Report names ten managers ‘in the frame’ to replace Conte at Tottenham as top target is contacted

Joe Williams
Tottenham target Julian Nagelsmann smiles

Tottenham have identified as many as ten potential replacements for Antonio Conte after he left the club on Sunday, according to reports.

Spurs announced late on Sunday night that the Italian had left by mutual consent and that his assistant manager Cristian Stellini would be in charge for the rest of the season.

Conte called his players “selfish” in a post-match press conference after his Tottenham side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 against Southampton before the international break.

He also appeared to criticise the Tottenham board for the relaxed culture around the club and widespread reports last week indicated it was just a matter of time before Conte was relieved of his duties.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy explained his decision: “We have 10 Premier League games remaining and we have a fight on our hands for a Champions League place. We all need to pull together. Everyone has to step up to ensure the highest possible finish for our club and amazing, loyal supporters.”

On Friday, Bayern Munich made the decision to sack Julian Nagelsmann and replace him with former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel with the former RB Leipzig boss now appearing on Tottenham’s radar.

And the Daily Mail claims that Tottenham ‘wish to talk to’ Nagelsmann about their vacant managerial role with the German among ‘ten names in the frame’.

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is ‘a name that much of the fanbase still hankers for’ while former Spain boss Luis Enrique’s style ‘would attract’.

The newspaper also names Fulham’s Marco Silva, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Oliver Glasner, Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper, Brentford’s Thomas Frank, Porto’s Sergio Conceicao and Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou as other managers in with a shout.

Levy and the rest of the Tottenham board have given themselves time by appointing Stellini as the interim boss until the end of the season but former Rangers striker Ally McCoist isn’t sure it’s the right decision.

“I’m not convinced about having him there,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

“The positives are he knows the players and knows what they can do. The negatives are is that it’s just the same.

“He’ll certainly be having a chat with the skipper when he comes back. He’s been there long enough and can see with his own eyes what the problems are.

“I just don’t know. It’s one of these ones that only time will tell. I’m not sure. A clean break might have been the best thing.

“They obviously thought that Ryan Mason wasn’t the man to lead them into the final campaign to get fourth spot.

“It’s a logical move they’ve made, not necessarily the bravest. If he does get fourth place do they give him the job? I’m not sure I’d be 100 per cent happy as a Spurs fan.”

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