Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici slammed by ex-managerial target as failed move explained

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Former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has slammed Tottenham Hotspur Managing Director of Football Fabio Paratici two months after his move to Spurs collapsed.

The Portuguese boss looked set to become Spurs’ new permanent manager in June, but negotiations between the two parties suddenly collapsed.

It then prompted the North Londoners to search elsewhere, and they later held discussions with former Napoli and AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, before the Lilywhites eventually settled on Nuno Espirito-Santo.

However, bitterness and anger still remains within Fonseca who blamed the crumbling of the discussions on Paratici.

“With Tottenham, everything was ready,” he told SIC, relayed by Tuttosport.

“Every obstacle had been overcome. But with the arrival of the new general manager, problems arose,” said the former Shakhtar Donetsk manager. 

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“I could not have questioned my ideas or my values just to coach a big team.

“With the arrival of the new general manager, things suddenly changed and it was not possible for me to be part of a technical project that I did not believe in.”

Paratici was brought in as the new Managing Director of Football having spent eleven glorious years with Juventus.

He oversaw the Turin side as they won nine consecutive Scudettos, five Italian cups, as well as two Champions League finals.


Even though he was not officially supposed to begin his work with the North Londoners until July 1st, he was immediately involved in their pursuit for a new manager.

Spurs had initially approached former Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte, but the Italian boss rejected Spurs advances.

After months of chasing new managers, Espirito-Santo was given the top job at Spurs at the end at June.

The former Wolves manager has so far enjoyed an impeccable start with back to back 1-0 victories against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

His side are one of only four teams who have maintained a 100% record in the Premier League.

However, they did suffer a shock 1-0 defeat away to Fonseca’s former side Pacos De Ferreira in the European Conference League qualifying stages.

Paratici is also at the heart of the transfer negotiations involving Harry Kane and Manchester City, and it appears the saga will continue to rumble on towards the end of the transfer window.

The England captain has made clear his desire to leave Spurs to pursue trophies with The Citizens.

Kane made his first appearance of the season from the bench against Wolves.

The 28-year-old was not involved in Spurs’ fixtures against City or Pacos.

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