Pundit verdict on Tottenham appointing 'elite manager' amid behind-the-scenes boardroom report
Alan Hutton has claimed Tottenham are not willing to spend the money to appoint an “elite manager” this summer.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Lilywhites would never get someone like Antonio Conte without offering a significant contract and transfer funds.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Tottenham are growing frustrated behind-the-scenes over their managerial targets becoming public knowledge so quickly.
Spurs have reportedly made approaches for no fewer than six candidates.
Discussions with Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso were the latest to collapse.
Meanwhile, the report claims talks with Conte fell through over his demands and reluctance to work with the club’s youth talents.
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Hutton insisted Spurs want a top-class manager but are unwilling to offer the finances required to lure one on board.
“I think they know what they want. They want an elite manager,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“But they’re not willing to bend to an elite manager’s demands. Whether it be control over signings, top wages, a load of money to plough into the squad. I think that’s the stumbling block.
“Conte looked as if it was quite far on until the demands started to surface. That he needed £100million to reinvest into the squad where Daniel Levy’s saying: ‘Actually that’s not the route that we want to go down. We can’t do that at the moment.’
“That is fair enough but if that’s where you’re at financially, you can’t be going for the top managers in the world. It’s not going to work.
“You’re not going to bring in a Conte and say: ‘Look, you’re going to have to sell some players to reinvest, or you need to bring through youth.’ He’s not going to want to do that.
“He wants a winning team now and he wants to build a team now.
“Tottenham are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They know what they want but they’re not willing to shell out for it.”