Zinedine Zidane should be at the top of Tottenham’s shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis, one pundit claims.
Spurs sacked Mourinho in April and appointed Ryan Mason on an interim basis until the end of the season. They will be looking for a high-profile coach to take the reins on a permanent basis. A number of candidates have been linked with the vacancy as their plans take shape.
Some options have already stepped aside, leaving Spurs with a three-man shortlist, according to Football Insider.
Those three names were not identified in their report, but the website also carries an interview with former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, who wants to see Zidane considered for the role.
After Real Madrid missed out on the La Liga title to rivals Atletico Madrid, Zidane’s future is under question. He may have won 11 trophies with them across two spells in charge, but it seems the two parties are ready to separate.
It was recently claimed that Zidane had already made his mind up before the end of the season and would even have left had they won the title.
The fact that they didn’t will only add to the chances of him walking away. If that happens, Spurs should try to tempt him to north London, according to Phillips.
“You would be crazy not to contact Zidane,” Phillips said.
“If he is going to leave Real Madrid he will be a wanted man. What he has achieved at Real Madrid is just phenomenal.
“I would imagine there will have been a conversation, a phone call to the agent to ask, ‘What are your thoughts? Would you be interested?’
“There is no bigger name in European football than Zidane. If I was a Tottenham supporter I would be desperate for Zidane. It would be so exciting if he came in.
“There is no two ways about it, he can attract big names to the club. I’m sure a phone call will be made.”
Parker breaks silence on Spurs links
One of the other options on Tottenham’s radar is their former midfielder Scott Parker, who has overseen Fulham’s relegation this season. Despite their drop to the Championship, Parker has shown his potential as a manager.
Therefore, he could be in line for a switch across London. And he recently commented on his future.
“As always, I’m committed, I’ve been committed since day one,” Parker said.
“My aim is and my ambition is to make this football club as strong and as successful as possible.
“That will always be my ambition. That’s never changed.”