With the end of the season looming, Tottenham Hotspur are in a similar situation compared to the 2020/2021 season. Spurs are finishing the season with an interim manager and are essentially moping towards the finish line.
To add to that, Spurs were knocked out of Europe in pathetic fashion as well as not knowing the future of their record goal-scorer, Harry Kane.
This season’s run-in is much like the one a couple of seasons ago. Hopefully, Tottenham will not wait 72 days to appoint the next permanent manager as they did during the chaotic summer of 2021.
Who is the best option to lead Spurs going forward?
Arne Slot is a name that perhaps was not known by many until the links with Tottenham started to appear. Slot is currently the manager of Eredivisie side Feyenoord, who are leading the Dutch league by eight points.
Slot has drawn attention from other Premier League clubs due to his attractive style of football that has propelled the Rotterdam-based club to the top of Eredivisie (Times).
However, there are doubts about whether or not Slot could take on such a big job in the Premier League.
However, Feyenoord recently toppled former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho’s Roma side 1-0 in first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.
Roberto De Zerbi
Roberto De Zerbi has been rumoured to be one of Tottenham’s candidates for their next manager (Express). The Italian ticks all of the boxes as his side plays possession-based football, is flexible with his tactics, and integrates younger players into the starting eleven.
However, there is one slight issue with De Zerbi. De Zerbi is known to have a short temper at times. Spurs fans (and the club) have seen this story before with Antonio Conte and also saw this firsthand in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Brighton.
De Zerbi’s improvement on Graham Potter’s foundations along with his short temper and extreme passion might be too much to bring him to N17.
Vincent Kompany is another manager who Spurs have been strongly linked to in the past few days (Sun).
Kompany, like the managers listed above, has also implemented an entertaining style of football with Burnley. This style of football has taken Burnley to the top of the EFL Championship as they have already secured promotion to the Premier League.
This brand of football is quite the turnaround at Turf Moor. In the past, Burnley were known by many for playing in a much more defensive manner.
However, one qualm about the Belgian is that he is only 37 and thus has a short managing career. Another potential doubt is that he may want to take over at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola leaves as he was a legend when playing for City.
Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsmann
There is also former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine loves the club and would probably commit to a long-term deal.
But recent links have come out stating that a reunion with Pochettino is unlikely for various reasons (Star). The same can be said for ex-Bayern Munich man Julian Nagelsmann.
Nagelsmann would be a great fit at Tottenham, but recent reports have said that the German is more interested in the Chelsea job (FootballLondon).
The Verdict –
In my opinion, I think Arne Slot would be the perfect fit for Tottenham.
Given that De Zerbi did not have an impressive audition against Spurs last week (his off-the-pitch emotions) and Kompany’s short managing career thus far, I think that it is fair to say that Slot would slot in nicely at Tottenham.
Slot is 44 and plays the type of football that Tottenham supporters want to see.
While many might say that his coaching career is young (like Kompany’s), I think the fact that Slot not having any connections to an EPL club could work massively in Tottenham Hotspur’s favour.
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