Tottenham eye up Premier League boss as replacement for under-fire Antonio Conte: report

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte during his side's 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa on January 1, 2023.
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Fulham boss Marco Silva is reportedly a candidate to replace Antonio Conte as Tottenham manager if the north London club decide not to extend the Italian’s deal.

Conte’s contract is up at the end of the season and recent reports say that Spurs won’t trigger the option to extend it (opens in new tab) by a year.

Tottenham suffered a meek Champions League last-16 exit to AC Milan last week, drawing 0-0 at home to go out 1-0 on aggregate.

Fulham manager Marco Silva reacts during the FA Cup third round match between Hull City and Fulham on 7 January, 2023 at the MKM Stadium in Hull, United Kingdom.

Fulham have enjoyed a superb season under Silva (Image credit: George Wood/Getty Images)

They are set for another trophyless season, having suffered an embarrassing FA Cup exit to Sheffield United earlier this month.

Focus is now firmly on achieving a top-four finish; Spurs are four points above Newcastle in fourth, but the Magpies have two games in hand.

According to The Sun (opens in new tab), Silva is a ‘top contender’ to become the next Tottenham manager if Conte leaves.

The 45-year-old has overseen a remarkable season for Fulham, who have exceeded all expectations by fighting for a European spot following their promotion from the Championship.

Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 09, 2022 in Madrid, Spain

Mauricio Pochettino is among the candidates for the Tottenham job (Image credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)

With 11 games to go, the Cottagers sit in eighth place, three points outside the top six.

Former Hull City, Watford and Everton boss Silva has a deal until 2024 in west London but Tottenham could try and convince him to move across the city.

Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel and Luis Enrique are among the other names linked with the job.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.