Pundit says rival Prem boss would be ‘unbelievable move for Spurs’

Date published: Friday 23rd April 2021 9:36 - Matthew Briggs

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Jamie O’Hara says Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy should try and prise Marcelo Bielsa away from Leeds United this summer.

The former Spurs midfielder says Tottenham are a “bigger club” and should look to take advantage of Bielsa’s contract situation at Elland Road. The 65-year-old Argentinian has turned around the West Yorkshire club’s fortunes. After securing promotion last season El Loco looks destined to guide the Whites to a top-10 finish in the Premier League. Regardless of his success and revered status in Yorkshire, Bielsa is out of contract in the summer.

It’s a situation which is not unusual for Bielsa, who recently denied he had signed a two-year extension with the club.

The former Athletic Bilbao coach is currently in his third year as Leeds head coach and has never been in any rush to hammer out long-term deals with the club.

He has hinted he will pen another rolling deal nothing has been finalised as yet.

Bielsa said in February: “I don’t imagine for my professional future.

“But there is nothing better than what Leeds represent as a job. Given how the club is and the principles that they have. Due to the public, the stadium, the fans because due to the project the club is undertaking, due to the knowledge I have and the people here, there is a lot of knowledge I have accumulated.

“Due to being integrated to the city and also to this region in England and also what surrounds it, Yorkshire.

Speaking on talkSPORT, O’Hara believes a Tottenham move for Bielsa would be “unbelievable”.

He said: “I would take Bielsa, I really would.

“I think he’d be absolutely brilliant, the fans would love him. I know he hasn’t obviously got a new contract yet at Leeds, he hasn’t signed something.

“If you can try and prise him away from there, that would be an unbelievable move for Spurs.

“Leeds fans would be devastated and there’d be uproar about it but Spurs are bigger than Leeds.”


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Too soon for Mason

Ryan Mason has been placed in interim charge until the end of the season. And the former Spurs midfielder kicked off his reign with a 2-1 win over Southampton this week.

Former Spurs striker Clive Allen believes Mason is a good pick until the ene of the season, but says is too early for Mason to be considered for the permanent job.

“I think it’s unlikely I’ve got to be honest,” he told the talkSPORT Breakfast.

“It smacks of Juande Ramos of when he won the League Cup and then had a dreadful start to the following season and left eight games in.

“Ryan’s a Tottenham kid. He came in as a very young player and loves the club. He’s said all the right things.

“He’s the right fit at the moment to hold the fort until the summer and he could do his credentials a lot of good.”

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, Rangers’ Steven Gerrard and Julian Nagelsmann from Leipzig have all been mentioned as successors to Jose Mourinho.

READ MORE: Mourinho’s next job could be in Brazil, Rivaldo has ‘heard’

 

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