Jose Mourinho is under mounting pressure at Tottenham after a poor run of form that has seen seven defeats in their last 12 Premier League games, as well as their Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.
With the manager failing to get the best from his current squad amid a series of underwhelming performances and results, football.london understands that there is a growing belief at the club that Mourinho will not be in charge next season.
A host of managers have been linked with Spurs, both before and since Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino late in 2019.
Below, we take a look at the list of likely candidates should Mourinho leave Spurs in the summer, and just how realistic each is likely to become the next Tottenham manager.
The young RB Leipzig coach is certainly one of the hottest properties in football management right now.
He’s also been linked with Spurs for some time, and is the bookies’ favourite to replace Mourinho if the former Chelsea and Man United manager leaves this summer.
However, competition is likely to be fierce, with Bayern Munich reportedly eyeing up a move for the 33-year-old.
The second favourite for the role, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Rodgers had a difficult end to his time at Liverpool, but it should not be forgotten how close he was to lifting the Premier League as a manager at Anfield.
He oversaw a supremely successful spell as manager at Celtic, winning just about everything there was in the domestic game.
And since taking over at Leicester in 2019, he has established the team in the race for a top four place while playing an attractive style of football, with young stars like Ben Chilwell and James Maddison thriving during their time at the King Power Stadium.
Rodgers is held in high regard by some at Spurs and is an ambitious manager. Should Tottenham decide to move for the 48-year-old, it would seem likely that he would entertain an offer.
Erik Ten Hag
Heavily linked to the top job at Spurs when Mauricio Pochettino’s time at the club was drawing to an end, the Ajax coach has overseen a new bloom in Europe for Netherlands’ most famous club.
Ten Hag’s side were famously defeated by Spurs in the Champions League semi-finals by Lucas Moura’s winning goal in Amsterdam with the last kick of the game, but it should not be underestimated what an upset it was for the club to make it that far.
They defeated the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid to reach the semi-finals, and did so with an attractive style that made stars of players like Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Donny van de Beek and Hakim Ziyech.
Ten Hag says he is happy at Ajax, and still has a year left on his deal. Ajax are 11 points clear at the top of the Eredevisie with a game in hand, though, and should a new challenge arise he could possibly be convinced to leave.
High up in the bookmakers’ rankings, but it seems an odd fit.
Simeone has been linked with Chelsea in the past, but it would seem an odd time for the Atletico Madrid boss to make a move to England.
He’s been heavily linked with Serie A following his time as a midfielder in Italy, and while it would not necessarily prevent a move, the fact that he does not currently speak English could prove to be a barrier.
His style as a manager could also prove problematic for Spurs. Following a spell with Mourinho’s uninspiring football, a side prioritising a strong defence would unlikely be Daniel Levy’s first choice, and it’s how Simeone has forged his great Atletico sides so far.
Nuno Espirito Santo
Another that would seem an unlikely option for a couple of reasons.
First of all, Wolves have not exactly been pulling up many trees this season. They’ve done well since the manager took over, gaining promotion to the Premier League before gaining a place in the Europa League.
However, with Raul Jimenez out for much of the season, Wolves have looked lost at times and currently sit 12th in the Premier League table. Having a poor season without your leading man is understandable, but not something Spurs are likely to want given their reliance this season on Harry Kane.
The Wolves manager seems to have a strong influence at the club among both fans and the board, with the team being shaped to suit his ideology. Whether he would be afforded as much independence at Spurs is another matter.
Another manager who continues to be linked with just about every top job going at the moment, former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is yet to take on a new role in football.
Allegri, like Nagelsmann, has been linked with Bayern Munich, while a Juventus return is never far away from the rumour mills.
Like Simeone, his style could prove difficult to win the popular vote at Spurs given their dedication to trying to provide an attacking team.
Whether he would be prepared to try and build a team suffering after two years outside of the Champions League rather than take on a ready made contender is also something worth considering.
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The Southampton boss has won plenty of plaudits for his style of play that had pushed his side up towards the Champions League places earlier in the season.
However, a slide similar to Spurs’ has seen his stock fall somewhat, with only Sheffield United having a worse record than Hasenhuttl and Mourinho since the middle of January.
Hasenhuttl demands a huge work rate from his side, and while it does bring about results, it can cause teams to tail off towards the end of the season – something Spurs would be keen to avoid in the hunt for trophies.