Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham contact Gennaro Gattuso after Paulo Fonseca talks break down

Ross Jackson
Gennaro Gattuso could be the new Spurs boss
Gennaro Gattuso could be the new Spurs boss / Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Gennaro Gattuso is in talks to become the next Tottenham manager after the club's talks with Paulo Fonseca broke down.

Spurs have been on the hunt for a new boss since Jose Mourinho left the club just days before their Carabao Cup final appearance against Manchester City in April.

Chairman Daniel Levy originally set himself a deadline of the end of the Premier League season to appoint a new boss, though a number of setbacks in his quest to appoint a new manager meant said deadline was simply not feasible.

Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag were the first to rule themselves out of the running for the post, before former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte seemed nailed on to take the reins before negotiations broke down.

Fonseca - the man Mourinho recently replaced at Roma - emerged as a surprise candidate just weeks ago, with an announcement expected to be made in the coming weeks. However, Gianluca Di Marzio now reports talks have broken down and the club have instead turned their attention to Gattuso.

The former Napoli boss had been out of work mere hours before news of Spurs' approach came to light, with Gattuso recently leaving his post at Fiorentina after just over three weeks in the job.

The news will come as a huge blow to Spurs who had already made a verbal agreement with Fonseca over the contract he would pen at the club, though the talks are understood to have hit a stumbling block over the finances involved in the deal.

Once again Tottenham are forced to regroup and begin their search for a new boss, a task Levy will undoubtedly be eager to complete prior to the end of Euro 2020 in order to afford the new manager a full pre-season with his new squad.