Antonio Conte departs Tottenham after only 16 months in charge. Spurs announced their separation from the manager late on Sunday evening.
Cristian Stellini has been appointed in charge of the team for the rest of the season. However, who is likely to replace the Italian on a permanent basis this summer?
Here is a glance at the candidates to succeed him.
Mauricio Pochettino (5-1 via oddschecker)
The former Spurs coach is still unemployed after leaving his position at Paris St Germain last season. Pochettino claimed he had unfinished business at Tottenham after failing to win a trophy during his memorable five-and-a-half-year tenure. Despite guiding the team to the Champions League final, he was sacked a few months later due to a poor start to the 2019-20 season. There may be some obstacle with his uncertainty over Real Madrid’s coaching role and refusal from the Spurs board to acknowledge his dismissal as a mistake.
Julian Nagelsmann (1-1)
After a shocking dismissal from Bayern, Nagelsmann is once again being considered for the Tottenham job. Thomas Tuchel, another name linked, succeeded Nagelsmann in Munich, opening the door for the German coach to return to his previous favorite club. During Nagelsmann’s spells with Leipzig and Hoffenheim, he impressed Daniel Levy with his tactical abilities. As one door closes, another opens.
Luis Enrique (12-1)
Enrique may be an unlikely option, but he is a Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici’s favorite coach. The former Barcelona and Spain coach’s possession-based philosophy would suit fans who have grown weary of Conte’s pragmatic approach. Enrique’s readiness to give young players a chance would be a plus, but his lack of experience in English football could be disadvantageous.
Roberto De Zerbi (20-1)
De Zerbi, who has earned a lot of admirers for his outstanding work at Brighton since September, has only been in English football for a short time. Brighton is currently in the FA Cup semi-finals and competing for a Champions League spot with an attractive playing style. Although Paratici highly regards De Zerbi, recruiting him mid-season may be difficult, so he may be an option for summer.
Ryan Mason (2-1)
Assistant coach Mason will support new acting head coach Cristian Stellini for the last 10 games. He already filled the void when he took charge of the last seven games of the 2020-21 season following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal. Since retiring from football five years ago, the former England international has established a strong coaching reputation and is well-liked by players. Both Conte and Stellini have endorsed him as a future manager, and if Tottenham wants to promote from within, they could turn to the 31-year-old.
Thomas Frank (18/1)
Ange Postecoglou (20/1)
Oliver Glasner (20/1)
Arne Slot (20/1)
Vincent Kompany (25/1)
Marco Silva (25/1)
Zinedine Zidane (40/1)
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