Tottenham Hotspur have some big decisions to make this summer. The main one is naming a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho as manager.
Most Spurs supporters would agree that there wasn't anything particularly special about the record of "The Special One", twice a former boss of London rivals Chelsea. A 51% win rate at Tottenhamis comfortably his worst Premier League job
Despite guiding Spurs to the EFL Cup final, Mourinho was sacked six days beforehand after 17 months at the club. Three years after joining the coaching staff, former Tottenham midfielderRyan Mason was named interim boss
for the rest of this season. The managerial rookie looks as though he'll have to go some in the games that remain in order to be even in the running for the role on a permanent basis.
Some major names and highly regarded coaches have been linked with the vacancy. Precisely whereabouts they finish domestically could well have an effect on who Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy can attract as the new boss. After 32 Premier League matches, Spurs sat seventh in the table and five points adrift of the Champions League places.
As of April 20, they look up against it in thelatest soccer odds with Betway on a top-four finish at +800
. Even his infamously tough negotiating skills my not be able to sell Spurs without European football. There is also the somewhat unresolved matter of the breakaway European Super League, which has been met with disdain. Tottenham were among the founder members announced, but there has been such a strong backlash against the idea that Spurs, alongside the other five English members, have since dropped out. However, it's unlikely to be the last we hear on the topic.
Many of the prospective new Spurs bosses are with clubs in, or that have a history of taking teams into, the Champions League. Reports from Italy claim thatthere has been contact with Maurizio Sarri
, another former Chelsea boss. He is a free agent after leaving Juventus last summer but did win the Europa League during his season at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking of out-of-work Italians, Max Allegri is another previous Juventus boss who could be looking for a challenge overseas. His body of work in Serie A is mighty impressive after cementing the Old Lady as the dominant domestic force following a successful spell at AC Milan. Allegri has often been linked with coming to the Premier League, so watch this space.
Julian Nagelsmann is an up-and-coming manager who could be in very high demand. Tottenham will be monitoring the situation carefully, although you would have to make Bayern Munich favourites to keep the RB Leipzig boss in the Bundesliga, because current head coach Hansi Flick hastold the German giants he wants to leave
at the end of the campaign. Flick could be the next boss of the Germany national team, while Nagelsmann is only 33 and the top club job in his own country might seem like the next logical step.
Closer to home, there are three managers employed by other Premier League clubs who could be considered. Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has got the Foxes in the hunt for Champions League football once again but will hope they don't run out of steam like last season. Wolves counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo has also won plenty of admirers during his tenure at Molineux. Scott Parker, who could end up enduring a second relegation with Fulham, seems a longshot, although he used to play for Spurs.
Rafa Benitez and Eddie Howe wouldn't cost Levy any compensation and remain well-regarded in Premier League circles. Benitez, best known for his Champions League success with Liverpool, did well with very little budget during his last spell in England with Newcastle United. Former Bournemouth boss Howe, meanwhile, kept the plucky underdogs in the Premier League for five years playing stylish soccer.
Whoever the new Tottenham manager is, one of their first tasks could be persuading star striker Harry Kane to remain at the club. Plenty of speculation surrounded his future before the furore from fans over the European Super League, but he may prove loyal to the team and honor his contract.