Darren Bent believes that Michael Carrick would not be able to turn down the Tottenham job even if he guides Middlesbrough to promotion this season.
Multiple publications have reported recently that Fabio Paratici has already begun the task of compiling a list of potential successors to Antonio Conte at Spurs (Daily Mail).
The Athletic revealed last week that the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel, Luis Enrique, Roberto De Zerbi, Thomas Frank, Steve Cooper, Oliver Glasner and Marco Silva could be in consideration for the job.
It has emerged over the last couple of days that Carrick could also become a contender for the Spurs hot seat while West Ham United are also said to be eyeing a move for the 41-year-old (Teesside Live).
The former Tottenham midfielder has done an excellent job since taking over at the Riverside Stadium, with Boro currently sitting third in the Championship table, six points from an automatic promotion spot.
When asked if the Spurs job is too big for Carrick, Bent told TalkSPORT: “Even if Middlesbrough don’t get promoted, he’s going to have Premier League clubs looking at him.
“If someone offers you that type of job – I think the jump is too big – but if someone offers you that, you can’t turn it down.
“Because you don’t know if it will come up again.
“If Boro are not in the Premier League next season, with the job he’s done, he’ll be in the Premier League next season.”
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There is no doubt that Carrick needs to first prove himself in the Premier League before he is looked at as a contender for a top-six job.
Besides, the 41-year-old certainly does not strike me as the kind of coach Fabio Paratici would prefer, given the way he sets his teams up.
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