Former PL club owner accuses Conte of lying in his first Tottenham interview

Antonio Conte
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Simon Jordan has branded Antonio Conte’s reason for turning down the Tottenham job in the summer as ‘nonsense’. 

Tottenham previously pursued the former Chelsea boss during their lengthy search for a new manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho. 

However, Spurs failed to agree on a deal with the Italian and were forced to prolong their search, which ended up at the door of ex-Wolves manager and the now-departed Nuno Espirito Santo. 

Now that Spurs finally have their man in Conte at the helm, he has since revealed that a deal was not struck in the summer because he felt the job came too soon after his departure from Inter Milan. 

He told the club’s official website: “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.”

Conte also revealed that his mind was quickly changed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who he described as having ‘contagious enthusiasm and determination’.

However, talkSPORT pundit Jordan is not buying the Italian’s reasoning for rejecting the club earlier this year and pointed his finger towards problems to do with the financial aspects of the proposal. 

He said on talkSPORT: “Conte says he didn’t join Tottenham because he had a difficult time leaving Inter Milan – nonsense.

“The deal wasn’t right for him, the finances weren’t right, the bending over opportunity that Daniel Levy will now give him – in terms of Daniel is going to let him have what he wants – is probably more to do with it.

“I’ve never heard anyone describe Daniel in all my experiences with him as ‘having contagious enthusiasm and determination’, apart from determination to keep the balance sheet working well.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

The Spurs job was on offer for Conte very quickly after his departure from Inter in fairness, and maybe it was a bit too quick for him.

Now he is here, hopefully, Levy has given him a promise that spending power will be given to him, as this is the chance to get Spurs in the right direction. 

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