Daniel Levy needs to get his next managerial appointment at Tottenham Hotspur spot on if he’s to have even the smallest chance of keeping Harry Kane at the club.
A bombshell over the 27-year-old’s future in North London was dropped last month, with Sky Sports reporting that he had reaffirmed his desire to leave his boyhood club in pursuit of silverware.
Premier League rivals Manchester United, champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Chelsea have all expressed interest in the England international since this revelation, so the Spurs chairman has a tough task on his hands this summer.
It’s understood that Levy convinced Kane to stay for Jose Mourinho’s first full season in charge of the club, where they had hoped that the Portuguese manager would bring them the success that the talisman and those around Tottenham had been desperately craving.
By no means is Kane’s stance certainly going to change following the arrival of a top-class manager but Levy could certainly bolster his claims – especially as there will not be many teams able to afford his whopping £150m asking price – by finding the right man.
This week, a fresh candidate has emerged that could spell trouble for said chances.
According to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari, Spurs have been offered former AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca after he was replaced by Mourinho at the Stadio Olimpico last month.
It’s thought that the 48-year-old is seen as a cheaper alternative to Antonio Conte, who has left Inter Milan despite securing their first Serie A title in 11 years.
The Portuguese has enjoyed successful spells in his home country, where he transformed the fortunes of Pacos de Ferreira and won a trophy with Sporting Braga, as well as Ukraine, where his three-time title-winning Shakhtar Donetsk side drew glowing praise from Pep Guardiola but he struggled to make much of an impact in Italy.
At Roma, Fonseca never achieved better than a fifth-place finish, which is only good enough to secure a Europa League berth whilst they have struggled on the European stage massively.
A win rate of 52% – the same as Mourinho at Spurs – is respectable in a fairly competitive league but there is nothing to suggest that Spurs would suddenly rise up to contend for trophies again under his stewardship and ultimately, that’s the sort of statement they need to make with their next appointment if they want to change Kane’s mind.
Fonseca’s reign in the Italian capital was perhaps marred by his side’s capitulation against Manchester United in the Europa League semi-final, where they lost 6-2 to a side that looked way off it tactically in the final.
Despite this embarrassing defeat, Portuguese journalist Alex Goncalves has tipped him for big things. He tweeted:
“It’s a bad result for Paulo Fonseca today, a 6-2 defeat to Manchester United. His managerial CV is exceptional, & his managerial ability matches it, but his time at Roma may be coming to an end. A talented manager who plays stylish football likely to be available this summer.”
But when names such as Conte and even a sensational return for Mauricio Pochettino are mooted, then it’s hard to envisage many fans being happy with the appointment of the 48-year-old.
If Levy opts for Fonseca, then he could well push Kane one step closer to the exit door.
AND in other news, Spurs dealt crushing blow in bid to bring Mauricio Pochettino back…