West Ham United’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of appointing Hammers managerial reject Paulo Fonseca as their new boss.

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According to widespread reports including from Sky Sports, Spurs are on the verge of naming Portuguese manager Fonseca as their replacement for Jose Mourinho – two years after he was snubbed by West Ham.

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold interviewed Fonseca back in 2018 as a potential replacement for David Moyes following his first stint at the club.

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But West Ham snubbed the then-Shakhtar manager and elected to appoint Manuel Pellegrini instead.

Fonseca then signed a new deal with the Ukrainian side as West Ham wanted someone who had ‘a proven record both in the Premier League and European football’ (Evening Standard).

According to reports at the time, Fonseca and his agent Jorge Mendes held a 75-minute meeting with West Ham majority shareholder Sullivan.

But West Ham then confirmed they were moving on to other candidates with Rafa Benitez then West Ham’s prime target.

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Now Tottenham look set to appoint the 48-year-old who has been out of work since being sacked by Serie A side Roma following a disastrous two-year spell.


West Ham reject Fonseca’s time at Roma is perhaps best remembered for an embarrassing error in the Coppa Italia.

Roma were knocked out in the last 16 by Serie A minnows Spezia on penalties.

Spezia Calcio v AS Roma - Serie A
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But incredibly the soon to be announced Tottenham boss would have seen his side thrown out of the competition anyway after he mistakenly made six substitutions rather than the five allowed.

Fonseca has a questionable record as a manager with his time at Porto also deemed a failure.

West Ham fans have been trolling their Tottenham rivals on social media following reports Fonseca is set to take over at Spurs.

Indeed Tottenham fans seem far from happy with the appointment, with many citing taking a West Ham reject as a ‘new low’ for the north Londoners.

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