Tottenham hold ‘meeting in Switzerland’ as Ligue 1 boss emerges as ‘candidate’ to succeed Conte

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Tottenham target Will Still folds his arms

Tottenham officials have met up with Stade de Reims boss Will Still as they consider him as their new permanent manager, according to reports.

Still, born in Belgium to English parents, moved to England when he was 17 to attend Myerscough College in Preston to concentrate on becoming a coach with his first job coming as under-14 coach at Preston North End.

He has been manager of Belgian sides Lierse and Beerschot on his way to becoming Reims assistant before taking over as caretaker manager from Oscar Garcia when he was sacked in October 2022.

Still was undefeated his first five matches in charge of the Ligue 1 side and Reims awarded him the permanent job, becoming the youngest manager in Europe’s top five leagues.

Reims are currently eighth in Ligue 1 currently with Still guiding the club to two draws against runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain and the last-16 of the French Cup.

And his efforts this season have not gone unnoticed around Europe with Tottenham reportedly interested in bringing him to north London.

Tottenham have been considering a number of managers after sacking Antonio Conte last month with Vincent Kompany, Luis Enrique, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsmann all linked.

And now Sport Italia (via Sport Witness) claim on Wednesday that Tottenham officials held a ‘meeting’ in Switzerland ‘in recent days’ as Spurs make the 30-year-old ‘a candidate’ for the job.

Whoever the new manager is, he will probably have Son Heung-min at their disposal next season, and the South Korea international has revealed that he is targeting a place in the top five of the club’s all-time scoring list.

The Spurs attacker scored the opener in Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Bournemouth and in the process moved level with Jermain Defoe on 143 goals for the Premier League outfit.

Speaking about moving level with Defoe, Son said: “I think I’ve got a few more years to play yet, so I will try to keep scoring more goals.

“I want to go a little bit higher (on the list), so I will do my best. It’s a big honour to have been playing for a few years now at this club.

“Obviously I’m not really focused to be tied with this goalscoring record, obviously I just want to help the team. But it’s a big honour to be compared with Jermain Defoe, who is a Spurs legend and scored so many goals for Spurs.

“So I think to tie this goal tally makes me hugely proud.”

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