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    Paulo FonsecaFonseca won three successive league titles with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine

    Tottenham have opened talks with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca about becoming their new manager.

    The Premier League club are seeking a successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April and has since replaced his fellow Portuguese at Roma.

    Spurs are yet to agree a deal with Fonseca, and having reached advanced talks with Antonio Conte only for the deal to collapse, there is wariness.

    Fonseca impressed at Roma but lost his job after a seventh-placed finish.

    They were beaten in the Europa League semi-finals by Manchester United.

    Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri at Roma after three years with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. The Portuguese also coached Porto and Braga in his homeland.

    He won three successive doubles in charge of Shakhtar between 2016 and 2019, as well as a Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2016 and a Portuguese Super Cup with Porto in 2013.

    Tottenham have already appointed a new sporting director in Fabio Paratici, who has joined after 11 years at Juventus.

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      Comment posted by SeeOnlyShed, at 22:33 9 Jun

      I think it’s fair to say that Managers are not exactly clambering over one another to be part of the Lewis and Levy vision……!36215

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        Reply posted by Dave Angels Moonlight Shadow, today at 00:07

        "I think it’s fair to say that Managers are not exactly clambering over one another to be part of the Lewis and Levy vision……!"Dave Angels Moonlight Shadow replied: there’s a vision?1769

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      Comment posted by greavesy, at 22:46 9 Jun

      For the love of God…………. Nuno was the obvious choice the second he left Wolves!!!!!
      Perfect fit for how spurs should play, works on a budget and has turned good players into top players.
      Levy is a fool!!27129

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        Reply posted by Geronimo Jones, at 22:52 9 Jun

        "For the love of God…………. Nuno was the obvious choice the second he left Wolves!!!!! Perfect fit for how spurs should play, works on a budget and has turned good players into top players.Levy is a fool!!"Geronimo Jones replied: Nuno comes with too much baggage, ie all his backroom staff which is why Palace and Everton did not take him on.2366

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      Comment posted by Evz, at 22:38 9 Jun

      Roma fan here, if i could give an honest opinion on Fonseca would be that he has all the passion in the world but his tatics and results for last season show he has no plan B when things go wrong, his reults against the top 6 is poor too in serie A, i do wish him luck but i do find that Spurs could find someone with bigger stature (but that might be to do with working with Levy)1985

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        Reply posted by King Eric VII, at 22:40 9 Jun

        "Roma fan here, if i could give an honest opinion on Fonseca would be that he has all the passion in the world but his tatics and results for last season show he has no plan B when things go wrong, his reults against the top 6 is poor too in serie A, i do wish him luck but i do find that Spurs could find someone with bigger stature (but that might be to do with working with Levy)"King Eric VII replied: Poor record against the top 6 = tailor made for Spurs28617

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      Comment posted by Steel Falcon, at 22:36 9 Jun

      This is like a comedy show but funnier. Spurs sack Mourinho, Roma appoint Mourinho, Roma sack Fonseca spurs are considering appointing Fonseca. Might be less farcical if they simply reappointed Mourinho and had done with it.20311

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        Reply posted by Boycie55, at 22:44 9 Jun

        "This is like a comedy show but funnier. Spurs sack Mourinho, Roma appoint Mourinho, Roma sack Fonseca spurs are considering appointing Fonseca. Might be less farcical if they simply reappointed Mourinho and had done with it."Boycie55 replied: Following on from the ESL comedy collapse, where Spurs now have to pay 2 fines of 5 million.6011

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      Comment posted by yoda, at 23:43 9 Jun

      Its bad enough when we have to google the players we sign, cos we’ve never heard of them. Hit the thumbs if you had to google this manager.16520

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        Reply posted by Digger, at 23:47 9 Jun

        "Its bad enough when we have to google the players we sign, cos we’ve never heard of them. Hit the thumbs if you had to google this manager."Digger replied: I didn’t, but I only knew who he was very, very recently when Man United tonked Roma. Before that, nah. If I hadn’t watched the United game hoping they’d get beat, I’d have no clue – but I do vaguely remember a Fonseca playing years ago, no idea if it’s this gadgie though.81

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      Comment posted by ChristoffChristofferson, at 22:38 9 Jun

      Shambles, pathetic, small, awful, joke, embarrassing, losers, rubbish, poor, terrible, clowns, dreadful, spineless, jellyfish, pointless, woeful, inept, unbelievable, waste, garbage, hilarious, shambolic, toilet, broke, calamitous. All words you should associate with Spurs.

