Several options are available if Tottenham does act
I’m sure the board would have identified Luis Enrique, Thomas Tuchel, Zinedine Zidane, and whoever else is without work and has won multiple cups, but I believe we should be looking closer to home.
Roberto Di Zerbi is currently working wonders at Brighton & Hove Albion. Thrilling, expansive football. Goalscoring with defensive abilities. So far, the south coast side has rarely looked rigid or lethargic. Nor like they’ve been overworked into a failing system without a plan B or tactics that involve throwing another centre-back on when you desperately need a goal, for a random example.
This Italian has not come out in the press and hammered his board and club. He’s yet to have belittled his current club when they’ve failed to get the result he would’ve liked. Di Zerbi hasn’t questioned the history of Brighton, creating more irony than an agreement to his cause.
This option, though, is assumably fairly unrealistic because Brighton will rightly put up a fight to keep Di Zerbi at their helm, especially seeing as Di Zerbi himself said he’s under a long contract and enjoying his time with Brighton.
Regardless of the complications, a manager of his ilk and manner intrigues me far greater than a link to a more ego-centric boss.
I’m fed up with the club acting larger than its size. Especially when it’s clear the club only want to pretend they’re some London-based footballing powerhouse that can match the demands of said successful managers. It’s all make-believe. It extends no further than the architecture in which the team play and trains in. And no further than the comments in propaganda-type club interviews with Mr Levy.
Sure, there’s some undeniable talent within the team. There’s all the potential in the world for Tottenham to win something memorable. There’s the occasional big signing and wave of transfers, but it’s still either too little for the rebuild the team needs or too late as we saw with Pochettino four seasons ago now.
Give us the unpredictability of it all back. Kill off our expectations that surely start with a trophy-proven manager coming in, but delivering nothing whilst berating everything no differently than I would from the stands.
Give the club someone who will look at some of the players we have and dance at the possibility of creating their name with them, building and re-molding their careers, changing opinions, and becoming a fighting team again with a project that hasn’t got a season in the tank before it expires and stinks out the whole place.
These players we have can’t win with their backs to the wall. They can’t. Get rid of the low-block, 7 at the back, no creative player, and striker dropping into his penalty area to defend nonsense. Bin off the absolute media-focused silliness of making the squad do pre-season laps in the humidity, only for them to barely run in any competitive fixture.
Don’t get pulled in by the charm of a La Liga title or a great record in the Champions League. Get drawn in by the character of the manager. The desires and dreams he has for the squad and the academy. The honour he’d feel about managing us, Tottenham Hotspur. Not the burden, the sacrifices, and the dismay of working under an amateur board.
Find us the highest-paying customer in Europe, the next Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp, or Mauricio Pochettino. Not Jose Mourinho or Antonio Conte unless the culture of the board is to be warped to one that can provide everything that those managers need to provide success.