Following, the weekend’s box-office press conference (Football London), it seems Antonio Conte has accepted that he will be sacked before the end of the campaign.
In fact, the Telegraph have reported that Spurs and Conte are expected to come to an exit agreement in the next week.
During the first part of Conte’s tenure, it seemed Spurs had turned a corner after pipping rivals Arsenal to that coveted fourth Champions League spot. Now, in March of 2023, it seems as though Spurs have regressed under Conte rather than progressed.
This is due to the fact that, once again, Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup in the fifth round and also exited the Champions League in the round of 16.
Now, I am going to take a look at four managers that could replace Conte, and the best options for Spurs moving forward.
During his 5 year spell at the club, Mauricio Pochettino revolutionised Tottenham Hotspur and brought his style of attacking football to White Hart Lane.
Pochettino lead Spurs to their first-ever Champions League final back in 2019- a quite remarkable feat given that Spurs didn’t sign any players that season.
Due to the fact that Pochettino is widely regarded amongst the Tottenham faithful, he could be seen as a good option to take over and give the job another go.
Roberto De Zerbi:
Many may not have heard of De Zerbi before he joined Brighton back in September of 2022, but they certainly have now. De Zerbi has built on the foundations set by his predecessor Graham Potter and has put Brighton deservedly in the mix for European football next season.
Before moving to Brighton, De Zerbi previously worked at Shakhtar Donetsk and Sassuolo and he tends to play an attractive brand of football which would certainly please Spurs fans, and is another reason why I feel the Italian suits Spurs and their philosophy moving forward.
Enrique is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top managers after spells at Celta Vigo and Barcelona as well as the Spanish national team.
During his time with Barcelona, Enrique won the treble in the 14/15 season, as well as the World’s Best Club Coach award. Enrique employs an attacking version of 4-3-3 but can also use a back 3, as seen with Spain in recent months.
I feel Enrique would be a very good option for Tottenham and his philosophy would be ideal for Spurs to build a long-term project around.
Spurs fans may recognise the name Ruben Amorim, due to the fact that his Sporting Lisbon side faced Tottenham in the Champions League group stages earlier in the season. Amorim’s preferred system is a 3-4-3, the same formation Spurs are using currently under Antonio Conte.
If Amorim were to join Spurs, I feel players like Pedro Porro and Destiny Udogie would flourish. Porro previously worked under Amorim during his time at Sporting Lisbon so has the tactical knowledge required to excel once again under his management.
During his time at Sporting Lisbon, Amorim has won the Portuguese League once, the Portuguese League Cup twice and has also won the Portuguese Super Cup.
Before moving to Sporting Lisbon, Amorim managed Braga and he also won the Portuguese League Cup with them back in the 19/20 season.
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