Huddlestone argues how long Levy should give next Spurs boss regardless of results

Tom Huddlestone believes that the Tottenham hierarchy need to give the next manager time to build a foundation at the club for at least 18 months, irrespective of the results.

It is far from clear who Spurs’ top managerial target is at the moment, with the North London club allegedly focussing on appointing a sporting director first before resuming their search for a new head coach (Daily Mirror).

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The Telegraph revealed on Wednesday that Tottenham have now stepped up their interest in Arne Slot, with the North London club said to be keen to speak to the Feyenoord boss.

The publication revealed that despite the Lilywhites insisting that there is no leading candidate for the role at the moment, the Dutchman is now in ‘serious consideration’ for the job.

However, it was explained that Spurs had also spoken to Luis Enrique and remain interested in Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou and Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi.

Huddlestone believes that irrespective of who takes over, the foundation at Hotspur Way needs to be rebuilt and that is only possible if the next manager is given time.

The former Spurs midfielder told Football.London: “Obviously it’s a bit of a crossroads at the club. I think it needs a manager that is going to get 18 to 24 months regardless of the results.

“They’re not quite but almost going to have to build from the ground up, get the foundations right,” said the former England international.

“I think there’s a nucleus of a good team and squad there, it just needs a bit of solidity there, between everyone, the board, the fans and the players.”

Huddlestone was at Tottenham when Mason was in and around the first team but the 31-year-old only made his debut the season after the midfielder had left to join Hull City.

When asked if his former teammate is ready for the full-time role, the 36-year-old responded: “It’s difficult. It’s probably one of the top 10 or 12 jobs in the world for a manager so for it to be someone’s first gig would be a big ask but he knows the club inside out.

“[Ryan] has worked under Jose [Mourinho] and Antonio [Conte] so there’s not many better to learn from so maybe, but as I said it probably needs someone to have a little bit of time but also money to spend as well.”

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Mason is spot on when he says that the next coach needs to be given time to rebuild foundations like Arteta was at Arsenal.

That is perhaps why it is crucial that Tottenham opt for a project manager rather than someone who will get frustrated if he cannot compete for trophies straight away.

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