In just a matter of weeks, more than three different managers have been really close to signing with Tottenham Hotspur for the coming season. 

Turns out Spurs weren't able to finish any of those deals, as yet another name has been crossed from Chairman's Daniel Levy list. 

According to multiple sources, Paulo Fonseca, Benfica manager, could not agree terms with Tottenham.


Football's Insider Fabrizio Romano has stated that Italy's Gennaro Gattuso is in advanced negotiations with the Tottenham board over a potential two-year contract.

Gattuso's appointment may not be a surprise for many, as the Spurs new managing director Fabio Paratici had spoken to the Italian about the Juventus job at the end of last season.

Paratici, who has worked as the Chief Football Officer for Serie A's side Juventus, has signed a two-year deal to become Spurs Managing Director, with effect from 1 July 2021.

Gattuso, 43, left Fiorentina this week after just 23 days in charge of the club, and has previously coached two of the biggest teams in Italy such as AC Milan and SSC Napoli.

Romano reported Gattuso parted ways with Fiorentina because he wanted to sign some players from his agent Jorge Mendes to improve the team but the club was not convinced.

As a manager, Gattuso's lone-title came with Napoli in the Coppa Italia, where they defeated Juventus in the final 4–2 on penalties after a goalless draw.

Unhappy fans

Spurs fans are not happy with this decision by the board, considering they have failed to land 'big-time' coaches like Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri after firing Jose Mourinho back in April.

The 'Lilywhites' finished seventh in the Premier League last season, which granted them a spot into the inaugural Europa Conference League.

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