The Athletic have revealed that four Premier League managers in Brendan Rodgers, Scott Parker, Ralph Hasenhuttl and Graham Potter are on Tottenham’s radar as the North London club search for a replacement for Jose Mourinho.
The report also sheds light on the various names from across the continent that Spurs are considering. However, when it comes to those with Premier League experience, the aforementioned four are said to be the leading candidates.
Rodgers is thought to be the most popular candidate among the four and it is claimed that Spurs tried to appoint the Northern Irishman when they parted ways with Harry Redknapp in 2012, only for the 48-year-old to turn down the club’s approach and head to Liverpool instead.
However, it is explained that getting Rodgers would prove difficult as he has a significant buy-out clause on his contract at Leicester.
Scott Parker also reportedly has admirers at Tottenham for his progressive style of play and the faith he has shown in young players but it is said that Daniel Levy might want a bigger name than the former Spurs midfielder.
Tottenham are said to have considered Ralph Hasenhuttl but the club are wary of how Southampton’s form has fallen away in the second half of this season, while there are also concerns with the aloof way in which the Austrian deals with his players.
Graham Potter is mentioned as a potential candidate given that his progressive style of play might work better with a squad that possesses more quality than Brighton’s.
The report also asserts that Nuno Espirito Santo, who has been linked with the Spurs hot seat, is not one of the candidates the club are looking at.
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While Rodgers would clearly be the best choice out of these four, it remains to be seen if he would be tempted to leave Leicester to come to Tottenham.
Some Spurs fans might scoff at the idea of bringing in Parker or Potter but I would not be too displeased if we get either as I expect both coaches to have big futures in the game.
One has to remember that Pochettino himself did not pull up any trees before we appointed him in 2014. His biggest achievement at the time was an eighth-place finish with a Southampton squad that was full of quality.
So there is no reason to think that a young coach like Parker could not come into his own at a club like Spurs.
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