Tottenham’s latest managerial target Marcelino has commented on the links to the north London club following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese tactician was sacked, along with his senior coaching staff, on Monday after a woeful second half of the season from Spurs. Having topped the table back in November, Mourinho’s Tottenham were down in seventh when he was shown the door.
Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason was named as caretaker boss until the end of the season. The 29-year-old got off to a winning start as Spurs came from behind to beat Southampton on Wednesday night.
So far all that talk about the next permanent Tottenham manager has revolved around the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Maurizio Sarri and Julian Nagelsmann.
However, reports over the last 48 hours have stated that Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelino is also wanted.
The 55-year-old was only appointed as Bilbao’s manager at the start of this year. His previous job was at Valencia, where he was sacked in 2019 despite having a 50% win percentage.
Bilbao have lost only five matches in all competitions under Marcelino. That includes Copa del Rey final defeats at the hands of Real Sociedad and Barcelona this month.
But speaking about the links to Tottenham, Marcelino was very candid in his response.
He told Mundo Deportivo: “I have nothing to say about Tottenham, I am happy here and with the welcome we have had from the fans and everyone around us.
“Now we must continue working with the utmost humility possible. This is my thought and idea, it is what I am focused on.”
At this stage, it looks as if Tottenham will have to look elsewhere for their latest manager – with RB Leipzig boss Nagelsmann remaining the favourite.
Berbatov favours Parker move
Meanwhile, Scott Parker’s name has been mentioned as a contender to succeed Mourinho at Tottenham and his credentials are glowing.
After Daniel Levy pulled the plug on Mourinho’s spiralling tenure on Monday, a number of contenders were quoted in the media to replace him. Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers remain the most popular, but The Atheltic did mention Fulham boss Parker. The 40-year-old has put Fulham in with a chance of Premier League survival and the former Spurs man is well liked.
The source claims Daniel Levy is also an admirer. However, they note the Spurs chairman is also looking for a big-name replacement. They may well be keeping their options open. Football.london have reported similar regarding Parker, who played for Spurs for two years.
Gareth Southgate has also emerged as a potential option, according to a report in The Guardian (via Football Transfer Tavern).
Parker though remains a good option, according to Dimitar Berbatov.
“Scott Parker is working at Fulham. I used to play with him. Great appointment in my opinion. Yes Fulham are struggling but he’s doing a great job. Mikel Arteta at Arsenal also, the same example,” Berbatov told football.london.
“It doesn’t have to be the guy who was playing for your club before but in my opinion he has to be young and in full power of his ability and wake up every morning to say ‘let’s go, let’s go, let’s crush it’.”