It would be naive to describe Antonio Conte’s appointment as a sort of “last chance” for Daniel Levy, but the deal nonetheless feels like a big game on the part of the president, a roll of the dice. big or come home “after a multitude of missteps.
Levy’s reputation has been tarnished by a series of errors in judgment, from the hasty decision to join the European Super League to the even hasty appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Mixed in with boos and chants against Nuno in Saturday’s loss to Manchester United, which ultimately prompted Levy to sack the Portuguese on Monday, there were calls for the president to leave.
Whether or not Conte is a success at Spurs, Levy could remain at the helm of the club for another five or even 10 years, but there is a feeling the fan heat would become particularly intense if another nomination blew up in his face.
After failing to back Mauricio Pochettino and then two poorly judged managerial appointments to Jose Mourinho and Nuno, it’s ironic that Levy ended up with a truly world-class coach, one of the top five in the world, and by far the best. . free agent available to fill vacant Spurs management post.
The arrival of Conte immediately eases the pressure on Levy and further strengthens the position of Fabio Paratici who, suddenly, fully justified his appointment to the general management by landing his friend on the second attempt.
Spurs surely would not have managed to attract a world-class coach in their current state without the influence of Paratici, who worked with Conte at Juventus and convinced him to join the club on Monday night.
Paratici first attempted to name his compatriot in June as Mourinho’s permanent successor, but talks broke down over Conte’s apparent concerns about the club’s success plan, with Spurs sources informing the 52-year-old was reluctant to work with young players.
The big question now is what has changed. On the one hand, Conte is eager to get back to work, having left Inter Milan at the end of last season, but more importantly Spurs are said to have made more concessions, promising the former Chelsea boss money to reshape the team and more control over transfer targets.
One obvious concern is the club’s ability to meet Conte’s demands, but the narrative around Levy refusing to support his managers is gradually changing. As promised by the president, there has been a marked increase in Tottenham’s willingness to spend big since moving to the new stadium.
Last summer they agreed to deals worth more than £ 100million, although £ 42million on Cristian Romero was postponed until next year as they also signed on important signatures to Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele since moving into their new home. Spurs should be able to satisfy Conte, at least initially.
While Conte’s appointment is an impressive blow and a display of ambition on Spurs’ part, making them immediately relevant and potentially leaving Nuno’s reign as a forgettable footnote, it nonetheless responds to one of the Persistent criticism of Levy: that he lacks a clear and cohesive vision for the football part of the club.
Everyone at Spurs has spent Nuno’s tenure talking seriously about starting a new round and looking for the long haul, but Conte has little truck to build from the bottom up.
He made a career of achieving instant success and showed a willingness to be pragmatic and short-term in his pursuit, so with his appointment on an 18-month contract, Spurs effectively gave up the pursuit of a new contract. four or five year cycle of success in favor of a rapid push to fame.
That said, there is a lot more quality in Spurs than the team has shown under Mourinho or Nuno, and there may not be a better manager in the world to immediately instill a spirit and a mentality. indestructible in the group and transform the players on the training ground.
Conte has won five remarkable titles in seven seasons, so Levy is banking on the Italian who is worth tearing up his long-term strategy. Spurs just aren’t big enough to fend him off.
These are Conte’s qualities as a head coach, chances are he will quickly make Spurs a force to be reckoned with, while for Levy you wonder if the nomination will work because it just has to be.