Former Arsenal player and pundit, Paul Merson, has called on Tottenham Hotspur to urgently address their managerial vacancy, criticising Chairman Daniel Levy’s “delaying tactics”. Merson argues that Spurs cannot afford to wait until the end of the season to appoint a new manager, as this could have a catastrophic effect on their chances of finishing in the top four. Furthermore, he suggests that hiring a new manager now would enhance the club’s prospects of a successful summer transfer window.
Tottenham are currently in the process of searching for a new boss, following the departure of Antonio Conte after just 16 months in charge. Although Spurs were fourth in the table at the time of his departure, two defeats in quick succession led to his exit, leaving Tottenham without a trophy for 15 years. The club has been linked with a number of high-profile managers, including Julian Nagelsmann, but there are concerns about whether they can secure the former Bayern Munich coach.
In the wake of Conte’s exit, Levy has placed Cristian Stellini, Conte’s assistant, in interim charge of the team. Tottenham’s season resumes with a trip to face Everton on Monday evening, and a win would go a long way in their quest for a top-four finish. However, Merson believes that waiting until the end of the season to appoint a new manager would be a mistake.
“Tottenham need to do this now,” Merson told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday. “It always feels like this with them, ‘oh we’ll wait, we don’t want to pay anyone now.’ But they’re going to have three months off in a couple of months’ time – and they’ll still have to pay. They need a manager. Just go out and get one now.”
Merson also argued that delaying the decision feels like Levy delaying things for no apparent reason. He pointed out that there are many options open to Tottenham, including former manager Mauricio Pochettino, Nagelsmann, Vincent Kompany, Roberto De Zerbi, and Brendan Rodgers. Merson suggested that it is time for Tottenham to take action and appoint a new manager immediately.
In conclusion, Merson’s comments highlight the urgency with which Tottenham need to address their managerial vacancy. With the club desperate to win a trophy and secure a top-four finish, appointing the right manager is crucial. It remains to be seen who will take charge of Tottenham next, but Merson’s message is clear: the club cannot afford to wait any longer.