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Next Tottenham manager: Top target ‘open’ to taking job as secret clause gifts Levy with golden chance

Oliver Glasner Eintracht Frankfurt manager during a Champions League press conference

Tottenham have seen a potential move for would-be new manager given the green light – after the man in question insisted he would not be put off by the recent spate of sackings in the Premier League.

The north London side are in the process of searching for another new permanent manager; their fourth in under four years. That comes after Antonio Conte’s reign was recently cut short before the expiry of his deal this summer.

That meant the former Inter, Juventus and Chelsea coach was at the Spurs helm for around 16 months  – around the same time that Jose Mourinho spent in charge. Between the two esteemed coaches was Nuno Espirito Santo, though the former Wolves boss proved unpopular and was removed after little more than four months in charge.

As a result, the next appointment at N17 will be a crucial one. Chairman Daniel Levy and his Spurs board cohorts are looking for a young, progressive manager who can play the Spurs way and hopefully bring an end to their long trophy drought.

Finding that man, however, is proving easier said than done.

The early favourite for the vacancy, Julian Nagelsmann, has seemingly ruled himself out of contention. And while Vincent Kompany’s name has been mentioned of late, there remains some doubts over his experience.

As a result, Tottenham are reportedly due to hold talks with a new contender from Spain over the course of this week.

However, one name that has frequently been mentioned with the vacancy is Austrian coach Oliver Glasner.

The 48-year-old has done a sterling job in charge at Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

And having steered them to Europa League glory last season, he is no stranger to lifting silverware.

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Oliver Glasner drops Tottenham job hint

As such, Glasner could well be emerging as a solid contender for the vacancy should Spurs look to pursue him.

Now the 48-year-old has seemingly opened the door on a possible switch to Tottenham. And he insists he will not be dissuaded by the recent raft of dismissals in the English top flight.

Indeed, speaking with Bild about the Spurs vacancy, Glasner says he knows what to expect from a job in England.

“I’m too far away. All I can say is that when I was in training as a coach, the first words in a lecture by a UEFA gentleman were: ‘Welcome to the land without sleep’.

“And the next thing was that the duration of a coaching job is one to two years. And further: ‘26% of all managers can’t find a second job after their first job… Do you want to do that to yourself?’ That was the opening speech,” he said.

“And when you decide to do it, you know what to expect. I try to make myself independent of it. Try to have fun. And always giving my best is the only thing you can ask of me.”

Clause can give Tottenham chance of landing Glasner

Were Tottenham to make a move for Glasner, they will be encouraged by fresh reports over his future.

Indeed, his current deal at Frankfurt is due to expire in summer 2024 and the Bundesliga side are, understandably, eager to tie him to a new deal.

However, with Spurs’ apparent interest mounting, Glasner appears unwilling to commit to an extension at present.

Furthermore, Bild reports that a clause in his deal can allow him to leave this summer. However, any such move needs to be activated prior to the 34th matchday of the Bundesliga season, or if they reach the cup final, by June 3.

Therefore, if Levy does want to make a move, any such move will prove easier if activated within the set parameters.

Glasner, however, is adamant that standing by a manager can often reap rewards too. And he was quick to illustrate the situation at Arsenal and the turnaround enjoyed by Mikel Arteta.

“Carlo Ancelotti once said when he was coach at Bayern: ‘The clubs take me because I am the way I am. And eventually they throw me out because I am the way I am. That’s why I stay the way I am.’ I think that’s a great statement,” Glasner added.

“But there are other examples, like Mikel Arteta at Arsenal. He had a very difficult season but they stuck with him and rebuilt the team the way they had planned.

“Now they are playing for the Premier League title. I think if you have a common vision, then it takes time to implement it. And if you have confidence in a coach, then you should strengthen him.”

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