Opinion: Managerial absence has increased pressure on Daniel Levy

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On the 19th of April Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho. The club is yet to find a replacement and as the clock continues to tick, the pressure mounts.

In the early days of the managerial hunt, Graham Potter seemed the favourite (Football.London), with some Spurs fans even content with this choice. Having tried a big-name manager with a negative style, it seemed that some supporters were happy to try a smaller name with a more attractive style.

Brendan Rodgers (The Athletic) and Erik Ten Hag (Football.London) were also thrown into the pot, Rodgers emphatically ruling himself out, and Ten Hag signing a contract extension at Ajax.

While this hasn’t fully ruled the Dutchman out of the race, it means that Spurs would have to pay more in order to pry him away from Ajax, something which doesn’t seem likely given Daniel Levy’s reputation.

And then came the Mauricio Pochettino rumours (BBC Sport). Now fans were truly excited. The man who took the club to a number of consecutive top-four finishes and the Champions League final on a very limited budget. The man who put Tottenham in Europe’s elite. The man who made the fans believe.

“Sacking Mauricio Pochettino was the hardest decision I’ve made,” (Evening Standard) spoke Daniel Levy in the aftermath of his decision. And perhaps it was true that he was attempting to re-appoint Spurs’ most beloved manager of the 21st century. But unfortunately, not to be.

In more recent weeks, Antonio Conte (BBC Sport) seemed certain to be the next Spurs boss. Another name which was well received by Spurs supporters.

His success speaks for itself. Coming off the back of winning the Serie A title with Inter Milan, it was set up to be an impressive signing. But again, disappointment. The deal falling through at the 11th hour.

The longer this goes on, the more pressure Levy is under to appoint a manager who will get the fans back onside.

Having been promised Pochettino and then Conte, an expectation has been created that a big-name, proven world-class manager is the only acceptable appointment.

Fonseca, who has been heavily linked in the past 24 hours, now seems like an enormous step-down.

Spurs fans grow restless. The screw tightens with each passing day. Levy needs to get this one right or risk the point of no return.

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