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Spurs avoid getting rejected by Conte by ‘ending their interest’ in Conte — reports

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Antonio Conte always seemed like a strange fit for Tottenham Hotspur, which made the rumors linking the former Chelsea boss to the vacancy at the Toilet Bowl hard to process, at the very best — even if Spurs are apparently still going to hire former Juventus Director of Football, Fabio Paratici.

“I think the difference between Chelsea and Tottenham is this: If you are at Chelsea and win it’s normal. If are at Tottenham, if you win it’s great, great, but if you lose ... it’s not a disaster, no? Not a disaster.”

-Antonio Conte; April 2017

But you never know in football, and Conte’s already shown that he’s willing to cross tribal lines when he took over Inter Milan, Juventus’ biggest rivals, and it’s not like his departure from Chelsea was all that amicable — in fact, it was the most acrimonious of our many sackings, and one that needed twelve months of legal proceedings to eventually sort out. Not nice.

Beyond any of that silliness however is the very real notion that Conte’s ambitions do not seem like a good fit at all for the way Spurs chairman Daniel Levy usually does business, and it would appear that precisely because of that, Spurs have backed away from their pursuit.

As per multiple reports, including from the Telegraph and the Guardian, Spurs have ended their interest practically hours after their interest was supposedly a blazing inferno. The ice cold whiplash was apparently caused by Spurs realizing that Conte would need serious financial backing (it is why he left Inter Milan, after all!) and that he would prioritize winning (oh no!) over playing kids from the Spurs academy (duh).

“I am not someone who is happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead.

“As a player, I won everything it was possible to win, but I also lost a great deal. When you lose, it leaves within you the desire not to experience that again, so you do everything to transmit that to your players when you are a coach. It all comes from your scars and wanting to avoid getting more.”

-Antonio Conte; source: DAZN via Guardian

And so, Spurs remain without a head coach while Conte remains without a job — though he’s probably better off this way anyway,

Maybe Spurs can entice AVB to give up rallying.