Tottenham Hotspur’s search for a new manager could finally be coming to an end with a move for Paulo Fonseca.

Spurs parted ways with Jose Mourinho in April and have been through a bizarre managerial search which has taken many twists and turns.

With Fabio Paratici set to come on board as sporting director, he has recommended a move for ex-Roma boss Fonseca, which could be done next week.


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The swap deal nobody expected

The move is curious from a Tottenham perspective and not only because of Fonseca’s limited success outside of Ukraine.

Roma decided that they wanted to get rid of Fonseca and replace him with Mourinho, mere days after Tottenham had sacked him.

So who have Tottenham gone for to replace Mourinho? The man Roma ditched, Fonseca.

Both teams in the capitals, both teams seeking to play Champions League football by making these appointments.

To do so, they have essentially swapped managers. Nobody saw this coming, and surely neither can really feel completely confident that they’ll be in a better place in a year’s time after his surprise exchange.

Paratici must have seen enough of Fonseca’s work in Italy to feel very confident that he will be an upgrade on Mourinho, even if Roma didn’t see it that way.

This is essentially a swap deal, and a bold one to start Paratici’s time at Tottenham; he must hope and pray that he’s got it right.

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Who is Tottenham-bound Paulo Fonseca?

Fonseca, 48, is Portuguese like Mourinho but was actually born in Mozambique, and didn’t really make much of an impact in his playing days.

When he managed the likes of 1º Dezembro, Odivelas and Pinhalnovense, few could have expected him to have the coaching career he’s enjoyed.

A nomadic run saw him take charge of five different clubs in five successive seasons, but he really excelled and found a home with Shakhtar Donetsk following a 2016 move.

Three Ukrainian league titles followed, winning more than 74% of his games to earn a big move to Italy with Roma.

Fonseca won just over half of his games with Roma and took them to the Europa League semi-finals this past season, finishing fifth and seventh in this two league campaigns – and Spurs ultimately need better than that, seeking a top four finish.

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