Antonio Conte: Tottenham set to finalize deal with Italian Tuesday after Nuno Espirito Santo sacked

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Antonio Conte: Tottenham set to finalize deal with Italian Tuesday after Nuno Espirito Santo sacked


Antonio Conte is expected to finalize a deal to become Tottenham’s head coach on Tuesday after a day of productive talks following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.

Former Chelsea boss Conte, whom Spurs targeted before appointing Nuno this summer, was offered an 18-month contract by Tottenham and arrived in London on Monday for face-to-face talks, according to Sky in Italy.

Negotiations with the Italian, out of work since leaving Inter Milan this summer, entered the finals on Monday after Nuno was sacked less than five months after his appointment as head coach.

Tottenham are eighth in the Premier League, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, after the 3-0 home loss to Manchester United on Saturday.

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Paul Gilmour reports from Tottenham training ground, where Nuno Espirito Santo was dismissed as club head coach

Nuno, 47, signed a two-year contract in June following an extended search to find Jose Mourinho’s successor, with his tenure spanning just over four months and a total of just 17 games.

The departure of Nuno, who left Wolves in May after four seasons at the helm, means Tottenham are looking for their fourth permanent manager in the past three years.

A Spurs statement said: “The club can announce today that Nuno Espirito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been removed from their posts.

“Another coaches update will follow in due course. “

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Antonio Conte has a “strong negotiating position” in his potential transfer to Spurs given the club’s poor performance, Sky Sports News’s Paul Gilmour said.

Spurs are next in action with a home game against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday before a visit to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs general manager of football Fabio Paratici added: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we had to make this decision.

“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We would like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future. “

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Tottenham fans booed Nuno’s decision to replace Lucas Moura with Steven Bergwijn in the second half of the loss to United, which followed last weekend’s Premier League loss at West Ham.

Sections of Spurs support have also chanted ‘we want Levy out’, with England captain Harry Kane voicing his desire to leave the club in the summer also a target of frustration for some fans.

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Former Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown is not convinced that Conte’s appointment will be enough to convince Harry Kane to stay at the club.

Conte left Inter by mutual consent in May, just three weeks after leading the club to a first Serie A title in 11 years, adding to the three league titles he won with Juventus between 2011 and 2014.

The 52-year-old found himself embroiled in a dispute with club owners after they proposed downsizing his squad, Inter chairman Steven Zhang reportedly asked Conte to downsize salary from 15 to 20%.

Conte had joined Inter after leaving Chelsea, where he became one of only four managers to win the Premier League in his first season in English football. Despite winning the FA Cup in his second season at Stamford Bridge, the former Italy boss was sacked after a fifth place in the league.

Conte’s record of 51 wins in 76 games gives him the second-highest winning rate among coaches who have led at least 50 Premier League games, behind Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Analysis: A decision based on performance, not results

Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour:

It was a decision that was taken swiftly, which was taken as a direct result of yesterday’s emergency talks following their 3-0 home loss to Manchester United – a loss that didn’t put Tottenham under the best day. They didn’t have a shot on target, there was a loud and boisterous reaction from the crowd, especially when Lucas Moura was substituted. You think back to the boos and the noise in the stands, the fans showing their displeasure.

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After a dreamy start to life at Tottenham, Nuno Espirito Santo quickly saw performances and results collapse.

So this sparked off these emergency talks yesterday, Daniel Levy, Fabio Paratici and the board met to discuss and the result is known this morning and the result is that Nuno Espirito Santo will be stepping down after such a short time. .

It was around performance, it was the key factor. As for still being pretty close to the top four and if the team was playing well and scoring a lot of goals and playing attacking football it might not have been, but it really is the way of these performances which really worried the board of directors of Tottenham and Daniel Levy.

Ultimately, as a manager, this is what will want to happen when Daniel Levy and the board get it into their heads that the performance was not good enough, so that was the real key. and it is the style of football that has disappointed Tottenham the most. .

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Roy Keane says he’s not surprised at Tottenham’s poor performance at the moment

Analysis: Tale in a negotiating position

Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour:

Antonio Conté
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Antonio Conte won league titles with Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan

“Things are moving very quickly indeed with Antonio Conte in London for talks with Tottenham, Sky in Italy report, and that this is the final phase of negotiations.

