By Noel Whelan

12th Jun, 2021 | 9:00am

Fonseca 'risk' may give excuse to Tottenham chiefs amid Sky update - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested taking a “risk” on Paulo Fonseca would give Tottenham an excuse if they continue to struggle next season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 48-year-old was not a big enough name for fans to demand immediate success.

As reported by Sky Sport on Thursday (10th June), Tottenham are in advanced talks with Fonseca over the vacant post in north London.

The Portuguese boss left Roma at the end of the Serie A season.

He has been replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham in April.

Whelan admitted fans would not be getting too excited by Fonseca’s prospective arrival.

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However, he suggested Spurs may be covering their backs with a less high profile appointment.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s not a mouth-watering appointment. It’s a risk.

“I think it actually softens the blow for Tottenham getting somebody that’s not a big name. When it doesn’t go right, they can turn and say: ‘It’s a three-year plan scenario.’ They can use that.

“If they went and got a Conte, they would expect things to happen straight away. With somebody that doesn’t have that kind of pedigree, they can afford to give him that little bit more time.

“They’ll say it’s a work in progress. He’s not a big enough name to people to maybe demand that Tottenham are up there fighting.

“It’s not an appointment that Tottenham fans will be rubbing their hands together with.”

Before Roma, Fonseca had managed Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga, Pacos Ferreira and Porto.

He won 53 of his 101 games in charge of Roma, with the club finishing seventh in Serie A last term.

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