A certain Premier League boss has been contacted over replacing Jose Mourinho at Spurs, according to reports emerging this week.
The Daily Record have claimed that Tottenham are eyeing up Leicester City boss Brendon Rodgers as a potential replacement of the Portuguese boss at the end of the season.
A lot has been said and written about Mourinho’s future at Spurs considering some of their recent results. Multiple reports have suggested that RB Leipzig boss, Julien Nagelsmann is one candidate who Tottenham could replace him if results don’t improve.
The 33-year-old is said to be open to taking over at the North London club at the end of the season while Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has also emerged as a target.
Though it’s Leicester who Spurs are said to have contacted after doing a fantastic job since arriving at the King Power Stadium in February 2019.
The report suggests that the Foxes boss was contacted by a third party to find out whether he would be open to taking over at Tottenham in the summer.
However, it is not mentioned whether Rodgers has expressed interest in leaving the East Midlands outfit to come to the capital.
The bookies have revealed a list of favourites to takeover and it’s thrown up an interesting mix of names…
6) Brendan Rogers
Reports claim Brendan Rodgers has been contacted by a third party about potentially leaving the Premier League club Leicester for Spurs, over replacing boss Jose Mourinho.
Daniel Levy is an admirer of the Northern Irishman, who has guided his side to 3rd in the Premier League table this season.
He boasted quite an impressive record, winning 54% of the 580 matches he’s managed so far.
RODGERS’ MANAGERIAL STATS:
Watford – 24 November 2008 until 5 June 2009 – 31 games, 13 wins, 6 draws, 12 defeats, 41.9 win %
Reading – 5 June 2009 until 16 December 2009 – 23 games, 6 wins, 6 draws, 11 defeats, 26.1 win %
Swansea City – 16 July 2010 until 1 June 2012 – 96 games, 43 wins, 20 draws, 33 defeats, 44.8 win %
Liverpool – 1 June 2012 until 4 October 2015 – 166 games, 85 wins, 39 draws, 42 defeats, 51.2 win %
Celtic – 20 May 2016 until 26 February 2019 – 169 games, 118 wins, 25 draws, 26 defeats, 69.8 win %
Leicester City – 26 February 2019 until Present – 95 games, 50 wins, 19 draws, 26 52.6 win %
Total – 580 games, 315 wins, 115 draws, 150 defeats, 54.3 win %
Sky Bet odds: 16/1
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5) Ralph Hasenhuttl
Ralph Hasenhuttl hints at frustration with Southampton’s spending plans as he says the club need to ‘stop dreaming and see the reality’ if they are to step up in the Premier League.
They have had a mixed bag during the 2020/21 season, at one point being top of the league, but now see themselves hoping to avoid the drop.
The Saints currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, but are enduring a rather poor run of form of late.
HASENHUTTL’S MANAGERIAL STATS:
SpVgg Unterhaching – 4 October 2007 until 22 February 2010 – 88 games, 40 won, 20 drew, 28 lost, 45.45 win %
VfR Aalen – 3 January 2011 until 8 June 2013 – 93 games, 36 won, 28 drew, 29 lost, 38.71 win %
Ingolstadt 04 – 7 October 2013 until 30 June 2016 – 95 games, 36 won, 34 drew, 25 lost, 37.89 win %
RB Leipzig – 1 July 2016 until 16 May 2018 – 83 games, 40 won, 19 drew, 24 lost, 48.19 win %
Southampton – 5 December 2018 until Present – 98 games, 37 won, 22 drew, 39 lost, 37.76 win %
Total – 457 games, 189 won, 123 drew, 145 lost, 41.36 win %
Sky Bet odds: 14/1
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4) Diego Simeone
The current manager of Atletico Madrid who sit top of the La Liga table, three points ahead of second place Real Madrid and have a game in hand over them (55 points in 23 games)
As a manager, Simeone has coached Argentine sides Racing Club, Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate, San Lorenzo and Italian club Catania before joining Atletico in 2011. He won the Argentine Primera División both with Estudiantes and River Plate, and has had his biggest managerial success with Atlético Madrid, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, two UEFA Europa Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, and also being runner-up of the UEFA Champions League twice.
