Tottenham’s move for Paulo Fonseca COLLAPSES, as Daniel Levy turns to Gennaro Gattuso having been rejected by a string of targets and after Italian quit Fiorentina, just 23 DAYS into the job
- Paulo Fonseca’s appointment as the new Tottenham manager has fallen through
- An official announcement confirming arrival of ex-Roma boss seemed imminent
- It would mean Spurs miss out on another manager as they look to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked back in April and is heading to Roma
- Spurs will reportedly turn to Gennaro Gattuso, who sensationally quit Fiorentina this week after just 23 days following a dispute over transfers
Tottenham‘s managerial search took yet another twist after they aborted their attempts to appoint Paulo Fonseca at the last minute and opened talks with Gennaro Gattuso.
Gattuso has emerged as the latest contender to be named Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor in Spurs’ drawn-out hunt following their shock Fonseca U-turn.
Former Roma boss Fonseca had agreed to join Spurs and begun discussions with new managing director of football Fabio Paritici about their plans for the squad and the makeup of his coaching staff.
Tottenham’s negotiations to appoint Paulo Fonseca as their new manager have collapsed
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will have to turn attention to another candidate for the new boss
Gennaro Gattuso, who sensationally quit Fiorentina after just 23 days, is the latest target
However, with confirmation of Fonseca’s appointment seemingly-imminent, Spurs have walked away from Fonseca.
Spurs insisted financial issues were not behind their change of heart and it was simply a call to go in a different direction made by the club’s hierarchy.
The sudden availability of Gattuso is believed to be one factor in Spurs’s decision.
Paritici has previously been interested in Gattuso while he was managing director at Juventus and was keen to appoint him had they been unable to lure Massimiliano Allegri back to the club.
Fonseca guided Roma to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League last season but was axed
Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho back in April and the search for his successor rolls on
The former Italy midfielder, who had a famous 2011 touchline bust-up with former Spurs coach Joe Jordan during his AC Milan days, appeared set to spend this season at Fiorentina having joined them last month after leaving Napoli.
But he left Fiorentina on Thursday after just 23 days following a dispute with his new club over transfer plans connected to his agent Jorge Mendes.
Gattuso has also managed Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete, Pisa and Milan.
The 43 year-old has become the latest to emerge as a leading target for the job in Spurs’s roller-coaster search since Mourinho’s exit two months ago.
Gattuso was sacked by Napoli in May after they missed out on the Champions League places
Bayern Munich-bound Julian Nagelsmann, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag all proved out of reach before Spurs stepped up their search.
They held talks with Mauricio Pochettino who was keen on a return to Spurs but Paris Saint-Germain activated a one-year extension to his contract.