Tottenham Hotspur have been handed encouragement over one mooted managerial target this week…
According to the Evening Standard, former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri ‘would consider an approach’ from Spurs and is currently out of work having left the Serie A giants back in the summer of 2019.
Earlier this month, the 53-year-old was linked with the vacancy by famous Italian journalist and commentator Francesco Repice, who told Juventus News 24: “Watch out for Tottenham, both for him and for Sarri, but a big club that wants to revive the team has only one name that can be used – Massimiliano Allegri.”
The former midfielder racked up a 70% win rate in Turin, where he clinched five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and two Supercoppa Italianas during his time in charge.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is quickly running out of solid options in his pursuit of an ideal successor to Jose Mourinho. The likes of Julian Naglesmann, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers all appear to be out of the running.
Whilst Brighton boss Graham Potter and Fulham manager Scott Parker are interesting options but neither are on the same level as the aforementioned trio, nor Allegri.
The former would perhaps be most fitting, considering the club are looking for another ‘attack-minded‘ coach in the mould of Mauricio Pochettino, and that’s what the Englishman is but with Allegri still available, Levy would be wise to plump for the Italian instead.
Allegri has been preparing for a stint in the Premier League for quite some time. He has been learning English for a while and is yet to be given that opportunity.
Sky Sports reporter Ben Ransom believes he’d be “the absolute perfect fit” in North London.
“He is perfect for Tottenham. He’s been out of work for a couple of years, he was brilliant at Juventus, he left after winning their fifth Serie A in a row, he plays the right sort of football and he is looking to get back into football now, the suggestion is.”
Indeed, it’s not the first time that someone has waxed lyrical about Allegri and his managerial potential – back in 2019, there were calls for him to become the next Manchester United boss and those claims were bolstered by comments from a certain Sir Alex Ferguson.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Daily Mail), the Scottish legend hailed him an “extraordinary technician” for his “solid” work at Juventus.
The aim for Spurs, and Levy, has to be ending their silverware drought. It’s now been 13 years since they last tasted glory, winning the League Cup in 2008 and it’s not like they haven’t had the chance to add to that, with a Champions League final appearance in 2019 and the Carabao Cup final just last month.
Allegri has a proven track record and ability in getting his teams over the line and whilst he’s never delivered on the European stage, he certainly has more experience than someone like Potter in the big competitions.
If he’s truly willing, then Levy must make a play for him before it’s too late.