Levy puts unlikely Bundesliga boss top of Tottenham manager wish-list

Date published: Wednesday 28th April 2021 9:10 - James Marshment

Oliver Glasner, Wolfsburg

Daniel Levy is reportedly ready to chance his arm on the appointment of relative-unknown Austrian boss Oliver Glasner as he plots a different route to finding Jose Mourinho’s successor at Tottenham.

With rookie coach Ryan Mason in temporary charge, Spurs are in the market for a long-term replaced for Mourinho. The Portuguese firebrand was axed last week, six days before the Carabao Cup final, after falling short of expectations this season.

Julian Nagelsmann had been Levy’s No 1 target. However, he has now agreed to join Bayern Munich amid a world-record compensation payment.

That has left Levy scrambling around for alternatives. Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is also a wanted man, but he too looks unlikely to move to Spurs.

That has seemingly left Maurizio Sarri as a leading contender. While his appointment might not excite, the prospect of this signing alongside him would do exactly that.

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is also reported to be in contention.

According to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longarifor Sportitalia TV, Wolfsburg’s Glasner is now on Tottenham’s shortlist.

His side have defied expectations this season and are currently third in the Bundesliga. They are very much in the running to secure Champions League football – but even if he falls short, his stock remains high.

The Austrian has revolutionsed the club since arriving from LASK in 2019. Despite being just 46, he is regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s brightest coaches.

Glasner’s exit would come with a hefty compensation payment, however. While he only has a year to run on the three-year deal he signed, the €25m Bayern paid to Leipzig for Nagelsmann has changed the dynamic in Germany.

Glasner is reportedly open to the idea of a move to Tottenham. But for now, his focus remains on securing Champions League football. His Wolfsburg side are locked in a battle with Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund to finish in the top four.


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Carragher exonerates Mason of blame

Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, insists the blame for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup final loss must lie with the players.

The former Liverpool defender accused Tottenham’s players of “lacking courage”. He also argued that Mason could not be blamed for their performance. Mason had presided over a victory in his first game in charge – against Southampton. However, he was helpless as he watched Spurs surrender at Wembley.

Riyad Mahrez, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Man City v Tottenham April 2021

“It’s nothing to do with Ryan Mason at all,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports. “This is a group of players who really lack courage and basically bottled it in the final really.”

Tottenham’s 13-year wait for a major trophy continued as a result. And Carragher feels their meek surrender to City justified their reputation as a team who fail to perform when it matters.

“What I saw under (Mauricio) Pochettino for three or four years was outstanding. What I saw under Harry Redknapp for two or three years was outstanding as well.

“But when Spurs fans get upset, the reason people speak about them in those terms is because of games like this.

“In their last four cup finals, they haven’t scored a goal. It’s these performances why they have this tag. I can’t argue for them.

“Spurs fans can’t argue for them…and it is on the players, nothing to do with the manager.”

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