Feyenoord manager Arne Slot is now expected to accept the Tottenham Hotspur job if the London club approach him this summer.
The 44-year-old has guided the Dutch club to their first Eredivisie title since 2017. Now, it seems Daniel Levy has made him one of his primary targets.
Tottenham have failed to challenge for a major trophy for some time and will miss out on Champions League qualification this term. So, it is vital Levy gets his next appointment right.
Spurs have been on the hunt for a new permanent manager since Antonio Conte parted ways with the club in April.
Since, Conte’s former assistant Cristian Stellini has been sacked, with Ryan Mason taking charge until the end of the season.
Julian Nagelsmann was considered to be the main candidate to take up the role. But, he has now been ruled out of the race, so Levy is considering other options.
Slot has always been on Levy’s radar. However, reports suggest he is now the chairman’s first choice to become the next permanent Tottenham manager.
Slot tipped to accept Tottenham job
According to former PSV midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, Slot is likely to accept the Tottenham job if he is offered the position this summer.
As noted by Feyenoord Pings, Afellay said: “If [Tottenham come in for him], you have to be a big boy to refuse.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes then. Tottenham Hotspur is a great club, very different from Southampton or Aston Villa.
“At Feyenoord, Slot reached the maximum [by winning the league], he got more out than in. Do you expect him to reach the Champions League final next year?”
It’s going to be a summer of change for Tottenham, with Levy tasked with appointing a new manager and Director of Football. Club record goal scorer Harry Kane is being heavily linked with a departure, too.
But, it’s fair to change is exactly what’s required if Spurs want to challenge for trophies again.
In fact, Kane admitted in a recent interview that the club’s ‘values’ had changed since Mauricio Pochettino left the club in 2019, who, ironically, will take over at Chelsea next term.
Kane said: “I feel like we lost a bit of what the values are at this club over the last few years. “It’s about finding a way to get back on the same page again and obviously even with the fans as well.”
Spurs fans will hope that Slot is the man to turn the club around. If, indeed, he becomes their new manager this summer.