Fabio Paratici appeals for Tottenham patience with Antonio Conte appointment no guarantee of success

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Fabio Paratici appeals for Tottenham patience with Antonio Conte appointment no guarantee of success
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Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici has warned that hiring Antonio Conte is no guarantee of success and says the club must be patient in the pursuit of trophies.

Conte, who was named as Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor on Tuesday, arrives at Spurs with a glittering CV, having won five titles in his seven full seasons as a manager.

Spurs, by contrast, are trophyless since 2008 and the team has been in steady decline since they lost the 2019 Champions League final to Liverpool.

Conte’s appointment has raised expectations that Spurs will quickly be able to end their trophy drought but Paratici, who runs the football side of the club and was influential in recruiting Conte, has warned it could take time.

“Nobody can assure us to win something,” said Paratici, who was deputising for Conte at Wednesday’s pre-Vitesse press conference while the 52-year-old waits for a work visa.

“We have to work, to be focussed and committed to the project 100 per cent every day. This is what we have to do. There's no assurance to win something. Nobody can do that. We have to do our best.

“When I speak about patience, to improve you need time. To achieve something, we need to go day-by-day, work hard. What we can do is this. But for sure we believe that we can achieve our targets, otherwise we are not here. We have to believe we can achieve our targets.

"Big infrastructure, big club, players, history, we have everything to achieve big things. We are here to improve ourselves every day, and if we improve ourselves we improve the club.”

Paratici worked with Conte at Juventus, where the latter led the Old Lady to the first three titles in a run of 11 consecutive Scudetto wins before he broke their extraordinary dominance by guiding Inter Milan to their first Serie A win in 11 years last season.

“When we started at Juve, we don’t win for a long time," Paratici added. "We didn't think about what we had to win, we thought we had to compete.

"Then when we are at that level, then you need to improve again and arrive to win trophies. It is day-by-day you win trophies. It is not what you speak about, it is how you act. You have to work hard and stay focussed. Nothing else.

“I worked with Antonio Conte before at a different club. I know him very well. He is a hard worker, with a lot of passion and a lot of knowledge. He is one of the best coaches in the world. His track record speaks for itself. We have to work hard and be committed."

Asked if Spurs are well-placed to win trophies, Paratici said yes but reiterated the need for patience.

"I think yes. We are here to do our best to win trophies, big or small," he said.

"We try to win every game, we try to do the best every game and to build the best in this season and the next seasons. Sometimes you have to be patient to achieve results, you have to be ready to suffer, to sacrifice yourself for the group. This is our mentality and we have to improve in this way."

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