The hunt for a new manager continues for Tottenham, who had originally hoped to have announced a new boss before the end of the season.
Time is running out if they still plan on unveiling a new man in the Spurs hot-seat as the season’s end draws closer, with little left to play for in their final three games – Tottenham fans will be firmly focused on who the club brings in to replace Jose Mourinho.
A number of names have been touted since the ‘special one’s’ departure, with Ajax boss Erik ten Haag and RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann both heavily linked with the job, before the former extended his deal with the Dutch giants while the latter announced he is bound for Bayern Munich come the end of the season.
As a result, chairman Daniel Levy has had to look an ideal candidate elsewhere and according to the latest odds, his attention could turn to Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, who has been installed as the latest favourite to replace Mourinho.
Despite enjoying a lengthy career in football that has spanned nearly three decades, Inzaghi has never ventured outside of Italy – either as a player, or as a manager.
The 45-year-old is a favourite among the Lazio faithful, after spending eleven years their as a player. A striker in his younger days, Inzaghi featured 133 times for Lazio, bagging 28 goals in the process.
Interestingly, football clearly runs in the family with Simone’s elder brother Filippo a two-time Champions League winner who enjoyed an illustrious career with sides like Juventus and A.C. Milan.
After calling time on his playing career in 2010, Inzaghi immediately went into coaching.
Starting his journey working his way through the various age groups of Lazio’s youth sides, he was eventually rewarded for his efforts in 2016 and handed the keys to the first team on an interim basis halfway through the 2015/16 season.
He was originally replaced by Marcelo Bielsa at the start of the 2016/17 season, only for the Argentine to leave his post less than a week into his role for undisclosed reasons – as a result, Inzaghi was reinstated as manager on a permanent basis.
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Considering Inzaghi’s Lazio are up against a number of European football powerhouses regularly, such as Juventus and Inter Milan, his stats make for impressive reading. His win rate currently sits at 54% after 247 games at the helm.
One trait that may make him such an attractive proposition to Tottenham is his tendency for silverware, winning one Coppa Italia either side of two Supercoppa Italiana’s in just under five years of management.
With Spurs’ trophy drought on course to reach 14 years, they could do far worse than hand the keys to Inzaghi, who may relish the chance to test himself in pastures new.