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Who is on Daniel Levy’s list to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham?

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In what has been an extraordinary few days in the world of football, Jose Mourinho’s departure from Tottenham rather flew under the radar on Monday morning.

While almost all of the headlines have been stolen by the hugely controversial European Super League, one of those six rebel clubs are now on the lookout for a new boss in North London.

After just 17 months at Spurs, the former Manchester United manager was given his marching orders only days before Tottenham will meet Manchester City in this weekend’s EFL Cup final.

With former midfielder Ryan Mason taking charge for Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Southampton, we have taken a look at a few names that are reportedly on Daniel Levy’s wishlist come the end of the season.

Julian Nagelsmann

With many Tottenham fans vocal about Mourinho’s approach during the final months of his tenure, there is no doubt that they would have been excited by continued links to RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.

Guiding Die Roten Bullen to last year’s Champions League semi-final, the 33-year-old is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented bosses and has even previously admitted that he turned down a move to Real Madrid back in 2019.

Priced at 2/1 with Betfair and installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Mourinho in North London, the former Hoffenheim coach has received a string of praise for his policy in regard to pushing youth.

However, while Levy might have reportedly selected Nagelsmann as his number one candidate to take over this summer, it appears that they could face some rather stiff competition.

With Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick announcing that he will be leaving the German giants at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, Lothar Matthaus revealed over the weekend that he believes Nagelsmann will make the decision to stay in the Bundesliga.

Maurizio Sarri

While Tottenham might have seen one former Chelsea boss be swept out of the exit on Monday morning, reports have suggested that The Lilywhites could have their eyes on another former Blues manager.

In what was a surprise to many fans across the capital, Football Italia reported earlier in the week that Maurizio Sarri has been approached about a potential Premier League return at the end of the season.

With the Italian outlet stating that Spurs contacted Sarri’s representative Fali Ramadani over the weekend, the 62-year-old has been out of work since leaving defending Serie A champions Juventus back in August.

Reportedly making it no secret that he is keen to jump back into the hot seat, despite still being under contract with Juventus, Sarri would consider the chance to replace Mourinho this summer.

However, much like Nagelsmann at Leipzig who is attracting other suitors, Sarri has also been heavily linked with potentially taking charge at Roma come the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Brendan Rodgers

Guiding Leicester to a 1-0 win against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday evening in front of 8,000 fans and reaching their first FA Cup for the first time since 1969, Brendan Rodgers has done quite the job at The King Power.

Although The Foxes might have missed out on a top-four finish after a public slip-up when returning from lockdown last year, they find themselves sat in pole position to clinch a Champions League spot for next season.

Bringing the likes of James Maddison, James Justin and Wesley Fofana to Leicestershire during his tenure, the one-time Liverpool boss has really helped Leicester upset the ‘big-six’ picture.

However, while Rodgers might be installed at 6/1 with Betfair to join Spurs at the end of the season, it appears that The Foxes’ coach has already ruled himself out of the race.

Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Rodgers insisted that he has no plans of leaving Leicester at the end of the season and will not be moving to the capital.

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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