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After sacking Jose Mourinho, Tottenham are setting their eyes on former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca as a replacement.

Tottenham are considering appointing former Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca as their new manager. According to Goal, he is leading the list of alternatives for Jose Mourinho and soon might take charge of the squad. In fact, Fabio Paratici, who will become the new sporting director of the club has already contacted Fonseca this week. This means that he could receive an offer to rule at Spurs for three years.

Before initiating talks with Paulo, Tottenham were looking to bring in Antonio Conte who had just resigned from Inter. However, all those efforts did not receive fruition as the negotiations fell apart last week. But now, Spurs have turned their attention towards Fonseca, who came through management in Portuguese football. He has lived his entire playing career in his home country and now is close to taking further steps in English football.

Is this switch a coincidence?

Fonseca made a name for himself as he managed top clubs in Portugal like Aves and Pacos Ferreira. Then he moved to Porto in the 2013-14 season, but could not stay on for more time as Benfica lifted the trophy. After 37 games at Porto, Paulo made a comeback to Pacos Ferreira before a spell with Braga. Not only that, Fonseca then flew to Ukraine to take control of Shakhtar and leading them to win three league titles. 

Later in 2019, the Portuguese earned a place in Italian football as he moved to Roma in June. Just after one season with the club, he gained a fifth-place finish in the league and a spot in the Europa League semi-finals. Nonetheless, Paulo left the club last month after being in charge for two years. As a matter of coincidence, Mourinho has switched for him shortly after, and now Fonseca is set to do the same for Tottenham. If this deal is cracked, Spurs and Roma will meet in the Conference League next season with both the managers.