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Next Tottenham boss: Daniel Levy urged to land manager who ‘plays the Spurs way’ after missing out on ‘amazing’ appointment to Prem rival

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham hero Darren Anderton has revealed who he would like the club to bring in as Antonio Conte’s replacement, with Daniel Levy told to pursue an FA Cup-winning manager after losing out on an ‘amazing’ alternative.

Conte left Tottenham by mutual consent on March 26. The manager’s relationship with the Tottenham hierarchy had been completely destroyed following his sensational outburst in the aftermath of the Southampton draw.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has named Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini as interim manager until the end of the season, with Ryan Mason helping him.

This gives Spurs a few months to find a top-class coach who can ensure they qualify for the Champions League each year and potentially end their trophy drought.

Julian Nagelsmann is one potential solution. The German is a free agent following his release by Bayern Munich just a few days before Conte’s Spurs departure.

However, Spurs will face competition from London rivals Chelsea for Nagelsmann. The Blues have appointed Frank Lampard on a caretaker basis until the summer with a view to landing Nagelsmann after that.

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Anderton, who made 349 appearances for Spurs during a 12-year spell in north London, has named the alternative to Nagelsmann he thinks Levy should be considering.

The manager in question is Brendan Rodgers, who is a free agent following his recent sacking by Leicester. Prior to this season, Rodgers had done amazing work at Leicester, even guiding them to the 2021 FA Cup trophy.

Tottenham told to get former Leicester manager

“I like Brendan Rodgers. When he’s given top, top players… I mean, what he did at Liverpool, he was so unlucky not to win the Premier League there,” Anderton said during an interview with the Daily Express.

“He plays a brand of football that Tottenham fans want to see. I think that’s fair to say. Since Pochettino, with Mourinho and Conte, the football has been dour at times.

“We’ve got some wonderful footballers, but two very defensive managers that have certainly made for some very dull afternoons at White Hart Lane. So I think that comes into it.

“I feel like he plays a brand of football that is the Tottenham way, and I think that would work.”

Anderton also spoke about Eddie Howe, who would have been an ‘amazing’ solution for Spurs if he had not gone to Newcastle.

“I think they missed the boat on Eddie Howe,” the former midfielder added.

“I think that Eddie, who, of course, I know from my time at Bournemouth, has done miracles down there, and now I think he’s probably getting the credit he deserves from everyone within the country.

“What an amazing coach and manager he is. He’s obviously very happy up there at the moment, but that’s why I feel like the club missed out on him.”

There is little chance of Spurs capturing Howe now as he has a long-term contract with Newcastle and is determined to help the Magpies win some silverware.

But Rodgers is certainly an achievable appointment. He is a free agent which means Spurs will not have to pay a Premier League rival any compensation to land him.

Plus, Rodgers has extensive experience in the Prem and would know how to get Spurs challenging the top teams like Arsenal and Manchester City.

But Levy could view Nagelsmann as a more glamorous appointment, so Spurs fans must keep a close eye on how the manager hunt pans out.

Meanwhile, a report has revealed the two signings Levy wants to make most in the summer transfer window.