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Report: Spurs set sights on 43-year-old manager who's been called a 'phenomenon'

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly set their sights on Gennaro Gattuso, according to Rai Sport journalist Ciro Venerato.

Spurs’ search for a new permanent manager rumbles on following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month.

Tottenham have been linked with numerous managers over the past few weeks, from veterans like Rafael Benitez to up-and-coming coaches like Scott Parker.

Gattuso, a top midfield enforcer during his playing career, began his managerial journey in 2013 when he took the reins at Swiss side Sion.

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Since then, the 43-year-old has managed at Palermo, OFI Crete, Pisa, AC Milan and Napoli, where he currently plies his trade.

However, Gattuso’s tenure at the San Paolo is rumoured to be coming to an end, and according to Venerato, Daniel Levy is eyeing the 2006 World Cup winner.

“Gattuso will not be the Napoli coach from Monday,” Venerato told Kiss Kiss Napoli, via CalcioNapoli24.

“The Napoli players have known for months that Rino will no longer be the Napoli coach.

“Lazio and Juventus are on Gattuso, but the news of the day is that Tottenham have put Gattuso on the list of candidates for the next coach.

“The English club have been dealing with Conte for a month, but now also like Gattuso.

“Tottenham president Daniel Levy has seen many Napoli matches and has watched Gattuso closely.

“He was impressed by the quality of the game and the quality of the ideas seeing the matches against Milan and Roma.”

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Gattuso was a fiery player during his career on the pitch and he’s very much taken his passion to the dugout, building up an impressive CV along the way.

Aside from managing two of Italy’s finest clubs, he also won his first trophy last year, lifting the Coppa Italia following a penalty shootout win over Juventus.

Milan legend Kaka believes Gattuso is a managerial star in the making, telling Milan TV last year, via Football Italia: “It was great to see him coaching for the first time with my own eyes.

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“He’s the same as he was as a player in terms of energy and motivation. He spent the whole time motivating the team and demanding the best, but that’s not all.

“Rino is very good, he’s managed to study and prepare well, and all these things make him a phenomenon.”

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