A report from The Sun has revealed why Daniel Levy pulled the plug on Tottenham appointing Antonio Conte as the club’s new manager.
The ex-Chelsea manager was all set to embark on a new chapter at Tottenham up until an eleventh hour change of heart.
Conte recently walked away from Inter Milan after leading them to the Serie A title for the first time in many years.
One of the reasons that has been cited for the breakdown in talks has been Conte’s unwillingness to utilise the club’s academy.
Conte was set to sign a £15 million-a-year deal to take over at Tottenham, with £100 million available for transfers.
The deal to appoint Conte is now off though. Levy believed that there were too many demands which he couldn’t go through with.
One of the main deal breakers was apparently the Italian’s unwillingness to use the club’s academy.
Conte has a ridiculously good CV. He has won league titles at a frequent rate and would have been a coup for Tottenham.
Ultimately though, Levy felt it was best that negotiations were ended and now Tottenham’s search goes on.
Levy knows that his next appointment is his biggest. Tottenham have to get it right if they are to progress as a football club.
Conte would have been a fantastic appointment but ultimately, Levy has to do what’s best for the whole club.
Using the club’s academy is in the DNA. It’s an important part of the Tottenham way and it’s understandable that Levy wants it used.
Conte’s unwillingness to use it isn’t ideal. As good of an appointment, it would have been, it shouldn’t be at the expense of the club’s younger players.