New Tottenham manager: What we know as ‘Conte appointment imminent’


ottenham are finally closing in on the appointment of a new manager as talks with Antonio Conte progress.

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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Another name with plenty of admirers in N17 is Brendan Rodgers. After success at both Liverpool, Celtic and currently Leicester City, the former Chelsea coach is considered among the best British managers in the game who offers an attractive brand of football.

“I’m very happy here. I have huge respect here for the players, the board and I really feel that I want to continue my work here.

“I’ve got a really strong relationship with the board. We work very closely together. I’ve got a set of players that give me their heart and soul every single day and also I can see a future here in terms of the development of the squad.”

In any case, FA Cup winner Rodgers is understood to be on a big wage at the King Power Stadium and Levy being able to offer a similar package, while also continuing to pay the sacked Mourinho, is unclear.


The Guardian reported that a meeting between Tottenham and Ten Hag was expected as Daniel Levy looked to wrap up an appointment before the summer, with Ten Hag open to discussions.

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Another name in the frame is Ralph Rangnick, who is currently head of sport and development at Red Bull after two spells as manager at Leipzig.

He has been credited as influencing the likes of Nagelsmann and Jurgen Klopp and is credited with moulding the idea of Gegenpressing. However, he has not been directly involved in coaching for two years.

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Graham Potter is understood to be of interest having impressed on the south coast with Brighton’s style of play, though may prove difficult to acquire from Brighton having signed a long-term contract which runs until 2025.

Albion deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber recently told The Argus: “We have no desire whatsoever to lose Graham. Graham is very happy here … As far as we are concerned there is absolutely no way we would 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 am really happy here. It’s nice to hear Paul say that, he doesn’t have to, but it’s nice.”

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Who better to fit the mould of a ‘Mauricio Pochettino-type’ manager than the man himself.

Pochettino’s possible return has reportedly reached the players, who are “excited” by the prospect, a possible ace up Levy’s sleeve amid the ongoing certainty over Harry Kane’s future.

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Will Spurs replace one former Chelsea manager with another?

Antonio Conte’s timely exit from Inter Milan, fresh from winning Serie A, has seen him in contention for the Tottenham job – a vacancy the Italian is interested in.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio adds that there is a €3m salary disparity between what Conte wants and what Spurs are prepared to offer, though talks are continuing regarding backroom staff and salary, with a decision is expected soon.

Spurs are also trying to team the coach with sporting director Fabio Paratici, who is a free agent after leaving Juventus and previously worked with Conte at the club.

The Telegraph added that the Spurs squad are excited by the prospect of Conte’s arrival, with the club confident the Italian will be their new manager.

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Anyone else?

England manager Gareth Southgate and his Belgium counterpart Roberto Martinez have also been linked with the job, though neither are understood to be of interest.

Fulham’s Scott Parker, who left his coaching role at the club to move to Craven Cottage, has also been linked, while Rafa Benitez is an experienced, out-of-work coach. Massimiliano Allegri was re-hired by Juventus, meanwhile.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, prompting his odds to tumble in the hours afterwards, but is understood to be a target for Crystal Palace and Everton.

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