Thursday, June 24, 2021

OddsChecker: Who is leading the chase to be Tottenham’s next boss?

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Landing themselves a 2-0 win against Wolves on Sunday afternoon, Tottenham have managed to find themselves a crucial route back into the top-six.

However, coming under real scrutiny for their performance in last month’s EFL Cup final, Spurs are still on the lookout to find a new long-term successor for Jose Mourinho in North London.

Sacking the former Manchester United boss only days before their 1-0 defeat against Manchester City at Wembley, chairman Daniel Levy has also seen a number of his leading candidates knock back any potential approach.

With Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers declaring his allegiance to The Foxes and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag signing a new deal with the Dutch giants, many Tottenham fans are starting to wonder what the future holds past Ryan Mason’s temporary shift.

Having to direct their attention elsewhere in the search for a new manager, we have taken a look at the three leading contenders with the bookmakers.

Simone Inzaghi – 6/5 with Betfair

After watching the likes of Ten Hag and Rodgers rule themselves out of the chance to replace Mourinho, a new favourite has emerged with the bookmakers over the past week.

Soon to end his fifth straight season with Serie A outfit Lazio, Simone Inzaghi has suddenly found himself tipped as the landslide pick to make the move to England come the summer.

With the 45-year-old’s current deal at the Stadio Olimpico drawing to an end in a matter of weeks, Italian outlet Il Messaggero reported last month that Inzaghi has been on Tottenham’s radar for some time.

Previously linked with a potential move to Spurs before they appointed Mourinho 18 months ago, there remains plenty of speculation in Italy that Inzaghi will not have his current deal at Lazio extended.

Suffering a 2-0 defeat against bitter rivals Roma over the weekend, Lazio failed to secure Champions League football for next season and their finances remain up in the air.

Scott Parker – 4/1 with Betfair

Hit with a 3-1 defeat against Southampton over the weekend, Fulham also saw their immediate Championship return confirmed with three Premier League matchups remaining last week.

While The Cottagers might have failed to build off of that stunning 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield back in March, Scott Parker has gained plenty of plaudits this season.

With many tipping the former England midfielder to extend his own stay in the Premier League past the summer, it has been widely reported over the past week that Parker is the leading contender to take over across the capital.

Regarded to be by far the cheapest option out there to replace Mourinho, it is well documented that the Fulham boss still holds close connections with his former club, including with Daniel Levy himself.

Spending two successful years with Spurs and becoming a firm fan favourite, Parker also begun his coaching journey with Tottenham and spent time in charge of the club’s Under-18s.

Graham Potter – 7/1 with Betfair

While Scott Parker might have failed to help Fulham avoid the drop this season, Brighton managed to extend on their Premier League status for a fourth time on the bounce and Graham Potter has received plenty of praise.

Although The Seagulls might have spent the majority of this year looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, they have enjoyed a real identity change since bringing in the former Swansea boss.

With Potter bringing through starlets such as Ben White and Yves Bissouma, the 45-year-old has suddenly emerged as one of the main names linked with a potential move to the capital.

Gaining a reputation for his attacking philosophy, it was reported by Football London last week that a number of Tottenham stars have already backed the idea of Potter taking charge come the summer.

With two years of Premier League experience under his belt, the one-time Ostersunds boss has even been linked as a potential replacement for Gareth Southgate down the road.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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