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Paulo Fonseca reveals the key managerial reason that he turned down the Tottenham job

Paulo Fonseca reveals the key managerial reason that he turned down the Tottenham job

Tottenham’s awful managerial search

Tottenham struggled to find a successor to Jose Mourinho, something that was publicly aired to the amusement of rival fans. They approached and were rebuffed by several managers, and seemed close to hiring former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca before a move fell through.

In the end, the board opted for Nuno Espirito Santo, following their protracted efforts to secure almost anyone else.

Santo has had a mixed start to the season, with back to back 3-0 defeats coming after three consecutive 1-0 victories which saw his side top the Premier League table by the first international break. However, as the stats suggest, attacking football is not the Portuguese’s forte.

Fonseca reveals that Paratici was a key reason the move fell through

Speaking to the Telegraph, Paulo Fonseca revealed that his proposed move to Tottenham hinged on the appointment of new director of football Fabio Paratici, who in turn desired more defensive football than the attacking brand promised by Daniel Levy.

When asked how close a move to North London was, Fonseca explained:

“The agreement was done. We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach. It wasn’t announced but we planned pre-season players. But things changed when the new managing director arrived and we didn’t agree with some ideas and he preferred another coach,” 

“I have some principles. I wanted to be coach of the great teams but I want the right project and a club where the people believe in my ideas, my way to play, and this didn’t happen with the managing director.

“It’s what the chairman and the sporting director (Steve Hitchen) asked for. To build a team who can play attractive and offensive football and I was ready for that. I cannot be a different way. All my teams will have these intentions. In Rome or Shakhtar in the Champions League against the biggest teams, I’m not sending out my teams to defend near their own box.”

Clearly, then, Spurs fans should not get their hopes up too high when it comes to expecting attacking football this season, even though the opportunity was there this summer to implement just that.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 7 12 16
2 Liverpool FC 7 11 15
3 Manchester City 7 11 14
4 Manchester United 7 8 14
5 Everton FC 7 5 14
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 3 14
7 Brentford FC 7 4 12
8 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
9 West Ham United 7 4 11
10 Aston Villa 7 1 10
11 Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
13 Leicester City 7 -3 8
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
15 Watford FC 7 -3 7
16 Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton FC 7 -5 4
18 Burnley FC 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
20 Norwich City 7 -14 1

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Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 7
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Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3