Marco Silva 'emerges as the favourite to replace Conte at Tottenham'

Marco Silva ’emerges as the favourite to replace Antonio Conte at Tottenham’… with Daniel Levy and the Spurs hierarchy ‘viewing Fulham boss as an extremely talented young coach’ after transforming them into European hopefuls

  • Antonio Conte is widely expected to depart Tottenham at the end of this season
  • Several top coaches from all over Europe have been linked to replace the Italian
  • Fulham boss Marco Silva has emerged as a leading contender to take on the role

Fulham boss Marco Silva is reportedly emerging as a leading contender to replace Antonio Conte at Tottenham.

Conte’s future at Spurs remains uncertain with the Italian’s contract set to expire at the end of this season and – although there is an option to extend his deal by 12 months – it looks increasingly likely he will depart in the summer.

Spurs are set to end another year without silverware having been eliminated from the FA Cup and Champions League in meek fashion in recent weeks, while they face a significant challenge from Newcastle, Liverpool and Brighton to finish in the top four.

Sportsmail reported last week how the club plans to stick by Conte for the foreseeable future, but chairman Daniel Levy may be forced to act if their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League look in doubt.

And, according to The Sun, 45-year-old Silva could be the club’s No 1 choice to replace the Italian if he departs as expected.

Marco Silva (L) is emerging as a leading contender to replace Antonio Conte at Tottenham (R)

Spurs are facing yet another trophyless season under Conte after crashing out the FA Cup and Champions League in recent weeks, while the team have been horribly inconsistent

The Portuguese coach has overseen a remarkable rise with the Cottagers since returning to English football in the summer of 2021.

Fulham romped home to the Championship title last season and they currently sit in eighth place in the Premier League – 15 points clear of the relegation zone – a remarkable achievement for a newly-promoted side.

They remain in contention for a European spot and the report states how Silva – who is under contract until the end of next season – is viewed by Spurs as an extremely talented young coach who has helped Fulham to develop an entertaining brand of football.

He has previously coached Hull City, Watford and Everton in the Premier League – with Silva sacked by the Toffees in December 2019 when they languished in the relegation zone – while he has also led Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos. 

Other top level coaches such as Thomas Tuchel, Luis Enrique, Roberto De Zerbi and Olivier Glasner are linked with Spurs, while Mauricio Pochettino has been touted for an emotional return to the club.

The report states Levy is likely to be impressed by Silva’s ability to transform Fulham without spending copious amounts of cash, although it remains to be seen if his appointment would be enough to convince Harry Kane to remain at the club.

Spurs’ talisman is only under contract until the summer of 2024 and he has been linked with a move to both Manchester United and Bayern Munich with the England skipper desperate to finally win silverware in his career.

Silva has won 206 out of his 407 games as a manager since first entering the dugout in September 2011, with the 45-year-old winning more than 50 per cent of his 82 games as Fulham boss.

Whatever happens, Levy and director of football Fabio Paratici will be in charge of appointing Conte’s replacement if the Italian departs and they will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the summer of 2021.

Having missed out on a host of big names back then including Pochettino and, at the time, Conte, Spurs eventually appointed Nuno Espirito Santo just days before the squad returned for pre-season.

Daniel Levy and the Spurs hierarchy have reportedly been impressed by Silva’s work at Fulham

However, it remains to be seen if the 45-year-old would be able to convince Harry Kane to stay 

However, the former Wolves boss endured a disastrous reign as he lasted just 10 Premier League games in the hotseat before he was sacked in November 2021. 

Conte came in as his replacement and penned an 18-month deal, leading Spurs to a fourth-placed finish last season as they pipped arch-rivals Arsenal to Champions League football in the process. 

But, it hasn’t been a happy marriage this season, with poor results accompanied by complaints with Conte’s style of play and his side’s extreme inconsistency.

Spurs are back in action when they travel to Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend.

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