It represents yet another setback in a long line of humiliating failures since Tottenham’s manager hunt began over eight weeks ago.
Fonseca couldn’t agree terms with Spurs, which perpetuates this rollercoaster journey since Jose Mourinho was canned on April 17. Gennaro Gattuso is now thought to be the frontrunner for Daniel Levy and company, a manager who left Fiorentina after just 22 days in charge, citing internal disagreements with the Italian club. I use the word frontrunner very loosely, as Spurs haven’t shown they can secure purported shoo-ins for the job.
The farce continues, and Gattuso represents an even more peculiar choice for Spurs. The former AC Milan midfielder had a brief tenure managing Napoli and coached his former Milan side for two years prior to that. His managerial career started in 2013 with Sion.
It’s another bizarre turn in Spurs’ sordid quest to find a new manager. Now Tottenham’s supporters will truly be disillusioned. Witnessing this debacle over the past two months will do little to alleviate the tension between supporters and chairman.
Spurs’ pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Fonseca have all infamously broken down in recent weeks. It’s understandable for discussions to break down once or twice, but three times marks an extremely unnerving precedent.
The media attention hasn’t helped Spurs’ search, but the chairman only has himself to blame for the incompetence he’s shown repeatedly since Mourinho was let go over two months ago. Even firing Mourinho devoid of any concrete backup plan constitutes yet another miserable failure to Levy’s ever-growing list.