Tottenham’s manager latest as Levy seeks quick solution that shows ambition

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will put a huge emphasis on playing in the club’s football traditions as they look to bring in a new boss before the Euros.

They are keen to end the uncertainty following Jose Mourinho’s departure especially as Harry Kane’s future is a major issue for the club and they want to show ambition with the next appointment.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is still on their shortlist despite signing a new contract while Brighton’s Graham Potter and Ralf Rangnick are also possibilities.

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would be on the list but an emotional return seems unlikely unless Paris Saint Germain decide to change managers and that does not appear to be on their agenda.

Mauricio Pochettino took charge of PSG in January

Pochettino would be a hugely popular appointment with the fans and being able to lure him back to London would be a major coup but the club have been reluctant to get involved as he is with another club.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was an early contender but that interest appears to be over and he is focused on the Euros otherwise he might have fitted the bill.

Levy must feel he made a mistake not just in axing Pochettino but also hiring Mourinho on a big contract as his style of football did not please a lot of Spurs fans while he also did not deliver any trophies during 18 months in charge.

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That is what they are determined to address with the next appointment and reports in Italy suggest Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi is in the running.

Tottenham want to nail down the next appointment in the coming days and they do not want to let it drag into the Euros as that would also cast more uncertainty over the club.

Mourinho was sacked just over a month ago following a run of just one victory in six games, that saw Spurs fall out of the race for Champions League places and also suffer a humiliating Europa League elimination against Dinamo Zagreb.

Ryan Mason was instilled as caretaker manager until the end of the campaign, assisted by Chris Powell, overseeing four victories and three defeats during his seven matches at the helm.

However, Mason is not a contender to take the position on a permanent basis and Spurs have so far been frustrated in their search for a Mourinho successor.

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann was an early contender but he subsequently was appointed as Hansi Flick’s successor at Bayern Munich, with that change coming into effect in the close-season.

Flick was also under consideration by the Tottenham board, but talks did not take off due to his agreement to be appointed as the next boss of the German national team, where he will replace Joachim Low after the conclusion of the European Championships this summer.

Spurs are hopeful of making a managerial appointment as early as possible to allow maximum preparation ahead of the new campaign, although the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Harry Kane and Gareth Bale may complicate talks.

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