you lose, you want to never experience it again, so when you become a coach you do everything to convey that to your players. It's all because of your scars and wanting to avoid getting more.”
Levy reviewed several candidates for the manager role, including Eric Ten Hag of Ajax, whose club is still a contender despite sparking a dispute. His contract was extended for one year. He also explored the possibility of bringing back Pochettino, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in January, over suggestions that Argentina was unhappy in the French capital.
PSG stated that they do not want this. Let Pochettino go either way; The manager has two more years of contract.