Levy’s ‘dream’ Mourinho solution dashed, but Tottenham hope grows over alternative

Jose Mourinho Everton v Tottenham April 2021

Tottenham have reportedly received fresh hope over a potential swoop for RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann to replace Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho‘s future has become the subject of intense scrutiny after Spurs’ recent slide down the Premier League table. The north London club sat top in December but now face a struggle to qualify for the Champions League. Indeed, Friday’s 2-2 draw with Everton served up another blow to their top-four hopes.

Mourinho can still be the manager to end his club’s 13-year trophy drought by winning next weekend’s Carabao Cup final.

Nevertheless, Spurs board members reportedly feel torn as to whether to replace the Portuguese in the dugout.

As such, the search for a potential successor has already begun. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy admires Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, but as previously reported, Bild insists that he remains unavailable.

According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, the Northern Irishman is Spurs’ ‘dream solution’ to their problem.

However, Leipzig’s German tactician Nagelsmann is another name who continues to crop up.

Despite interest from Bayern Munich – who could lose Hansi Flick at the end of the season – Tottenham have renewed hope that they can pinch Nagelsmann.

Jose Mourinho: Top-four race could go to last minute

Jose Mourinho: Top-four race could go to last minute

Jose Mourinho admits Tottenham are in a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League, and believes the European places may only be decided in the last minute of the season.

Falk said: “It’s clear his [Mourinho’s] hours are counting down.

“It is no secret that Brendan Rodgers was actually the dream solution, but he has a contract with Leicester until 2025, so he is not available.

“Therefore, they [Tottenham] sound out the market and Julian Nagelsmann is a name that comes up again and again.

“I heard in Leipzig that if Bayern call, they won’t give him away because they don’t want to let him leave for their direct rivals in Germany, but if they call from England, I heard they might be willing to talk.

“If they pay a transfer fee and Tottenham have the money, it’s possible.”

Levy to keep Mourinho at Tottenham

Despite Spurs chiefs being divided over Mourinho’s future, Levy has supposedly decided to keep Mourinho in his post for at least another season.

As well as the financial cost of removing him from his contract early, the chairman feels that the manager is still largely working with predecessor Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Therefore, Mourinho will get the chance to overhaul the team this summer in the hope of steering the club in a better direction.

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