In the immediate aftermath of Mourinho’s dismissal, Spurs were reportedly keen on one of either RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann – who has since agreed to take over Bayern Munich at the end of the season, or Ajax manager Erik ten Haag, who recently signed a contract extension tying him to the Dutch outfit until 2023.
In his search for a new manager, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could turn to Serie A for Spurs’ next coach, with both Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi and Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini heavily linked with a move to north London in recent days.
However, the latter has since distanced himself from the Spurs vacancy, telling Sky Sports: “Tottenham? There’s absolutely nothing, not even talks or contacts… I’m under contract with Atalanta and I’m so happy here.”
Atalanta have enjoyed an incredible season domestically, currently on course to finish second in Serie A, above the likes of heavyweights such as Juventus, Napoli and A.C. Milan.
However, their place in next season’s Champions League is not yet confirmed, with all three of the clubs mentioned above breathing down their necks, and Juventus and A.C. Milan having played a game less than Gasperini’s side, with the pair meeting each other on Sunday evening.
While Atalanta will be hoping for a draw, should either Juventus or Milan win, it will see them sit level on 72 points with Atalanta – ensuring the race for European football next season goes right down to the wire with three games left to play.
Should the worst case scenario happen and Juventus, Milan and Napoli all leapfrog Atalanta – Gasperini’s future may not be so secure.