Recently sacked Prem boss ‘well respected’ by Tottenham as source confirms candidate ‘ticks so many’ boxes

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea boss Graham Potter

Tottenham Hotspur could be considering Graham Potter as someone capable of becoming their next manager, according to a report.

Potter was sacked by Chelsea in April, just half a year after leaving Brighton to take the job. Pressure was constantly on the English tactician, despite how he had impressed in his previous job. Ultimately, he couldn’t even complete a full season at Stamford Bridge.

However, it might not have been his last chance of managing one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. Tottenham are also searching for a new manager after parting company with Antonio Conte in March.

A deal to appoint Arne Slot from Feyenoord recently fell through, after talks with Julian Nagelsmann also hit a dead end. Therefore, Spurs are back to square one as they plan for next season.

According to The Athletic, Potter is someone who could enter their thoughts. Per the report, he ‘ticks so many’ boxes for Tottenham, where he is ‘well respected’.

However, his failed stint at Chelsea is seen as a ‘main weakness’, which could work against him.

As things stand, Tottenham will be weighing up all their options. The report looks back to their managerial search in 2021, when they pursued Conte (unsuccessfully at first), Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso and Nuno Espirito Santo (who eventually got the job) without any of them being candidates at the time of their final match of the 2020-21 season.

Similarly, someone not currently on their radar could come into the equation if pre-season approaches without them having someone in place yet.

Other possible routes they could go down, per the report, might include Luis Enrique, Roberto De Zerbi, Ruben Amorim, Marco Silva or Marcelo Gallardo.

But the candidate who ‘has momentum’ in the managerial search is Ange Postecoglou, who has won consecutive Scottish Premiership titles with Celtic.

Rodgers ruled out from Tottenham manager search

In contrast, it is ‘very unlikely’ that Tottenham would give the job to Brendan Rodgers, who was recently dismissed by Leicester City. He could have taken the Spurs job in 2012, but their interest has long since faded.

There could be many more twists and turns in store, though, as Tottenham try to find someone to take the reins from Ryan Mason.

Ahead of the final game of his second caretaker spell in charge, Mason urged his superiors to implement an identity in order to help the squad.

At a press conference on Friday to preview Sunday’s match against Leeds, Mason said: “We’ve had two or three different styles of football over the last few years and I don’t think that’s helpful for any the players, the club or the staff.

“I would like people to know what to expect when you see a Tottenham player or anyone that works at the club.”

Conte was a more defensive tactician, as was Jose Mourinho – who Mason took over from before in 2021 – than the most stable Tottenham manager in recent memory, Mauricio Pochettino.

It will now be important for Spurs to settle on the style of football they want a new manager to bring.

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