football.london understands that an agreement to appoint Fonseca as Jose Mourinho’s replacement is near, but not yet concluded.
The Italian head coach has been unemployed since leaving AS Roma at the end of the 2020/21 season – Mourinho taking up his post at Stadio Olimpico.
Spurs’ future director of football Fabio Paratici has reportedly played a major role in recommending Fonseca take over at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, although he is not yet officially in his new role.
Brown, who spent two years at White Hart Lane from 2004 to 2006, believes any deal to appoint Fonseca does not bode well for his former club.
“First of all, I am very shocked because he is the predecessor of José Mourinho in Rome among all the people that Daniel Levy targets,” he said on Sky Sports.
” Is it [Fonseca] the right selection for a Spurs team in transition?
“It’s a tough situation for anyone coming into the football club given the change that needs to take place.
“He took them to the semi-finals of the Europa League, but it was a bit of a shock.
“Last week reports said Antonio Conte was the target, so now you’re wondering if Levy just ran out of options.
“The topic of discussion will be that [Paulo] Fonseca was the man replaced by Jose [Mourinho] in Rome and the supporters will react.
“But Levy and his team have to be respected and will consider every candidate. You have to give it a chance.
“He deserved his Premier League try, but it doesn’t look good when Mourinho has gone the other way. “
Spurs appeared ready to name Antonio Conte as Mourinho’s successor but talks with the former Chelsea boss fell through with the Italian suggesting he didn’t like what the club were offering him.
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Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Money is not my obsession. I look at the projects and am ready to stay home if they don’t convince me.
“I like tough challenges but if there is something with a club that does not convince me, I prefer to say: no, thank you. “
Before Conte, Tottenham wanted former manager Mauricio Pochettino to return to north London, but Paris Saint-Germain were determined to keep the Argentine after less than six months at Parc des Princes.