Tottenham have decided to abandon their efforts to hire Antonio Conte and will pursue other options this summer, according to widespread reports.
Club chairman Daniel Levy is determined to bring in a replacement for Jose Mourinho before pre-season gets underway and talks with Conte – who recently quit Inter Milan after steering them to the Serie A title – were thought to be progressing well.
The likes of Roberto Martinez, Erik ten Hag, Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers and former boss Mauricio Pochettino had all been linked with the the vacant position before Spurs honed in on Conte as their prime managerial target.
However, according to The Telegraph, Tottenham grew seriously concerned about the Italian’s excessive demands and feared he would be unwilling to provide young talent with a realistic pathway into the first-team.
Pochettino, a hugely popular figure among Tottenham’s fanbase, was renowned for giving youth an opportunity to impress across his five-and-a-half year stay in north London and Levy has been looking for a manager with a similar philosophy with regards to player development.
The report suggests discussions with Conte have now ground to a complete halt and Spurs are not expected to follow up on their initial interest in the 51-year-old.
The ex-Chelsea head coach is said to have had major reservations of his own about taking charge and felt the team would struggle to match his lofty ambitions.