Antonio Conte has been cleared to make his Tottenham managerial debut tonight after his work permit was cleared, according to reports. Spurs appointed the Italian on Tuesday after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo 24 hours earlier.
Conte had actually been a contender to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor in the summer but turned down the opportunity to join the North Londoners. His recent spell at Inter Milan, in which he won Serie A and then quit days later, was still fresh in the memory.
Spurs landed Nuno following a chaotic recruitment process but the Portuguese oversaw a dismal start to the season.
A 3-0 defeat by Manchester United sealed his fate, with the comfortable reverse being his fifth Premier League loss of the campaign after only 10 games. Spurs failed to register a shot on target against the Red Devils.
Nuno also suffered defeats in matches against Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham. His replacement has a difficult task qualifying from the club’s Europa Conference League group after a disappointing loss to Vitesse.
Nevertheless, Conte can set about reaching the knockout rounds of the tournament from the dugout tonight when Spurs face the reverse fixture against the Dutch side.
According to various reports, Conte has had his work permit processed and has been passed to officially start working with the Premier League side.
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