Super agent Haydn Dodge has revealed that Daniel Levy met with Julian Nagelsmann over recent days to discuss Tottenham’s managerial vacancy but he suggested that the German should wait for other jobs to open up this summer.
There have been plenty of positive updates regarding Spurs’ pursuit of Nagelsmann over recent days, with talkSPORT’s Alex Crook claiming on Monday that the German is softening his stance and is now more open to taking the role than he previously was.
This was also backed up by SportBild, who revealed on Wednesday that Nagelsmann is ‘very tempted’ to take the job and could accept it ahead of next season if the Lilywhites meet his demands.
However, a report from Football Insider contradicted this claim yesterday, stating that Tottenham are not hopeful that the 35-year-old would accept the job.
The publication stated that the North London club are worried that Nagelsmann is using their interest as leverage to land other jobs.
Dodge has now confirmed that the recently departed Bayern Munich boss has spoken to the Tottenham chairman but suggested that the squad in N17 has to be revamped to give the German a chance of competing with the best sides in the Premier League.
The agent told CaughtOffside: “I gather that Daniel Levy and Julian Nagelsmann had a meeting during the last few days in London, so Nagelsmann seems to be wanting to take the Tottenham job.
“I don’t know whether he sees that as a project or whether he will get the assurances he needs from the board at Tottenham.
“If it were me and I was a manager going in there then I could probably discount a lot of players.
“They’ve got two goalkeepers that aren’t good enough, they’ve got a right-back on loan in France that’s going ok in Djed Spence, but Pedro Porro who they’ve signed hasn’t been great and Emerson Royal is saying that he wants to leave.
“They’ve got four centre-halves that aren’t good enough and probably only one that is good in Romero, they’ve got a left-back who is 34 and isn’t good enough, Ryan Sessegnon isn’t good enough… so you need another left-back in the building.
“I think Sergio Reguilon is still contracted to the club and he’s nowhere near, Son’s been absolutely horrendous this year, Dier is dead wood, Sanchez is dead wood… so realistically Spurs only have Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – a decent but average Premier League player – and Rodrigo Bentancur.
“In their right mind, I’m not sure who takes the players that Tottenham currently have in that team.
“You can’t self-motivate people, you have to be motivated yourself to go and succeed.
“A lot of these players say that they want to go and play for X, Y and Z club, but you have to be self-motivated if you want to succeed at the top of this division.
“If you look at the camaraderie between the Brighton players and Brentford players for example, that’s the reason why they’re doing so well.
“Nagelsmann went into Bayern Munich and already had a stock of players that were serial winners, or had players if they weren’t serial winners at Bayern they had been in the past and with their country… it’s very clear to see that Spurs as a club does need a bit of a revamp.
“Whether or not Nagelsmann comes in with a sporting director for that, I don’t know. It all depends on one thing and one thing only for these men and that’s money.
“My issue is not that Tottenham haven’t spent, but they’ve done so in the wrong areas.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I think one of the reasons that the Tottenham job would still be quite lucrative for top managers is because of the attacking talent we have in our squad.
Top attackers are the hardest to sign and the likes of Chelsea would not be able to get players of the quality of Kane and Son, no matter how much they are willing to spend.
I personally think that we are only potentially three or four top-quality additions away from challenging the best sides in the Premier League.
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