Alasdair Gold speaks on Valverde rumours and Spurs’ new manager problem

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Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has claimed that Tottenham might have no choice but to appoint a manager who is out of work rather than trying to swoop for coaches who are already employed.

After ending talks with Gennaro Gattuso due to the fan backlash on social media, Tottenham’s managerial pursuit is seemingly back to square one.

It remains to be seen who the North London club will go for next, with some sources suggesting that they could revisit their interest in the likes of Erik Ten Hag and Nuno Espirito Santo.

One new name that has been mooted as an option for Spurs over the last few days has been former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, who has been out of work since leaving the Nou Camp in January 2020.

When asked about the links to Valverde, Gold admitted that he had not heard anything concrete about the club’s interest in the Spaniard.

However, he explained that Tottenham could look to go for candidates such as the former Barca boss, who are out of work, as other clubs would not be willing to let their managers leave so close to the start of the new season.

The journalist wrote: “What I would say is that it would make more sense for Tottenham to have to get someone now who is currently out of work and that’s not just from a financial angle.

“We’ve got just over two weeks until the non-international first-teamers return to Hotspur Way for pre-season training on July 5 and somebody needs to be in place.

“For a club with the original aim of appointing someone before the end of last season, they’ve made a complete mess of this search which has flip-flopped from very different managers one week to the next after seeming to have an idea and profile early on.

“The issue with appointing someone so late in the close season is that many clubs will not be willing to let their managers go and have to find their own replacement so close to pre-season.

“Likewise, international managers would not arrive in time to take pre-season properly or they would arrive without proper time to plan.

“It’s difficult to see this than anything other than a mess and now it’s on Fabio Paratici to find someone he wants to work with as the director of a football system requires.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Had we moved with conviction for either Graham Potter or Erik Ten Hag after Mourinho’s sacking, we could have easily got either. However, I would expect them to hesitate if we go for them now as they will also know that their name was not near the top of Tottenham’s wishlist.

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