A new name has emerged in Tottenham Hotspur’s search for their next manager…
According to Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb, Spurs are one of three teams who have approached former Lille head coach Christophe Galtier, who left the Ligue 1 champions just days after clinching the league title.
It’s claimed that the 54-year-old has already rejected French rivals Lyon, though the North London outfit will face competition to hire Galtier from Real Madrid, who are looking for Zinedine Zidane’s successor, and Serie A side Lazio, where Simone Inzaghi – who had been linked to the Lilywhites – has left for Inter Milan.
He’ll be replacing Antonio Conte, another name that has mooted to the Spurs vacancy in recent weeks.
Galtier is an interesting candidate for Spurs.
He’s enjoyed a long and successful career in France, managing just two clubs – Saint-Etienne, where he clinched the Coupe de la Ligue in 2012/13, and Lille, where he has just won them their fourth Ligue 1 triumph and their first in a decade.
During his time at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the Frenchman amassed a 51.3% win-rate across 152 matches in charge whilst this campaign, which rose to 63.2% in the league this campaign as they beat financial heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain to the trophy.
His Les Dogues side have made life difficult for ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with a sensational return to North London in the past week.
Lille were able to pull off a shock title win, destroying the three-year run of league wins by PSG and Pochettino’s hopes of winning a league title as a manager.
Lille were unbeaten against the defending champions this term, recording a 0-0 draw against them in December before frustrating them again in April, with Pochettino in the dugout.
Galtier’s men recorded another clean sheet against PSG’s superstars, with the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria all starting.
The 54-year-old’s coaching has earned glowing praise, especially in regards to his development of young players, which is thought to be a key attributed desired by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
As explained by the Guardian’s Adam White, Lille have been one of the most competitive teams in French football since Galtier’s appointment in 2017, all whilst contending with the big budgets of PSG, Monaco and Lyon.
He claims that their current squad cost a little over £66m, a fraction of the price that PSG paid for Neymar and Mbappe.
Galtier has made Lille hard to bypass, conceding a league-low 23 goals, whilst also proving to be dangerous in front of goal, with him seemingly being able to find a solution no matter the problem.
His transformation of Jonathan David has been particularly eye-catching as the summer signing struggled with just two goals in his first 25 matches at the club before ending the season with ten goals in 22 games.
Swansea flop Renato Sanches is another fine example of a player benefitting in abundance from Galtier’s coaching and management.
It’s no wonder Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe dubbed him a “great manager” to Canal+ (via GFFN). “Every day he is there for us, whether it is in terms of football or outside of football, he is a coach who adds a lot from the human side of things too,” he added.
Similarly, Jose Mourinho has waxed lyrical about this to the Ligue 1 official website. He said: “Taking his side to the Champions League, second on the table, with quality football while developing young talent. He is the man of the season.”
Also dubbed “priceless“, it’s evident that Galtier could bring an air of transformation to North London and after destroying Pochettino in the league since the turn of the year, he could be a genuine and attractive alternative.
If Levy wants to revive Spurs then he should look to the 54-year-old guru this summer. He’s now available for nothing and that’ll only make him even more appealing, though he must act quickly.
AND in other news, Spurs dealt crushing blow in bid to bring Mauricio Pochettino back…