Report: Senior Tottenham figure was adamant that Conte should stay

The Daily Mail have revealed that Fabio Paratici was insistent that Antonio Conte should stay on as Tottenham’s head coach until the end of the season.

Tottenham were rocked on Tuesday by the news that Paratici’s 30-month ban from Italian football, which was handed to him following Juventus’ capital gains trial, was extended by FIFA to all leagues across the world (Sky Sports).

Fabio Paratici
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The Telegraph reported yesterday that this has put the Italian’s future at Spurs in major doubt, with the club now consulting with their lawyers to determine their future course of action.

The report explained that the ban prevents Paratici from being involved in the club’s managerial search, in player transfers or in negotiating contracts, with a source thus describing the current situation at Spurs as the biggest crisis that Daniel Levy has faced in his two decades in charge.

However, The Mail have now claimed that the Tottenham hierarchy have ‘gradually sidelined’ Paratici ever since the news first emerged that the Italian FA had suspended him back in January.

In fact, is asserted that the 50-year-old was ‘adamant’ that Conte should see out the rest of the season but was overruled by the club.

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While Paratici’s talent identification of players has been excellent, his judgement regarding the coaching situation has seemingly been quite poor since he arrived at Spurs.

If it is true that he wanted Conte to stay on despite the fact that the Italian has clearly lost the dressing room, that is indeed quite concerning.

Perhaps, it is not a bad thing if the 50-year-old plays no part in the club’s managerial search.

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