Tottenham Hotspur eye West Ham and Everton target Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte replacement
Tottenham Hotspur could pursue former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri as a potential Antonio Conte replacement, with the Italian manager also on West Ham United and Everton’s radars.
This is according to Il Messaggero (h/t Express), who state that Spurs are ‘courting’ the 64-year-old manager as Conte’s future at Spurs hangs in the balance. He is in the final few months of his contract at N17.
Conte could walk away as a free agent this summer which could leave Tottenham high and dry if they don’t have a replacement in mind. Mauricio Pochettino has been touted as another option.
However, Sarri’s priority is said to remain at SS Lazio, where he has been since 2021. He was also Juventus’ manager from 2019 to 2020 but is perhaps best known to Premier League fans during his stint at Chelsea.
The right option?
From chewing cigarette butts to his dramatic exchange with Kepa Arrizabalaga during a League Cup final, Sarri gave the media a lot of talking points. He was the manager who replaced Antonio Conte at Chelsea in 2018.
The former Inter Milan and Italy national team manager won the Premier League with the Blues, but was let go after a little over two years at Stamford Bridge. He could be in line to replace Conte once again.
At Chelsea, Sarri won the UEFA Europa League in the 2018-19 season, which was his first major trophy in football despite being in the managerial profession since 1990. A red flag? Possibly.
He did lead Juventus to the Serie A title in the season just after he parted ways with Chelsea in the summer of 2019. Sarri wasn’t the most loved manager during his time at SW6 as his tactics divided opinions among fans.
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He could be a smart option for Spurs if Conte was to leave. Given his affiliations to Chelsea in the past, it wasn’t a problem for fans with the likes of Jose Mourinho and Conte, and it shouldn’t be a problem when it comes to Sarri.