Tottenham Hotspur sacked Antonio Conte without a big plan on how to replace the Italian. Christian Stellini, Conte’s assistant, was appointed on a temporary basis but was fired after just a handful of matches. Now, it’s Ryan Mason’s job to take the club through to the end of the season when a permanent date is set.
A number of high caliber candidates have been linked to the position. Firstly, Mauricio Pochettino was the favorite to be re-appointed three years after he was sacked by Tottenham. Julian Nagelsmann was then closely linked, but recent reports claim he is no longer being considered for the German position.
This begs the question – what kind of manager are Tottenham looking for? Under Pochettino, they had an identity as a team and a club. Since then, Spurs have lost their way. Conservative coaches such as Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Conte Don are all set the basic strategy to set them up for success.
Nagelsmann was on the initial shortlist for Tottenham saying they want to be a modern and spacious team again, but there are not many managers available who are able to implement such a style of play. It seems Tottenham do not know what they want from their next managerial appointment.
Fans will remember how the North London club scrambled during the summer of 2021 to find a new manager. Likewise, Tottenham sacked a manager – Mourinho, in this case – before the end of the season and took their time appointing his successor. However, the whole process was tricky and Nuno only lasted a few months on the job.
It has only been a month and a half since Conte was sacked as Tottenham manager, and so there is still time for the club to complete its search for a replacement. But the biggest problem Spurs face is that they lack direction at the executive level. They also lack the type of athletic structure now common to most elite clubs.
Daniel Levy has faced widespread criticism for many of the decisions he has made in recent times. Once credited with taking Tottenham into a Champions League regular, he now appears to have run out of ideas on how to move the club forward. Backers are entitled to take an interest in the idea of Levy making another managerial appointment.
So while some supporters may see Nagelsmann’s exclusion from the shortlist as a blow, there are bigger concerns about the direction of Tottenham Hotspur as a whole. The next manager in line may be the right person, but it may not matter if the right decisions are not being made on top of his salary.