Tottenham’s current managerial candidates
Recent rumours and theories put Ernesto Valverde as one of the frontrunners for the role, though talks with the former Barcelona manager haven’t progressed in recent days.
Fabio Paratici is said to admire and respect former Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo, who is back in the running for Spurs’ vacant role. Daniel Levy originally scuppered any possible advance on Espírito Santo, believing the Portuguese’ tactics wouldn’t suit Spurs.
That, however, was before Levy hired Paratici to “run” football operations. Levy and Paratici have already shown opposing viewpoints on who is best suited to lead Tottenham’s rebuild, so it will be interesting to see whether Paratici has the autonomy he was promised by Levy to advance negotiations with Espírito Santo.
Which brings us to the next possible candidate, whose appointment is becoming more likely as time transpires. The Euro 2020 Final takes place on July 11, a week after Tottenham’s pre-season camp starts. Based on current performance levels and projections, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez might just lead the Red Devils to the showcase match.
Martinez is still in the conversation to take on Spurs’ head coaching job. While an outsider, don’t rule out the potential of his appointment at Hotspur Way. If Belgium lose the semifinal, Martinez, in theory, would be available to report to camp just a few days late. What’s a few more days when considering the extended period Spurs have endured without a manager?
And then there’s former Tottenham great Jurgen Klinsmann, whose name keeps on popping up. The former German manager is keen on taking the role, but there are numerous reasons he still isn’t considered a frontrunner to land the job.
Dutchman Erik ten Hag is also an outsider who is somehow still in the conversation, even after just signing an extension to keep him at Ajax. It’s another rumour I don’t see coming to fruition, but who knows what to expect in the saga of this topsy turvy rollercoaster Tottenham’s top brass are continually forcing everyone to ride well after nausea has set in.