Antonio Conte to Tottenham is canceled as talks between Spurs and the Italian coach have broken down.
Okay, now what?
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The Spurs are still expected to appoint Fabio Paratici, who worked with Conte at Juventus from 2011-14, as their new sporting director, despite these talks failing.
Multiple reports from the UK and our partners on Sky Italy claiming that Conte had serious reservations about the transfer budget he would have, while Tottenham did not want to bring in all of its backroom staff and believed he was unwilling to nurture young talent coming through their academy.
That’s why it’s a no for Antonio.
It is believed that the former Inter Milan boss, who only stepped down last week after guiding them to the Serie A title, will now take a year off and wait for a job he wants to take.
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What, and who, is the next step for Tottenham?
That’s the big question.
Conte has probably always been out of their reach when it comes to a manager of his caliber embarking on a rebuild, but if he had gotten the transfer money he needed you’d think it would have been a success.
Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen to return to Spurs and leave Paris Saint-Germain, but the latter has been hot on his heels and won’t let him leave PSG until six months after his arrival.
Pochettino is still the favorite with the bookmakers, but a comeback looks more difficult than it looked last week. With Paratici coming in, the direction of the hunt for Spurs’ management may change.
Tottenham now have to work their way through the list of other managerial candidates, with Nuno Espirito Santo, Eddie Howe and Graham Potter all linked to the jobs.
With Crystal Palace, Everton and Wolves also all looking for new managers, the administrative merry-go-round has been intense this summer.
Tottenham may need to think outside the box and someone like Erik ten Hag, who recently signed a new contract with Ajax, is still an option. Roberto Martinez may also be an option after the Euros, but most importantly, despite Jose Mourinho’s resignation in April, Tottenham are no closer to signing a manager.
Daniel Levy takes his time, but time is ticking and people like Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and others will be curious about what’s planned.
Conte to Tottenham eliminated; what now for Spurs? originally appeared on NBCSports.com