Tottenham Hotspur are looking for a new manager for the first time in 17 months and one interesting name has emerged this week…
Daniel Levy sacked Jose Mourinho on Monday, just six days before their Carabao Cup final with Manchester City, and has put former midfielder Ryan Mason in caretaker charge until the end of the season.
Several managers have been linked with the newly-vacant post, including mooted top target Julian Nagelsmann, but also according to the Daily Mail, Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter is someone who could be considered by Spurs.
Fellow Premier League chiefs Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City), Nuno Santo (Wolves), and Scott Parker (Fulham) are all also mentioned as potential options.
If Levy were to make a move for the Seagulls gem, then he could be going back to his recent roots of appointing a young up-and-comer from within the same league, very much like when he poached Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton in 2014.
In his first full season in charge on the south coast, the Argentine led the Saints to a best-ever finish of eighth, also recording their highest-ever points finish since the Premier League began in 1992.
He had impressed with a fluid, attacking and free-flowing brand of football and that ultimately attracted Levy to him later that summer, and is an attribute he’s searching for in Mourinho’s successor, according to the Guardian’s Dave Hytner.
In Potter, Spurs could repeat this masterstroke. Yes, it can be argued that the Seagulls are far from a club that you’d want your next manager to be from, given they have been embroiled in a relegation battle all season but they have been rather unlucky.
At one stage this season, they were vastly below their xG record and led the division for expected points at home. At the turn of the month, Brighton should have scored close to 27 (26.9 xGF) goals at home, but have managed just 12.
As you can see from the above graph, they should actually have a ten-point better home record than Spurs, yet it’s the north Londoners who are five points adrift of the top four and Brighton who are eight points above the drop zone.
After a meeting with Sunday’s opposition back in January, Pep Guardiola was left in awe at Potter, telling reporters that his side “were in front of the best English manager right now.”
“You have to be a top side to play that way,” he added, via the Brighton and Hove Independent. “As a spectator, I like to watch these teams. I like watching Brighton play. I recognise it. When I was a football player, I would love to play in this team.”
That’s one hell of an endorsement from one of the world’s best managers, and one that should have Levy rather tempted.
The 45-year-old won’t be on top of many people’s lists come to the end of the current campaign but he’s certainly an intriguing option to consider. Spurs could well have their next Pochettino, should they make a move for him.
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