Spurs were reportedly in pole position for 'fantastic' manager, he's now joined an Italian club
Spurs remain in pursuit of a new manager in wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking in April.
Many coaches have been linked with the Tottenham job, from veterans like Rafael Benitez to up-and-coming managers like Scott Parker.
Even Mauricio Pochettino, one of Spurs’ most iconic recent managers, is reportedly on Tottenham’s radar once again.
One manager who certainly won’t be joining Tottenham any time soon is Simone Inzaghi.
At the end of May, Corriere Fiorentino claimed that Spurs were in pole position to appoint Inzaghi this summer.
The 45-year-old spent five years managing Lazio, during which he steered them into the Champions League group stages.
Before taking the first-team reins in 2016, Inzaghi had coached a number of Lazio’s youth sides.
Inzaghi competed in Europe competition in each of his five full seasons in charge, including a run to the Champions League last 16 in 2020-21.
The former Lazio and Italy striker also led the club to a Coppa Italia in 2019, as well as two Italian Super Cup wins.
Now, Inter Milan have appointed Inzaghi as their new head coach on a two-year deal, replacing Antonio Conte.
Could Conte be Spurs’ new manager?
Conte has just led Inter Milan to their first Serie A title in 11 years, finally breaking Juventus’ hold on the Scudetto.
The 51-year-old’s CV is impressive, with one Premier League, four Serie A titles, an FA Cup, two Italian Super Cups and a Serie A title under his belt.
However, Conte left Inter at the end of May.
According to Sky Sports, chairman Steven Zhang asked Conte to cut his wage bill by 15 to 20 per cent and potentially sell players worth up to £70m this summer.
Inzaghi is a talented manager who has done well at Lazio and delivers exciting attacking football.
Former Lazio director Massimo Cragnotti said in 2016 that Inzaghi was a “great man” and a “fantastic” coach.
That said, his lack of experience in English football might have counted against him.
Besides, Inter are now the hottest hotseat in Italian football, having just won the Serie A title.
If reports are true, it looks as though Inter’s former boss could soon be taking the Spurs reins anyway.