Pundit claims rumoured Spurs managerial target ‘would clash’ with some players 

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Noel Whelan has claimed that Maurizio Sarri is not the right man to replace Jose Mourinho as the Italian’s man-management skills are poor. 

Several names have been mentioned over the past couple of weeks as potential candidates to replace Jose Mourinho at Spurs.

Sarri, who has been out of work since leaving Juventus last year, is one of the coaches who has been liked with the vacancy.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has claimed that the 62-year-old has not made the shortlist of candidates that Tottenham have narrowed down on.

However, reports from Italy continue to link the former Chelsea boss with the North London club, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Carlo Laudisa even claiming that Spurs remain the ‘most plausible’ destination for Sarri as things stand. 

However, Whelan believes that Daniel Levy would be making a mistake by hiring the Italian and insisted that the former Napoli boss could fall out with many of Tottenham’s stars.

 When asked whether Sarri would be a good fit for Spurs, the pundit told Football Insider: “No, I don’t think that’s the right appointment. I really don’t. No. That’s not the way Tottenham need to go. 

“He’s another personality who would clash with the players. You need to look at the man-management side of things now. 

“He’s got the experience but you need more than that to go to Tottenham. You need someone who will put their arm around the players. 

“Someone like [Mauricio] Pochettino. He was stern when he needed to be but he also had that personality, that’s what you need.”

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It is not just Sarri’s man-management that would be a concern but also his tactical inflexibility. The jury is still out on whether the Italian is capable of succeeding in the Premier League. Even though he won the Europa League with Chelsea, one could argue that he underachieved with the resources he had at his disposal. 

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