Simon Jordan calls Antonio Conte’s reasons for rejecting Tottenham this summer ‘nonsense’, disputes Italian’s description of Daniel Levy’s ‘contagious enthusiasm and determination’ | News Today

Simon Jordan calls Antonio Conte’s reasons for rejecting Tottenham this summer ‘nonsense’, disputes Italian’s description of Daniel Levy’s ‘contagious enthusiasm and determination’

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

This may be the motto of the Tottenham boardroom after the club finally named Antonio Conte as their new manager.

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Conte signs contract with Spurs until summer 2023 with option for another year

Spurs tried to hire the former Chelsea boss last summer as their long search for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho made it a laughing stock.

Conte became available after suddenly leaving Inter Milan shortly after guiding them to the Serie A title.

A deal with the Italian could not be reached, however, with Conte now claiming that the deal fell apart due to his belief the new job offer came too soon after his exit from Inter.

After completing his move to Spurs, Conte said: “Last summer our union did not take place as the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season , so I felt that was not yet the case … the right time to resume coaching.

Conte's words suggest Levy is as excited as Paratici is to have him on board

Conte’s words suggest Levy is as excited as Paratici is to have him on board

Conte reunites with Spurs football general manager Fabio Paratici, with whom he worked at Juventus.

However, Conte did shine a light on the role Spurs president Daniel Levy played in getting him involved, praising the unpopular boss with fans.

He adds: “The contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Lévy to want to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to seize it with great conviction.

However, talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan is far from convinced by Conte’s reasoning for initially turning down Spurs.

The former Crystal Palace owner reacted live after Tottenham’s new appointment was announced on the White and Jordan show on Tuesday.

Simon Jordan called Antonio Conte over his explanation of his collapsed summer move to Tottenham

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Simon Jordan called Antonio Conte over his explanation of his collapsed summer move to Tottenham

And he didn’t have Conte’s explanation at all.

“Conte says he didn’t join Tottenham because he struggled to leave Inter Milan – nonsense,” the talkSPORT expert said.

“The deal was not good for him, the finances were not good, the opportunity that Daniel Levy is now going to give him – in terms of Daniel going to leave him what he wants – is probably more to do with that .

“I have never heard anyone describe Daniel in all of my experiences with him as” having infectious enthusiasm and determination “other than the determination to keep the balance sheet in good shape.”


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