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'Doesn't look good': Sky pundit surprised by what he's heard about next Spurs manager

Spurs seem to finally be closing in on a new manager after nearly two months without a permanent boss.

Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho in April, appointing Ryan Mason until the end of the season.

Spurs came close to a breakthrough as they nearly landed Antonio Conte last week.

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However, talks between Tottenham and Conte fell through, leading to frustration amongst the fanbase.

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Now, multiple media outlets including The Guardian say Spurs are in advanced talks with Paulo Fonseca.

Tottenham have apparently held talks with Fonseca over a three-year contract to become Jose Mourinho’s successor.

Fabio Paratici, reportedly set to join Spurs from Juventus, recommended the 48-year-old, added the report.

“Very shocked”

Sky Sports pundit and former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown is sceptical about the prospect of hiring Fonseca.

“First of all, I’m very shocked as it’s Jose Mourinho’s predecessor at Roma of all people that Daniel Levy is targeting,” he said.

“Is he the right selection for a Spurs team that is in transition?

“It’s a difficult situation for whoever goes into the football club given the change that needs to take place.

“He took them to the semi-finals of the Europa League, but it has come as a bit of a shock.

“Last week, the reports were that Antonio Conte was the target so you wonder now if Levy has just run out of options.

“The talking point will be that Fonseca was the man replaced by Jose at Roma and the supporters will react to it.

“But Levy and his team have to be respected and will be vetting every candidate. You have to give him a chance.

“He’s earned his try in the Premier League but it doesn’t look good when Mourinho has gone the other way.”

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It’s probably not worth dwelling on the fact that Fonseca is Mourinho’s predecessor at Roma.

The 48-year-old boasts plenty of managerial experience with some good teams and has a fair few winner’s medals.

He won the Ukrainian league and cup double in all three seasons with Shakhtar Donetsk, plus a Ukrainian Super Cup.

Fonseca has nine trophies to his name – seven with Shakhtar, a Portuguese Cup with Braga, and a Portuguese Super Cup with Porto.

In addition, he sets out to play exciting attacking football, which is essential for Spurs.

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When Roma appointed Fonseca in 2019, they published an article featuring a number of quotes about his style of play and inspirations.

“My coaching philosophy? Well, I have very clear ideas – ideas I think you can see in my teams,” he told a UEFA summit.

“That involves having the ball, taking the initiative and being an offensive team. These are the aspects that define my game and my aim in matches.”

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