Tottenham’s managerial shortlist is now down to just three names as the club closes in on the appointment of a new boss. Spurs had hoped to confirm the identity of Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor before the end of the season but the process has not been straightforward, writes the Express.
For starters, a number of Spurs’ top targets for the position are simply unavailable.
Julian Nagelsmann decided he will be joining Bayern Munich next season while Brendan Rodgers has committed his future to Leicester.
Tottenham then held talks with Erik ten Hag before he extended his stay with Ajax by signing a new contract.
Some reports have suggested that Ten Hag remained an option for Spurs even after putting pen to paper on the new deal but Fabrizio Romano has been clear that isn’t the case.
He also now says that Spurs’ shortlist is down to three names, with Nuno Espirito Santo not amongst the contenders for the job.
Wolves confirmed yesterday that Nuno would be leaving the club at the end of the campaign after four years at Molineux.
While Romano hasn’t confirmed the identity of the three names still on Tottenham’s radar, they have been reported elsewhere.
Brighton’s Graham Potter is one candidate and his possession-based attacking style of football has proved popular amongst the Spurs hierarchy.
Not only that but several Tottenham players are said to have privately praised Brighton and their style of play under Potter.
Alternatively, Roberto Martinez is another name who is in the frame.
He is expected to leave his role in charge of Belgium after the European Championships.
His agent is already believed to be working on finding him a new club for the new season, with Real Madrid also linked.
Martinez has previously managed Wigan Athletic and Everton in the Premier League and is also being earmarked as a potential replacement for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Finally, Ralf Rangnick is also believed to be amongst the names in the frame.
He was due to take over at AC Milan last summer before the club stood by Stefano Pioli.
The German is vastly experienced as a manager but has also worked upstairs in the boardroom at RB Leipzig.
Given the lack of attractive options on the table, there is still a chance a new contender may enter the frame…