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Report: Spurs make contact with 51-year-old coach, three national top-flight titles to his name

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Report: Spurs make contact with 51-year-old coach, three national top-flight titles to his name

It’s been a busy few days for Tottenham Hotspur, who joined and then withdrew from the European Super League, and are also looking for a new permanent manager.

Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs in November 2019, leading the north Londoners to a sixth-placed finish in his debut season in charge.

However, Tottenham have struggled this season, currently five points adrift of the Champions League places, and suffered an embarrassing Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb in March.

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Mourinho and coaches Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra were all relieved of their duties on Monday, with Ryan Mason taking the reins until the end of the season.

A number of top coaches have been linked with the Spurs reins and Duncan Castles has claimed that the club has made contact with former Benfica boss Rui Vitoria over the role.

 

“On top of Nagelsmann, another name I’ve heard that there is an interest in is Rui Vitoria, the former Benfica coach who won a couple of Portuguese titles and is quite highly rated by his peers,” he told the Transfer Window podcast.

“I believe a question has been put in by intermediaries about whether Vitoria would be interested in the job. Not by any means first choice but shows they don’t have their man yet and are casting around to see the range of options around for them.”

Vitoria is currently a free agent, having left Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr at the end of last year.

His CV includes two Primeira Liga titles, four Portuguese cup trophies, and the Saudi Professional League title.

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