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Tottenham sack Nuno and Conte is the favourite

Antonio Conte's name is once again being linked with Tottenham. The Italian has re-entered the conversation around the Spurs bench, with Nuno Espirito Santo having been relieved of his duties on Monday morning.

After a poor loss to Manchester United on Saturday, Spurs announced on Monday that they have fired the Portuguese coach who arrived in the off-season.

"I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision," sporting director Fabio Paratici said in an official club statement.

"Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future."

Conte is the favourite to replace Nuno

Having been one of the candidates to take the job over the summer, only for Nuno to be chosen, Conte is again in talks to take over in North London.

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Paratici had already identified Conte as the man he wants even before sacking Nuno.

Conte is still without a club since leaving Inter in the summer, and he turned down Paratici and Spurs then, leaving the English club to speak with Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso and Sergio Conceicao before hiring Nuno.

But now things appear to have changed and the job is available again. Conte has been linked with Manchester United lately too, but he is reportedly open to the job in London.

"He wants guarantees of a real sporting and economic project," Di Marzio said.

"Now it's up to Tottenham to convince him that they'll offer him a long-term contract and that they'll build a competitive team. These next few hours are decisive."

Tottenham currently sit eighth in the Premier League table, with 15 points from their first 10 matches of the campaign.

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