Reports in England suggest that Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with former AS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca for him to be their next manager.
The 48-year-old Portuguese manager would take over the role on a full-time basis after his compatriot Jose Mourinho was sacked in April. It must also be noted that Mourinho has also replaced Fonseca at Roma.
Ryan Mason was the caretaker manager at Spurs after Mourinho’s departure as they finished 7th on the log in the 2020/21 season. It was a disappointing end to the season as was more was expected from them.
Meanwhile, the club have appointed a new Sporting Director in Fabio Paratici who left Juventus after 11 years. This is a big one for Spurs although Daniel Levy’s efforts to replace Jose Mourinho since his departure have not been successful thus far.
Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers was reportedly Spurs’ choice after their top target Julian Nagelsman opted for a move from RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich. However, the Northern Irish manager chose to commit himself to the FA Cup winners.
He also approached former manage Mauricio Pochettino who is presently at PSG but found no success with the effort. Fonseca, who is now being linked with the Spurs job left Roma at the end of the season after failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League with a seventh-place finish in Serie A.
His side were beaten and eliminated by Manchester United from the semifinals of the Europa League, their only viable route to the UCL competition next season.
It can be recalled that he made the move to Roma in 2019 on a two-year deal with an option for a third if they return to the Champions League next season. This was not the case and he was relieved of his position at the club.
Regardless, Fonseca enjoyed major successes in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the league and cup double in all his three seasons with the club. He also won the Ukrainian Super Cup in 2017.
He has previously managed at Pacos Ferreira, Braga, and Porto although it remains to be seen if he’ll be the man to return the North London outfit to the Champions League if he’s hired.