Tottenham Hotspur have initiated negotiations with ex-Roma manager Paulo Fonseca over their vacant management post, according to typically trustworthy Italian writer Di Marzio.

Since mid-April, when they parted company with Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho just days before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, the North London club have been without a permanent manager.

Since then, former Tottenham player Ryan Mason has served as caretaker manager, guiding Spurs to a UEFA Conference League berth with a final-day win against Leicester.

Antonio Conte was unquestionably Daniel Levy’s first pick to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager.

Although they seemed to be close to obtaining his signature, they were unable to reach a final agreement, indicating that negotiations between the two sides failed.

And now, if rumors are to be believed, they seem to have shifted their emphasis on Fonseca. This seems to be a strange decision for Tottenham Hotspur considering their disappointing season last year.

Mourinho, who was sacked by the lilywhites in April, was named Roma manager in early May.

In a terrible twist of fate, Mourinho succeeded Fonseca, who had departed the club only days previously after a string of poor defeats that saw Roma drop out of any European contention.

Ironically, Fonseca will now fill Mourinho’s empty position, with both managers seeking to improve their fortunes at their new teams.

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