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Next Tottenham manager: UCL side believe boss ‘will be going’ as Spurs lure proves too strong

Daniel Levy, Tottenham, August 2022

Journalist Tom Roddy has revealed people at Celtic believe Ange Postecoglou has allowed his mind to wander and “will be going” to Tottenham.

Spurs are in a period of turmoil. Antonio Conte was not able to build upon the fourth-placed finish he managed in his first season in charge – far from it.

The north London outfit endured an up-and-down campaign under the Italian. After one poor result too many, Conte snapped at his players.

He unleashed a rant in a press conference following a 3-3 draw with Southampton, calling his players “selfish”.

That spelled the end of his time at Spurs. Two interim managers later, and the club ended the season in eighth place – their worst finish since 2008/09.

While it was mid-March when Conte left his post, Tottenham are yet to find a manager that wants to take the job. Julian Nagelsmann, Vincent Kompany and Arne Slot are among those to have seemingly turned the role down.

As such, they’re still in the hunt. The potential that former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique could become the next Spurs boss has been mooted, after turning down Napoli because he “wants to go to the Premier”, as per the Serie A side’s owner.

Celtic boss Postecoglou is also being courted, with any outlets suggesting he’s now the no 1 target.

Celtic believe Postecoglou ‘will be going’

His credentials are not to be sniffed at. While the Scottish Premiership is largely seen as a two-horse race between Celtic and Rangers, the latter are obviously a very good side.

When Postecoglou took over, Rangers had just won the 2020/21 title. In the two seasons since then, the silverware has returned to Celtic Park, with the Hoops clocking up 99 points last campaign.

Due to that, Celtic are apparently well aware their boss is the leading contender to take the Spurs role.

It seems there is growing concern at the club that Postecoglou has been enticed by the pull of the north London outfit, and after the great work he’s done at Celtic, he’ll soon move on.

That’s been relayed by The Times reporter Roddy, from sources within the club.

“What he’s done at Celtic has been very impressive, he went into a difficult situation when Steven Gerrard ripped away the title in Scotland, he’s turned them around,” he said on the Sky Sports podcast.

“He says he won’t allow his mind to wander, but from what I’ve heard at Celtic he might’ve done and quite a lot of people there think he will be going.”

While Postecoglou has done a great job at Celtic, as well as in other roles, he’s never really managed a big club. As such, it could be a risk to make the appointment.

For Spurs, though, it seems they don’t have many avenues left to go down. They’ve looked into appointing a number of very good managers, and had no luck as yet.

As such, they might have to take a stab at Postecoglou, and hope he can turn them around.

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