Who will replace Jose Mourinho as Tottenham manager?

    29 Apr 2021 | Premier League | Insight
    Who will replace Jose Mourinho as Tottenham manager?
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    Following an unsuccessful 17-month spell, Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties as Tottenham Hotspur manager last week.

    Ryan Mason has been placed in temporary charge until the end of the season, but chairman Daniel Levy is busy searching for Mourinho’s permanent replacement.

    Let’s take a look at the leading candidates.

    • Maurizio Sarri is the bookmakers’ favourite

    After making a name for himself at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri guided Chelsea to Europa League glory in 2018/19 before leading Juventus to the Serie A title in 2019/20.

    However, the Italian only lasted one season in each of his previous two jobs and left both clubs on bad terms.

    There is no denying that Sarri has a knack for winning trophies, but Tottenham supporters probably wouldn’t be overly excited if he was appointed.

    • Is Erik ten Hag the right man for the job?

    Erik ten Hag has enjoyed huge success with Ajax since taking control of the Dutch giants back in 2017, winning one Eredivisie title and two Dutch Cups.

    On top of that, the 51-year-old guided Ajax to the Champions League semi-final in 2018/19, only to fall to Tottenham.

    Widely regarded as one of the most tactically astute coaches in the European game, ten Hag feels like a good fit for Spurs.

    • Would Brendan Rodgers leave Leicester?

    Tottenham are well within their rights to approach Brendan Rodgers. After all, the current Leicester City boss is arguably the best British manager on the Premier League.

    However, it is difficult to imagine Rodgers swapping Leicester for Tottenham, especially as the Foxes are on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League, unlike Spurs.

    • Rafa Benitez is among the bookies’ frontrunners

    Rafa Benitez’s managerial record speaks for itself. With a Champions League triumphs and heaps of domestic titles to his name, the Spaniard is a proven winner.

    Having left Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro earlier in the year, the former Real Madrid, Napoli, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Valencia manager is a genuine candidate for the vacant Spurs role.

    • Will Daniel Levy approach Max Allegri?

    Having led Juventus to five straight Serie A titles between 2015 and 2019, Max Allegri clearly knows what it takes to win silverware.

    The Italian has been out of work for a couple of years now, waiting for the perfect opportunity to return to management. Could Tottenham be the chance he’s been looking for?