Antonio Conte matches Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham contract and paid less than just one rival

Nuno sacked by Tottenham after fifth Premier League defeat of the season

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Tottenham will confirm Antonio Conte as their new head coach after offering him the second most lucrative managerial contract in the Premier League, according to reports. Conte will replace Nuno Espirito Santo who was dismissed on Monday morning. 

The Italian had actually been sounded out during Spurs’ summer search for Jose Mourinho’s replacement. 

Chairman Daniel Levy negotiated with Conte but at the time could not reach an agreement that would have seen the 52-year-old take charge. 

It prompted a chaotic recruitment process which saw Spurs come close to appointing three coaches on separate occasions, including Conte.  

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca and ex-AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso were also spoken to by Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici. 

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Spurs eventually landed Nuno but several dismal results have seen the Portuguese dismissed after just 17 games. It is the shortest tenure of Levy’s 10 permanent bosses.  

Conte is expected to be formally announced on Tuesday after agreeing an eye-watering deal. According to The Times, Levy has agreed to pay the former Chelsea coach £15million per year.  

It is the same money paid to Nuno’s predecessor Mourinho. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp earns a similar amount.  

The report continues that only Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola earns more of the Premier League bosses. 

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Conte is believed to be signing an 18-month contract and has a huge task on his hands to improve the club’s form.  

There have been crushing Premier League defeats against Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United. In four of those games Spurs have conceded three goals.  

It was the latter fixture that sealed Nuno’s fate. Spurs failed to have a shot on target in their 3-0 reverse against the Red Devils despite having Harry Kane and Heung-min Son on the pitch. 

Getting England captain Kane firing will be another of Conte’s primary jobs. The 28-year-old has scored just one Premier League goal this season and did not appear to fit into Nuno’s preferred system.  

Conte’s first game in charge will be the Europa League Conference group clash with Vitesse. Spurs suffered an embarrassing defeat against the Dutch side, leaving them with a plenty of work to do to qualify for the knockout rounds. 

It is a tournament for which Spurs were one of the favourites to win, but Nuno tended to play a weaker team. 

Conte’s maiden Premier League clash will be the weekend visit to out-of-form Everton who suffered a third consecutive defeat on Monday evening. They were beaten 2-1 by Wolves.  

Speaking about the 48-year-old’s departure, Paratici wrote: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision. 

“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”
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