Paratici pulled out my agreement with Tottenham - Fonseca

Thu 23 September 2021 | 15:01

The former Roma boss explained the reasons for the breakdown of his agreement with Spurs.

Paulo Fonseca claimed that


had reached an agreement with him to coach the team, but Fabio Paratici, the club's new  managing director, broke the agreement.

Tottenham have been struggling to find a new manager for months after Jose Mourinho's sack in April, with Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino being the most serious options. After failing to sign the two coaches, they went to Fonseca and agreed a two-year contract with the former Roma boss. However, the negotiations failed and eventually Nuno Espirito was introduced as the new head coach of the Spurs. Fonseca now claimed that the reason for the breach was the attacking style of football displayed by his teams.

He told

Telegraph Sport


"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.

"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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