Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial shortlist has been whittled down to just four names, it appears…
According to The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke on a recent episode of ‘The View from the Lane’ podcast, Spurs are getting down to the final stages of their recruitment process and there should be a clearer idea of who will take over from Jose Mourinho in the next week or so.
Among the final four candidates is apparently Ralf Rangnick, the only man on the list who is currently unemployed and was previously linked to the North London outfit last month.
The 62-year-old has been out of the coaching game since the 2018/19 season, where he guided RB Leipzig to a place in the Champions League and he has since been a director of football for all of Red Bull’s teams across the world.
Someone as old as Rangnick is hardly the ideal candidate for Spurs on the face of it, but he is an innovator and one who is responsible for many of the big names you see around football today, including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel.
He is widely regarded as a pioneer of the gengenpress system, whereby there is a belief that most goals are scored within eight seconds of winning the ball back.
A lot of their transformation was down to Rangnick’s revolutionary decisions in the transfer market as he would not sign any players over the age of 23, meaning he could develop them and then sell them on for mega profit.
Examples of this are seen in the Premier League too, ranging from Naby Keita to Timo Werner, whilst mooted Spurs transfer target Marcel Sabitzer is another.
We know that Levy is targeting an ‘attack-minded‘ head coach with strong credentials in developing players to take over from Mourinho, and that’s where Rangnick continues to fit the criteria.
In 2018/19 under his stewardship, Leipzig were the youngest side in Europe, with an average weighted age of 23.5. By comparison, Spurs are amongst the oldest in England alone, with an average squad age of 27, as per Transfermarkt.
If Levy truly wants to change Spurs’ fortunes on and off the pitch, then there will not be a better candidate out there than Rangnick, especially as he will not cost him a penny in terms of compensation.
Based on the above evidence of Rangnick’s impressive tactics and ability off the pitch, the German veteran must be appointed this summer.