Paulo Fonseca’s football philosophy has been shaped by three managers ahead of Tottenham arrival

By Rob Guest, Football.London

Paulo Fonseca’s attacking brand of football should go down very well with the Tottenham Hotspur fans if he is confirmed as the club’s next head coach.

Scoring goals for fun at times last season with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min at the top of their game, much was still made of Spurs’ style under Jose Mourinho.

Sitting back far too often and not killing games off that ultimately cost them dearly in the top-four race, Tottenham fans want to be entertained again given the wealth of attacking options they have at the club.

With Kane and Son hitting 33 and 22 goals respectively in all competitions last season, their numbers could well increase under Fonseca as he likes his teams to take the game to their opponents.

The 48-year-old may not be the top name the fans had hoped for to replace Mourinho but, most importantly, he fits the brief for the type of manager the club are after.

With all coaches having people they look up to in the game, Fonseca was asked back in 2018 to name his biggest coaching influences and named three people that will be very familiar to Premier League fans.

Unsurprisingly naming Pep Guardiola as someone he really admires, the Mozambique-born head coach also mentioned former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as another boss he looks up to due to the football his Napoli side produced prior to his switch to west London for the 2018/19 campaign.

As well as the duo, Fonseca also waxed lyrical about Mourinho after making a huge name for himself in the game back in Portugal before moving on to the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

“I admire every coach that is brave enough to take the initiative and try to dominate and attack. And, of course, there are many, many coaches I admire,” he said when speaking at the Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon, as reported by

“At this moment, I can highlight Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola as the coaches I admire the most because they are bold, they have their own ideas, they are brave enough to play their own game and attack.

“Now, we can’t forget that José Mourinho has marked a generation of coaches in Portugal and marked Portuguese football.

“He completely changed the mindset of Portuguese coaches and he’s obviously been a great influence.”

A player in Portugal before calling time on his career at the age of 32, Fonseca admitted that coaching is his passion and he turned to it before he had hung up his boots.

“I confess that I wasn’t very motivated to keep playing. I was more motivated and had been preparing myself to become a coach,” he added.

“I had a great challenge which was to try to be better as a coach than I had been as a player.

“I confess that my passion for my profession is huge. I love my profession, my everyday life, I love each and every minute of my job, and this motivates me a great deal.”

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2 months ago


Paulo Fonseca is now being lined up for the Fiorentina job. [Gazzetta dello Sport]

2 months ago

Musical chairs. When the music stops, Spurs will be the ones standing empty handed and looking stupid.

2 months ago
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