Bundesliga chief leads the way as Spurs consider Poch replacement

Date published: Tuesday 19th November 2019 10:55 - Rob McCarthy

Tottenham reportedly have a four-man shortlist to replace under-pressure manager Mauricio Pochettino in north London.

Firstly, Spurs are said to be considering a move for RB Leipzig’s highly-rated coach Julian Nagelsmann if Pochettino does indeed receive the axe.

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and current Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti are also reported to be on chairman Daniel Levy’s shortlist.

Despite guiding Spurs to their first Champions League final last season, Pochettino has been under pressure after a poor start to the season from his underperforming side.

The 47-year-old has overseen a woeful run of just 25 points from the last 24 matches and they currently sit 14th in the Premier League.

There are also rumours of a rift with Levy over a lack of transfer activity over the summer, with the Argentine wanting to rebuild a squad that will lose several key stars for nothing next summer.

It is reported that the only thing stopping Levy from sacking Pochettino after over five years in charge is the £12.5million payout he’ll have to fork out in compensation.

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But according to The Times, a contingency plan is already in place and at the top of their shortlist is the highly-rated Nagelsmann.

The 32-year-old German worked wonders with Hoffenheim before taking over as Leipzig coach, where they currently sit second in the Bundesliga.

Ancelotti, meanwhile, boasts an incredible CV and enjoyed a successful spell at Chelsea during which time he won the Premier League and FA Cup.

Jose Mourinho is also believed to be one of the candidates on the shortlist, having remained without a job since leaving Manchester United almost a year ago, and is thought to be holding out for the north London job.

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