The finale against Leicester City turned out to be fun and dramatic. After a disappointing season, the team managed to finish seventh and find a way into European play, a bit of good news even if it’s only the new Europa Conference League.
Tottenham ended its season on a high note
Fans can celebrate for now, but the team’s chaos won’t settle for a while as the club looks to find a new manager. No matter how quickly Tottenham makes that selection, though, both the club and its fans will need to be patient. The Spurs, like other organizations, haven’t always given new managers a lengthy run. Even if Mourinho’s tenure felt as long as one of the matches he oversaw, it only lasted 17 months (86 games, if you’re counting).
Will the next manager have Harry Kane or not?
The incoming manager, whoever that will be, will arrive with some uncertainty in his roster. Quite a few players, most notably Harry Kane, might (or should) leave this summer. Tottenham could choose to massively overhaul the team, but that process can’t happen in one transfer window.
That means the new manager won’t necessarily be selected for his ability to win with this particular squad, and it will take time for him to assemble a team that suits his philosophy. Rome wasn’t built in a day (and defending skills weren’t learned that quickly either).
It might mean a tough wait for the fans. At times this past season, Tottenham looked world-class (particularly after climbing to the top of the table last November). At other times, they looked lost and listless.
Spurs need to rebuild
There is a fair bit to build on here, depending on who stays, but it’s realistic to think that the team simply needs more of a talent upgrade than it will get this summer. Daniel Levy and Steve Hitchen have a complicated task in front of them in trying to connect a manager with a team with more questions than answers.
Spurs have enough of a core that fans don’t need to despair, but we might not want to ask for heads to roll if we’re a middling team halfway through next season, especially if we can see definite progress toward a clear end game.