The fans want him in, but can they realistically get him? Would he want to part ways with a club he’s been with since 2011?
Sky Bet odds: 14/1
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3) Steven Gerrard
Former Liverpool and England player Steven Gerrard has spent three seasons at Ibrox in what is his first major coaching position.
He failed to prevent Celtic winning the Scottish Premiership in the last two campaigns, but now looks on course to do it at the third attempt.
Now Gerrard has caught the eye of plenty from clubs in the top and second tier of English football.
Bristol City had been interested in him when they said goodbye to Lee Johnson, before Dean Holden took over instead.
Gerrard declined the opportunity, instead choosing to remain at the Scottish giants and endure another campaign at Rangers.
After retiring in 2016 he then went into coaching with the Liverpool academy before getting the chance to prove himself in May 2018.
He is on course to win his first trophy for Rangers, stopping Celtic from winning an historic tenth title in a row.
He signed a new contract last December to remain with them until at least the summer of 2024.
There were rumours in May 2020, that Gerrard was considering his future at the club.
However the ex-England international came out and revealed has no intention of leaving Rangers in the “near future” unless the Ibrox club sacks him.
Gerrard, who has ambitions to become Liverpool boss one day, told The Times: “If people think I am going to leave Rangers in the near future because it is my decision, and I don’t want to be there, then that opinion is wrong.
“In terms of me being proud and happy to be the manager, and wanting to move the club forward and improve it, then I am all in. It was always going to be a job where I had to learn on the go.
“Now, I never for one moment thought I was going to get everything right and everything was going to be positive.”
Derby County have most recently been linked with him following Phillip Cocu’s departure in November 2020.
Sky Bet odds: 12/1
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2) RAFA BENITEZ
An insider recently revealed his stance amid the reported links three weeks ago with the Celtic managerial role.
It’s claimed that the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle boss was set to get the job over at the Scottish Premiership side.
60-year-old Rafa departed his Chinese Super League side, before quickly being installed as the betting favourite to become Celtic’s next manager.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believed at the time that Rafa Benitez will be looking to “rest” after leaving Chinese side Dalian Pro, where he still wants to take some time out remains to be seen, though it would be something for him to think about.
Benitez has been dubbed as one of the best tacticians in the modern era with most of the sides he’s previously managed consistently reaching the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League.
RAFA’S MANAGERIAL STATS:
Real Madrid B – 1993 until 1995 – 65 games, 26 wins, 18 draws, 21 defeats, 40.0 win %
Real Valladolid – 1995 until 1996 – 29 games, 5 wins, 10 draws, 14 defeats, 17.2 win %
Osasuna – 1996 until 1996 – 11 games, 3 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats, 27.3 win %
Extremadura – 1997 until 1999 – 92 games, 36 wins, 26 draws, 30 defeats, 39.1 win %
Tenerife – 2000 until 2001 – 46 games, 23 wins, 11 draws, 12 defeats, 50.0 win %
Valencia – July 2001 until 1 June 2004 – 162 games, 88 wins, 41 draws, 33 defeats, 54.3 win %
Liverpool – 16 June 2004 until 3 June 2010 – 350 games, 194 wins, 77 draws, 79 defeats, 55.4 win %
Inter Milan – 10 June 2010 until 23 December 2010 – 25 games, 12 wins, 6 draws, 7 defeats, 48.0 win %
Chelsea (interim) – 21 November 2012 until 27 May 2013 – 48 games, 28 wins, 10 draws, 10 defeats, 58.3 win %
Napoli – 27 May 2013 until 3 June 2015 – 112 games, 59 wins, 28 draws, 25 defeats, 52.7 win %
Real Madrid – 3 June 2015 until 4 January 2016 – 25 games, 17 wins, 5 draws, 3 defeats, 68.0 win %
Newcastle United – 11 March 2016 until 30 June 2019 – 146 games, 62 wins, 31 draws, 53 defeats, 42.5 win %
Dalian Professional – 2 July 2019 until 23 January 2021 – 38 games, 12 wins, 8 draws, 18 defeats, 31.6 win %
Total – 1,148 games, 565 wins, 275 draws, 308 defeats, 49.2 win %
Sky Bet odds: 10/1
1) Julian Nagelsmann
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann would reportedly be ‘interested’ in the Tottenham job if Jose Mourinho was axed as manager.
