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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is wary of appointing two Portuguese managers on the bounce, according to reports. Paulo Fonseca has been linked with the vacant job at Spurs but it appears Levy’s stance may put an end to any hope the 48-year-old has of taking over at the north London club.
Tottenham sacked the Portuguese Jose Mourinho in April after just 18 months in charge.
Ryan Mason saw the season out as interim boss but Spurs are now on the lookout for a permanent successor.
Former manager Mauricio Pochettino, now at Paris Saint-Germain, is claimed to be open to a return to the club.
Ex-Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has also held discussions, though talks collapsed on Friday over the Italian’s demands.
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Fonseca is currently out of work after leaving Roma in May, with Mourinho replacing him at the Serie A club.
Italian football expert Gabriele Marcotti has described Fonseca as an “interesting” candidate for the vacant job at Spurs.
However, Marcotti revealed that Tottenham’s stance makes the appointment unlikely.
“I think Fonseca would be an interesting candidate,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.
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“But when I raised that I was told things like ‘well they’re not sure about having two Portuguese managers in a row’, as if of course all Portuguese managers are identical and Fonseca is a little Jose Mourinho clone – which of course he is not.
“He is very different in terms of personality and approach. Maybe he’s a fit, maybe he’s not.
“But what I do know is they’re going to have to get cracking on this because you can only carry this forward for so long.
“In the next couple of weeks, things have to come together I think.”
Marcotti does not think talks between Tottenham and Conte have come to a complete stop and can see them returning to try and bring the 51-year-old to the club.
“I wouldn’t even necessarily take it as a given that this is done with,” Marcotti said of Spurs’ interest in Conte.
“My understanding is that talks have stalled and Spurs are looking elsewhere but we’ve seen this negotiating ploy before, hoping one side or the other blinks and we could be headed in that direction.
“But the fact that Pochettino all of a sudden is top of the list again, I think that also tells you something.
“I genuinely don’t know [who Tottenham will appoint].
“I would imagine they probably will try to take another run at Conte and another run at Pochettino.
“But Pochettino has a lot of cards to play and I think Conte does too.”
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