Antonio Conte is the 2/1 favourite to be the next Tottenham manager with Brighton’s Graham Potter and Paulo Fonseca also among the contenders to replace sacked Nuno Espirito Santo
- Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked as Tottenham manager on Monday morning
- Italian Antonio Conte is the early favourite to be the next Tottenham manager
- He was wanted by Spurs in the summer but failed to persuade him to take over
- Brighton’s Graham Potter and Paulo Fonseca (both 5/1) are also early contenders
Antonio Conte is the early favourite to be the next Tottenham manager after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked after just four months in charge on Monday morning.
The fiery Italian, who managed Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea between 2016 and 2018, has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan earlier this year after guiding them to the Serie A title.
He was wanted by Daniel Levy and Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici in the summer when Nuno was hired but the club failed to agree terms with the former Italy manager.
Antonio Conte is the favourite to take over at Tottenham after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked
Nuno was relieved of his duties after the team’s woeful performance in the loss to Man United
NEXT TOTTENHAM MANGER ODDS
Antonio Conte 2/1
Graham Potter 5/1
Paulo Fonseca 5/1
Ryan Mason 6/1
Brendan Rodgers 15/2
Eddie Howe 15/2
Roberto Martinez 12/1
Sergio Conceicao 12/1
Mauricio Pochettino 14/1
Jurgen Klinsmann 16/1
Simone Inzaghi 16/1
Julen Lopetegui 16/1
Marcelo Gallardo 16/1
Erik ten Hag 20/1
Ronald Koeman 20/1
Scott Parker 25/1
Odds supplied by Betfair
But now, with Spurs once again on the hunt for a new manager, Conte is straight in as the bookies’ favourite at 2/1 with Betfair.
As Sportsmail reported on Monday, Tottenham are returning to Conte and they approached him on Sunday night after failing to persuade him to take over in the summer.
Brighton’s Graham Potter and former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca are joint-second favourites at 5/1 with Ryan Mason, who took charge when Jose Mourinho was sacked last season, priced at 6/1.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is at 15/2 but he recently turned down interest from Newcastle and rejected Tottenham in the summer before they went for Nuno.
Eddie Howe (15/2), Roberto Martinez (12/1) and Sergio Conceicao (12/1) are next on the list with Howe still looking for a job after leaving Bournemouth in 2020.
Graham Potter (left) and Paulo Fonseca (right) are also both early contenders to take over
Brendan Rodgers comes in at 15/2 to take over at Tottenham, the same price as Eddie Howe
Mauricio Pochettino is priced at 14/1 to make a sensational return to north London although it looks unlikely Paris Saint-Germain will let him leave mid-season while they compete for Ligue 1 and the Champions League with Lionel Messi.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is another well-regarded candidate and he is valued at 20/1, although it remains to be seen if he would considered moving mid-season.
Sportsmail exclusively reported Nuno’s departure on Monday morning following Saturday night’s miserable performance against Manchester United.
Prior to Saturday’s feeble performance, Sportsmail understands that removing Nuno from his position as head coach had not been formally discussed by chairman Daniel Levy and other key figures despite the club’s mediocre start to the campaign.
However, the team’s underperformance has been a concern among the club’s hierarchy for several weeks.
Daniel Levy is now leading another managerial search, just four months after appointing Nuno
And the manner of Saturday’s loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and the alarming crowd reaction to it has now forced the club into drastic action.
Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s managing director, said: ‘I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.
‘Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.’
Santo departs alongside his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias.
More to follow.
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