Daniel Levy wants a new attack-minded boss installed at Spurs by Euro 2020, with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag in pole position ahead of Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez now Julian Nagelsmann is Bayern-bound
- Tottenham are looking for a replacement manager after Jose Mourinho was axed
- Spurs chief Daniel Levy is believed to be keen to avoid a long drawn out scenario
- RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is the No 1 target but he looks set for Bayern
- Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has now emerged as a candidate to take charge next
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not allow his search for a new manager to drag long into the summer as Ajax boss Erik ten Hag emerges as candidate.
As Sportsmail revealed last week, Spurs fear missing out on No 1 target Julian Nagelsmann who is wanted by Bayern Munich to replace outgoing Hansi Flick next season.
Those concerns are now being realised with Red Bull Leipzig boss Nagelsmann almost certain to take over at Bayern ahead of next season.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag (right) is on Tottenham’s radar as they target an attack-minded manager
Belgium’s Roberto Martinez (left) and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers (right) are also on the radar
Knowing Nagelsmann was likely to join Bayern, the news will come as little surprise to Levy, who will now focus on alternatives to the German.
But the Spurs supremo is eager to avoid a long drawn out scenario that will impinge on the new manager’s preparation time for next season.
This summer’s European Championships will cause significant disruption for clubs ahead of next season, an issue Levy is acutely aware of.
Indeed, the Spurs chief wants to give Jose Mourinho’s successor as much time as possible to implement his plans ahead of next and sources claim he will move decisively to ensure there is clarity to the situation as early as possible.
Jose Mourinho was sacked six days before Spurs took on Man City in the Carabao Cup final
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is determined to get a replacement in before Euro 2020
Levy wants to appoint a manager with a clear attacking direction amid concerns from within the club about Mourinho’s more pragmatic approach during his reign.
Sportsmail understands Ten Hag is among the candidates Levy is now considering to replace Mourinho.
The Ajax boss’ current deal expires at the end of next season, meaning he is likely to be relatively cheap to release from his existing contract which will suit Tottenham who are working within a tight financial framework due to the impact of Covid.
Ten Hag’s side will win the Dutch title this season, Ajax’s second under the 51-year-old, and he could be tempted by a fresh challenge.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is viewed by many at Spurs as the ideal option – but he is understood to have reservations about the role.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has long been Tottenham’s preferred managerial target but reports in Germany on Monday say that he is closing in on a deal to take over at Bayern Munich
Ryan Mason (right) is in caretaker charge but he is not thought to be in the running full-time
The Foxes are also on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League, a prospect Rodgers will find it difficult to walk away from.
Sources claim Roberto Martinez would be interested in the vacancy at Tottenham after the European Championships with Belgium, while England boss Gareth Southgate’s work with the national team has not gone unnoticed at Tottenham.
Ryan Mason is currently in interim charge but is not expected to be in the running for the job on a permanent basis.
However, if the 29-year-old manages to steer Tottenham back into the Champions League with a top-four finish then there could be a groundswell of support for Mason to be given the reins full time.
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