Tottenham have a ten-man shortlist of potential candidates to become the club’s next manager, following Antonio Conte’s exit.
The north Londoners have confirmed that Conte has left his role by mutual consent, following his remarkable outburst after the club’s draw with Southampton before the international break. The Italian called his squad ‘selfish’ in the aftermath of the result at St Mary’s and departs after 16 months in charge.
Spurs have placed Conte’s former assistant, Cristian Stellini, in charge until the end of the season as the club look to appoint a fourth permanent manager since Mauricio Pochettino’s departure in 2019.
According to the Daily Mail, Pochettino is on a ten-man shortlist of potential replacements which is headlined by Julian Nagelsmann.
The German is regarded as one of Europe’s best young coaches and his shock availability has alerted Spurs. Nagelsmann was surprisingly sacked at Bayern Munich this week, despite the Bundesliga champions being just a point off leaders Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Daniel Levy is keen to hold talks with the 35-year-old, who forged his reputation at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig before winning the Bundesliga title at Bayern last season. Spurs are keen to appoint a head coach who prefers an expansive brand of football, following more pragmatic recent appointments.
A quartet of Premier League coaches are in the frame with Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, Fulham’s Marco Silva, Nottingham Forest’s Steve Coopers and Brentford’s Thomas Frank mentioned as candidates.
Luis Enrique – available after leaving Spain after the World Cup last winter – is under consideration, as are Eintracht Frankfurt’s Oliver Glasner and Porto’s Sergio Conceicao. Ange Postecoglou also continues to be linked with Premier League vacancies after the Australian’s impressive tenure at Celtic.
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