Tottenham’s stance on Rafa Benitez appointment explained as Daniel Levy rethinks next boss

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Tottenham are unlikely to go after Rafa Benitez despite their need to hire a replacement for Jose Mourinho, according to reports. Spurs have found naming a successor to the 58-year-old easier said than done. And while Benitez is available, the Spaniard doesn’t appear set to move to north London.

Tottenham sacked Mourinho in April, choosing to bring the axe crashing down just days before their Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City.

And, in the two months that have passed since, they’ve struggled to bring in a replacement.

Julian Nagelsmann was initially in the frame to take over but the German ultimately decided to swap RB Leipzig for Bayern Munich instead.

Brendan Rodgers was then linked but interest in the Northern-Irishman never got off the ground, with the former Liverpool boss choosing to stay at Leicester in the time since.

Tottenham did hold concrete discussions with Antonio Conte, only for the Italian’s demands to be deemed too steep.

And, in the time since, it’s emerged Spurs have decided to withdraw from talks with Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso following their respective exits from Roma and Fiorentina.

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Now, Tottenham have been forced to go back to the drawing board as they look for a Mourinho successor.

And 90min say they’re unlikely to go after Benitez, with the Spaniard not famed for his attacking football despite his glittering CV.

It’s also stated the former Liverpool manager is unlikely to take over at Everton, either, following the backlash from Reds fans once it emerged he was in discussions over a potential return to Merseyside.

Benitez’s CV stacks up, with the 61-year-old winning most major trophies throughout his career.

He guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, while also helping them reach the final of the same tournament two years later.


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Benitez won trophies at Chelsea and Newcastle, too, as well as Napoli over in Serie A.

And who Tottenham end up going after remains to be seen, especially given how Levy has failed with several pursuits already.

Erik Ten Hag is one option, despite the former Bayern Munich assistant recently signing a new contract over in Amsterdam with Ajax.

And Roberto Martinez is another, with the ex-Everton and Wigan boss primed to leave his post as Belgium head coach once Euro 2020 comes to an end.

Former Tottenham star Andros Townsend has hit out at the club’s pursuit of a Mourinho replacement, insisting they should just give the role to Ryan Mason instead.

“I’ve had enough, just give it to Mason and get on with it,” he told talkSPORT.

“Give it to him for a year, see how he gets on and then reassess next summer.

“If you were going to get a top manager in, fair enough, Ten Haag, Pochettino, Conte, but after Conte turned it down it was clear nobody wanted the job.

“If you’re going down to Gattuso, there’s clearly nothing else out there.

“So if nobody wants the job, give it to a man in Ryan Mason who dealt with everything well under the circumstances. He dealt with all the European Super League fallout, he fronted the Harry Kane fallout on his own and ended the season well with Spurs by getting them into Europe… ish.

“He deserves a fair crack at it and hopefully Daniel Levy does look into giving Ryan another go at it next season.”

And fellow talkSPORT man Jamie O’Hara thinks Levy has ‘no idea what he’s doing’ as Tottenham lurch from one manager to another.

“Honestly what the hell is going on at Spurs?” he said on Twitter.

“It’s an absolute embarrassment right now, does Levy actually know what he’s doing?

“The merry-go-round of trying to get a manager is a joke, he has zero clue of how we’re going to move forward as a club.”

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