Tottenham 'decide AGAINST hiring Gennaro Gattuso as their new manager'

Tottenham ‘decide AGAINST hiring Gennaro Gattuso as the club’s new manager after holding brief talks with the Italian’ with Daniel Levy forced to look elsewhere again in the hunt for a successor to Jose Mourinho

Tottenham have reportedly decided against their pursuit of Gennaro Gattuso with their nightmare hunt for a successor to Jose Mourinho set to continue.

According to The Athletic, talks were held with the Italian but he has now been ruled out of the race. 

The club’s managerial search took a surprise twist on Thursday after they aborted their attempts to appoint Paulo Fonseca at the last minute and opened talks with Gattuso. 

Tottenham have reportedly ended their pursuit of Italian manager Gennaro Gattuso

It looked like Daniel Levy would appoint the Italian but reports claim a move has fallen through

Former Roma boss Fonseca had agreed to join Spurs and begun discussions with new managing director of football Fabio Paratici about their plans for the squad and the makeup of his coaching staff.

However, with the confirmation of Fonseca’s appointment seemingly-imminent, Spurs chose to walk away from Fonseca.

Spurs insisted financial issues were not behind their change of heart and it was simply a call to go in a different direction made by the club’s hierarchy.

The sudden availability of Gattuso was believed to be one factor in Spurs’s decision after he walked away from his new job with Fiorentina on Thursday after just 23 days in the post.

Paritici has previously been interested in Gattuso while he was managing director at Juventus and was keen to appoint him had they been unable to lure Massimiliano Allegri back to the club.

Talks reportedly took place between Spurs and the 43-year-old, who has managed both AC Milan and Napoli during his coaching career, but he has now been ruled out of the running.

Tottenham fans are sure to be relieved after they expressed their fury when Gattuso emerged as their top managerial target.

Controversial historic comments made by Gattuso on women in football, same-sex marriage and racism were brought to light by supporters on social media on Thursday night.

The former Italy midfielder, who had a famous 2011 touchline bust-up with former Spurs coach Joe Jordan during his AC Milan days, appeared set to spend this season at Fiorentina having joined them last month after leaving Napoli.

But he left Fiorentina on Thursday after just 23 days following a dispute with his new club over transfer plans connected to his agent Jorge Mendes.

Gattuso has also managed Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete, Pisa and Milan.

The 43 year-old has become the latest to emerge as a leading target for the job in Spurs’s roller-coaster search since Mourinho’s exit two months ago.

Bayern Munich-bound Julian Nagelsmann, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag all proved out of reach before Spurs stepped up their search.

They held talks with Mauricio Pochettino who was keen on a return to Spurs but Paris Saint-Germain activated a one-year extension to his contract.

Antonio Conte then appeared set for the Spurs job following his departure from Inter Milan before talks with the former Chelsea manager also broke down. 

More to follow. 

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