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Conte emerges as ‘clear front runner’ to take Spurs job as PSG block Pochettino return

Antonio Conte has emerged as the ‘clear front runner’ to become Tottenham’s new manager after Paris Saint-Germain blocked a move for Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have been assessing candidates to take the vacant managerial position in north London following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April, with the club having made contact with former manager Pochettino just over 18 months after his dismissal from the position.

 

It had been speculated that the 49-year-old had asked to leave the capital club in order to return the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, Pochettino having failed to steer PSG to the title.

PSG have however maintained their stance that the Argentine will not leave the Parc des Princes and triggered an option to extend his contract earlier this week, leaving Spurs to move on to alternatives with former Chelsea boss Conte emerging as a target after leaving Inter Milan.

Conte guided Inter to a first league title since the 2009/10 season last term, though resigned from his position after being informed of the club’s need to cut costs this summer amid spiralling debts.

The BBC are reporting that the Italian has now held talks with Spurs over a return to the Premier League with talks having advanced quickly.

Conte is now the ‘clear front runner’ to become Spurs’ new manager as the north Londoners look to improve following a disappointing season, having finished seventh in the Premier League to miss out on Champions League qualification for a second successive season.

The 51-year-old won the Premier League and FA Cup during his previous two-season spell in English football, though was sacked after Chelsea finished fifth in the second of those campaigns.

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