Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be interested in hiring Xabi Alonso, but the club reportedly has concerns over his level of experience which makes him an ‘outsider’ in the running for the vacant managerial role.
Alonso has established himself as one of the most promising young managers in the game since retiring from playing back in 2017.
The Spaniard was appointed as manager of Bayer Leverkusen in October of last year and has since led the German side to within touching distance of a European spot in the Bundesliga this season after taking over with the club in the relegation zone.
It was reported earlier this month that the 41-year-old was being considered for the top job at Tottenham and was even thought to be a shock frontrunner (De Telegraaf).
According to The Mirror, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would even be willing to pay off Alonso’s remaining contract in order to bring the former Liverpool midfielder to North London.
The latest from the Evening Standard discusses the possibility of Tottenham hiring former Leverkusen sporting director Tim Steidten to replace Fabio Paratici, and it is thought his appointment could open the door for Alonso to follow.
However, it may not be that simple. While Alonso is believed to be “of interest” to Tottenham Hotspur, there are some “concerns about his lack of experience.”
With this in mind, it is now expected that Alonso would be “currently rated as an outsider” in the race to secure the job at Tottenham.
Spurs Web Opinion
I would also be a little bit wary of managers like Alonso who have not proven over a substantial period of time that they are at the level we require.
He’s done a fantastic job with Leverkusen and is clearly a bright manager, but he’s been there less than a year and it’s always hard to assess managers in that situation.
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