Orstein reacts to reports Thomas Tuchel is interested in Tottenham job
Journalist David Ornstein has told Sky Sports News (broadcast on 18/1; 22:52) that he believes Thomas Tuchel does not have Tottenham Hotspur at the top of his wishlist as awaits his next managerial job after leaving Chelsea.
Tuchel remains out of work after leaving Stamford Bridge earlier this season. The German, of course, won the Champions League with the Blues. But he was dismissed after a poor start to the campaign.
The 49-year-old’s stock remains incredibly high. So he is likely to be linked with every top job which comes up while he is on the sidelines. And the Tottenham post is no different, it seems.
Tottenham job not top of Tuchel wishlist
The Evening Standard reported this week that Tuchel is interested in the Spurs job amid doubts over the future of Antonio Conte. As things stand, the Italian’s contract expires at the end of the season. And it is not yet clear whether he will extend his stay.
Tuchel joining Tottenham would be a divisive move. Obviously, Spurs and Chelsea fans do not like each other. And they have appointed one former Blues boss in Conte. If he ends up leaving, that would signify that his tenure has not been a success. And with that, appointing another former Chelsea manager would not sit right with some supporters.
Ornstein was asked about the links between Tuchel and Tottenham. And he suggested that he is not sure that he really has his sights set on succeeding Conte.
“Well, Thomas Tuchel is out of work. I’m not led to believe that that is his first option at the moment. And I think he may be looking elsewhere for his return,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Of course, we don’t know how things are going to unfold for Antonio Conte. It may feel like things are going one way at the moment. But say they were to get a good result at the Etihad tomorrow night and pick up some momentum in the second-half of the season, there’s an option to extend his contract and things may work out better.”
Tottenham fans will be more worried about the prospect of losing Conte, rather than who will replace him right now.
There was huge optimism when he arrived. He is a serial winner. And if anyone could end their run without a trophy, it looked set to be Conte.
If he walks away having not achieved that, there will be real questions about who can.
Tuchel is an ‘unbelievable‘ manager who has enjoyed success. But he has also had a few difficult periods since taking the Borussia Dortmund job in 2015.
So if Conte is not the right man, Tottenham surely have to question whether turning to Tuchel would be the right move anyway.
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