Tottenham identify surprise Antonio Conte replacement amid Mauricio Pochettino update

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Paulo Fonseca came mighty close to joining Tottenham in the summer of 2021 before the club employed Nuno Espírito Santo instead.

Antonio Conte’s future at Tottenham is still up in the air despite the comfortable 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League over the weekend to strengthen their grip of top four.

The Lilywhites returned to form against a Nottingham Forest side who have the worst away record in the league.

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Harry Kane bagged a brace with out-of-form forward Son Heung-min helping himself to a goal too. The South Korean’s sixth league goal after 27 games, and while defender Joe Worrall scored late on and Andre Ayew missed a penalty for Forest, it was a straightforward win to ease the pressure on manager Antonio Conte.

The Italian manager’s contract comes to an end in the summer and there has been little progress in getting him to extend his stay in north London beyond this season. understand there has been discussions between some senior board members with regards to bringing back former manager Mauricio Pochettino, even though that will require chairman Daniel Levy swallowing his pride and re-employing the man he sacked in 2019.

Another challenge in bringing Pochettino back is that Fabio Paratici, the club’s Managing Director of Football prefers Lille boss Paulo Fonseca.  Paratici is the one literally running Tottenham at the moment and hiring Pochettino will mean he’ll have to shed some of his powers to the Argentine manager.

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Daniel Levy will also have to admit that he made a mistake in sacking the club’s most successful manager in recent years, especially firing him less than six months after he masterminded the miracle of Amsterdam and qualified the team to its first ever Champions League final.

Current boss Conte is expected to see out what is left of his contract and with the focus now shifted to producing a winning streak, especially now that they have just one game every week until the end of the campaign.

The Italian manager and his coaching staff believe they were brought in to qualify Tottenham for the Champions League again. If they can achieve this for the second year running, it will be seen as a massive improvement given the state of the team when they took over.

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