Italian site CalcioMercato have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur opened talks with ex-Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Monday just hours after it was confirmed that the North London club had sacked Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho departs Tottenham despite winning 44 of his 86 games in charge, but leaving them in seventh place in the Premier League. They did, however, reach the Carabao Cup final which they play on Sunday against Man City.
Ryan Mason has been left in temporary charge, along with Chris Powell. Sarri has not been in work since being replaced by Andrea Pirlo at Juventus last summer – and he is still owed compensation by the Italian champions.
Italian boss Sarri is said to have held talks with Tottenham on Monday and while Roma are leading the charge for Sarri, perhaps working in London beforehand will tempt the Italian with a second crack at English football.
TBR’s view – Is Sarri good enough? Is Chelsea past a disadvantage?
The last few years have seen Sarri reach the cream of the crop in terms of management. He won 97 of the 147 games he managed at Napoli and that earned him a move to Chelsea – where he lifted the Europa League title.
Sarri also guided Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final during the 2018-19 season and that saw Juventus take him back to his home country – where he won the 2019-20 Serie A title, and reached the Coppa Italia final.
So, while there may be doubts given his long-term experience at the top level – Sarri is a top manager that has been there and done it. Does his Chelsea past affect a move to Spurs? Well, it didn’t seem to stop them hiring Mourinho.