New Tottenham manager: what we know so far ‘as Mauricio Pochettino asks Harry Kane to stay’
or the second time in less than 18 months, Tottenham are looking for a new manager.
Here’s the latest news on Tottenham’s upcoming manager search …
Tottenham reversed the philosophy of Mauricio Pochettino’s expansive football brand, on the front foot with high pressure, to Jose Mourinho’s defensive approach of sitting back, absorbing the pressure and counterattacking.
Daniel Levy is believed to be looking for someone more in Pochettino’s mold for his next date, although money is tight so no big name should be holding a Spurs scarf anytime soon.
Levy wants progressive football focused on recruiting young talent, and the manager is currently expected to work with a transfer committee regarding player signings, rather than having a say in entry and exit.
After discussing a long selection of names based on the above criteria, Levy is now believed to have narrowed down potential candidates to a shortlist before entering into discussions with potential new managers.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann was seen as Tottenham’s first choice for the vacancy, with the club having long been interested in the 33-year-old who dates back to before Jose Mourinho’s time at the club.
Flick is now expected to replace outgoing Joachim Lowe as Germany’s head coach after Euro 2020.
Another name with a lot of admirers in N17 is Brendan Rodgers. After successes at both Liverpool, Celtic and currently Leicester City, the former Chelsea manager is considered one of the best UK managers in the game who offers an attractive brand of football.
“I am very happy here. I have immense respect here for the players, the board and I really feel like I want to continue my work here.
“I have a very strong relationship with the board. We work very closely together. I have a set of players who give me their heart and soul every day and I can also see a future here in terms of team development.
Either way, Rodgers would be on a big payday at King Power Stadium and Levy being able to offer a similar package, while still paying the sacked Mourinho, is unclear.
The Guardian reported that a meeting between Tottenham and Ten Hag was expected as Daniel Levy sought to secure a date before the summer, with Ten Hag open to discussions.
Another name in the frame is Ralph Rangnick, who is currently responsible for sport and development at Red Bull after two periods as manager at Leipzig.
He has been credited with influencing the likes of Nagelsmann and Jurgen Klopp and is credited with shaping the idea of Gegenpressing. However, he has not been directly involved in coaching for two years.
Graham Potter would be interesting to have impressed on the South Coast with Brighton’s style of play, although it may prove difficult to acquire from Brighton after signing a long-term contract which runs until 2025.
Albion vice president and general manager Paul Barber recently told Argus: “We have no desire to lose Graham. Graham is very happy here … As far as we are concerned, there is absolutely no way to allow Graham to leave at this time.
Potter echoed Barber’s comments last week, telling reporters, “We haven’t finished anything here, there’s a lot to do and I’m really happy here. It’s nice to hear Paul say that, he doesn’t have to, but it’s fine. “
Who better than the man himself to adapt to the mold of a manager of the “Mauricio Pochettino” type.
Pochettino’s possible return has reportedly reached the players, who are “excited” by the prospect, a possible trump card in Levy’s sleeve amid continued certainty over Harry Kane’s future.
England Manager Gareth Southgate and his Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez have also been linked to employment, although none of them are considered to be of interest.
Fulham Scott Parker, who left his coaching role at the club to move to Craven Cottage, has also been linked, while Massimiliano Allegri – linked to Real Madrid – and Rafa Benitez are both experienced coaches who are unemployed.
Wolf manager Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed he would leave the club at the end of the season, which saw his chances plummet in the hours that followed, but it is understood he is not in contention.