Tottenham chief Daniel Levy ‘against meeting Antonio Conte job demand’ as saga takes twist

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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is unwilling to go along with Antonio Conte’s demand for restructuring the squad, according to reports. The Italian has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan back in the summer. But it appears unlikely he’ll be on his way to north London to replace Nuno Espirito Santo.

Tottenham hired Nuno as their new manager back in the summer as a replacement for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April.

Things initially started well under the Portuguese, with Spurs winning their first three Premier League matches.

In the time since, however, Tottenham have fallen apart.

They’ve lost four of their last six matches across all competitions, with the latest coming at the hands of Manchester United on Saturday night.

And with Nuno now looking poised to lose his job in the capital, links to Conte have again arisen.

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The Italian was a contender to replace Mourinho earlier in the year but, ultimately, Tottenham went for Nuno instead.

And Calcio Mercato say that, when it comes to bringing Conte to the club, Levy is reluctant to let him ‘restructure the squad’.

Tottenham spent big in the summer transfer window, bringing in the likes of Cristian Romero, Bryan Gill and Emerson Royal.

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And Levy, it seems, doesn’t think the Spurs team needs major surgery despite their issues at the current moment in time.

It looks like Tottenham will miss out on the former Chelsea boss due to Levy’s reluctance to improve the personnel.

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And, therefore, Levy and the rest of the Spurs board will have to look at other options instead.

Paulo Fonseca has been linked with Newcastle but, if Tottenham reignite interest in the Portuguese, it’s feasible they’ll bring him in instead.

Graham Potter has worked wonders at Brighton, though whether he’d take the job midway through the season is unclear.

Ryan Mason did well enough after replacing Mourinho on an interim basis last term and is another name in the frame.

And Eddie Howe and Roberto Martinez, amongst others, are also possible candidates.

Tottenham players were jeered off the field as they lost to United on Saturday, with Nuno also booed.

And the former Wolves boss opened up on the incident after the game, saying: “We are not on the right track. I totally understand the criticism.

“It’s part of football. When the team doesn’t perform, the fans suffer. The fans are not happy, they have showed they’re not happy.

“It’s up to us to take it, tell them we try our best, tell them we are sorry because we didn’t perform as we wanted.

“We keep on trying. And in a humble way ask them support us all the way.”

Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, has called on Tottenham to respond from their latest setback.

“When you’re a professional you expect critics,” he said.

“The fans expect more from us, but this is not the moment to give up, this is the moment to stick together.

“But also we need to find the solution to move on.”

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