      From a Spurs fan.16929

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        Reply posted by Specialist_in_tailoring, at 22:41 9 Jun

        "Shambles, pathetic, small, awful, joke, embarrassing, losers, rubbish, poor, terrible, clowns, dreadful, spineless, jellyfish, pointless, woeful, inept, unbelievable, waste, garbage, hilarious, shambolic, toilet, broke, calamitous. All words you should associate with Spurs. From a Spurs fan."Specialist_in_tailoring replied: One word describes all that mate – spursy12029

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      Comment posted by Steve Duddridge, at 22:41 9 Jun

      Shocking. As a spurs fan I’m disappointed and angry. The hope when Poch and Conte were “close” to the sadness and despair when realising this is likely to be the appointment. We will be lucky to make the top half with this appointment.1027

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        Reply posted by Jason, at 23:03 9 Jun

        "Shocking. As a spurs fan I’m disappointed and angry. The hope when Poch and Conte were “close” to the sadness and despair when realising this is likely to be the appointment. We will be lucky to make the top half with this appointment."Jason replied: It’s in the Juande Ramos and Christian Gross level of manager appointments i fear…1035

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      Comment posted by fox21, at 22:37 9 Jun

      A mid table manager that gets knocked out in the semi finals…..seems the most perfect of fits946

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        Reply posted by rospur, at 23:21 9 Jun

        "A mid table manager that gets knocked out in the semi finals…..seems the most perfect of fits"rospur replied: Spurs havent been mid table for decades… leicester on the other hand2940

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      Comment posted by camolin, at 22:34 9 Jun

      Oh dear! very depressing. How do you get rid of Levy772

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      Comment posted by Den, at 22:57 9 Jun

      Fonseca sacked by Roma who replaced him with Mourinho who was sacked by Spurs.
      Now he is line for the Spurs job.
      The mind boggles.773

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, today at 01:31

        "Fonseca sacked by Roma who replaced him with Mourinho who was sacked by Spurs.Now he is line for the Spurs job.The mind boggles."The Spin Doctor replied: Fonseca is the perfect fit, if Spurs has ambitions on finishing in 6 – 8 position each season.
        Then again as long as Spurs finish above Arsenal each season, that’s all that matters, isn’t it Spurs fans?417

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      Comment posted by LilNige, at 23:27 9 Jun

      Are Spurs and Arsenal in a race to the bottom? Those stadiums are going to look a bit silly in the championship.
      I support neither club but in a race to become a global brand both clubs seem to have forgotten they are supposed to be football clubs. Sad. Good luck to supporters of both teams.724

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        Reply posted by Laughing all the way, today at 03:36

        "Are Spurs and Arsenal in a race to the bottom? Those stadiums are going to look a bit silly in the championship. I support neither club but in a race to become a global brand both clubs seem to have forgotten they are supposed to be football clubs. Sad. Good luck to supporters of both teams."Laughing all the way replied: Arsenal have some lovely silverware in the cabinet. We’ve not been great since the Invinsible season. Not sure who you support tiny Nige but Arsenal are a global club. Check out the stats. When Arsene spoke about financial fair play he got ridiculed. Come home to roost you plum!😘1243

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      Comment posted by joey707, at 22:43 9 Jun

      L£VY and his nodding dogs on the board now scraping the barrel.
      I feel so ashamed and frustrated by the arrogance of this man. I really wonder if the club will survive in this current climate.
      If he thought he could get away with it he would probably have a go at coaching the team as well.
      Once known as a good businessman, he has now ruined the club. Spurs will never suceed with him there.596

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        Reply posted by Half more than Indio, at 23:51 9 Jun

        "L£VY and his nodding dogs on the board now scraping the barrel.I feel so ashamed and frustrated by the arrogance of this man. I really wonder if the club will survive in this current climate.If he thought he could get away with it he would probably have a go at coaching the team as well.Once known as a good businessman, he has now ruined the club. Spurs will never suceed with him there."Half more than Indio replied: Levy is owering the bar until he eventually necomes spurs’ best hope as manager

        Couldn’t watch 2 minutes of “All for nothing” without him getting his mug in front of the cameras143

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      Comment posted by Alex, at 23:00 9 Jun

      Classic Simon Stone article. Finds the “exclusive” on Twitter. Puts his name on it. Not a quote in sight.484

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        Reply posted by Darren, today at 18:10

