The search for Tottenham’s next manager has taken another major twist this week with two new names entering the frame for the hotseat.
With a host of different managers installed as the favourite with the bookmakers for the position in the five weeks since Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham exit, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte have both emerged as candidates.
football.london understands that Spurs have actually spoken to the Argentine about a shock return to the club and he would be interested in coming back 18 months on from his exit.
Now odds-on for the job despite his current position at PSG, the 49-year-old has also been linked with the Real Madrid vacancy after Zinedine Zidane called time on his spell in charge of Los Blancos.
The Frenchman isn’t the only big-name managerial exit over the past few days as both Conte and Andrea Pirlo have both departed Inter Milan and Juventus respectively.
Potentially starting a manager merry-go-round over the next few weeks as clubs look to install someone in time for pre-season, Daniel Levy may want to consider Conte now that he is a free agent.
Not having to pay serious money to the Nerazzurri for his services as would have been the case if they approached him while still in charge of the Serie A champions, the Italian has a tremendous pedigree in the game and trophies have followed wherever he has managed at club level.
Guiding Juventus to three straight Scudettos and two Supercoppa Italianas before taking on the Italy job in 2014, Conte then transformed Chelsea in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Following a dismal title defence that saw Mourinho lose his job the previous campaign, the Blues bounced back in style as they beat Tottenham to the Premier League title before also winning the FA Cup 12 months later.
Success would also follow in his next job at Inter as they bounced back from losing out in the title race by a single point to Juventus in 2019/20 to claim the top prize for the first time since 2010.
However, Conte is now back on the market after leaving the Italian giants by mutual consent amid reports that the club plan to sell £70m worth of players this summer in their quest to save money.
A no-brainer for many to appoint Conte given his track record in the game, Levy will perhaps want to consider the 51-year-old’s time across the capital in west London before potentially making a move.
An excellent first season in SW6 as they won the Premier League title, Conte’s long-term future was widely discussed in his second year before his eventual departure in the summer of 2018.
Falling out with Diego Costa and making it clear to the striker he had no future, under him the Italian challenged the board a number of times in the final campaign as he called on them to back him in the transfer market and match his ambitions.
Chelsea did spend around £370million when Conte was in charge but he quite clearly wanted them to go the extra mile, and in press conferences he suggested numerous times that he had very little say on the club’s transfer dealings.
It only seemed a matter of time before he would depart, with confirmation finally coming at the start of July 2018 that he had been sacked despite starting pre-season with the team.
Only in the job for two years in west London, Conte would do likewise at Inter Milan despite his success there after another fallout with their owners.
With Spurs ideally needing a manager for the long-term future to stop them becoming a club who are constantly on the lookout for a new boss after every couple of seasons, Conte maybe isn’t the ideal replacement for Mourinho.
Spending two years or less at Bari, Atalanta and Siena in his first jobs in management before a slightly longer stay of three seasons at Juventus, the former midfielder was only in charge of the national team for two years before returning to club football.
Appointing Conte at Tottenham would also perhaps mirror the November 2019 appointment of Mourinho as his style of play is not exactly what Levy and the club’s supporters are after, while his need to spend big in the transfer market is something Tottenham would not be able to offer him as they are not a club who splash the cash each summer.
Now the current favourite for the Real Madrid vacancy, the Spanish capital could be where Conte heads next as Los Blancos look to get back on track after such a disappointing season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As enticing as it would be to move for the Italian, he may just not be the right fit for Tottenham at this present time but that’s all going to come down to Levy’s thinking.
Source by Football London