Antonio Conte ‘ready to accept’ Tottenham job as talks in London reach final stages

Nuno Espirito Santo reviews Spurs' defeat against Manchester United

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Tottenham are closing in on the appointment of Antonio Conte, reports claim. Spurs sacked Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday morning and are moving fast to find a replacement. Sky Italia claims Conte will be in London on Monday to thrash out talks with Tottenham.

Italian football expert Fabrizio Romano says talks are “at the final stages” and Conte is set to agree to become the next Spurs boss.

Romano tweeted: “Antonio Conte is ready to accept Tottenham proposal. Talks underway and understood to be ‘at final stages’ – salary and long term contract discussed but he seems convinced to say ‘yes’. #THFC

“Negotiations to continue in the next few hours in order to complete the agreement.”

Spurs are eighth in the Premier League table, 10 games into the season.

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They have lost half of their matches and the 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday was the last straw for Nuno.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy called an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the future of the Portuguese.

And he was relieved of his duties shortly after arriving at the club’s training ground on Monday.

Conte is now the overwhelming favourite to replace Nuno.

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The Italian has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan at the end of last season.

He has already had a spell in England, winning the Premier League with Chelsea in his first season in charge.

Conte held talks with Tottenham in the summer but was unable to reach an agreement to be the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.

But it appears he is now ready to move to the north London club.

His first game in charge could be the Europa Conference League match at home to Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.

Nuno’s departure after just 10 league matches makes his reign the shortest of any Spurs manager in the Premier League era.

He was nowhere near the top of the club’s wishlist when they were looking for a new manager.

Following the news of Nuno’s dismissal, Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici said: “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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