Paulo Fonseca (possibly our next manager): nowhere man?

Paulo Fonseca (possibly our next manager): nowhere man?

This new name that has been thrust in front of us reminds me of the Beatles song:

He’s a real nowhere man

Sitting in his nowhere land

Making all his nowhere plans for nobody

Doesn’t have a point of view

Knows not where he’s going to

Yes, our club have opened talks with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca about becoming our new manager. We’ve been looking for a manager since Mourinho got the sack back in April. And surprise, surprise, he replaced Paulo at Roma. Swings and circles.

Of course, and like all the others we have approached, we are yet to agree on a deal with Fonseca. We reached advanced talks with Antonio Conte only for the deal to collapse. It isn’t surprising that this current fiasco looks like a circus. Now another name has been flashed in front of us, a real nowhere man.

It was reported that Fonseca impressed at Roma but lost his job after a seventh-placed finish. So, what makes Levy think he can do any better at our club? Or is it because he is cheap and can be manipulated, where Mourinho couldn’t and had to go (same with Pochettino, he got too big for his boots).  Roma was also beaten in the Europa League semi-finals by Manchester United.

Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri at Roma after three years with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. He also coached Porto and Braga in his homeland. Not a very enterprising record. That is probably why he fits Levy’s profile. Conte wanted certain guarantees, while this new one will just be glad to have a job.

He also won three successive doubles in charge of Shakhtar between 2016 and 2019, a Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2016 and a Portuguese Super Cup with Porto in 2013. Shakhtar are the Celtic of their homeland.

We have already appointed a new sporting director in Fabio Paratici, who has joined after 11 years at Juventus. Fonseca is the incoming sporting director’s first choice to take over at Tottenham (The Athletic).

The pair have held talks in Italy this week ahead of Paratici flying to London, where he will be formally announced in his new role, following his recent departure from Juventus.

What doesn’t sound good is that we previously had turned him down after having discussions with both Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte. Levy had contacted Fonseca at the start of their managerial search, but he has since moved up the pecking order.

One Spurs supporters said, “How do you go from Pochettino, Mourinho managing us and being linked with Nagglesman, Flick and Conte to appointing the relatively unknown Fonseca? I tell you how: he’s cheap to hire, fire and appease with the existing squad and a few cheap signings.”

Another said, “So it’s taken us 2 months to hire an unemployed manager that’s never managed in the PL and just got 7th for Roma before being let go? There’s no aspect of this that I can get behind, sorry. What a crushing disappointment.”

While another commented, “Please don’t tell me my football club have sacked Jose and then hired the guy who was sacked that Jose replaced”

And it doesn’t get any better, however, there was one or two who supported him, but the majority were either bewildered or hostile.

Thoughts

After rejecting top names, we are now looking down the list. The lower one goes on that list, the more docile that person will be.

Remember what Ole Gunnar Solskjær, “the players are at the club to win trophies,” and the same philosophy applies to the other four top clubs, but not to us. Players are at the club to make their masters rich. Now, there is nothing wrong with making your masters more wealthier if, at the same time, it benefits the team, but in our case, it doesn’t. Never mind, you get what you pay for. If we do get Paulo Fonseca, I will back him, as every Spurs supporter should, but I do have reservations. In thirty years, we have won three trophies, two under Sugar and one under Levy. Sugar was at the club just over 10 years, while Levy has been at the club (in charge) for 20. God help us!

I have been going to Spurs now for over 60 years, and I’ve seen some highs and lows, but this must be one of the lowest periods in my lifetime.

Agree or disagree, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Glenn

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