Live

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

LIVE: OTB AM
Advertisement
Soccer

Fonseca: Spurs' desire for defensive football saw him lose manager's job

Paulo Fonseca says Tottenham's desire to play defensive football cost him the manager's job at th...



Fonseca: Spurs' desire for def...
Soccer

Fonseca: Spurs' desire for defensive football saw him lose manager's job

Paulo Fonseca says Tottenham's desire to play defensive football cost him the manager's job at the Premier League club. 

The former Roma boss was all set to be appointed Jose Mourinho's successor at Spurs back in June.

Fonseca had reportedly agreed a two-year deal, with the option of a third, only to find himself suddenly out of the running.

Three weeks' later, Nuno Espirito Santo signed a two-year contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Fonseca claims recently-appointed managing director Fabio Paratici was the reason he fell out of favour.

At the end of last season, and after the temporary stewardship of Ryan Mason, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said they were focused on appointing a manager who plays "free-flowing" football, returning to "some key priorities and what's truly in our DNA".

Nuno's appointment - and the candidacy of Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso - suggested Levy's promise had been cast aside.

And Fonseca says Paratici was the man behind the change of course.

"The agreement was done," the 48-year old said, "We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach.

"It wasn’t announced but we planned pre-season players. But things changed when the new managing director arrived and we didn’t agree with some ideas and he preferred another coach."

Fonseca added, "“I have some principles. I wanted to be coach of the great teams but I want the right project and a club where the people believe in my ideas, my way to play, and this didn’t happen with the managing director.

“It’s what the chairman and the sporting director [Steve Hitchen] asked for. To build a team who can play attractive and offensive football and I was ready for that.

"I cannot be a different way. All my teams will have these intentions.

"In Rome or Shakhtar in the Champions League against the biggest teams, I’m not sending out my teams to defend near their own box.”

Wayne Rooney: “What type of person would I be if I walk away now?”

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to OTB Sports's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Daniel Levy Fabio Paratici Paulo Fonseca Spurs Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Up next

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on