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Tottenham Hotspur fans will be hoping potential new manager Paulo Fonseca has wisened up after a previous high-profile error at his former club.

The ex-Roma boss is said to be in 'advanced talks' with Spurs' hierarchy, who have been searching for a new manager since sacking Jose Mourinho in April.

Ironically, Mourinho has replaced his Portuguese compatriot in charge of the Italian giants, with Fonseca set to make the reverse move to north London after the club's talks with Antonio Conte broke down over the weekend.

The Mozambique-born 48-year-old spent two years at the Stadio Olimpico following his success with Shakhtar Donetsk after leaving his homeland of Portugal in 2016.

During the relatively uneventful spell, he made an embarrassing error that may have Spurs supporters worried.

Fonseca's best achievement with Roma was reaching a Europa League semi-final against Manchester United
(Image: Paolo Bruno)

In January, the Giallorossi faced Spezia in a Coppa Italia round-of-16 match.

With the scores tied at 2-2 in extra-time, Fonseca mistakenly made a sixth substitution when only five were permitted as Roma were down to nine men.

Spezia, who made a late survival surge in Serie A, ran out 4-2 winners but the illegal change meant the capital outfit would've been eliminated even if they'd won.

To be fair to Fonseca, FIFA rules state that a sixth alteration can be made in extra-time, but the competition has its own guidelines.

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Roma launched 'internal discussions' into the matter, which came off the back of a 3-0 Rome derby demolition at the hands of bitter rivals Lazio.

Fonseca and Co. did get revenge a few days later, though, beating Spezia 4-3.

Five substitutes have become a staple of post-lockdown football, but after defender Gianluca Mancini and goalkeeper Pau Lopez were sent off within two minutes of extra-time commencing in the cup tie, the former Porto boss made an error as he replaced his stopper and made another sub to take his side over the allowed limit.

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The Giallorossi had already suffered embarrassment earlier in the 2020-21 Serie A season, in which they finished 7th, penalised with a 3-0 defeat to Hellas Verona following an administrative error.

Midfielder Amadou Diawara played 89 minutes of the 0-0 draw but was then only registered to play for the club's under-23 side.

To further add to the Lilywhite managerial plot line, Tottenham and Roma could meet in next term's new UEFA Europa Conference League.

Mourinho and Fonseca, who won 53 of his 101 games in the Olimpico hot seat, are polar opposites when it comes to playing style, with the Special One far more conservative him his countryman.

Although seven of them were won while in Ukraine, Fonseca has lifted nine trophies in his 14-year managerial career.

Spurs fans are desperate for silverware – winning their last piece in 2008, the same year as the Portuguese started coaching at senior level – but will just be hoping their likely new boss knows the rules first.

Having struggled to install a new manager since sacking Mourinho, Daniel Levy is set to instal former Juventus Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici as his side's new sporting director and has moved to bring in Fonseca ahead of the 21-22 campaign.