Paulo Fonseca believes that Tottenham turned him down because of his attacking brand of football. Fonseca left Roma in the summer after two years in charge with Jose Mourinho taking over his reigns at the club. Tottenham spent two months in search of the man to succeed Mourinho with the likes of Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino among those considered for the job. After those two possibilities were no longer available, they agreed on a two-year contract verbally with the Portuguese manager. However, the deal fell through not long after Paratici joined the club with the former Juventus executive appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as the manager.

“The agreement was done. We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach. It wasn’t announced but we planned pre-season players.” Paulo Fonseca said about his Tottenham miss.”I have some principles. I wanted to be the coach of the great teams but I want the right project and a club where the people believe in my ideas, my way to play, and this didn’t happen with the managing director.”

“It’s what the chairman (Daniel Levy) and the sporting director (Steve Hitchen) asked for: to build a team who can play attractive and offensive football and I was ready for that,” he added. “I cannot be a different way. All my teams will have these intentions. Against the biggest teams, I’m not sending out my teams to defend near their own box.”

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