Insider reveals why Levy chose Conte over 'future Tottenham manager' who made the shortlist
Tottenham chose to appoint Antonio Conte over Graham Potter as the latter can be considered a “future” manager of the club.
That is according to Spurs insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels.
Tottenham appointed Conte, 52, on Tuesday after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo following a 3-0 loss to Manchester United.
On 20 May, when Spurs were searching for Jose Mourinho’s replacement, The Athletic reported Potter, 46, was on Daniel Levy’s shortlist.
The Englishman has Brighton eighth in the Premier League though they are winless in five games.
Wenham claims Potter may have been considered at the same time as Conte and told fans to not dismiss Potter’s potential future as a possible Tottenham manager.
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“It would be wrong to dismiss Graham Potter,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“I know a lot of Tottenham fans wanted him. He’s playing some very good football with Brighton.
“He does something we want to see. Brighton got a draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
“They went there and attacked, that’s what we want to see in a new manager.
“Brighton gave it a go and we haven’t been doing that since Nuno came in.
“I’m glad it’s Conte that has come in but it wouldn’t surprise me if Potter was on the shortlist if he said ‘no’.
“Conte gets accused of playing negatively but he always manages teams that score a lot of goals.
“Potter is maybe a future Tottenham manager once he’s proved himself a bit more.”
Brighton face Newcastle at the AMEX this weekend.
Meanwhile, Tottenham travel to Goodison Park.