It’s now greater than eight weeks since Tottenham sacked Antonio Conte in an effort to save lots of their season.
It’s truthful to say the transfer didn’t have the specified impact.
Champions League qualification hopes evaporated some time again and Spurs now go into their closing Premier League recreation of the season at Leeds with solely an outdoor likelihood of creating the Europa Convention League qualifiers.
They should get a greater outcome than Aston Villa, who’re at residence to Brighton, or else they may miss out on European soccer for the primary time since 2009-10.
Conte’s departure didn’t halt the slide. The Italian’s assistant Cristian Stellini lasted simply 4 video games, axed after an atrocious 6-1 defeat at Newcastle, which chairman Daniel Levy described as “wholly unacceptable”.
Ryan Mason was put in cost for the remainder of the season however Tottenham have taken 12 factors from 12 video games since they beat Chelsea on 26 February.
They haven’t any director of soccer following Fabio Paratici’s exit due to his 30 month ban for false accounting whereas sporting director and managing director of Juventus.
And now they’ve been snubbed by Arne Slot, who has determined he desires to stay within the Netherlands after guiding Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title since 2017.
So, what occurs now?
Is it 2021 once more?
Slot’s determination to stay at Feyenoord is a worrying growth for Tottenham followers, a few of whom are beginning to concern the form of protracted seek for a supervisor that ended with Nuno Espirito Santo’s ill-fated appointment in 2021.
The Portuguese lasted 4 months, dropping 5 of his final seven Premier League matches.
That summer time, Tottenham went by an inventory of potential candidates, with Conte, Gennaro Gattuso and Paulo Fonseca all thought of.
Beloved former boss Mauricio Pochettino was too, and no less than on that event Tottenham did make an inquiry earlier than discovering how costly it could be to prise the Argentine out of Paris St-Germain.
This time round, they didn’t even attempt. Pochettino appears to be like set to be within the opposition dug-out when Tottenham subsequent play Chelsea.
Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann was closely linked with the Tottenham job following Conte’s exit however the membership made it recognized they’d not be approaching the German – and have doubled down on that stance within the aftermath of recent claims of contact final weekend.
As for Slot, whereas it could be simple to really feel Tottenham’s funds alone ought to have been sufficient to encourage the 44-year-old to maneuver to London, Feyenoord have the attraction of a assured a spot within the Champions League group stage.
Who else is there?
Effectively positioned sources have prompt Tottenham retain an curiosity in former Spain and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, who’s and not using a job since standing down after the World Cup.
However there are different choices.
One other former Spain coach, Julen Lopetegui, is in an unsure state of affairs at Wolves after discovering Monetary Honest Play restrictions might be a significant obstacle to his summer time squad constructing plans.
Like Slot, former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has finished a formidable job within the Netherlands. The 46-year-old is now available on the market after leaving PSV Eindhoven over a failure to agree a ahead path.
Graham Potter constructed his repute at Brighton and continues to be extremely regarded regardless of lasting a matter of months at Chelsea amid an admittedly chaotic owner-inspired recruitment marketing campaign.
At one level, Brendan Rodgers was linked strongly with Tottenham. He didn’t appear to be having fun with himself at Leicester lengthy earlier than his dismissal and does have the FA Cup on his CV from his time on the King Energy.
Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou has received back-to-back Scottish titles and is on the point of a home treble. Given his progressive tactical strategy he should additionally come into consideration.
Levy within the highlight
Levy and Tottenham’s final house owners ENIC have been the topic of extra adversarial response than ever earlier than this season.
Their residence marketing campaign led to defeat in opposition to Brentford final week and few followers will journey to Leeds with any hope of victory though the house aspect are combating for his or her Premier League lives.
After which there may be Harry Kane.
The England skipper has one 12 months left on his contract and is once more attracting consideration from all Europe’s main golf equipment, together with Manchester United.
Levy is confronted with the stability of both cashing in on the ahead or threat dropping him for nothing in 12 months’ time within the hope one thing constructive can emerge to influence him to commit the remaining years of his profession to Spurs.
Discovering an alternative choice to Slot received’t be laborious for Spurs. Discovering the appropriate different is one other query fully.