Sky pundit questions Daniel Levy wanting Antonio Conte as Tottenham Hotspur manager
Michael Brown has told Sky Sports that he is unsure if Daniel Levy is 100 per cent convinced Antonio Conte is the right manager to take charge at Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are in talks with Conte over replacing Jose Mourinho in north London following an extensive search of candidates (Guardian). They would also like to hire Juventus’ former Sporting Director Fabio Paratici as Levy returns to a two-tier management structure.
Conte is the leading contender to fill the hot seat after Levy discussed personal terms with the former Chelsea boss. The Italian left his position at Inter Milan last Wednesday after guiding the club to the Serie A title.
Some remain doubtful that a deal to appoint Conte will go through. The 51-year-old is also a head coach whose profile sits outside of Levy’s prioritised credentials. One critical issue is that he will expect to receive assurances over what transfer budget will be made available.
Brown, a former Tottenham midfielder, is one who is unsure if Levy truly wants to appoint Conte. Spurs had explored a reunion with Mauricio Pochettino (The Athletic), but Paris Saint-Germain are extremely confident he will stay (Telegraph).
“Spurs are unsure,” Brown said, “Daniel Levy is normally very, very slick, very, very quick to make these appointments and on this occasion, he realises how big it is for himself and the football club.
“He has taken that time. He’s not 100 per cent sure. Of all the appointments, this is going to be the boldest one yet. Obviously, an ex-Chelsea manager. Spurs supporters might not like it.”
TBR’s view: Conte concerns for Tottenham
Brown’s comments will spark concern among the Tottenham fanbase as Conte seemingly nears a return to the Premier League. If Levy is not sure the Italian is the right appointment, his tenure in north London could be reasonably short.
And if the axe falls on Conte, Levy could be searching for a third manager in as many years. Mourinho only lasted 17-months in the role after replacing Pochettino, despite guiding the club to a Carabao Cup final.
Pochettino was also sacked just five months after losing the Champions League final. A critical point that helped lead to the Argentine’s exit was the lack of investment (Standard). That could be the same stick pointed at Conte if his north London tenure does not work out.
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