Daniel Levy is still looking for his next Tottenham Hotspur boss five weeks on from the surprise sacking of Jose Mourinho, and one worrying name has emerged in the running.
Last week, journalist Raffaele Auriemma dropped a claim on ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri being keen on a return to the Premier League.
Speaking on Italian TV show Si Gonfia La Rete (via Area Napoli), the reporter suggested that the 62-year-old wants a four-year contract and a say in the transfer market, with his agent recently in England.
It’s also thought that Sarri “would like [to join] one between Arsenal and Tottenham.”
In recent weeks, the fanbase has protested against the Lilywhites chairman as well as the club’s ownership group ENIC over the way they have run the club in recent years.
Initially, this was kickstarted by the shocking plans to break away from the Premier League and form a Super League but, in reality, this merely was the final straw from years of underachievement and underspending.
It means that Levy and the Spurs hierarchy must get this appointment spot on or risk facing further backlash – something which may come if he opts to go through with appointing Sarri.
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp questioned whether the 62-year-old would be right and how it would sit with fans just last month. He said on Sky Sports (via Goal): “Maurizio Sarri will not excite the Spurs fans one bit, not one bit.”
Indeed, this does seem to go against other reports that suggest Levy is eyeing up an ‘attack-minded’ head coach who is focused on the development of young players and has a modern outlook on football.
The Italian just did not do this at Stamford Bridge. You only have to look at the Callum Hudson-Odoi saga to see that.
Furthermore, Sarri is hardly a motivating boss, and given Mourinho was said to have lost the dressing room, it would seem strange to appoint someone to whom the exact same has happened.
For example, a print edition of Spanish newspaper AS (via Football Italia) claimed that the 62-year-old had lost the support of Chelsea’s ‘big names’ for ‘months’ and his relationship with some was ‘irreconcilable’ right before his sacking.
It was even suggested by third-choice goalkeeper Rob Green – who once confronted the manager in front of the whole team – that he has “no plan B” and was a “transactional kind of manager.”
Sarri has also been slammed as “very stubborn,” further hinting towards Sarri merely being another Mourinho – and that won’t please the Tottenham fanbase, who right now are baying for blood.
Many were never for the appointment of a former Chelsea man and that stuck to him throughout his reign, no matter what he did.
The same would likely happen with Sarri, so Levy and co must steer clear of the ageing Italian, as otherwise he risks further fury from the people who matter most.