        "Classic Simon Stone article. Finds the “exclusive” on Twitter. Puts his name on it. Not a quote in sight."Darren replied: To be fair mate most of the time quotes in these articles are just a screenshot of someone’s Twitter11

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      Comment posted by Hiramk, at 23:19 9 Jun

      Very interesting to note that no comments could be made concerning Rio Ferdinands appearance on TV this morning , they seem very selective about what you can comment on .508

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        Reply posted by You, at 23:23 9 Jun

        "Very interesting to note that no comments could be made concerning Rio Ferdinands appearance on TV this morning , they seem very selective about what you can comment on ."You replied: Rio was right. England have always had a large section of toxic fans as the world knows. It’s in their nature to be supremacist.4054

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      Comment posted by JackfootballWood, at 22:36 9 Jun

      And Simon Jordan says Dan Levy is a smart businessman really He is hiring a manager has just been replaced by Mourinho who Levy sacked what is he thinking393

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        Reply posted by Spurtle, at 23:14 9 Jun

        "And Simon Jordan says Dan Levy is a smart businessman really He is hiring a manager has just been replaced by Mourinho who Levy sacked what is he thinking"Spurtle replied: He is a smart businessman. But a completely clueless football man. In one he is a winner and in the other he is a loser, hence 1 trophy in 20 years, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.313

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      Comment posted by Richard, at 23:11 9 Jun

      Spurs who finished 7th in England trying to hire the manager who finished 7th in Italy. Couldn’t get more Spurs if you tried!331

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        Reply posted by liverpool supporter right here, today at 02:34

        "Spurs who finished 7th in England trying to hire the manager who finished 7th in Italy. Couldn’t get more Spurs if you tried!"liverpool supporter right here replied: And then getting rid of a manager who left when they were seventh who is now taking over a team who finished seventh😆141

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      Comment posted by Steve Duddridge, at 22:42 9 Jun

      4 wins in 24 games against Italian top 6 rivals. We’ve got no hope.353

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        Reply posted by ChristoffChristofferson, at 22:45 9 Jun

        "4 wins in 24 games against Italian top 6 rivals. We’ve got no hope."ChristoffChristofferson replied: Sounds about right for us fella.184

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      Comment posted by Tony, at 22:35 9 Jun

      Had a quick look on Wikipedia at Fonesca’s managerial honours. I’m sure he’s been a fine manager in Portuguese and Ukrainian leagues but at best this is a ‘make do’ for Spurs. Fans will probably yawn at his appointment. A ‘don’t upset the apple cart’ manager where it will be Levy & Co calling all the shots (not the manager). The PL is tough & there’s no guarantee his appointment improves Spurs.302

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        Reply posted by SteH11, today at 01:15

        "Had a quick look on Wikipedia at Fonesca’s managerial honours. I’m sure he’s been a fine manager in Portuguese and Ukrainian leagues but at best this is a ‘make do’ for Spurs. Fans will probably yawn at his appointment. A ‘don’t upset the apple cart’ manager where it will be Levy & Co calling all the shots (not the manager). The PL is tough & there’s no guarantee his appointment improves Spurs."SteH11 replied: Does he even speak English?39

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      Comment posted by busyliviin, at 23:48 9 Jun

      Being an Arsenal fan I was quietly crapping my pants when the UK media were linking Conte with the Spuds job. Can safely say that my bowels are as relaxed as they can be now!! Fonseca isn’t the answer, thank you Levy, good luck fighting us for 10th next season281

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        Reply posted by SilverFoxxx, today at 15:37

        "Being an Arsenal fan I was quietly crapping my pants when the UK media were linking Conte with the Spuds job. Can safely say that my bowels are as relaxed as they can be now!! Fonseca isn’t the answer, thank you Levy, good luck fighting us for 10th next season"SilverFoxxx replied: A relaxed set of bowels is NOT what you want! Stay tight!60

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      Comment posted by rockstar, today at 14:28

      was in my local tesco this morning..at the checkout was an 80year old lady very frail with 8 bags of shopping and a pack of 24 water bottles..i turned to her..
      can you manage..i enquired..
      yes love she replied ..but i dont want the spurs job240

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        Reply posted by Steel Falcon, today at 14:47

        "was in my local tesco this morning..at the checkout was an 80year old lady very frail with 8 bags of shopping and a pack of 24 water bottles..i turned to her..can you manage..i enquired..yes love she replied ..but i dont want the spurs job"Steel Falcon replied: Best comment by a long way.30

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