Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega has given a definitive update on the club’s chase for Sporting Lisbon chief Ruben Amorim to become their new permanent manager.
Events of the last few weeks have seen the club labelled ‘shambolic’ both on and off the field, with Daniel Levy’s next appointment critical to the club’s hopes of success and their chances of keeping talisman Harry Kane from walking away.
In fact, pretty much everything has fallen apart since the return from the World Cup break.
Antonio Conte mutually left after his rant at Southampton, only to be replaced by his No.2 Cristian Stellini who was then fired after the mauling at Newcastle.
Ryan Mason is once again in interim charge of a Spurs team who have conceded 14 goals in their last four Premier League outings.
The need for stability has never been clearer, but the one man who could probably have brought that appears to be bound for bitter rivals Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be announced as the new Stamford Bridge chief, despite their complete collapse this season.
Tottenham fans have been calling for the Argentine to return, but there are several other top names being linked with the post.
Julian Nagelsmann, Vincent Kompany and Feyenoord chief Arne Slot are all known to be in the running. Meanwhile, two separate reports on Wednesday claimed that Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso has now jumped to the front of the queue, although talks are also said to have taken place with Amorim.
The Times claims that Tottenham will move for Amorim if they cannot convince Nagelsmann to take the job.
And the report adds that the highly-rated Portuguese tactician has indicated that he is ready to move to north London once the season ends.
However, Vega claims that is not the case, despite the fact that he is a big fan of Amorim‘s style of play.
He is widely regarded as one of brightest up-and-coming managers in the game and has been linked with various top jobs through the last year.
Indeed, Spurs saw first-hand just how good Amorim’s Sporting are when they met twice in the Champions League earlier this term.
Vega rubbishes Amorim to Tottenham talk
But despite all the speculation, Vega has poured cold water on any deal being struck between the two parties.
Quote tweeting a post that said Tottenham have made initial contact to appoint Amorim, Vega said: “Unfortunately, this one is not true!
“Personally, I think he will be a great choice. I was just recently in Lisbon to watch Sporting / JUVE. Some great attractive football Sporting Lisbon played under Ruben.”
Quite how Vega has that information remains to be seen although he could still have connections at the club, albeit very old ones, from his time there between 1997-2001.
But one thing is for sure, Levy needs to act fact to announce a plan for the future in order to boost his chances of keeping Kane from out of Manchester United’s clutches and also bring some calm to proceedings behind the scenes and on the pitch.
Spurs are back in action on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League.