Opinion: Who we think is on Steve Hitchen’s head coach shortlist for Spurs

Steve Hitchen
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Jack Pitt Brooke recently revealed that Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager may not be appointed until after the end of this Premier League season (23 May).

Pitt Brooke added that Steve Hitchen, Chief Scout for Tottenham, is drawing up a list of 3-5 managers for Tottenham. After that, Spurs will move forward with interviews.

Now based on that, who could be on Hitchen’s list?

Brendan Rodgers

Widely reported as Daniel Levy’s first choice, it’s an easy assumption that Rodgers will be on Hitchen’s list. However, it seems extremely unlikely that the Leicester City man would leave his spot as Foxes boss.

With the side having nearly guaranteed Champions League football for next season and winning an FA Cup, it is unlikely he will want to move to Spurs who may be playing in the European Conference League.

Graham Potter

Graham Potter seems like he could be a safe choice for Tottenham. The Brighton manager would, most likely, want a move to Tottenham if it opened up.

Alasdair Gold even reported that Spurs players were impressed by Brighton’s performances against them this season and would be open to the club signing the Englishman. It is also worth noting that Brighton has the highest expected points, in the entire league, even more than City.

Now, if Potter had Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane finishing chances, rather than Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck, his side could be doing a lot better.

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez is another man who, reportedly, has admirers at Hotspur Way. However, Martinez has underachieved with the Belgian National Team and his last spell at club level with Everton was also underwhelming.

As Martinez is set to manage Belgium in the Euros this summer, it was reported that his backroom staff could come over the summer to ease the transition (Sunday Sun pg 61 – as relayed by GMS).

Martinez has also likely heard a lot about Tottenham having coached Vertonghen, Alderweireld, and Dembele in the past few years.

Mystery Man

As reported by Football.London, Spurs have been playing their cards close to their chest. Foreign media outlets and agents pushing their clients will leave Spurs’ real targets shrouded in the cloud of speculation. This manager could “remain unknown until the final stages” and that could be exactly what Levy wants.

It very much feels like Brendan Rodgers is the club’s dream signing, Potter is the club’s safety signing, and Martinez is somewhere in the middle. As well as a mystery manager or two in there. All in all, Tottenham will have the opportunity to sign a world-class manager this summer. The club cannot let them slip through our fingers.

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