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Next Tottenham boss: Levy makes new man his No 1 target with progressive boss ‘willing’ to open immediate talks

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham have been given a significant lift in pursuit of a new manager with a highly-rated young manager now their top target amid claims he is willing to open talks straight away over the vacancy.

The north London side are seeking a fourth new manager in under four years with Antonio Conte the latest big name to fall. Indeed, the Italian’s reign lasted just 16 months – around the same time as Jose Mourinho. In between which, Nuno Espirito Santo was quickly binned off amid fears over his playing style.

The writing on the wall for Conte was seemingly done when Spurs crashed out of the FA Cup and Champions League in a woeful seven-day period.

As such, chairman Daniel Levy knows the next appointment is a crucial one. The club are battling to claim a top-four finish this season. But having spent the thick edge of £200m under the Italian, that is considered a failure.

To that end, Levy and his Tottenham board cohorts are seeking a young, progressive manager who understands the Tottenham philosophy.

For a long period, former Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann has been their No 1 target. However, despite holding an initial talks with the German, there is a growing feeling that an approach is doomed to fail.

Another option for Spurs is the return of former coach Mauricio Pochettino. Currently available, his appointment would be known to appease supporters, where he still remains hugely popular.

But Levy is keen to look forwards not back and has been discussing a number of potential alternatives.

Now it seems the club has settled on that man – and a report claims he is more than willing to discuss the vacancy.

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Tottenham target Vincent Kompany – and Burnley boss ‘wants the job’

And the man now at the top of their wishlist is Manchester City icon Vincent Kompany.

Levy is reported to be blown away by the incredible job he has done with Burnley. He moved to Turf Moor over the summer having impressed in his first managerial appointment at Anderlecht.

Having led the Clarets to immediate promotion, and with seven games to spare, Kompany has overseen a major shift at Turf Moor. Known for a long time for their percentages football played under Dyche, Kompany has introduced a possession-based, attack-minded style of play.

And the east Lancashire side have pretty much swept away all before them in the Championship to seal an instant Premier League return.

Having seen how a similar style has transformed Arsenal, under Mikel Arteta, Levy has now made Kompany his No 1 target.

And according to The Sun, Kompany is willing to listen to Tottenham about the job should they make their move.

As such, the club are reportedly set to make their move in the coming days. And they hope to reach an agreement that would see the move go through from July 1.

Levy also believes a quick-fire appointment remains his best chance of also tying Harry Kane down to a new deal.

The England captain falls out of contract in summer 2024 and talks over an extension are slotted in for the summer. Initially expected to sign, Tottenham’s recent struggles have led to speculation that Kane could instead seek to leave.

Kompany told he may need to sell Tottenham crown jewels

In the meantime, Kane and Co will finish the season under the Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason.

And they face a crucial run of games as they look to edge out Newcastle and Manchester United in the race for fourth.

But in the long-term, it seems Levy now believes a move for 37-year-old Kompany is the best way forward.

Seen as the long-term successor to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Tottenham know they may need to act now to land their man.

Dutch analyst Filip Joos has also given his backing to a Tottenham raid for Kompany.

However, he has been warned he may need to sell two great players ahead of a big rebuild.

“Kompany to Tottenham? Go! And even more: he has to let Kane and Son go and start all over again. That squad is so deep right now,” Joos said during an appearance on the 90 Minutes podcast (via Voetbal Nieuws).

“Kompany is now bigger than Tottenham,” Joos sensationally claimed. “If I’m Tottenham and you see Arteta’s work at Arsenal… He’s also from Guardiola’s school, just like Kompany. Doesn’t he have an edge over the rest? We would also understand if he left Burnley for Tottenham.”

Given the strong interest in Nagelsmann since he left Bayern, it would certainly make sense for Kompany to emerge as a top choice for Spurs.

His style of football is in keeping with what the Tottenham fans like to see. He also has the energy and enthusiasm required to lift the club from their current malaise.

And he is a name the Spurs players could respond to as well. As such, a move for the 37-year-old makes a great deal of sense.

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