Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has outlined what he wants from the club’s next head coach as his search to appoint Jose Mourinho’s successor rumbles on.
Mourinho, who was appointed Spurs boss in November 2019, was axed by Levy just over a month ago following an indifferent run of results, which saw the club crash out of the UEFA Europa League and lose significant ground in the race for the top-four.
Since the Portuguese chief was shown the exit door, a whole host of names have been linked with replacing him, ranging from Erik ten Hag of Ajax to Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.
Now, Levy, ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, has admitted that the next man in charge has to be someone capable of delivering “free-flowing, attacking football,” hinting that he was unhappy with the style of play Spurs had adopted under Mourinho.
Within the statement, Levy said: “We shall focus on the recruitment of a new Head Coach.
“We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great Club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our Academy alongside experienced talent.”
In the latter stages of Mourinho’s tenure, a large number of Spurs fans, despite watching the side pick up results here and there, grew incredibly infuriated with Spurs’ defensive style, with many suggesting that Mourinho was restricting the side from producing the quality that they had, with the likes of Gareth Bale and Dele Alli both being limited with opportunities to impress.
Mourinho was hammered by some for his style of play and it now appears that Levy was less than impressed as well, given that he has placed an emphasis on an attacking style being produced once the new head coach is appointed.
Levy has also conceded that the club, as a whole, has lost some of its DNA in the last 12 months as a result of the pandemic.
“As a Club we have been so focused on delivering the stadium and dealing with the impact of the pandemic, that I feel we lost sight of some key priorities and what’s truly in our DNA,” he added.
“Our work in the community and with the NHS is an example of when we get it right, but we don’t get everything right. It has never been because we don’t care about or respect you, our fans – nothing could be further from the truth.
“We have announced we shall establish a Club Advisory Panel that we believe will provide wide, authentic representation and ensure our fans are at the heart of Club decisions, with the Chair to be appointed annually as a Non-Executive of the Board with full voting rights, a first for any Premier League club.”
Source by Football London