Paulo Fonseca left Roma at the end of last season

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Paulo Fonseca is understood to have agreed in principle a contract until 2023 with Tottenham Hotspur, with a one-year optional extension, bringing closer the end of the club’s long search for a successor to Jose Mourinho.

The deal is being concluded ahead of the formal presentation of the club’s new sporting director Fabio Paratici, formerly of Juventus, who has led the managerial search in the last few days. 

Fonseca, 48, is now in place to take the job pending agreement on the paperwork and the final agreement of chairman Daniel Levy, who has been in the Bahamas with principal shareholder Joe Lewis.

Fonseca left his previous job at Roma in May, to be replaced by Mourinho. He was not Spurs’ first choice for the role but was identified as being a developer of young players who is capable of playing the attacking football that Levy identified as crucial in his recent letter to Spurs fans.

Fonseca is expected to travel to London to finalise the deal over the weekend or early next week. He will not be working with the same team of assistants whom he has used for the key part of his coaching career. 

His long-term assistant Nuno Campos has announced that, after 15 years working in Fonseca’s coaching team, the two will amicably go their separate ways.