Tottenham set to appoint Antonio Conte

Tottenham are set to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager, with the former Chelsea boss expected to take training on Tuesday.

Chairman Daniel Levy and managing director Fabio Paratici were locked in dicusssions with Conte on Monday after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked after just four months at the helm.

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There’s been no official announcement from Spurs yet, but BBC report there are no issues left to iron out and the 52-year-old will meet the players and take training on Tuesday.

Conte, who won the Serie A title with Inter Milan last season, lifted the Premier League and FA Cup trophies with Chelsea, before he was sacked in the summer of 2018.

The Italian spoke to Spurs on a number of occasions in the summer as they sought a replacement for Jose Mourinho, but talks broke down, reportedly over a lack of assurances over transfer funds.

Spurs eventually went for Nuno, rumoured to be their eighth choice, after a long and painful search.

The move for Conte was pushed for by Paratici, who worked with him at Juventus and believes he is exactly what the club need to drive them forward.

Jamie Carragher says he saw the Nuno dismissal coming.

“It’s not normal and it doesn’t seem right that a manager would lose his job so early into a season,” Carragher said.

“Ten games is nothing at all, but it’s something that we all saw coming.

“I don’t think anybody thought at the time that Nuno got the Tottenham job that it was a perfect fit. I always thought it would be difficult for him to be there next season.

“But I didn’t envisage that it would happen so quickly, but there have been some really bad results along with poor performances and it was something that you expected sooner rather than later.”

The Sky Sports pundit added that Conte will “need more than 18 months” to turn Spurs around.

“From a selfish point of view, I’d love Conte back in the Premier League,’ Carragher added.

“I think he was a revelation first time around, he’s a brilliant character and personality. I’d love to see him back in the Premier League so I hope it does get done.

“I think a manager is going to need more than 18 months to turn Tottenham around.

“And even though I’m a huge admirer of Antonio Conte and how quickly he enjoyed success with Chelsea and every club he’s been at, I think it would be very difficult to replicate that success in 18 months.

“I think he could need another 18 months on top of that to get Tottenham maybe back to where they were under Pochettino where you thought they had a chance of winning trophies, pushing people for the title, Champions League year in, year out.

“I think there’s a lot of work to be done. Do I think Conte can turn it around in 18 months? I think it’ll be difficult even for a man of his character.”


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