Graham Roberts responds when asked if Paulo Fonseca is the man for the Tottenham Hotspur job
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Graham Roberts responds when asked if Paulo Fonseca is the man for the Tottenham Hotspur job

Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts has told TalkSPORT reporter Ian Abrahams – as posted on then latter’s Instagram – that he believes Paulo Fonseca will be the club’s next manager. Fonseca is expected to be announced by Tottenham next week, on a three-year contract.

Fonseca, 48, resigned as Roma manager towards the end of last season after two years at the Stadio Olimpico. He has since been replaced by ex-Spurs gaffer Jose Mourinho. Fonseca guided Roma to a promising fifth, but then injuries saw Roma slump to a disappointing seventh this time around.

Di Marzio says the three-time title winner with Shakhtar Donetsk is on the verge of being joining. A three-year deal is in the offing, and Roberts believes he is the man to get the job. Roberts thinks the arrival of Fabio Paratici is crucial to Fonseca being chosen.

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“It looks that way,” Roberts said, when asked if Spurs are going to hire Fonseca. “The new director of football has come in and he knows him [Fonseca] very, very well. If he knows him that well, then obviously he is the person that he has put forward to the Tottenham board.

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“It happens. You go for the first one, second one, it doesn’t happen. It’s like players. You go for a left-back, you might not get the first two. Forget about the manager, he is the most-important person, but whoever comes in needs to reshuffle the pack. We need six, seven players this summer.”

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Is Fonseca the right man to guide Tottenham forward, after Roberts comments?

He might not be the glamorous appointment that Tottenham fans want. Mauricio Pochettino would have been a romantic arrival for Spurs, while Antonio Conte would have delivered a winning mentality. But Fonseca brings what Spurs fans crave – attacking, free football.

His sides play with creation, innovation, vision and flair. Roma scored 195 goals in 102, while Shakhtar were just five shy of 300 in 139. If Fonseca arrives, expect goals – and possibly a few new defenders this summer.

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