Head coach Antonio Conte leaves Tottenham by mutual consent
Carlo Ancelotti could inadvertently strike a blow into Tottenham’s chances of appointing Julian Nagelsmann if the Italian is sacked by Real Madrid. Spurs’ pursuit of Nagelsmann has reportedly been complicated by the German’s wish to see if any other high-profile jobs become vacant before the summer.
Nagelsmann has emerged as one of Spurs’ top candidates to replace Antonio Conte. All roads initially led to a return for Mauricio Pochettino before Nagelsmann was surprisingly dismissed by Bayern Munich last week.
Bayern’s decision to part ways with the 35-year-old and appoint former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has opened the door for Daniel Levy to appoint a man he has wanted twice in the past. Nagelsmann had been lined up when Spurs were searching for new managers in 2019 and 2021 but on both occasions had only recently taken fresh jobs.
However, now available after his Bayern axing, the former RB Leipzig boss apparently wants to take a short break from football. He will see what other options become available in the near future, with both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain’s head coaches having their jobs hanging by a thread.
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That is according to the Evening Standard, which reports that Nagelsmann’s wish has ‘complicated’ Spurs’ search for a new manager. Levy wants to begin the process immediately to avoid the shambolic recruitment process that saw the North Londoners come close and ultimately fail to appoint three managers, before landing on Nuno Espirito Santo who was sacked within three months of the 2021-22 season.
It could see Ancelotti inadvertently strike a blow into Spurs’ chances of appointing Nagelsmann. The veteran former Chelsea and Everton boss is under pressure at Real having fallen 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga.
Although there is no immediate sign that Ancelotti will be sacked, Nagelsmann wants to wait patiently and will closely watch developments around Europe. That position contradicts the stance of Levy and Spurs, who want a seamless recruitment process.
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It comes after Spurs finally confirmed the departure of Conte on Sunday night. The Italian tore into the club’s hierarchy and the players for settling for mediocrity.
Conte rendered his job untenable by slamming the players as “selfish” and subtly wondering why Spurs had just one trophy to show for 20 years of ownership by ENIC. The 53-year-old from a short break in his homeland over the weekend before parting ways with the club.
Cristian Stellini and fans’ favourite Ryan Mason will lead the first team until a new manager is found. Spurs travel to Everton next Monday night.
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