Tottenham Hotspur are back at square one in their search to find Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Their quest to find a new manager has taken longer than expected, with it currently set to move into a second month, and in that time, Daniel Levy and co have been dealt plenty of setbacks.
After Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag all rejected the north Londoners’ advances, former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was the latest name to give Spurs the cold shoulder.
According to The Telegraph, there were concerns from both parties over a potential relationship. The 51-year-old believed the Lilywhites couldn’t match his ambitions, whilst the club’s hierarchy doubted his ability to progress their emerging young talents like Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon.
It’s not going to get any easier for the Spurs faithful either as the remaining names are quite worrying – even more so when there’s the future of Harry Kane on the line.
Sky Sports revealed last month that the 27-year-old had expressed his desire to leave his boyhood club as he looks to add silverware to his goal-laden career.
Manchester United, Premier League champions Manchester City, and Champions League winners Chelsea are all interested in signing the England captain, and all three made their respective European finals this season, so you can’t argue against those being a better destination than Spurs right now.
Graham Potter, Scott Parker and Roberto Martinez are just three names thought to be in the running but none would be as bad as controversial former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri, who has emerged as a potential candidate this week.
According to Italian news outlet Il Messaggero, the 62-year-old is stalling over the Lazio job in case Spurs approach him over their vacancy.
As we’ve previously outlined on Football FanCast, this move would have the potential of being an unmitigated disaster at the hands of Levy, but how would this impact Kane?
It’s hard to argue against Sarri’s Serie A and Europa League triumphs but Jose Mourinho arrived in north London with an even more polished track record and he could not steer them to glory.
It’s thought that the dressing room at Stamford Bridge turned against the Italian very quickly and it even led to third-choice goalkeeper Rob Green confronting him in front of the whole squad, as revealed in The Athletic.
“‘You have no plan B. You’re a transactional kind of manager,'” the former England international said, before later adding: “He is an ex-bank manager and manages a club like one.”
That’s not the first time that someone criticised Sarri’s tactics either, as former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot blasted him as “very stubborn” to talkSPORT for never changing up his system when required, echoing those thoughts from Green.
This was certainly a problem under Mourinho, as it was reported that the players were unsure of how to attack thanks to his largely negative and defensive tactics – Sarri isn’t dissimilar to that.
It means that, if the 62-year-old were appointed, it would almost certainly push Kane one step closer to the exit door as it would seem far from the sort of inspiring arrival which could motivate him to stick around for at least one more campaign.
If Levy considers Sarri, then he might as well wave goodbye to his superstar striker.