Tottenham ‘identify new priority’ manager target after Slot ‘had issues’ with ‘structure’ under Levy

Lewis Oldham
Tottenham target Postecoglou

Tottenham have reportedly identified Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou as their ‘new priority’ manager target after Arne Slot committed his future to Feyenoord.

Spurs have been searching for a new permanent manager since Antonio Conte left the club in March.

Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique have been linked with the Premier League club but Slot later emerged as their preferred target. All three remain on the list of favourites for the job.

This comes as the Dutchman has helped Feyenoord win the Eredivisie title this season. He was targeted by Leeds United earlier this campaign but a move to Tottenham appeared more likely.

But Slot has now confirmed that his “wish is to stay with Feyenoord”. 

“I have heard a lot about the interest of other clubs in me. I am grateful for the appreciation, but my wish is to stay with Feyenoord and continue to build on the foundation that has been laid there over the past two seasons,” Slot told AD Sport.

“There are no transfer talks going on and there have not been any and yesterday’s discussion was only about a possible extension.

“All conversations with Feyenoord are only focused on that. I look forward to the new season at Feyenoord.”

The Independent are reporting that ‘questions were raised about Tottenham’s current structure as they also seek a director of football, and Slot had issues with how he would work in that system’.

It is claimed that ‘some figures with knowledge of the situation insist Spurs were still conducting discussions about a top list of targets’ so talks with Slot were not ‘close to the finish line’.

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Spurs have reportedly ‘identified a new priority for the manager role’ as they are ‘strongly considering’ Postecoglou. The report adds.

‘One of their targets is Postecoglou, who is being strongly considered, along with Sporting’s Ruben Amorim.

‘Daniel Levy would greatly value Luis Enrique but that is seen as more difficult to pull off given the Spanish coach’s list of demands when Chelsea interviewed him.

‘Postecoglou has earned huge admirers in the game for his expansive and entertaining work at Celtic, and there is hope that any deal would be smoother to do than with Feyenoord due to good relationships between involved parties. The Australian is commonly seen as one of the most exciting managers in world football.’

The 57-year-old has been Celtic’s manager since 2021. He has helped them win the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup in back-to-back seasons.

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