Indecision and turmoil best describe Daniel Levy’s plans to replace the club’s former manager. Spurs are seemingly back to square one in their search as a number of desired targets have cast astray, but fan patience is wearing thin, and they need to get a move on.
Here’s a timeline of how things have gone since sacking Mourinho on April 19, more than 50 days ago.
Ryan Mason appointed
Mason was named interim head coach until the end of the season following Mourinho’s dismissal, and at 29, he became the youngest manager to take charge of a Premier League game, beating Southampton 2-1 at home.
Four days later, the club lost the 2021 EFL Cup final to Manchester City, and after a few more poor performances in the league, it was made clear that Mason wasn’t ready to take on the role full-time.
Julian Naglesmann linked
Rated incredibly highly in the game following the work he has done at both Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, the German was linked with the Tottenham job immediately after Mourinho’s departure.
However, Spurs were always going to lose the battle with Bayern Munich for his services after it was announced treble-winning coach Hansi Flick would move on from the club.
Naglesmann went onto sign a five-year contract with the Bundesliga giants in April.
Brendan Rodgers happy at Leicester
Rodgers was tipped to be an ideal candidate for the vacant Spurs job, but the Leicester City boss quickly shut down any talk of him moving on from the Foxes.
“It’s football, there is always speculation around, every job which comes up there will always be different managers speculated to go in,” Rodgers said prior to his side winning the FA Cup.
“Tottenham is a fantastic club, it’s a huge club but my focus is here. I’m at a world-class training facility, the project we’re in here we still want to develop and have a lot of work to do.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s failed return
The Argentine made no secret of his desire to one day manage Tottenham again in order to fulfil ‘unfinished business’ at the club, but few expected there to be talk of a return so soon after leaving.
Sadly for supporters, PSG had no intention of letting their head coach leave with a year still remaining on his contract, putting an end to rumours that he could return.
Antonio Conte disaster
It looked as though Spurs were finally going to appoint Conte, who had just won the Serie A title with Inter, but they pulled the plug on the deal at the very last second after convincing themselves he wouldn’t fit into their financial means, nor does he properly fit the profile of the type of progressive manager they’re looking for.
His close friend, Fabio Paratici, is expected to be announced as the new director of football at Spurs very soon, but even with that relationship, any future move for the manager looks dead in the water.
The Conte collapse ultimately means it’s back to the drawing board for the Spurs hierarchy as their quest for a new manager goes on.
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Paratici’s impending appointment
Juventus’ former chief football officer will be involved in the appointment process, and plans to draw up his own list of potential managers for the role.
The whole purpose of the new structure involving Paratici is that he will decide the head coach he wants to work with, meaning their previous list will be dispensed.
He’ll choose his man, and then it is up to Levy to deliver.