One of Tottenham Hotspur’s mooted managerial candidates has been linked to a rival Premier League job this week…
According to The Sun’s former chief football writer Ian McGarry, Spurs are interested in recently departed Lille head coach Christophe Galtier, as revealed on a recent episode of his ‘The Transfer Window’ podcast.
“Spurs have been heavily linked with trying to get Mauricio Pochettino to return to London as their manager.
“However, it’s also the case that we understand here at The Transfer Window podcast that Lille, newly crowned champions of Ligue 1, have received a note of interest from Tottenham in their coach Christophe Galtier, who Spurs are interested in on the basis that it may be the case PSG will be recalcitrant, and certainly difficult to deal with taking Pochettino back.”
But they now face competition from top-flight rivals Everton, who have been linked to the 54-year-old following Carlo Ancelotti’s shock return to Real Madrid.
Even Galtier’s former director of football Luis Campos has thrown his weight behind the move, claiming to Sky Sports News that he “has all the qualities to coach in England.”
“Technically he is very astute and is extremely detailed in his planning when preparing a team,” the Frenchman said. “He likes a 4-4-2 system, which would fit with the Premier League and he is a fantastic motivator in the dressing room. He likes to build a side with quality and youth, he is someone that can develop a team ethic, and he is also a fantastic human being.”
After suffering further setbacks over Pochettino and Antonio Conte, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would be silly to not consider the man that pipped his former coach to the Ligue 1 title in sensational fashion this season.
Even more so now he’s available for nothing – free to join whoever he wants.
Galtier steered Lille to their first league triumph in a decade, defeating Paris Saint-Germain by one point, having also ended the campaign with the best defensive record in the division.
Spurs are close to sealing another landmark appointment, with former Juventus director Fabio Paratici expected to become the club’s first sporting director since 2015 in the coming days.
And the French veteran could be the perfect boss to work in tandem with the Italian.
Lille have become renowned for unearthing the next big talent and then selling them on for profit, with Nicolas Pepe, Victor Osimhen and Gabriel all recent examples. They all benefitted from Galtier’s coaching.
Meanwhile, Paratici played a major part in the Serie A giants clinching 19 trophies in 11 years through his own recruitment.
In 2012, he nabbed Paul Pogba from Manchester United on a free, aged just 19, whilst Kingsley Coman, Paulo Dybala and Federico Chiesa were other young names he signed during his time at the Allianz Stadium.
Galtier’s record is even more impressive as he’s only ever been in charge of two clubs – Lille and Saint-Etienne – where he amassed a whopping 232 wins from 513 matches (45%).
Both Paratici and Galtier could be a match made in heaven for Levy, going by the above evidence so he ought to do what he can to bring the two together this summer.