Tottenham will hold talks over their next manager in the coming days after ruling Brendan Rodgers out of the running, according to a report.
Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho in April and are looking for his replacement. Ryan Mason is currently in caretaker charge but a more experienced coach will be required. However, it is never easy to find the right manager who is available at the right time.
One of the names to be most strongly linked with Spurs has been Leicester boss Rodgers. He has transformed the Foxes into regular contenders for the European places.
Leicester finished above Tottenham last season and are mathematically guaranteed to again this season. It has further enhanced Rodgers’ reputation as one of the best coaches in the division.
However, according to Football Insider, Tottenham will not be able to lure him away from the King Power Stadium.
Rodgers remains committed to Leicester and does not want to leave. Therefore, Tottenham are keen to not waste their energies and are looking at other targets.
One name high on their list, the report adds, is Scott Parker. He used to play for them and has made his name in management with another of his former clubs, Fulham.
He may have just overseen their relegation but remains highly thought of across London. It is claimed that Tottenham will interview him, with Daniel Levy being a big fan.
However, Parker has other options, such as trying to get Fulham back up or taking on the England under-21s job.
An alternative, then, is Roberto Martinez, who is eager to return to club management. Currently in charge of Belgium, he could be available after Euro 2020.
The Spurs job appeals to him, so he could seek a way out of his contract with Belgium.
Mason: Spurs thinking about direction
Interim boss Mason recently admitted the club would be having “a long hard think about the direction” they want to take over the summer.
When asked if Mourinho’s permanent successor would be inheriting a squad capable of challenging for a top-four finish next season, Mason said: “Absolutely, there’s some great players.
“It’s a big squad. It’s a very good squad as well. There’s definitely tools to work with for next season.
“I’m sure the chairman and the football club will have a long hard think about the direction the football club wants to go.”