Alex McLeish has claimed that he expects Tottenham to appoint a young, up-and-coming coach as it would be difficult for the club to convince a big-name manager about the project.
In the two months since Jose Mourinho’s sacking, Tottenham have reportedly spoken to a number of candidates about the vacancy including the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso.
However, after calling off talks with those candidates, it is former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and Brighton boss Graham Potter who now appear to be the front-runners for the job.
McLeish admitted that he is not surprised to see names like Potter’s linked with the vacancy as Spurs need a young manager to turn around their fortunes.
The former Birmingham City boss told Football Insider: “I’m sure there’ll be some precocious young coach who will eventually take the job.
“A lot of top coaches will be thinking am I going to get the money? Am I going to be able to improve it?
“As a coach, you can’t walk in and say: ‘I’m going to turn these players into a championship-winning team without adding to the quality.
“That will be the key for the major coaches. Do they take a chance on a good, young coach? I’ve heard from people I know Graham Potter’s name was mentioned a few times and (Roberto) Martinez also.
“I would have thought that those guys, maybe a coach of those two’s magnitude, would be the correct choice for Spurs.”
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