Tottenham Hotspur may have just been handed a boost in their pursuit of Maurizio Sarri in wake of Jose Mourinho’s latest managerial move.
Spurs sacked the Portuguese just over a fortnight ago in wake of a downturn in form, as well as reports that he’d lost the dressing room.
On Tuesday, Serie A side Roma confirmed that Mourinho will take over from Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season.
The 58-year-old will replace Paulo Fonseca, who is set to leave the Giallorossi at the end of the current season.
Mourinho’s switch to Roma means that Maurizio Sarri, a coach who Calciomercato had linked with Tottenham, is available once again.
ESPN reported last week that a deal to take the 62-year-old to Roma was “80 percent done”.
However, Fabrizio Romano has claimed on Twitter that Sarri “has never been an option” for the Italian capital club.
While the Italian may have split opinion during his time at Chelsea, he is highly regarded by a number of his peers.
Mauricio Pochettino, for example, told Radio CRC – as quoted by Tuttomercatoweb – in 2018: “Sarri’s football is fantastic and the best to watch in Europe.
“When I can, I try not to miss out on a single Napoli game!”
And Pep Guardiola is quoted by football.london as saying after the 2019 League Cup final: “It was a tight game and we knew it would be because it was a final.
“I was impressed with the way Chelsea defended, they were well organised and one of the toughest teams I’ve faced in my career.”