Nuno Espirito Santo reflects on Tottenham Hotspur's win over Wolves
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Paulo Fonseca has revealed Tottenham technical director Fabio Paratici decided to pull the plug on appointing him due to concerns regarding his attacking style of football. The former Shakhtar and Roma boss was on the brink of becoming Spurs’ new boss earlier this summer before Tottenham opted for a change of direction at the eleventh hour.
They instead decide to pursue Gennaro Gattuso following his shock departure from Fiorentina, leaving Fonseca out in the cold.
The 48-year-old had already agreed to take over in north London and he was simply waiting for the club to put the finishing touches on the deal before a change of plan.
Fonseca was rightly incensed and his entourage were frustrated by the way Tottenham handled the situation, particularly their hastiness to move onto Gattuso.
Now the Portuguese tactician has spoken out on the ordeal, revealing that Tottenham raised concerns about his attacking style of football.
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“The agreement was done. We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach. It wasn’t announced but we planned pre-season players,” Fonseca told The Daily Telegraph.
“But things changed when the new managing director arrived and we didn’t agree with some ideas and he preferred another coach.
“I have some principles. I wanted to be coach of the great teams but I want the right project and a club where the people believe in my ideas, my way to play, and this didn’t happen with the managing director.
“It’s what the chairman (Daniel Levy) and the sporting director (Steve Hitchen) asked for: to build a team who can play attractive and offensive football and I was ready for that.
“I cannot be a different way. All my teams will have these intentions. Against the biggest teams, I’m not sending out my teams to defend near their own box.”
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Fonseca is still yet to find a new job despite being previously linked with a move to Fiorentina.
Spurs’ controversial swoop for Gattuso was soon reversed following fierce backlash from supporters over the Italian’s colourful past.
Tottenham’s gruelling wait to appoint Jose Mourinho’s successor was finally brought to an end at the start of July when the club unveiled Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager.
It’s been a mixed start for the former Wolves boss, who recorded his second win over his former club at Molineux on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup on penalties.
Crazily, Spurs topped the Premier League table after three matches after grinding out three consecutive 1-0 wins over Manchester City, Wolves and Watford respectively.
But Spurs soon came crashing down back down to earth after suffering back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea respectively.
Tottenham were also embarrassingly beaten in the UEFA Conference League play-off against Pacos de Ferreira before turning the tie around on home soil to book their place in the group stages.
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