Tottenham Hotspur’s quest to find their next manager has seemingly boiled down to a rather uninspiring two-horse race, according to emerging claims…
talkSPORT journalist Ian Abrahams – widely known as Broadcast Moose on social media – delivered a new update on the situation in north London. He said:
“Regarding @SpursOfficial next manager, my information today is it’s a two-horse race now between Nuno Espirito Santo and Graham Potter – I’ve said for 2 months Graham Potter, [I] wonder if he’ll be next Tottenham boss.”
It’s not the first time that either name has been mentioned with the vacancy at Spurs. Last month, The Athletic suggested that the Brighton boss was on a four-man shortlist for the job, whilst the Portuguese left Wolves by mutual consent at the end of the season amid links to the Lilywhites.
When you consider the names which have mooted with a switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the pair certainly seem like stale options.
Going from Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Antonio Conte and even a possible sensational return for Mauricio Pochettino to managers at the Premier League’s 13th and 16th placed teams is like expecting a Ferrari for Christmas but actually getting a beat-up Vauxhall Corsa.
That may seem a little harsh as both candidates have their own credentials, but Tottenham’s is a fanbase starved of ambition.
It’s also a fanbase which has actively vented their criticisms of chairman Daniel Levy and club owners ENIC Group in recent months by protesting outside their stadium.
Initially, this was in response to their plans to join a breakaway European Super League but, in reality, it is a culmination of their lack of ambition. They haven’t won a trophy since 2008 despite reaching Champions League and Carabao Cup finals in the last two years.
What has perhaps best summed up that apathetic planning was the club’s failure to sign a player for over 18 months during the Pochettino era, yet he still managed three successive top-three finishes.
It’s all been downhill since, with the current squad recording their lowest finish since 2009, yet the Spurs job is a considerable step-up from the likes of Wolves and Brighton, as even their worst placement in over a decade is better than both of those clubs right now.
If it’s truly a two-way battle between Nuno and Potter, then many fans have every right to feel angry. They were ever so close to landing a Premier League winner in Conte but now they’re looking at the bottom half of the table for their managerial vacancy. It’s not encouraging.