Tottenham are not expected to delay their bid to appoint a new manager after confirming Antonio Conte’s departure late on Sunday night.
After 16 months in charge, the curtain fell on the Italian coach. Conte’s final act as Tottenham manager was an uncomfortable and awkward condemnation of the club, its owners and its players. As a level of failure Spurs released a short 40-word statement late Sunday night to confirm his exit.
In doing so, they also confirmed that Conte would be replaced at the helm immediately by his former No. 2 Cristian Stellini. He is assisted by Ryan Mason, who previously worked as a janitor.
The two are now responsible for preparing the club for next Monday’s game against Everton at Goodison Park.
And although Spurs’ tenure has been confirmed until the end of the season, the search for a successor is already well underway.
As a matter of fact, The times reports that leader Daniel Levy is preparing to “move quickly” for what is now emerging as the first choice candidate.
Levy and his fellow board members have spent the week debating both Conte’s departure and possible successors.
The club have reportedly reconsidered their options after consulting sporting director Fabio Paratici and some veteran players.
To that end, former coach Mauricio Pochettino and recently sacked ex-Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann are the two men in the frame.
Pochettino was seen as a front runner and a number of Tottenham players were reportedly keen on his return.
However, Nagelsmann’s midweek sacking appears to have changed Tottenham’s stance.
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Tottenham are ready to get in touch with Julian Nagelsmann
The ax surprisingly fell on his reign last week, just under two years in office. The 35-year-old led Bayern into the Champions League quarter-finals and was also well on his way, albeit second, to defending the Bundesliga title.
However, they pointed to a recent drop in results and opted to scrap it and appoint Thomas Tuchel.
And now the former Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig boss is reportedly Tottenham’s no.1 candidate to succeed Conte.
At first, they were reportedly willing to wait for the summer to get their man.
However, The times now reports that Real Madrid’s interest in Nagelsmann will prompt Spurs to speed up their pursuit.
With doubts looming over the future of Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti, they are also reportedly set to make a move.
To that end, they made contact with the German back in 2018 when they attacked Julen Lopetegui.
He said in 2021: “I got a call from Real Madrid two years ago. They wanted to get to know me and my philosophy better. If they call me again in the future, the decision might be different.
“At the time, I didn’t have time to prepare to learn Spanish and I didn’t have the experience.”
Now a free agent, that time could be now.
As a result, Levy and co appear poised to make their move with urgency.
Levy issues Tottenham’s battle cry
For now, however, Levy’s immediate concern is to ensure Tottenham retain their place in the top four.
They are currently fourth but Newcastle and Liverpool both have two games to go. Perhaps more worryingly, the Magpies are just two points behind their recent wobble.
In a direct appeal to the fans and the club as a whole, Levy is urging everyone to unite as one following Conte’s departure.
“We have 10 Premier League games left and we are fighting for a place in the Champions League. We all have to pull together. Everyone has to make an effort to ensure the highest possible result for our club and great, loyal fans.”
This campaign begins with a tricky trip to Goodison to face relegation-threatened Everton next Monday.
But the long-term plans for Tottenham are already in full swing.
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