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Who is favourite to be next Tottenham manager?

Spurs sacked manager Nuno Espirito Santo following the team’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United. Among the candidates to replace him is Antonio Conte.

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Who is favourite to be next Tottenham manager?
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Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday, two days after the team suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United which saw them slump two places down to eighth in the Premier League table.

Spurs enjoy great start

Back in August, Spurs were top of the table after winning their opening three games against Manchester City, Wolves and Watford. But after that encouraging start, the team have only own two of the last seven games and now sit 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

"I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision," Spurs' managing director of football Fabio Paratici said in a statement. "Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future."

Nuno was appointed as Jose Mourinho's permanent replacement on a two-year deal in June. Ryan Mason had been filling in as caretaker manager until the end of the season after Mourinho was sacked in April.

In talks with Conte

Spurs have not yet announced a replacement but are likely to bring a new manager in before Sunday’s trip to Everton. Among the favourites to take the post is Antonio Conte, who is available after leaving Inter Milan by mutual consent in May. Tottenham had originally wanted to hire Conte as Morinho’s successor but negotiations fell apart during the summer.

But a deal with Conte seems to be back on. It is reported that talks between Spurs and the Italian are at an advanced stage. The 52-year-old would likely ask for similar conditions to Nuno in terms of the length of his contract - a two-year deal like he had at Inter.