According to talkSPORT, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has approached Julian Nagelsmann’s camp about the possibility of him becoming the club’s next manager. Nagelsmann was recently sacked by Bayern Munich and is seen as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte. However, Spurs are waiting for an indication from Nagelsmann that he would be open to replacing the Italian before making any formal approach. Levy is also said to be an admirer of Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, who has enjoyed a successful start to life on the south coast. Meanwhile, former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino remains keen on returning to north London, but the Spurs hierarchy are split over bringing him back.
Conte left Spurs after an explosive rant following their 3-3 draw with Southampton, in which they were 3-1 up. The 53-year-old called his players selfish and suggested there was a losing culture at the club. He said: “The problem is we have shown we are not a team. We are 11 players… I see selfish players. I see players that don’t want to help each other, don’t play with heart…” On Sunday evening, Spurs announced Conte had left, however, Stellini and most of Conte’s staff remain in north London until the end of the season.
Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol has urged the club to appoint Nagelsmann as Conte’s successor. Speaking to talkSPORT, Jol said: “There are still one or two very good ones around. I think Nagelsmann, for example, is the best in Europe… He’s young, gifted, talented. He did well at Hoffenheim, he did well at RB Leipzig. He did very well with a smaller team, you know, and they didn’t have all the resources… There are a few guys on the market.” Nagelsmann’s availability has come as a shock to many after Bayern replaced him with Thomas Tuchel. The young German guided the Bundesliga giants to the Champions League quarter-finals and second in the league.
Spurs are not the only club looking for a new manager. Celtic have sacked Neil Lennon after a poor run of form, while Sheffield United have parted ways with Chris Wilder. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are reportedly considering Eddie Howe as a replacement for Roy Hodgson, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season. Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth last summer.
In other news, Manchester City will face Liverpool in a key Premier League game on Saturday, while Crystal Palace will take on Leicester City in a match that sees the return of Roy Hodgson to the Selhurst Park dugout. Later in the evening, Anthony Joshua will take on Jermaine Franklin in a heavyweight showdown. Fans can tune in to talkSPORT via their free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com, DAB digital radio, or by downloading the talkSPORT app.