Jamie O’Hara has claimed that, while he would love to see Antonio Conte replace Jose Mourinho at Spurs, the Italian could be an unrealistic target for the club.
Conte has led Inter Milan to their first Scudetto in over a decade, managing to break Juventus’s stranglehold on Serie A in the process.
Some reports have suggested that the former Chelsea boss could see Tottenham as a viable option if the Inter hierarchy do not meet his transfer demands.
The 51-year-old has remained coy about his future, insisting that he is yet to make a decision and that he would only do so after a meeting with the club.
O’Hara has now said that the likes of Scott Parker and Graham Potter would be more realistic targets for the North London club than the Inter boss.
When asked about speculation linking the club with Conte, the former Tottenham midifelder told talkSPORT’s Gameday Countdown: “I think if Tottenham got Antonio Conte, they’d be able to keep Harry Kane – he’s a brilliant manager.
“He won the Premier League title with Chelsea and yes he got the sack, but that’s what Chelsea do. It’s their culture. He’s gone to Inter Milan and he’s won the league there, too. He’s a top manager.
“Rafa Benitez is being linked now, but I honestly would rather Scott Parker as manager.
“He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s got a forward-thinking attacking style and philosophy of how he wants to play, he knows what the club is about and he’ll know some of the young players.
“That’s the way we need to go. I don’t think getting Rafa Benitez… it would only be for his name.
“I think we should be going for Antonio Conte or Brendan Rodgers, but Spurs are living in cuckoo land at the moment… we’re pretenders! We haven’t won anything!
“We’re a top-ten football club in the world, financially, but we haven’t actually won anything! How have we pulled that off?!
“So we have to be realistic right now, and I think being realistic is getting a Scott Parker or a Graham Potter and seeing where that takes us.
“Personally, I would like Antonio Conte, but I can’t see it happening.”
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I do not agree with O’Hara’s reasoning that Conte would not want to come to Spurs. If the Italian does not reach an agreement with the Inter hierarchy and is looking to leave the San Siro, we would be one of the leading contenders for his signature. He might also feel that he has unfinished business in the Premier League.
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