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New Tottenham manager search: What we know so far as Ten Hag targetted

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or the second time in less than 18 months, Tottenham are looking for a new manager.

Just a few hours passed between Mauricio Pochettino‘s five-and-a-half-year reign ending and Jose Mourinho‘s 17-month reign beginning, but Spurs are taking their time with the next appointment.

Ryan Mason has been installed as interim head coach until the end of the season, but chairman Daniel Levy is expected to make a higher-profile permanent choice for next season.

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…

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The profile

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.

The candidates

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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.

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