Tottenham managerial setback as talks with Antonio Conte break down

Spurs put off by demands of former Inter Milan boss

FILE - In this Saturday, May 8, 2021 file photo, Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte celebrates at the end of a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sampdoria, at Milan's San Siro stadium, Saturday, May 8, 2021. Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte left the newly-crowned Serie A champion by “mutual consent” Wednesday, May 26, 2021 just weeks after leading the Nerazzurri to their first league title in more than a decade. Conte was reportedly unhappy about the club’s decision to sell players in this coming transfer window because of financial constraints. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Tottenham's managerial search descended into chaos after talks with Antonio Conte broke down.

Spurs, who sacked Jose Mourinho in April, were in discussions to bring the former Chelsea manager to north London.

But they are understood to have been put off by certain demands made by the 51-year-old and will now turn their attention elsewhere.

Conte had become a candidate following his exit from Inter Milan last week, where he left by mutual consent after leading them to their first Serie A title since 2010.

His record is impressive, having also won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017, but Spurs' pursuit of him was at odds with what chairman Daniel Levy set out at the end of last season.

Levy said he wanted to return to the club's "core DNA" which had been lost during the appointment of Mourinho.

Conte, while being an excellent coach, did not fit and reports in his native Italy say he also had reservations about joining.

Tottenham had been hoping to reunite Conte with outgoing Juventus director of football Fabio Paratici, who is set to join the club in a similar role.

The pair worked together at the Turin club and helped turn them into the dominant force in Italian football.

Paratici is expected to be involved in the search for a new manager.

Spurs have also been in talks with former boss Mauricio Pochettino about a return just 18 months after being sacked, but his current employer Paris Saint Germain blocked an exit and it would be difficult to reignite that.

Tottenham sacked Mourinho in mid-April, six days before the Carabao Cup final, and ended the season with 29-year-old academy coach Ryan Mason in interim charge.

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