Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor has said that Tottenham do not necessarily need to appoint a big-name manager to convince Harry Kane to stay as the striker would be excited at the prospect of working with an up-and-coming coach like Xabi Alonso.
Harry Kane will soon enter the final 12 months of his contract with Tottenham and multiple outlets have revealed over the past few weeks that the striker will only hold talks with the club regarding a new deal once they have a head coach in place (Football Insider).
As things stand, Spurs appear quite a long way away from finalising a new manager, with the North London club thought to be prioritising appointing a sporting director before proceeding with their managerial search (Daily Mirror).
Xabi Alonso is one of the names who have been mooted recently as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte but The Evening Standard revealed on Wednesday that the Bayer Leverkusen boss remains an outsider for the role, given his lack of experience at the top level.
Taylor believes that Kane might now want to work with a young manager with fresh ideas such as Alonso, having worked with some big names over the past few years.
When asked if Tottenham would need to appoint a big-name manager to hold onto the 29-year-old, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “It depends really.
“Obviously, he wants to win trophies, but at the same time, you could also launch a counter-argument for that as he’s had Conte, he’s had José Mourinho, he’s had Mauricio Pochettino and still not won a trophy.
“So it depends on what he wants to do, if he’s happy to stay, I think someone like Xabi Alonso might actually excite him.
“I think it’s clear Alonso is a forward-thinking manager with fresh ideas, and he’s well respected in the game.”
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I think Kane is smart enough to realise that a big-name appointment certainly does not guarantee success.
In fact, of all of Tottenham’s recent appointments, Pochettino was arguably the most low-profile one (when he arrived in 2014) and had the most success.
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