Paulo Fonseca has broken his silence on his failed move to Tottenham Hotspur, having come close to an agreement with Daniel Levy to become Tottenham’s new head coach.
Fonseca, who was coincidentally replaced by former Spurs boss Mourinho at his old club AS Roma, was on the verge of taking over at Tottenham in June, until a last minute change of direction from Fabio Paratici saw the entire move collapse at the last moment.
The club finally sorted out their long search for a new manager when Paratici appointed Nuno Espirito Santo, who had previously been ruled out of the running.
Speaking to Portuguese television channel SIC, via the Telegraph, Fonseca said: “All the details were settled.
“I was really prepared for a new adventure at Tottenham but, with the general manager (Paratici) coming in, we had some disagreements that were difficult to overcome.
“I really want to coach the best teams, but I cannot compromise my ideas, I cannot compromise my values just to coach a big team.”
Fonseca says that Levy was impressed by his initial pitch because he wanted the club to play attractive football, but Paratici’s arrival changed that slightly, and the deal ultimately collapsed.
“The truth is that the president (Levy) and the sporting director (Steve Hitchen) always argued that the team should be offensive, should be attractive, should be a dominant team which went in the direction of what my teams are, in essence.
“And with the entry of the new general director, things changed a little bit. They wanted to go in another direction and, obviously, it wasn’t possible to develop something I didn’t believe in.”
After winning 1-0 against the Premier League Champions Manchester City last weekend, Espirito Santo’s side were embarrassed in Portugal by losing to Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League, meaning the new boss has had a varied start to competitive life at the club.
He’ll now hope to get the better of his former club Wolves on Sunday.