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‘I find it hard to think’: 43-year-old manager opens up on why he missed out on Tottenham job

Gennaro Gattuso has spoken up about his failure to become Tottenham manager after failed talks with the club.

Speaking to La Republicca via Gianluca Di Marzio, the former Napoli coach did not believe that his clash with former Spurs assistant coach Joe Jordan was a reason why he was unable to land the Spurs job.

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The AC Milan icon infamously butted heads with Jordan in a 2011 UEFA Champions League match. The now 69-year-old coach had a fierce reputation in British football during his playing years as one of the toughest players in the game.

Gattuso: ‘I find it hard to think’

Ten years on from the incident, Tottenham fans still have some resentment towards Gattuso over the event. But the 43-year-old coach believes this wasn’t a reason Spurs did not appoint him.

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Gattuso said: “I find it hard to think that this was the reason for my failure to move to Tottenham.

“At the limit, their fans may have been left with the image of my fight with Jordan in 2011, who was their assistant manager at the time.”

Tottenham manager search is finally over

The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner emerged as a potential option to take over at Tottenham after talks with Paolo Fonseca collapsed. However, as reported by the Athletic, Spurs decided against appointing Gattuso.

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Nuno Espirito Santo was eventually announced as the new manager of Tottenham in early July. Mourinho left the club two months before the arrival of the former Wolves head coach.

The former Wolves manager was met with a solid reception from Tottenham supporters. And fans are confident that Nuno will get the club back on track following 18 dismal months under Mourinho.

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