New Tottenham manager: What we know as shambolic search starts again


ottenham’s shambolic search for a new manager is back to square one after deciding against the appointment of Paulo Fonseca only to then pull out of talks with potential candidate Gennaro Gattuso.

For the second time in 20 months, Spurs are looking for a new boss. 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 over two months have no passed without a permanent successor.

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 pressure 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.

Having discussed a lengthy selection of names based on the above criteria, Levy is now understood to have narrowed down the possible candidates to a shortlist ahead of starting talks with potential new managers.

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.

Flick has now been confirmed as a replacement for the outgoing Joachim Low as Germany head coach following Euro 2020.

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