or the second time in less than 18 months, Tottenham are looking for a new manager.
A host of names across Europe have been linked, though the club’s first-choice target has already been snapped up elsewhere.
Here’s the latest on Tottenham’s next manager search…
Tottenham flipped philosophy from Mauricio Pochettino’s expansive brand of football, on the front foot with a high press, to Jose Mourinho’s defensive-minded approach of sitting back, soaking up pressuer and counter-attacking.
It is thought Daniel Levy is looking for someone more in the mould of Pochettino for his next appointment, though money is tight so no big name is expected to be holding up a Spurs scarf anytime soon.
Levy wants progressive football with a focus on bringing through younger talent, and the manager would currently have to work with a transfer committee regarding player signings, rather than have full say on who comes in and out.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann was understood to be Tottenham’s first choice for the vacancy, the club having long held an interest in the 33-year-old which dates back to before Jose Mourinho’s time at the club.
However, turmoil a war of words between Bayern Munich and treble-winning head coach Hansi Flick has prompted the German giants into action. They quickly stumped up the reported £20million fee for Nagelsman to secure his services from the summer.
Flick is now expected to replace the outgoing Joachim Lowe as Germany head coach following Euro 2020.
Another name with plenty of admirers in N17 is Brendan Rodgers. After success at both Liverpool, Celtic and currently Leicester City, the former Chelsea coach is considered among the best British managers in the game who offers an attractive brand of football.
However, Rodgers has moved to end any speculation over his future by insisting he has no interest in joining Spurs. Telling reporters: “Tottenham is a great club, one of the biggest clubs in Britain but for me I’m just in a really, really happy place in my life.
“I’m very happy here. I have huge respect here for the players, the board and I really feel that I want to continue my work here.
‘I’ve got a really strong relationship with the board. We work very closely together. I’ve got a set of players that give me their heart and soul every single day and also I can see a future here in terms of the development of the squad.”
In any case, Rodgers is understood to be on a big wage at the King Power Stadium and Levy being able to offer a similar package, while also continuing to pay the sacked Mourinho, is unclear.
The 51-year-old has won everything domestically with the Dutch giants and, with a little over 12 months to run on his contract, would command a smaller fee to lure to north London.
The Guardian are reporting that a meeting between Tottenham and Ten Hag is expected early in May as Daniel Levy looks to wrap up an appointment before the summer. Ten Hag is reportedly open to discussions, though no decision over his future has been made.
Ten Hag would offer the right football, while also bringing through young talents.
Another name in the frame is Ralph Rangnick, who is currently head of sport and development at Red Bull after two spells as manager at Leipzig.
He has been credited as influencing the likes of Nagelsmann and Jurgen Klopp and is credited with moulding the idea of Gegenpressing. However, he has not been directly involved in coaching for two years.
England manager Gareth Southgate and Belgium counterpart Roberto Martinez have also been linked, though Levy’s preference to confirm an appointment before Euro 2020 seemingly rules the pair out of the running.