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Tottenham have reportedly ‘tried to hurt Manchester United’ by reaching out to Antonio Conte in a bid to sound out the Italian’s stance on taking the Spurs job. Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici are said to have met today to discuss the future of Nuno Espirito Santo following the concerning 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United.
Supporters began to turn on the manager during the game, booing loudly from the stands after the Portuguese decided to withdraw Lucas Moura for fellow winger Steven Bergwijn.
Nuno cut a dejected figure towards the end of the match, when it was clear that his side are a million miles away from where they need to be in order to achieve a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Now Levy could be set to shake things up and relieve Nuno of his duties just four months into his Tottenham tenure.
Tottenham sat top of the table heading into the first international break of the new season and Nuno won the August manager of the month award on the back of three straight 1-0 wins.
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Spurs’ alarming lack of identity has prompted calls for Nuno’s head in recent weeks, particularly after the club’s latest London derby defeat to West Ham last weekend.
But despite considering parting company with Nuno, Tottenham have decided to stand by their manager – until now.
According to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Spurs have now made contact with Conte, who they speak to extensively earlier this summer.
“Tottenham have contacted Antonio Conte,” Palmeri said on Twitter as he shed light on Spurs’ plans to beat United to Conte.
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“Did already last summer and the offer was rejected.
“Now Paratici trying to burn Manchester United before they take a decision.”
Earlier this week, Express Sport reported that Conte would be willing to talk to Manchester United, should they wish to move for the former Chelsea boss.
But the Red Devils’ stance on potentially switching managers has now changed following the 3-0 win at Spurs as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactical switch to 3-5-2 inspired victory.
Conte would ideally prefer to wait until the end of the season to jump back into a managerial role but with United, he was prepared to make an exception.
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Tottenham are adamant it was them that pulled the plug on talks with Conte earlier this summer but the Italian is said to have had some clear reservations about the project.
He wants to inherit a side that is ready to compete for the biggest prizes straight away and at Tottenham, it’s clear a rebuild is required.
Two other names are believed to be in contention for the Spurs job should Nuno be sacked.
Portuguese duo Paulo Fonseca or Sergio Conceicao do have admirers at the club and would fall under consideration.
Fonseca was of course close to joining Tottenham at the end of last season before the club had a late change of heart.
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