A manager who is thought to be a target for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been told why he should reject such an offer ahead of joining a ‘top club’ in the future.
Tottenham and Antonio Conte parted ways on March 26, eight days after the Italian’s incredible outburst in which he slammed both his players and the club’s pursuit of trophies.
Levy, along with new chief football officer Scott Munn, is busy searching for Conte’s replacement.
Julian Nagelsmann is one option for the north London side. He is a free agent following his release by Bayern Munich last month.
Nagelsmann wants to wait until the summer before deciding on his next destination. Unfortunately for Spurs, Chelsea are providing serious competition for the German and could get to him first.
An alternative for Spurs is former boss Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine hasn’t been in management since his sacking by Paris Saint-Germain in July last year.
Pochettino still lives in England and also boasts a good relationship with Levy from his first spell in charge of the club.
Spurs could also go in a completely different direction and snare Dutch coach Arne Slot.
Tottenham manager target hoping to win league title
The 44-year-old is doing a brilliant job at Feyenoord, as they sit of the Eredivisie table and could win their first league title since 2016-17.
Feyenoord also remain in the Europa League and will come up against Roma in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Spurs are not the only English side to have been impressed by Slot this term. Leeds identified him as a potential successor to Jesse Marsch, only for the manager to publicly reject their advances.
Former Feyenoord assistant coach Zeljko Petrovic, who has also worked at West Ham and Sunderland in the past, has discussed Slot’s potential move to Spurs.
Petrovic has heaped praise on his coaching counterpart and urged him to stay at Feyenoord before joining a ‘top foreign club’ in the future, with Spurs set to miss out.
“Slot has further developed the team with his own idea of playing football,” Petrovic said during an interview with Dutch outlet NOS (via Soccer News).
“The fitness of the team, the way he plays with a lot of pressure, high tempo and a good structure in the team.
“What he does is unprecedented. I find it a pleasure to watch. In addition, Slot has the favour factor. A neat guy, good with his words. Fantastic.
“I am sure there will be nice clubs for him, but Feyenoord is also a nice club. Feyenoord will strengthen with the money from the Champions League. Then Slot can continue here for years to come.
“He can now go to a club in England, where he has to fight against relegation. Or he can stay at Feyenoord, become another champion and then go to a top foreign club where he plays for prizes. He deserves that.”
Slot will undoubtedly want to guide Feyenoord to Eredivisie glory before he leaves the club. And there is a good chance of them being successful as they have an eight-point lead on Ajax with just six league matches left to play.
But Slot will then have to make a big decision on his future. He could opt to remain at Feyenoord and defend the club’s potential league crown. Or, while his stock is at its highest, the former midfielder may decide this is his best opportunity to take charge of a club like Spurs.