Tottenham Hotspur next managerial opportunities: Ryan Mason is the surprise front-runner to take over from Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur look set to sack Antonio Conte – and Ryan Mason could step up to run the club.
So say the bookmakers, who say the young coach is on the shortlist to replace Conte, which consists of several other big names. Last week, Conte made headlines with an incredible diatribe about his “selfish players” and Tottenham Hotspur’s culture, casting serious doubt on his time with the Lilywhites.
It looks like the 53-year-old could leave at any moment. Step forward one of these names…
Tottenham Hotspur next manager opportunities
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1. Ryan Mason (4/11)
Ryan Mason became the youngest coach in Premier League history two seasons ago when he took on interim management at Tottenham Hotspur following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. He could well take the lead again.
Spurs have 10 games left in the league this season. With 10 games facing a “permanent” appointment in the eyes of bookies, Tottenham leaving the club’s care with Mason as interim in charge would count as hiring him to become their next manager. The 31-year-old is highly regarded at the club and while he would likely be replaced by a more senior appointment this summer, he could well stay on as manager.
2. Mauricio Pochettino (3/10)
Mauricio Pochettino led Tottenham in what was arguably their most exciting period in the last 30 years. Although the squad burned out under him – and he would probably admit it burned out too – he left on relatively good terms.
Poch apparently wants a return, still has a home in London, while supporters are eager to see one of their favorite characters return. It would also likely be a no-lose move for Chairman Daniel Levy. But the move would not be without its problems and the problems that plagued the Argentine are perhaps even more pronounced.
Tottenham Hotspur haven’t developed the winning culture that Pochettino’s brilliant football sorely lacked, while the energetic style of play doesn’t suit much of the current side – and a rebuild would be needed. Paul Mitchell, the recruiting chief who brought so many of Pochettino’s stars to Spurs, fell out with Levy and is currently in Monaco. Could Pochettino really achieve more success than he originally did?
3. Oliver Glasner (11/1)
Eintracht Frankfurt gaffer Oliver Glasner has yet to entrust his future to the Bundesliga team, with reports emerging in recent days that Tottenham have approached him for allegedly managing them. The move would be a leftfield by Levy.
Tottenham Hotspur have not hired a manager without Premier League experience since Juande Ramos in 2007. Glasner would likely be tasked with rebuilding the team, rather than putting some finishing touches to win a few trophies, as Mourinho and Conte did when they were hired. – and there’s no guarantee what kind of fit he would be.
Still, Glasner made a huge impression in the Bundesliga, leading two teams to the Champions League and winning the Europa League last season. As a matter of fact, Ramos was the last Spurs manager to lift silverware – so there’s precedent that trying something different can work.
4.Sergio Conceicao (11/1)
Portuguese football is enjoying a renaissance, with Benfica in the last eight of the Champions League and Sporting in the last eight of the Europa League – and yet it is Porto manager Sergio Conceicao who has been linked with Tottenham.
The 48-year-old has experience building title-winning sides, having lifted three Primeira Liga trophies Dragos in six seasons. The transition for both playing and coaching talent from Portugal to England has been smooth for a number of stars in recent years and Conceicao is highly regarded as a manager.
However, with Levy having to appease fans who want him to leave, the task would be a tough one for a manager who has never coached in England. With Porto 10 points behind Benfica and out of Europe, the former winger could be persuaded to end his season early to at least come to London.
5.Thomas Tuchel (12/1)
The appointment of Thomas Tuchel would mean a third former Chelsea manager from the last four in Tottenham’s dugout. The German has been out of work since his sacking at Stamford Bridge last year and has been associated with big names ever since.
Tuchel comes with a similar incentive to the last two Blues bosses at Spurs. He was a proven trophy winner in the past and his football was not described as pretty in West London, but it led them to a number of finals, most notably the flagship Champions League in 2021, which Chelsea won. Conte’s top three players could be modified rather than scrapped, while Harry Kane could be convinced to stay on for another contract with the promise that a world-class manager could get the best out of him.
Still, the problems with Mourinho and Conte are relevant to raise with Tuchel. Would this be a short-term solution that temporarily fixes Tottenham and prolongs the team’s much-needed rebuild? Or would the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund man deliver the kind of football Tottenham associate themselves with and be able to reshape this tired squad?
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