The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick has become the latest journalist to reveal that Luis Enrique currently tops Fabio Paratici’s wishlist to replace Antonio Conte at the helm of Tottenham. 

It was first reported by The Athletic two weeks ago that Paratici might favour hiring Enrique, with the Spurs managing director of football alleged to be a big fan of the Spanish coach.

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Kilpatrick has now backed up claims by other outlets by also suggesting that it is Paratici who has been entrusted with the task of finding Conte’s successor.

The journalist adds that discussions are continuing today at Spurs regarding the 53-year-old’s dismissal and that the most likely scenario is to put Ryan Mason in charge on a temporary basis.

He asserts that handing Mason the reins would give Tottenham time to hold discussions with the likes of Enrique, Thomas Tuchel, Roberto De Zerbi, Ruben Amorim and Ange Postecoglou regarding the vacancy.

Kilpatrick claims that Enrique’s name is currently at the top of the list that Paratici has drawn up to be the next Spurs head coach.

The journalist also explains the risk that Tottenham would be taking by entrusting Paratici with the responsibility of hiring Conte’s replacement, with Spurs still waiting to find out if the former Juventus director’s ban is upheld.

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For all the excellent recruitment decisions that Paratici has made when it comes to players, the Italian does not have a great record when it comes to managerial appointments.

It is worth remembering that he came close to giving the job to the likes of Fonseca and Gattuso before appointing Nuno back in the summer of 2021.

So, it does not fill me with confidence that the 50-year-old will be deciding the next head coach.

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