4 managers Spurs could now look at in wake of failed Conte talks, including the 'anti-Mourinho'
Spurs are no longer in talks with Antonio Conte.
Tottenham have been looking for a new manager since April in wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
Conte looked set to replace Mourinho in the Spurs dugout, but BBC Sport claims negotiations have ground to a halt.
There is no likelihood of them resuming, added the outlet.
BBC Sport cites “suggestions from Italy” regarding Conte potentially having doubts over Tottenham’s transfer budget.
The outlet also hints at differences between Conte’s reputation for buying ready-made stars and Spurs’ penchant for developing talents.
Tottenham’s search for a new manager goes on, but who could Spurs look at now?
Here, The Boot Room looks at five potential targets for the Premier League club.
The 45-year-old, currently at Brighton, made a name for himself at Ostersund.
He took the Swedish club from the fourth tier to the top flight, the Swedish Cup and a Europa League run.
Potter then returned to these shores, joining Swansea in 2019.
Within the space of a year, he made the step up to the Premier League by taking the Brighton reins.
Potter has kept the Seagulls punching above their weight and has comfortably secured another season of top-flight football.
In addition, he has achieved results while playing great football along the way.
Spurs fan site Cartilage Free Captain deemed Potter the “anti-Mourinho”.
“If you were to take Jose Mourinho, invert everything about him and form a new manager from the strange matter that Inverse Mourinho left behind, you’d probably end up with someone a lot like Brighton & Hove Albion’s Graham Potter,” they wrote.
“Calm, contemplative, introspective and scholarly, Potter comes across as the Yang to Mourinho’s Yin.”
Nuno Espirito Santo
The 47-year-old began his coaching career in 2010 and took his first managerial job two years later at Rio Ave.
Nuno spent two years at Rio Ave before joining Valencia, and two years later he moved to Porto.
In 2017, he joined Wolves, then in the Championship, and led them to the Premier League.
Wolves finished seventh in their first two seasons back, also reaching the Europa League quarter-finals in 2019-20.
However, they endured a tough 2020-21 season, finishing 13th with Raul Jimenez sidelined for much of the campaign.
According to Sky Sports, Nuno is keen on an immediate return to management.
Mourinho himself said a few years ago that Nuno had done an “amazing” job at Wolves.
“A much better manager than a player,” Mourinho jokingly told the Daily Mail. “He is doing really, really amazing work.
“For me, he has one of the best teams from a tactical point of view.”
The Guardian reported last month that Spurs held talks with the head of sport and development at Red Bull.
However, it’s unclear whether that was about the manager’s job or a director’s position.
The 62-year-old boasts considerable experience in the dugout, having begun his managerial career in 1983.
He has also been credited as influencing the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Jurgen Klopp, as well as moulding the idea of Gegenpressing.
However, Rangnick has not been directly involved in coaching for two years.
Admittedly, the former Spurs boss may be harder to reappoint than previously anticipated.
A few days ago, The Sun claimed that Tottenham are planning one final push for Mauricio Pochettino.
The former Spurs boss is reportedly keen on returning to N17, but is struggling to engineer an exit from PSG.
And Levy is reportedly going to attempt once more to snap up Pochettino.
Now that Conte is no longer on the agenda, could Spurs try again?
Pochettino certainly seems eager to return.
On Tuesday, talkSPORT claimed that Pochettino’s relationship with PSG sporting director Leonardo is now beyond repair
One of them will leave the club this summer, they added.
Meanwhile, football.london’s Alasdair Gold said Pochettino has a real determination to return to Spurs.
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