Former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a robust candidate to turn into the subsequent supervisor at Premier League aspect Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese is known to be the primary alternative of incoming director of soccer Fabio Paratici and talks have been held.
Paratici’s arrival at Spurs is about to be introduced within the coming days after his departure from Juventus – the place he had a massively profitable 11-year stint – and he’s already concerned in his new membership’s prolonged managerial search.
It has been 52 days since Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho, who has since discovered work as Fonseca’s substitute at Roma.
The 48-year-old Fonseca, who has additionally managed Shakhtar Donetsk, was sacked in Might, with Mourinho introduced as his successor on the identical day.
A job swap might be on the playing cards if Paratici will get his means however no deal has but been agreed, the PA information company understands.
It’s one other twist in an eventful seek for Mourinho’s substitute.
Spurs, who completed final season with 29-year-old Ryan Mason in short-term cost, have been in superior talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who labored with Paratici at Juve, final week earlier than pulling the plug after realising he didn’t match their profile.
They’ve additionally courted former boss Mauricio Pochettino however have been unable to get him out of his present membership Paris Saint-Germain.
One other linked to the position has been Ajax’s Eric Ten Hag, who stays a contender regardless of his membership having triggered a one-year extension on the Dutch giants.
If Fonseca does get the job, his appointment would undoubtedly increase eyebrows for a membership who have been within the Champions League ultimate two years in the past.
He’s out of a job after two years on the Stadio Olimpico, the place he didn’t get the membership again within the Champions League, delivering finishes of fifth and seventh in Serie A.
He was way more profitable with Shakhtar, successful three successive home doubles, whereas additionally securing silverware with Braga and Porto.