Sometimes getting away can be the best thing as it provides a new perspective, however, with the Tottenham Hotspur manager search, nothing is ever new.
After more than a week exploring some of the wonders of the United States – hint to any travelers visiting the National Parks go as early in the morning as possible, like before they open – I was hoping to find something new with Tottenham Hotspur. Unfortunately, I seem to have returned to the same old song and dance resulting in more laughs at Spurs’ expense and no movement on the coaching front.
The time off has provided some perspective along with the realization that Tottenham is stuck in a vicious cycle.
Tottenham’s Vicious Cycle
The cycle is quite simple really; it starts with a name that is floated out by Ali Gold or Fabrizio Romano or some other in “the know” source. That name is then either lambasted, lamented, or longed for by the fan base.
Fans were ecstatic to be linked with the return of Mauricio Pochettino or the signing of Antonio Conte. Alternatively, fans were up in arms over the potential appointment of Gennaro Gattuso. And other names like Graham Potter and Nuno Espirito Santos have led to mixed feelings but no real excitement from the fans.
Ultimately, no matter how the name is linked, no matter how fans react, the results are the same, no new gaffer for the club. This continual connection and reaction, without any real movement, has strained an already upset fan base and left the club as an easy target for anyone wanting a laugh. If this were to happen once or twice, it would be okay, but given Spurs have now “pursued” in excess of 10 potential managers is simply unacceptable.
More names than news for Tottenham
At this point there are over a dozen names that have been rumored to be in the frame for the head role. Starting back in April with Julian Nagelsmann all the way through today and Steven Gerrard being linked, it is just the same old story.
Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Max Allegri, Paulo Fonseca, Simon Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso, Julen Lopetgui, Graham Potter, Ernesto Valverde, Scott Parker, Jurgen Klinsmann, the list just goes on.
So farcical is the current situation, bookies have provided odds on Wayne Rooney as the next manager. Does Wayne Rooney have the Tottenham DNA? Rooney is just one of over 80 coaches who you can find odds on if you look hard enough. 80 people that could potentially land the gig, forget not being the first choice.
Most likely the continued delay points to the coach being one of those plying his trade at Euro 2020, like Roberto Martinez, which seems to excite few in the fan base. But as a fan we just want this to be over. The continual circus of a name followed by hope or anger or hopelessness only to be followed by nothing needs to end.