Tottenham have reportedly ‘held a conversation’ with one of their top managerial targets about taking charge in the summer as their season threatens to spiral out of control.
Spurs’ hopes of a top-four finish suffered a monumental blow on Sunday when they were routed at Newcastle, conceding five times in the first 21 minutes before going on to lose 6-1 on Tyneside.
Following that embarrassing reverse, there have been calls from many Tottenham fans to axe interim boss Cristian Stellini after his tactical errors at St James’ Park.
Antonio Conte’s former No.2 opted to go with a back four at Newcastle, the first time the north London side have switched from a back three since Conte’s arrival back in November 2021. And it turned out to be a complete disaster as the home side scored for fun in the first 20 minutes.
Stellini only opted to change back to a three when the score was already 5-0, appearing to be completely out of his depth in the role.
That result has only heightened speculation over who the next permanent manager will be, However, some of the names linked may be having second thoughts after the shambles in the North East.
One such name is Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, who led Burnley to promotion back to the top flight this season.
The Belgian has completely changed the playing style Clarets fans were used to under Sean Dyche. And he would certainly lift the mood in north London after the turgid football viewed under successive bosses in Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and then Conte.
Romano reveals Kompany talks
And there appears to have been a development regarding a potential appointment, following Fabrizio Romano’s latest reveal, despite Burnely being desperate to keep their man.
The respected transfer insider revealed that Kompany is indeed a name on Tottenham’s list and that talks have taken place.
He told his YouTube channel: “For sure, Vincent Kompany is a coach they have on the list. They spoke to Vincent Kompany, from what I understand, there was a conversation with Tottenham and Kompany.”
Just a ‘conversation’ will not exactly have Tottenham fans purring, but at least it’s some positive news after events of the last 24 hours.
At this stage of the season, there is zero chance of any new permanent manager being appointed. To that end, even if Stellini is shown the door, it will almost certainly lead to Ryan Mason taking on the role for the final six games of the season.
Tottenham will have the chance to make amends for the Newcastle debacle on Thursday night when they host Manchester United in the Premier League.