Earlier this week, the The Daily Telegraph reported that Nagelsmann is Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s top target if he does choose to sack the current boss.
In the latest development on Friday, Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk claimed that the 33-year-old would strongly consider the north London hot seat if it became available.
Though, earlier this week Leipzig had their say on the prospect of the manager moving to north London.
Markus Krosche, Leipzig’s Sporting Director, insists he sees no reason for Nagelsmann to move to Spurs.
Speaking to Sport BILD, as quoted by Sport Witness, he said: “When you do a good job, you arouse desire.
“But Julian feels comfortable because he has everything he needs here. The team is developing great.
“That’s why I see no reason for him to switch – especially since he has a valid contract with us.”
Earlier this week, talkSPORT’s European football expert revealed that Spurs may have to fight off Real Madrid to land Nagelsmann if he leaves RB Leipzig.
“It certainly wouldn’t happen before the end of the season. He is the type of guy that very much likes to stay until the end of the season and he made Leipzig wait a whole season before leaving Hoffenheim to go there,” Kevin Hatchard told talkSPORT.
“He’s very much a man of his word in that sense. I think he’s looking at the Premier League, I don’t think there’s any question about that.
“Chelsea had him on their list as well and is understandably very highly rated. He’s an intelligent guy, very good tactically, very good in terms of man management.
“He’s been in the senior coaching world since he was 28 and it takes some chutzpah to deal with guys who are older than you and tell them what’s what.
“I’ve been massively impressed by him. A lot of clubs will look at him if Zinedine Zidane got the push at Real Madrid.
“Real would go back in for him so it may well be a question for Tottenham over who else goes for him.
“He’s got a difficult position at Leipzig. He wants them to win trophies, he wants to push the team on but he knows what the financial reality is in terms of FFP and he knows Timo Werner is gone, Dayot Upamecano is going at the end of the season.
“It’s hard to build a team if your top stars are leaving every summer.”
Sky Bet odds: 7/1
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Fans reacted as Premier League boss Brendan Rodgers is contacted over replacing Mourinho at Spurs…
@CasualClaret: Why leave Leicester ?… good side
@tappa1984: It’s LITERALLY a step down atm. Why would he want too?
@thfchxrry: i would genuinely cut off my own bollocks, season them, then eat them to see Brendan Rodgers manage Tottenham
@Ch1Hudson (Arsenal fan): If Tottenham got Rodgers i would be worried.
@discostoo: He won’t go to a club where the chequebook is locked away in Levy’s house.
@pajobedgar1: Spurs should just go for Eddie Howe
@jazzyrath3: I am a spurs supporter but why would he leave Leicester and come to us. It’s a big step down and he has said before he wouldn’t work with Levy. Cannot see many good managers wanting to come to us.
@Steven9Davison: Why on earth would he leave for a smaller club?
@johno196: Should gone for him 18 months ago before mourinho too late damage is done
Reaction continued with the Premier League boss contacted over replacing Mourinho at Spurs…
@NickTheBiz: Jesus Christ, I hope so.
@shaunytay: He was my choice prior to Mourinho. Missed out big time
@ltjrichards: Honestly, not sure why the fuck he would leave leicester for us at the moment. Would be mad.
@SouthendDave: Why the hell would he want to leave a bright, energetic and improving team like Leicester for under achieving Tottenham?
@hardyjohn: If he leaves he will get zero sympathy when he gets fired next year.
@GlenWorrell: I can’t see him leaving Leicester. It’s a great club and is going places
@sdn_shah: nah, better remain at leicester
@JonSuit83: Tottenham are infinitely bigger than Leicester City, but right now, this would not be a smart move for Rodgers.
@slipperyMS: Stay at Leicester, more chance of winning premier league
@MikeLaPenta: Why would he leave Leicester?
Brendan Rodgers Tottenham era going to be 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/EtqMkV9Wvz
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) February 21, 2021