“Discussions will continue today, but what a blow it will be for Tottenham, whose fans will be forgiven for thinking we’ve been here before.

“They tried to have Conte this summer, he was a key target for them, but that didn’t happen. In fact, it was the start of a long saga.

“Negotiations are continuing with Tottenham saying they will give an update on the coaching situation later today and if these negotiations continue quickly Conte could be in charge of this Vitesse Arnhem Europa Conference League game on Thursday .

“Otherwise, then Ryan Mason has already stepped in and is still at the club.

“Either way, Conte will be in a strong position to negotiate this deal because if it fails again you can imagine the outcry from all concerned around Tottenham FC, as given their recent results and performances have fallen, he will be in a strong position to dictate conditions.

“The question is: can they come to an agreement…? “

Analysis: easy decision in an “almost impossible” job

Ben Ransom de Sky Sports News :

“It’s not a particularly difficult decision, I’m afraid, if you look at the start he had. It was always going to be a big step forward for him. Let’s not forget how he left Wolves, which was painted as if it was mutual consent, but the owners wanted him to leave and he hadn’t taken them to the next level.

“You can’t underestimate the work he did, the football they played in the league, how he brought it to the Premier League, how they were able to be so good at home in particular.

“This partnership had come to its natural conclusion – the Spurs’ job was strange in many ways, but with the way they went around the houses and eventually came back to Nuno, it was always going to be difficult.

“The staff weren’t necessarily his type of player, with Matt Doherty a good example – he left Wolves a year ago because Nuno didn’t want him anymore.

“Harry Kane didn’t take care of the Man City saga either, and without your best player it will always be a nearly impossible job. “

Keane’s explosion for Spurs without ‘boring’ shot

Roy Keane lambasted Tottenham as ‘boring’ after their toothless posting on Saturday night football.

Spurs haven’t had a shot on target in their final two hours and 16 minutes of football since Harry Kane’s 44th-minute header against West Ham and Keane delivered a scathing assessment of their display.

“Spurs are boring,” complained Air sports expert Keane. “They are boring to watch.

“Looking for a bit of urgency. Nothing. I couldn’t believe how bad they were. “

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Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has called the club’s home loss to Manchester United a shame and criticized Nuno for his lack of ideas.

Kane has apparently been singled out for criticism from the stands and Keane believes the England captain has not ‘recovered’ from being denied a summer departure from Tottenham.

“It’s not a good combination when you don’t keep the sheets clean and the Spurs traditionally you think of them scoring goals but they don’t even do it. That’s the type of loss they’ve had, too, ”Keane said.

“You must have sympathy with the manager because he came in thinking, ‘I’m going to work with a world class striker in Kane’ but this saga has continued. Kane didn’t get over it and the team didn’t. “

Tottenham haven't had a shot on target in their final two hours and 16 minutes of football, since Harry Kane's 44th-minute effort against West Ham
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Tottenham haven’t had a shot on target in their final two hours and 16 minutes of football, since Harry Kane’s 44th-minute effort against West Ham

Companion Air sports Expert Graeme Souness agreed with Keane, saying: “It was the perfect match for Man Utd because Spurs are toothless; the stats tell you – not a shot on target.

“They are counting on Kane, Son and Moura for a spark, but they look like the shadow of the players they have been in the past.

“If you are a Spurs fan you are wondering what you are going to get. They’re toothless and they were very, very average today. “

“It could be a tough season for Spurs. You wonder where they are going. At best, halfway through the table. “

Tottenham matches

November 4: Tottenham vs Vitesse Arnhem – Europa Conference League, kick off at 8 p.m.

November 7: Everton vs Tottenham – Premier League, kick-off at 7 p.m.

21 November : Tottenham vs Leeds – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live Air sports

November 25: NS Mura vs Tottenham – Europa Conference League, kick-off at 5.45 p.m.

November 28: Burnley vs Tottenham – Premier League, kick off 2pm

December 2: Tottenham vs Brentford – Premier League, kick-off 7:30 p.m.

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