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“Difficult challenges”: Tottenham managerial target hints at reason behind snub

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Antonio Conte hints at the reason behind Tottenham snub in a recent interview

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football.london), Italian manager Antonio Conte appeared to reveal the reason for him deciding to snub the Tottenham Hotspur job.

Tottenham had been on the lookout for a new manager since April following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Having faced setbacks in pursuit of various targets, the club seemed to have narrowed in on Antonio Conte.

The 51-year-old had just resigned from his post at Inter Milan and was available to take over, with the two parties entering negotiations over a deal. However, talks broke down after reaching advanced stages, with Spurs not happy with some of the Italian’s demands.

Antonio Conte is currently the Inter Milan manager

Tottenham ended interest in Antonio Conte

Conte, though, without directly referencing Tottenham, has now indicated that he was not convinced by the project that was offered to him, which is why he pulled out. (h/t Football.london)

“Money is not my obsession. I look at projects and I’m ready to stay at home if they don’t convince me. I like difficult challenges but if there is something with a club that does not convince me, I prefer to say: no, thank you.”

Conte would have been a huge coup for Tottenham given his accomplishments in the past with Juventus, Chelsea as well as Inter Milan recently. However, the club and the manager were not able to reach an agreement.

Paulo Fonseca in advanced talks to become the Tottenham manager

Paulo Fonseca in advanced talks to become the Tottenham manager

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Conte’s pursuit may have ended but Tottenham have made progress in their bid to name a new manager. Former AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is said to be in line to become the new Spurs’ boss imminently.

The Portuguese is freshly out of a job having left Roma, where he is being replaced by Jose Mourinho. Fonseca has won trophies during his time at Shakhtar and prior to that at SC Braga. He led Roma to the Europa League semi-finals last season.

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