CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur do not see Thomas Tuchel as a good ‘strategic fit’ for the kind of project they are looking to build.
Multiple outlets have reported over recent days that Tuchel is one of the names on Tottenham’s shortlist to take over from Antonio Conte at the end of the season.
The Athletic explained on Thursday that while Spurs are expected to consider appointing Tuchel, the former Chelsea boss might be reluctant to join as he will be aware that he is likely to be the top target for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid if a vacancy opens up at either club.
However, The Guardian provided a positive update this morning by suggesting that the 49-year-old ideally wants his next job to be in the Premier League.
Jacobs has now explained that while the Spurs hierarchy view Tuchel as a top coach, he does not rank as highly on the North London club’s wishlist as others like Mauricio Pochettino since the former Chelsea man is not seen as a good fit for the role.
The journalist told TEAMtalk: “I think there’ll be other candidates so wouldn’t be ruling out the likes of Thomas Frank and Roberto De Zerbi, he’s done well at Brighton but it might be too soon for him to be considering another role especially if Brighton get European football, but Thomas Tuchel is less likely. I don’t think it’s the right fit.
“Everyone needs to understand a bit more context here, because Spurs are a great club, Tuchel’s a great manager, why wouldn’t a great manager be a great fit for a great club?
“And the answer is really, because Tottenham are looking for someone that again, fits seamlessly into the model, understands the culture of the club, and is the right personality and strategic fit, as well as the right football fit.
“So if we’re only judging, based upon a football fit, Tuchel’s a top coach, but Tottenham are looking for somebody that is the right mix for where their whole project is moving.
“Which means that you’ve got to tick a box as a good coach as a good strategic fit, as a good personality fit and as a good brand fit and that is the modern manager that Tottenham are looking for and that Chelsea were looking for in Graham Potter.
“I don’t think that Tuchel will be a leading contender from Spurs’ point of view or be as open as some are perhaps suggesting to the Tottenham role. So it’s not a case of Tuchel or Pochettino.
“It’s a case of if a vacancy arises, Tottenham drawing up a long list of which I think Pochettino would be well ahead of Tuchel, but I think there’ll be other names mentioned as well.”
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Tuchel has a history of not being the easiest to work with and he has fallen out with some players in both of his previous two jobs.
I believe that on the back of the tumultuous few years Spurs have had, we now need a good man manager who can bring everyone at the club together.
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