Jamie Redknapp has warned Daniel Levy that his next appointment as Tottenham manager is his most important yet, as he discusses the merits of the top eight candidates linked with the vacancy.
Spurs are on the hunt for a new permanent manager after sacking Jose Mourinho last Monday. Chairman Levy made the move after a spell of poor form and mounting pressure on the Portuguese. Indeed, after a shock Europa League exit, the north London club are struggling in a top-four fight.
Their stand-in, Ryan Mason, is among the candidates and he could further his chances by finishing in the top four. That’s despite this admission on his future after Sunday’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
As such, various names have all been mentioned as possibles for the job. However, Redknapp has told Levy that he’ll have a hard time persuading his top candidates, while others mentioned won’t excite supporters.
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is the leading candidate – but Redknapp is not exactly thrilled by the prospect.
“They need to make sure they get the next one right in charge,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “There’s a lot of pressure now on the board to get it right because they’ve made decisions that haven’t worked out.
“It didn’t work out with Jose Mourinho, they hired a manager that sort of went away from the Spurs way of playing in terms of the style and the Spurs fans didn’t like it.
“Now, the next manager coming in has got to be the right one, they’ve got to get this right otherwise the pressure will really grow.”
Weighing up the other candidates, Redknapp painted a grey picture for Levy and Spurs.
“You look at the odds here,” Redknapp said. “Sarri, that will not excite the Spurs fans one bit, not one bit.
“If you look at [Julian] Nagelsmann, Hansi Flick is going to take the Germany job it looks like. So you’d imagine Nagelsmann will go to Bayern.
“Santo, does that excite me? Not sure. Scott Parker, it looks like he might be going down with Fulham. But he worked at Spurs for a while and played good football, so Daniel Levy might like some of that.
“Ryan Mason at 10/1, you’re not backing him, [Brighton’s] Graham Potter, Rafa [Benitez], no.
“Brendan Rodgers is a manager who Daniel Levy tried to get a few years back but would you leave Leicester right now, where you’ve really established something? It’s a really big club, but so is Tottenham. I don’t know whether it would interest Brendan.”
Hodgson warns Levy over Rodgers
Ahead of Palace’s meeting with Leicester on Monday, Hodgson said.
“Brendan is doing extremely well at Leicester,”
“I think he must be very happy to have been given that job. He’s assembled the group of players that he has and is much enjoying his success with them.
“I think, if other clubs want to tempt him away, it will not be easy and as simple as suggesting that historically we happen to be a bit of a bigger club than the one you are at.
“They [Spurs] would have to persuade him that his future will be much better if he moves. But that will not necessarily be an easy thing to do. What he is doing at Leicester, the players he has at Leicester, the support he has at Leicester, the way the future looks for Leicester, all of these things are very positive aspects.”