Football transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed what assurances Tottenham have given new manager Antonio Conte as he sets about turning things around at the club.
The 52-year-old replaced Nuno Espirito Santo on November 2. Nuno always looked like a stop-gap manager and paid the price for an underwhelming start to the campaign. After winning their first three top-flight games, the north Londoners lost the next three, conceding nine goals and scoring one.
They managed to win a couple but a 1-0 defeat to West Ham and 3-0 reverse at home to Manchester United were the final straw. Conte was fast-tracked to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And he oversaw a goalless draw with Everton in his first match.
The Italian was also in the dugout as Spurs edged Vitesse 3-2 in the Europa Conference League. They sit ninth in the top-flight standings and are six points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool.
“Of course money is important. It’s about his contract, his salary, money to spend on the market,” he said on the Here We Go podcast. “But it’s about the power. He wants to have the power to say, ‘I need these players to win’.
“It could be a top player, it could be a young player, it could be an old player worth €2m, but he needs these kinds of players and this kind of power. And this is what Tottenham guaranteed him.
“So now Conte and [Fabio] Paratici will be together to rebuild Tottenham, I’m sure that in January Tottenham will do something in the transfer market.”
Conte takes no prisoners
The Tottenham players will notice a seismic shift in the way training is being run. Nuno’s laid-back approach has been replaced by a man who accepts nothing less than everyone’s best.
Conte is a hard taskmaster who demands the respect of his players – and usually gets it. He is also an excellent man manager and needs to work his magic to move Spurs in the right direction.
Their next task will be to welcome Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United to the capital. That match takes place on Sunday, November 21 after the conclusion of the international break.