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Report: Spurs nearly landed 48-year-old who loves 'dominating' football, Paratici changed his mind

Spurs finally have a new permanent manager, more than two months after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

Tottenham announced Nuno Espirito Santo as their new boss on Thursday, the 47-year-old penning a two-year deal.

Spurs’ managerial search was a bit of a rollercoaster ride, as they apparently came close to landing several other candidates prior to Nuno.

One of those was Paulo Fonseca, who looked to be on the verge of joining Tottenham, but talks fell through.

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The Athletic has now reported what apparently happened in those talks.

After discussions with Antonio Conte fell through, Fabio Paratici apparently turned to Fonseca.

Paratici held talks with the Portuguese in Milan and, on June 11, a deal was agreed for the 48-year-old to sign a two-year contract with the option of a third.

Fonseca received the contracts, and the hope at that point was he would be unveiled early the following week.

Disagreements between Paratici and Fonseca?

Only the final details were to be discussed, and Paratici arranged another meeting with Fonseca in Como on June 14 and 15.

The two were to talk about pre-season plans, about ideas for the squad and for the transfer window.

However, Paratici changed his mind over those two days, with reported disagreements over transfer policy and no clear plan for backroom staff.

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In addition, Fonseca reportedly felt that Daniel Levy’s vision of attacking football was at odds with Paratici’s insistence of fixing the defence.

In the end, Fonseca left to go on holiday and, by this point, Paratici had apparently decided to look elsewhere.

Spurs came close to landing a manager whose philosophy centres around “having the ball, taking the initiative and being an offensive team” (AS Roma website).

This would’ve surely gone down well with Tottenham fans, but given how many issues they’ve had in defence, perhaps Paratici was right to look elsewhere.

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