Tottenham chief Daniel Levy ‘feared Man Utd could launch Antonio Conte hijack’ | Football | Sport


Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly feared that Manchester United could gazump Spurs to the appointment of Antonio Conte. The north Londoners announced the Italian’s arrival on Tuesday having moved quickly after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo fewer than 24 hours earlier. 

Conte had been linked with the United job after reports suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be sacked in the aftermath of the Red Devils’ 5-0 defeat by Liverpool 10 days ago.  

Solskjaer had overseen a terrible run of form, which included just two wins in his side’s previous seven matches.  

But the Norwegian was handed time to turn around results and responded with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Spurs on Saturday.  

That result sealed Nuno’s fate, with Levy dismissing the 48-year-old on Monday morning. A day later, Spurs confirmed the appointment of Conte on an 18-month deal. 

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“Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world. 

“I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach. 

“Last summer our union did not happen because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season, so I felt that it wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching.

“But the contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to take it with great conviction.”

Managing director of football Fabio Paratici added: “We are delighted to welcome Antonio to the club. His track record speaks for itself, with vast experience and trophies in both Italy and England. 

“I know first-hand the qualities Antonio can bring to us, having worked with him at Juventus, and look forward to seeing his work with our talented group of players.”

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