Following the appointment of Fabio Paratici as director of football at Tottenham Hotspur, a fresh update has been given on their managerial search.
Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who features for the Guardian and Sky Sports, has claimed that talks are still ongoing over a move for former AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.
The 48-year-old emerged as the clear candidate for the incoming Italian last week but it seems that a deal is yet to be brokered, though it’s believed he will be offered a three-year contract.
Writing on Twitter, Romano said:
“Official. Fabio Paratici joins Tottenham as new director of football until June 2024. ‘The Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Paratici as Managing Director, Football, with effect from 1 July 2021’.
#THFC Talks ongoing to appoint Paulo Fonseca as new manager.”
Spurs’ search for their next manager has lasted nearly two months after Jose Mourinho was sacked on the week of their Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City.
In a strange twist, he was the man appointed to replace Fonseca at AS Roma and now it appears the Portuguese will be arriving in North London to take over from the ‘Special One’ in some sort of weird swap.
What will leave many concerned is the fact that this is far from done and dusted.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has already suffered many a setback during this process, so much so that Fonseca is reportedly his sixth choice for the role.
Then there were talks held with Mauricio Pochettino over a sensational return before ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appeared to be one step away from being hired before doubts crept in from both parties.
The longer the wait goes on over Fonseca’s potential arrival, the more further worries creep in.
There is also the matter of the Spurs faithful being against this appointment, so there aren’t many in North London going to be excited by this latest update.
Either way, this fresh claim from Romano will leave many in N17 fuming for more reason than one.