TOTTENHAM FOILED IN HUNT FOR NEW MANAGER
As soon as Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho, the questions regarding his successor were asked and with a week or so since the Portuguese managerial icon was given his marching orders, the North London outfit are no closer to receiving any form of answer.
An answer that reportedly could have come from Germany and with RB Leipzig boss Julian Naglessmann being in hot demand, Tottenham supporters were hoping some form of overture would be made.
However, there is a sense that Hans-Dieter Flick has invertedly thrown a spanner in the works and with the Bayern Munich manager announcing he was to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, the 2020 Champions League winners quickly moved to the front of the Nagelsmann queue.
While with former Bayern ‘keeper Oliver Kahn playing an integral part in negotiations, it was announced on Tuesday that the hottest managerial commodity in Europe today, will soon be linking up with the likely Bundesliga winners.
Bad news for Tottenham and bad news for the Bundesliga, as Bayern’s chain of dominance only looks set to continue and with such a vice like grip on the German top flight, it is no surprise that they were unwilling to join any form of European Super League.
While after the news of the 33-year-old’s switch across Germany broke, it means that Tottenham are now having to work their way down their shopping list and another name that was reportedly scribbled down, was that of Brendan Rodgers.
With the Leicester manager looking like he will secure Champions League qualification at the second time of asking, it may be something of a stretch to land the Ulsterman and this was possibly confirmed by comments from the man himself.
In an interview with Sky Sports the former Liverpool and Celtic manager went on record to say he is not interested in a switch to N17 and with Tottenham suffering what can only be considered a double blow, the question is what next?
In fairness there are a litany of names that are being bandied about and at this current juncture it is difficult to ascertain which are viable contenders and which are simply flavour of the month with the bookies.
If we are to look at the category that can be considered the former, then a trip to Amsterdam may well be Daniel Levy’s next piece of business and business that involves the signature of current Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
Of course, the Dutchman knows Tottenham up close and although he would like to forget that Champions League night in 2019, the sight of Lucas Moura’s incredible late goal at the now Johan Cruyff Arena is etched in his memory.
Drama aside, ten Hag could be the kind of young and progressive coach that Tottenham are hoping to snare and although the likes of Nuno Espirito Santo and Graham Potter may be in the frame, someone from outside the Premier League may be considered a better option.