Daniel Levy has already said what Tottenham want from next manager

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In May 2021, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy accepted that the club had strayed from its core values. After the disastrous end to Jose Mourinho’s reign, Spurs’ widely condemned part in the European Super League plans, and with Harry Kane’s future in doubt, Levy promised supporters that he would guide the North Londoners back on track. 

The final months of Mourinho’s spell had seen Spurs play some of the most tepid football seen by supporters in some time. Fans had complained that they wanted a manager whose style was more akin to former boss Mauricio Pochettino. 

In an open letter to Spurs fans, Levy insisted that at the centre of the recruitment of Spurs’ next head coach would be a focus on ‘free-flowing attacking and entertaining’ football. The next manager would be asked to ‘embrace’ developing players from the club’s esteemed academy, following in the footsteps of Harry Kane. 

“We shall focus on the recruitment of a new head coach,” Levy said in the letter, which was published towards the end of the 2020-21 season, two months after Mourinho departed. 

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“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.”

The recruitment process in question was ultimately chaotic and saw Levy come close to appointing several managers, only to U-turn at the last moment. On June 30, 2021, he finally confirmed Nuno Espirito Santo as the new head coach. 

Nuno’s reign was short-lived, though, and Antonio Conte was drafted in as the Portuguese’s replacement. Conte – whose style was more Mourinho than Pochettino – was axed in March and Levy is now looking for his third permanent manager since making that promise nearly two years ago. 

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The 61-year-old now has the perfect opportunity to make good. It seems unlikely that Pochettino will return, given that the Argentine seems set to land the vacant Chelsea job. 

However, several out-of-work managers fit the specifications listed by Levy 23 months ago. Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann have both been linked with Spurs, and each have a reputation for playing positive football and developing young players. 

It remains to be seen if Levy will finally appoint a manager who fits the job specification he laid out after sacking Mourinho. 

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