Spurs ‘to meet Sarri next week’ as Levy weighs Mourinho options

Date published: Thursday 15th April 2021 10:56 - Will Ford

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Tottenham ‘could’ reportedly meet former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri next week to hold talks over replacing Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss is under huge pressure in north London after they were embarrassingly dumped out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb and currently sit six points off the Champions League qualification places.

Reports on Wednesday claimed Daniel Levy could make an approach for Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, whom the Spurs chief is a ‘major fan’ of and now Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport have linked Sarri with the job.

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They claim talks between Tottenham and Sarri ‘could take place in London next week’ as Levy continues to weigh up potential Mourinho replacements.

The 62-year-old Italian is said to be aware of Spurs’ interest, with the club reportedly interested in hiring him in the summer of 2018, when he left Napoli for Stamford Bridge.

A move to Roma has also been mooted, as well as a return to Napoli, with Gennaro Gattuso under pressure.

Sarri won the Europa League and secured a top-four finish in his first and only season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

He then moved to Juventus, where he again lasted just a single season, despite delivering the club’s ninth consecutive Serie A title.

A 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday means Spurs face an uphill task to make the top four and Mourinho has faced heavy criticism for the style of football he has his team playing.

“What Jose has also done in this period is he’s made them a really tough watch,” Jamie Redknapp said on Sky Sports.

“You can say what you like about Spurs but they always been a good football team, they’ve always had a style. If Spurs fans were here right now watching that, they wouldn’t enjoy it one bit.

“Too often I watch this side and there’s no flair or excitement. I don’t think this is a bad squad of players, I’ve said it before and I stand by it.

“Jose is looking at it and trying to blame everybody else, he has to take responsibility.

“When you’re a good manager, you organise your team to get that result whatever it takes. A great manager would find a way to get them organised.”

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