Inside Antonio Conte’s June negotiations with Tottenham and how talks crumbled

Antonio Conte has had a change of heart and is set to be the new Tottenham boss just a matter of months after turning the job down.

The Italian manager was in intense negotiations with the north London side back in June, discussions which ultimately ended unsuccessfully.

Instead, Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed. He took charge of 17 games, and was then given his marching orders, leading Spurs right back to where they were in the summer.

However, there's now one major difference – Conte is all in for the role and has arrived in England to secure the next step of his managerial career.

When Conte was first spoken to about the vacancy, he seemed very eager and impressed the Spurs board, as per The Athletic.

He went to great lengths to show his suitability for the role while detailing his ambitions and plans for the side.

These included how he would get the players fitter and also make them an organised defensive unit, something which his 3-5-2 formation is well-known for.

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Money has often been cited as a factor as to why it didn't work out, but there were no issues surrounding his salary when the parties met.

However, the turning point seemed to come when the 52-year-old gave Spurs an ultimatum.

He told them that if they had any doubts whatsoever, then they shouldn't appoint him, as he wanted their full backing and would cut ties if this ever were not the case.

And that is exactly what he had just done at Inter Milan, even though he'd steered them to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Tottenham were over the moon with how the chat had gone and Conte stood out above the rest of the candidates.

But in the following days their relationship drifted with Conte said to be having second thoughts.

He walked away from Tottenham then, for what reason remains unclear. Perhaps he felt a lack of reassurance from the hierarchy.

That backing must now be there with Conte quick to respond to Daniel Levy's contact over the weekend and everything now in place for him to take charge.

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