Antonio Conte to replace Nuno Espirito Santo as Tottenham Hotspur coach?
Tottenham Hotspur has sacked head coach Nuno Espírito Santo following its 0-3 defeat to Manchester United at home. Meanwhile, Antonio Conte has been tipped as a solid favourite to replace him.
In a swift turn of things in English football, English Premier League (EPL) giant Tottenham Hotspur has parted ways with its head coach Nuno Espírito Santo on Monday. The decision comes a couple of days after the Spurs were thrashed 0-3 at home on Saturday by Manchester United, thus bringing the Portuguese's immature four-month reign at London to an end.
In a statement, the club said that Santo, along with Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias (his coaching staff), were relieved of their duties. While the club wished them luck for their future endeavours, managing director Fabio Paratici stated that it pains them to take the decision, considering the betterment of the club, besides thanking Sant and co for their brief services.
Meanwhile, reports strongly suggest that the club is already in advanced talks with Antonio Conte, as the negotiations have already reached the final stages. Renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that the Italian is already on his way to London for the final talks and is expected to sign the contract by today itself. In contrast, the official announcement can be expected from the club by tomorrow.
Conte's association with Tottenham comes as a surprise to many fans, as he had been heavily linked to United last week, following the club's 0-5 thrashing by rival Liverpool at Old Trafford. As calls were made to sack club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Conte was reportedly interested in taking up the role. However, he did not rush. He respected Solskjær and wanted to give the Norwegian the space and time before the United ball finally made the call.