Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not let his search for a new manager drag into the summer for long when Ajax boss Erik ten Hag comes forward as a candidate.
As Sportsmail revealed last week that the Spurs are afraid of missing No. 1 goal Julian Nagelsmann, who is being sought by Bayern Munich to replace the outgoing Hansi Flick next season.
Those concerns are now being realized as RB Leipzig boss Nagelsmann will almost certainly take over from Bayern for next season.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag (right) is on Tottenham’s radar as they target an attacking manager
Belgian Roberto Martinez (left) and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers (right) are also on the radar
Knowing that Nagelsmann was likely to join Bayern, the news should come as no surprise to Levy, who will now focus on alternatives to the German.
But Spurs supremo is eager to avoid a long drawn-out scenario that will affect the new manager’s prep time for next season.
This summer’s European Championships will cause significant disruption to clubs ahead of next season, an issue Levy is well aware of.
Indeed, the Spurs leader wants to give Jose Mourinho’s successor as much time as possible to carry out his plans for the next, and sources say he will act decisively to ensure clarity on the situation as early as possible.
Jose Mourinho was fired six days before Spurs faced Man City in the Carabao Cup final
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is determined to get a replacement before Euro 2020
Levy wants to appoint a manager with a clear attacking direction amid concerns from the club about Mourinho’s more pragmatic approach during his reign.
Sportsmail understands that Ten Hag is one of the candidates that Levy is now considering replacing Mourinho.
The Ajax boss’s current deal will expire at the end of next season, meaning he will likely be relatively cheap to release from his existing contract, which suits Tottenham, who are in a tight financial position due to Covid’s impact. framework works.
Ten Hag’s team conquers the Dutch title this season, Ajax’s second under the age of 51, and he can be tempted by a new challenge.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is considered the ideal option by many at Spurs, but he is said to have reservations about the role.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has long been Tottenham’s management target of choice, but reports in Germany on Monday that he is nearing a deal to take over at Bayern Munich.
Ryan Mason (right) is in charge of the concierge but is not thought to be in the running full time
The Foxes are also on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League, a prospect Rodgers will find difficult to walk away from.
Sources claim that Roberto Martinez would be interested in the vacancy at Tottenham after the European Championship with Belgium, while England boss Gareth Southgate’s work with the national team has not gone unnoticed at Tottenham.
Ralf Rangnick, who is unemployed and available for free, also emerges as a potential candidate.
Ryan Mason is currently in the preliminary lead, but is not expected to be permanently in the running for the job.
However, if the 29-year-old manages to send Tottenham back into the Champions League with a top four finish, there could be a tidal wave of support for Mason to get the reins full time.