BREAKING NEWS: Tottenham turn to former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca – Jose Mourinho’s predecessor at the Serie A club – as Spurs ‘meet with Portuguese boss over three-year deal’ for head coach role
- Tottenham are speaking to Paulo Fonseca over their head coach role, say reports
- Fonseca was let go by Roma last season and was replaced by Jose Mourinho
- Spurs are reportedly discussing a potential three-year deal with Fonseca
- Daniel Levy has missed out on several managers, including Antonio Conte
Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is set to become the new Tottenham manager, according to reports in Italy.
Spurs have struggled to find the long-term successor to Jose Mourinho as head coach, with the Portuguese boss sacked by owner Daniel Levy in April amid a string of poor performances.
Levy has tried to hire former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and former Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte since the end of the season.
Tottenham are discussing a three-year contract with Paulo Fonseca (right), say reports in Italy
Fonseca would be the first full-time Spurs boss since Jose Mourinho (above) was let go in April
And various sources, including Sky Sports Italia, claim Fonseca – Mourinho’s predecessor at Roma – and Spurs are deep in negotiations over a three-year contract at the north London club.
Roma announced at the start of May that Fonseca was set to leave the club at the end of season, just hours before their Europa League semi-final second-leg with Manchester United.
While Fonseca managed to lead the Serie A club to a European last four tie last season, he only managed to guide the Giallorossi to seventh place in Italy’s top-flight.
Fonseca was let go by Roma at the start of May – and was replaced by Mourinho at the club
A day after their announcement of Fonseca’s departure, Roma announced the appointment of Mourinho as boss, just ten days after he was let go by Spurs.
Fonseca had only been in charge of Roma for two seasons, having led them to fifth place during the 2019-20 campaign. Before moving to Italy, Fonseca was in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk for three years – and he won the Ukrainian top-flight every season.
The 48-year-old has also managed Portuguese giants Porto and Braga during his managerial career, winning the domestic cup with the latter in 2016.
Spurs recently hired former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici in a director of former role and it was believed that the Italian would be joined by countryman Conte.
But talks with Conte came to a standstill last week, frustrating Spurs owner Levy even further as another managerial candidate fell away.
Fonseca is reportedly admired by Paratici, who signed a three-year contract with Tottenham last week.
More to follow.