Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has expressed doubts over whether outgoing Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann would be a good fit for Tottenham. Nagelsmann is set to be replaced by former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after conceding top spot in the Bundesliga to Borussia Dortmund following a 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. Spurs are reportedly considering parting ways with Antonio Conte after his fiery outburst following his side’s 3-3 draw at Southampton. While some have linked Nagelsmann to the Spurs hotseat, Jordan has urged the club to look elsewhere.
Jordan acknowledges Nagelsmann’s impressive managerial record, but he believes that the German’s relative youth means he is likely to make mistakes and misjudgements. He also suggests that if Nagelsmann is being removed from his role at Bayern, it is likely to be due to issues off the pitch rather than on it. Jordan warns that if managers cannot work with the people they actually work for, it doesn’t matter how good they are, they will always find themselves on the wrong side of an argument.
Jordan’s reservations about Nagelsmann may be well-founded. While the German has a strong track record, he is still relatively inexperienced compared to some of his peers. At just 34 years old, he has already managed three different clubs and achieved significant success at each one. However, he has yet to prove himself at the very highest level of European football, and it remains to be seen whether he can handle the pressure of managing a club like Tottenham.
Furthermore, there are concerns about Nagelsmann’s personality and management style. He has been described as “prickly” and “problematic” by some who have worked with him in the past, and there are fears that he could clash with senior figures at Tottenham if he were to take over as manager. This is particularly worrying given the recent history of the club, which has seen a number of high-profile managerial departures due to disagreements with the board.
Despite these concerns, there are also reasons to believe that Nagelsmann could be a good fit for Tottenham. He is known for his innovative tactics and his ability to get the best out of young players, which would be a good match for the club’s current squad. He is also highly regarded by many in the football world, including Pep Guardiola, who has described him as “one of the best managers in the world”.
Ultimately, the decision about whether to appoint Nagelsmann as Tottenham’s next manager will come down to a number of factors. The club’s board will need to consider his track record, his personality, and his ability to work with senior figures at the club. They will also need to take into account the current state of the team and the direction they want to take it in. If they decide that Nagelsmann is the right man for the job, they will need to ensure that they provide him with the support and resources he needs to succeed. If not, they will need to look elsewhere for a manager who can take the club forward.