Spurs 21/22: Don't worry, we'll hire someone. Maybe.

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Levy's mouthpiece just confirmed this is probably happening:

View: https://twitter.com/AlasdairGold/status/1400184513074974877


Now looking likely that Antonio Conte will become the next Tottenham boss. Spurs pushed hard to try to bring Mauricio Pochettino back but PSG have fought hard to keep him. Conte is one of the top managers in the world and it's going to be fascinating to see how he will (contd)

Fit into a very different environment at Spurs than he's previously had elsewhere. The arrival of his former Juventus DoF Fabio Paratici also looking likely but both men will need funds to work with and it's going to be interesting to see if they get that and where from. (Contd)

Conte suddenly becoming a free agent made him a very attractive prospect for Levy, but if he puts pen to paper as expected it'll be intriguing to see how the two men gel, whether he fits that Levy DNA statement and whether he can settle at Spurs for longer than elsewhere. (Contd)

No denying it would be a big statement appointment but without adequate funding Conte is going to find far more frustration ahead than he did at Inter and Chelsea. As a journalist he will be a fascinating character to cover and I hope he's given the chance to succeed. (Contd)
It's cool that Spurs are actually able to get such a quality of manager, but this seems certain to end Conte and Levy fighting. I hope Daniel can find a bunch of that NFL & Stadium tour money in the couch cushions to give Conte the level of spending he is going to demand.
 

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It's cool that Spurs are actually able to get such a quality of manager, but this seems certain to end Conte and Levy fighting. I hope Daniel can find a bunch of that NFL & Stadium tour money in the couch cushions to give Conte the level of spending he is going to demand.
Sure feels like the Jose hire... if it had been 10 year ago peak Jose.
 

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The fit is actually decent. Doherty played as a wingback in a back 3 at Wolves and that role suits him more than as a FB in a back 4. Reguilon and Sessegnon (was out on loan but should be back) are both pacey players who are better going forward than defending in their penalty box. Sessegnon is more naturally a winger than an LB at this stage of his career and the wingback role could really suit him. Some of Sanchez's best performances at Spurs came in his first season playing in a back 3 flanked by Alderweireld and Vertonghen.

Also no matter what system they end up playing, Spurs will need another RB anyway with Aurier out the door.

The tricky part of the 3-5-2 is fitting in all the midfielders and attackers. Dele in particular doesn't have an obvious spot with Kane and Son likely taking the two forward roles.
I think the wingbacks are actually the last thing to worry about with Conte. Not only does Spurs have some good options on the left, but Conte has gotten good results from players like Victor Moses, Marcos Alonso, Stefan Lichsteiner, and Ivan Perisic in the past in those roles, even guys like Ashley Young. It doesn't really demand top players, just hard workers who will do the job and get up and down the pitch. Bergwijn might be an interesting conversion project there.

IMO, the trickier positions are the three in midfield and the central CB in the back three. Conte's teams have always had a huge amount of quality in these positions. For the middle CB he had Bonucci at Juve, then immediately bought David Luiz when he took over Chelsea, and has used De Vrij at Inter. Those were all top shelf ball playing CBs right in their primes, guys really comfortable carrying the ball forward and effectively being deep playmakers capable of a range of passing. I don't think that player currently exists on the Spurs roster. My guess is that he would buy somebody for that role and then let the existing CBs compete for the two outside positions.

Midfield also seems like a place for roster turnover. Conte has preferred to have an experienced deep lying playmaker (Pirlo, Brozovic, to some degree Matic at Chelsea) surrounded by all action midfielders of real top quality (Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba, Kante, Barella, an Eriksen/Vidal rotation now) who can do defensive work but are also great technical players who can contribute creatively in the final third. I don't think the deep lying playmaker is on the Spurs roster. Skipp seems like he could grow into that role over time but I can't see Conte handing him the keys right away. N'Dombele and Lo Celso seem like potential candidates for the box-to-box roles but with some pretty big lingering questions about them so I bet Conte would bring in somebody for at least competition for those positions, if not to improve on one of them. None of Sissoko, Winks, Dele, or Hojberg seem like very good fits for either kind of role.
 
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Two tweets from Fabrizio Romano:

Tottenham are in direct contact with Antonio Conte representatives even today. PSG still convinced Pochettino is staying. #THFC Spurs board and Conte now talking about his staff and salary too. Fabio Paratici will decide about Spurs director of football proposal next week.

Tottenham are still in talks with Heung-min Son agents to reach an agreement on contract extension. Spurs board ‘confident’ to complete the agreement soon, once the new manager situation will be clarified. #THFC #Spurs
 

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I am shocked that the guy who wants lots of control and money in the window has not signed on with the club that was never going to give him lots of control or spend money.
 

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This is a bigger deal than I thought it was. Cynical local Spurs supporters are saying that this may have been a ploy to sell season tickets (deadline timing lines up) and on Conte's part to create more interest and command higher comp from other clubs. Conte really never made sense in light of Levy's comments (namely wanting attacking free flowing football and supporting young players) but it still would've been a welcome hire. Nevertheless, the public nature of all this make Spurs front office look shitty and inept...again.

All that said, if they end up with Ten Hag or Potter, I'd still be thrilled. The only caveat there is that it needs to be soon so the club can move on to transfer business.
 

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Hahaha fuck ENIC and Levy. Trick season tickets holders by releasing rumors the days before season tickets are to be renewed (regarding Conte and Poch) and now hire a coach who couldn’t finish higher than 7th in the Serie A. This will be the first year I will not buy any Spurs related merchandise or watch a game this season. We went from Champions League finals two years ago to this. Once the Kane sale is final, and we are still stuck with Sissoko, Wanks and Dier on the team, we will be lucky to not be in a relegation battle.​
 

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Have Spurs found their very own mikeford?
Please, no. We are currently running fourth in the SoSH fanbase table and this dude might drop us into something terrible like 8th place.

Hahaha fuck ENIC and Levy. Trick season tickets holders by releasing rumors the days before season tickets are to be renewed (regarding Conte and Poch) and now hire a coach who couldn’t finish higher than 7th in the Serie A. This will be the first year I will not buy any Spurs related merchandise or watch a game this season. We went from Champions League finals two years ago to this. Once the Kane sale is final, and we are still stuck with Sissoko, Wanks and Dier on the team, we will be lucky to not be in a relegation battle.​
-80+ % of the season tickets are already paid for and they have a seemingly endless waiting list. I couldn't get seats this year and I've been on the list for four years.
-He finished 5th in 2020, went through an ownership change and had them running in the UCL spots until they hit an injury crisis in March. At the very least he seems like an excellent buy low candidate. I don't see how this is worse than "finished 16th but had awesome Xg numbers," for example.
-You'll watch plenty of games this year.
-They won't be stuck with any of the sale players you mention. They might keep one of the two English dudes (and I irrationally love Dier, so I hope it is him), but they are going to sell plenty of the players you hate.



Anyway, I am obviously disappointed that Poch isn't coming back. But, I prefer a younger project manager to someone like Conte who Levy is going to give 75% of what they need and destined to end in a dramatic flameout. Is Fonseca more likely to be the next AVB than the next Poch? - Yes. Does it make less sense to hire the Portuguese version of Potter when you could just get Potter? - Not entirely


But.... If we are going to spend endless months bitching about how Levy needs to give up some control and hire a DoF, we have to accept what the DoF decides and see how it goes. If they let Paratichi run the transfer market and team construction and that allows Levy to focus on naming rights, selling more events at the stadium and squeezing every last fucking penny out of City or Chelski for Kane, they I think they will be in a better spot come next season.
 
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