Former West Ham United midfielder, Nigel Reo-Coker, has revealed that Tottenham’s managerial target, Julian Nagelsmann, decided to pull out of the race for the Chelsea job as the Blues were simply dragging on their process for too long.
Tottenham’s hopes of snapping up Nagelsmann have been boosted significantly over the last few days after it emerged that the German had withdrawn his candidacy for the Chelsea job (Fabrizio Romano).
It has since been reported by some outlets that the former Bayern Munich boss is now fully focusing on talks with Spurs and is ‘very keen’ on taking over in N17 (SportBild).
The Independent claimed a couple of days ago that Nageslmann decided to call off his talks with Chelsea since he did not feel that the current Blues set-up was the right fit for how he wants to work as a coach and the role involved ‘too much off the training ground’.
However, Reo-Coker has now offered an alternative reason for why the 35-year-old ended talks with Chelsea, with the pundit claiming that the German was not convinced that the West London club’s hierarchy wanted him badly enough.
The former Hammers star said on the Football Daily Podcast (23/04/23): “Just to let you know about the Nagelsmann situation.
“One of my good friends who has actually got inside into it told me that Nagelsmann pulled out because he thought this whole situation would have been sorted out in two weeks.
“But they (Chelsea) keep pushing it back because they want to speak to other managers and Nagelsmann said ‘I’m no longer waiting, because if I’m not your number one choice, I’m not waiting.’
“It’s all about ownership, it’s bad ownership that doesn’t have a clue about football.”
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Unlike Chelsea’s owners, who seemingly want to talk to a long list of candidates before making up their minds on who to pursue, one would expect Daniel Levy and co to pull out all the stops to get Nagelsmann.
However, that does not mean that it would work as the German would have to be convinced of the project’s merit and ambition.
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