After Antonio Conte’s early departure on “mutual agreement”, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has already decided his personal favourite to replace the Italian.
Conte leaves Spurs after only 16 months in charge in North London, having replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in November 2021.
The 53-year-old oversaw a quick turnaround in fortunes, taking Tottenham back into the Champions League.
While the Italian was able to make Spurs finish in 4th place in the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, the former Premier League and Serie A champion was unable to end Tottenham’s trophy drought.
This record for the London club now stands at 15 years since last winning the EFL Cup in 2007-08.
Before the international break, Spurs let a two-goal lead slip in a 3-3 draw with Southampton, a result detrimental to their top-four hopes this term.
This prompted Conte to lash out at his players’ weak mentality in a bombshell post-game press conference.
The Italian described his players as “selfish” and appeared to criticise the club’s owners. While he would have left anyway when his contract would have ended this summer, Levy was compelled to act.
Thus, the Lilywhites will be led by Conte’s assistant head coach Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason until the end of the season.
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Spurs are said to have compiled a shortlist of ten candidates to replace Conte, including Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique, however Nagelsmann is claimed by many to be the perfect replacement.
Meanwhile, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has excelled since taking over for Graham Potter on the south coast in September, and he is another name being mentioned in North London.
Marco Silva, and Steve Cooper, the head coaches of Fulham, and Nottingham Forest, respectively, are also thought to be in the running.
Porto manager Sergio Conceicao, Eintracht Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner, and renowned Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou are also included in the shortlist.
However, according to the Daily Record, Brentford’s Thomas Frank is Levy’s personal favourite to replace Conte.
However, Frank has just recently signed a new long-term contract extension with Brentford till 2027.
Thus, it looks unlikely that Brentford who are currently competing for a place in European competition would allow the Dane to leave the Brentford Community Stadium anytime soon.