In an appearance on Soccernews’ podcast Twee Viertje (30/03/23 – relayed by Feyenoord Pings and SportWitness), Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has been warned not to take the Tottenham Hotspur job by former PSV Eindhoven boss Aad de Mos.
Tottenham are in need of a new permanent manager after they announced Antonio Conte had parted ways with the club 16 months into his tenure in North London.
Cristian Stellini will take charge of the side until the end of the season, with assistance from Ryan Mason.
It is thought there are a number of names on chairman Daniel Levy’s shortlist to take the job in the summer, including the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Mauricio Pochettino (Telegraph).
One name that has come up recently is Feyenoord boss Slot (The Times). The 42-year-old has led his side to the top of the Eredivisie this season, as well as making it to the Europa Conference League final last year.
According to de Mos however, Slot should be wary of taking on the Tottenham project due to the apparent difficulty of working with Levy and a number of experienced Spurs players.
He said: “I wouldn’t do that. It has turned out to be a graveyard for coaches.
“Whoever has been a coach in recent years, there is not a single coach who has been able to keep above water. [Except] Pochettino, the rest are all served.
“It is not easy to work with that chairman. It is not easy to work with players who have been there too long, from Lloris to Kane, from Son to Dier.
“That is a club that protects the dressing room well, there must first be a good selection, in the dressing room. It’s still a difficult thing when you’re dealing with a chairman like Levy.”
On the history of Tottenham, de Mos added: “It’s been a long time since they’ve ever won anything.
“I was a huge fan of them as a boy of 10, 12, with Tommy Smith, with Danny Blanchflower, with Mackay, John White, they were great players and a great club.
“I always have fond memories of Spurs, one of my favourite clubs to go to. Unfortunately, if the situation at such a club is not 100% pure, you will notice that in the results.
“They are lagging behind, compared to Arsenal, Manchester City, or Chelsea, or Liverpool.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I can see why any manager would be wary of coming to Spurs right now.
The team needs a complete overhaul, the ownership is problematic, and the manner in which previous managers have come and gone is not ideal.
Yes, we are a big club, but it will not be an easy task for whoever comes in next.
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