Ex-Roma manager Fonseca in talks with Spurs: reports

LONDON: Former AS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca (Photo) are in talks with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to be their next manager, according to British media.

The 48-year-old Portuguese would fill the full-time vacancy and replace compatriot Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April – Mourinho has since taken over the reins of former Fonseca club Roma.

Ryan Mason was placed in interim charge until the end of the season as Spurs finished a disappointing seventh in the Premier League.

Spurs have turned to Fonseca after talks broke off with former Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte.

The club have already appointed a new sporting director in Fabio Paratici, who joined him after 11 years at Juventus.

However, efforts by Spurs supremo Daniel Levy to replace Mourinho – who was sacked days before the final League Cup clash with Manchester City – have been less successful.

Spurs had made Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers their main target after Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann agreed to take over from Bayern Munich.

However, Rodgers is committed to the FA Cup winners.

Levy has also reportedly made an unsuccessful approach to Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino in an attempt to bring former Tottenham coach back to north London.

Fonseca left Rome at the end of last season after failing to qualify for the Champions League, finishing seventh in Serie A, and was beaten by Manchester United in the Europa League semi-finals.

He joined Roma in 2019 on a two-year contract with an option for a third year if the club reached the Champions League next season.

Born in Mozambique, Fonseca previously coached Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the league and cup double in all three seasons with the Ukrainian club.

He also won the Ukrainian Supercup in 2017.

Fonseca has also coached Portuguese clubs such as Pacos Ferreira, Braga and Porto. – AFP

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