Tottenham feel manager search coverage is ‘unfair’
Posted On May 1, 2021
Tottenham believe it is ‘unfair’ to characterise their attempts to replace sacked manager Jose Mourinho as a struggle.
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The BBC have been briefed by somebody at Tottenham that they are in no rush to appoint a permanent manager and that they have not been rejected by any of the managers have distanced themselves from the job.
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann has taken the Bayern Munich job while Erik ten Hag has committed his future to Ajax and Brendan Rodgers has played down any chance of a move.
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As the BBC say: ‘This has led to a view that Tottenham are struggling to find a new manager, which the club feel is unfair.’
The club instead claim that they have not approached any manager and that ‘Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was always prepared to take his time to work through a recruitment process and it is understood he is yet to identify a favoured candidate’.
They go so far as to describe any attempts to approach Nagelsmann, Ten Hag and Rodgers as ‘pointless’, perhaps accepting that their sights must be set lower.
Meanwhile, sacked boss Mourinho is enjoying life away from the pressures of football management and may not return to the game until the 2022/23 season.
The 58-year-old was sacked by Tottenham following a disappointing second half of the season which saw Spurs plummet from the top of the Premier League to outside the European places.
Mourinho left the north London club just six days before their Carabao Cup final at Wembley, which Manchester City won 1-0.
His departure, following similar exits from Chelsea and Manchester United, look to have exhausted his options in the Premier League.
However, he is still likely to be in demand across Europe, with Roma the latest club to be linked with the Portuguese. A move into international management has also been mooted.
Mourinho, though, is prepared to play the waiting game as he weighs up his next move. And he insists his decision will be based on more than just the profile of the club.
“I have no plans,” Mourinho told the Times Magazine.
“I am going on with my normal life. I feel fresh. I feel calm. I am on holiday.
“I have more time to be doing my homework and analysis. I’ll wait to be back in football.
“Not just for the right club, but for the right culture. Maybe next season is premature, we will see.”