The Athletic has revealed that Daniel Levy was considering replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Carlo Ancelotti before he eventually chose to offer the job to Jose Mourinho.
Pochettino’s sacking in November of 2019 came as something of a shock after the Argentine had guided Spurs to the Champions League final just a few months before
The Athletic explains that Levy hoped that Mourinho would build upon the progress of the Pochettino era and help the club win silverware.
The Spurs chairman was also reportedly optimistic that the Portuguese coach would build up Tottenham’s global image, star in Amazon’s behind-the-scenes documentary and attract new fans to the club.
After building a world-class training ground and stadium, Levy wanted a superstar manager to go with it, and considered both Ancelotti and Mourinho for the role.
However, it was the special one’s winning aura that is said to have convinced Levy to go with the 58-year-old over the experienced Italian.
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If Levy wanted to bring in a big-name manager for commercial reasons, one would have thought that Ancelotti would have been a better fit for Spurs than Mourinho due to their contrasting styles of play. However, there is a case to be made that Ancelotti is also past his best and there is no guarantee that appointing the Italian would have worked.
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