Nagelsmann stalls on Spurs due to two key demands as Dutch boss next in line

Will Ford
Tottenham target Julian Nagelsmann poses

Julian Nagelsmann has told Tottenham he won’t consider a move to the club unless they meet his two big demands.

The German boss, who was initially favourite to take over from Antonio Conte until Chelsea sacked Graham Potter, is now once again the frontrunner after talks broke down with the Blues, who look set to appoint Mauricio Pochettino.

Ryan Mason is now in interim charge of Spurs after Conte’s short-term replacement, Cristian Stellini, was relieved of his duties after the embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.

Tottenham are keen on Nagelsmann, but the former Bayern Munich boss has reportedly told the club that he is not willing to take over until the summer, and wants the ‘decisive say in transfer dealings’, according to The Independent.

Chairman Daniel Levy would prefer to have Nagelsmann in place before the end of the season, with European qualification on the line.

Should Spurs fail to convince Nagelsmann to join the report claims Feyenoord’s Arne Slot ‘will become the leading contender’.

Tottenham currently sit six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United having played two games more than the Red Devils, who they next face in the Premier League before another tough test against Liverpool.

Jermaine Pennant reckons it doesn’t matter who comes in as manager at Tottenham, who will ‘play crap football’ until Levy walks.

“I think you need to get Levy out,” the former winger told talkSPORT.

“They’ve had top managers that have won Champions Leagues, Premier League titles.

“Conte, Mourinho, and even they’re struggling. You’ve got Poch, who is a great manager, and even he was struggling.

“So it doesn’t matter who you get in, you could get Pep, you could get Klopp, you could get the best in the league.’

“What they’ve got now, what the manager you get in now, will not do anything.

“It will be same old Spurs, start off good, and end up playing crap football and dropping off the league.

“They need to change from the top – Levy needs to go, 100 per cent.

“You can’t fix something if you don’t go to the root source.”

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