Journalist claims Spurs have contacted 50-year-old over replacing Mourinho

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Dom Le Roy

Transfer market expert, Ian McGarry has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have contacted Gareth Southgate’s representatives with a view to making him the club’s next manager.

Tottenham seem to be running out of options as far as a replacement for Jose Mourinho is concerned, with the club losing out to Bayern Munich in the race for Julian Nagelsmann and Erik ten Hag penning a contract extension with Ajax.

Brendan Rodgers is now rumoured to be Spurs’ number one target and although the club are said to be aware they face an uphill battle to swoop for the Leicester boss, Daniel Levy is reportedly refusing to give up his pursuit of the 48-year-old.

Southgate has also been mooted as a potential candidate for the Tottenham hot seat in previous reports but it has been suggested that him not being available until after the European Championships could prove a stumbling block to him getting the job.

However, McGarry has now said that the Three Lions boss fits the profile of head coach that Levy is looking to appoint.

The journalist said on The Transfer Window Podcast (as relayed by The Daily Express): “It is our information that Gareth Southgate, the England manager, his representatives have been contacted with regards to the possibility of him becoming the next Tottenham Hotspur boss.

“That of course will be complicated by England’s participation in the Euros this summer.

“However, it is Daniel Levy’s intention to employ a younger, more attacking-minded coach, and therefore that’s why Southgate is in the frame.

“And someone who Levy admires as level-headed but also with ambition and a philosophy of football which Spurs want to implement, especially with their younger players coming through.”

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Southgate comes across as an extremely level-headed coach who has very good man-management skills. I also believe that he is underrated tactically and is often unfairly criticised by sections of the British media.

However, I certainly would not want him to get the Tottenham job as he has not managed in club football since being sacked by Middlesbrough in 2009.

Appointing him would be a huge risk for us to take and that is something that the club cannot afford at the moment given that we appear to be at a crossroads.

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