Tottenham, who have been on the lookout for a manager since the end of the season, seem to have found their man in former A.S Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.
While former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho became the new manager of Roma, it feels like Fonseca will inherit Mourinho’s job at Tottenham in what seems to be one of football’s most peculiar merry-go-round managerial transfers.
Is Paulo Fonseca a good fit for Spurs?
Fonseca first game to the limelight when he joined Turkish club Shakhtar Donetsk in 2016, whom he led to three successive Ukrainian Premier League titles, three successive Ukrainian Cups, and a Ukrainian Super Cup in his three years at the club.
A.S Roma soon snapped up Fonseca in 2019 as they wanted a manager who could bring about a new philosophy at the club while also blood in the young players. Under Fonseca, Roma finished 5th in the first season, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, their second season was not as great as their first. Roma finished seventh in Serie A, however, they did get to the semi-finals of the Europa League, albeit they were thrashed 8-5 by Manchester United on aggregate.
Fonseca knew his destiny after the end of the season as he was already being approached by clubs all over Europe even before he was sacked by Roma. At the same time, Spurs were discussing a deal with ex-Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte, which eventually fell through because of a lack of agreement on vision, systems, and ideologies between the two parties.
Daniel Levy is clear on how he wants to run the club- young players need to come through, it needs to be attractive football, there should be an ambition to win trophies. Thus, Fabio Paratici, who was recently appointed as the new director of football at Tottenham, suggested Paulo Fonseca for the job as he believes that the Portuguese is a very able candidate for the Tottenham job.
Fonseca has always tried to inculcate youth into the senior squad, while he also knows the role experience plays in a squad. He does not try to come up with fancy tactics or formations but prefers to work with his Plan A as long as possible. Fonseca is one of the very managers in the world who tries to perfect his ideology rather than changing it time & again. Fonseca will also have the spending power at Tottenham, a factor that held him back at Roma.
While Harry Kane leaving the club is not an ideal situation for Fonseca, he has shown previously that he can bring the best out of his players, and Tottenham’s current squad has a lot of potentials. Additionally, if selling Harry Kane does generate upwards of £120 million for Tottenham, Fabio Paratici can get in the right players for the club, something he did very well at Juventus for the last nine years.
Paulo Fonseca can bring in the youth while also use the experience of the existing lot at Tottenham. If Spurs do want to get back to playing attractive football, Fonseca is their man, who has also shown with his time in Ukraine that he can win trophies.
When could Tottenham announce Fonseca as their new manager?
Paulo Fonseca wants to join Tottenham. Direct talks with Fabio Paratici on a three-years contract in order to complete the agreement. Deal not signed yet but both sides ‘confident’. ⚪️ #THFC
Paratici has signed with Spurs until June 2024, same contract discussed with Fonseca.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 9, 2021
While Tottenham have made contact with Fonseca, there is no certainty regarding Fonseca’s appointment. Although talks are said to be optimistic from both sides. Tottenham have also shown their interest in Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag, who, despite signing a new one-year deal at the club, remains a prime candidate for Tottenham, but as talks with Paulo proceed this looks unlikely with time.
As per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Fonseca has been offered a three-year contract at Spurs, and talks have progressed positively between the two parties.
Tottenham are hoping to appoint their new manager as soon as possible as they hope to steady the club after the departure of Jose Mourinho in April.