nly Daniel Levy and his inside circle know the true extent of Tottenham’s curiosity in Arne Slot, and solely the Dutchman’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, and Feyenoord basic supervisor Dennis te Kloese know what was mentioned in Wednesday’s crunch assembly over his future.
However whichever manner you have a look at Slot’s choice to stay at Feyenoord, which he introduced on Thursday morning, it doesn’t replicate nicely on Spurs.
Both Spurs have been utilized by the 44-year-old as leverage in his contract negotiations with Feyenoord; or they have been turned down by Slot; or they have been unable to agree a compensation package deal with the Eredivisie champions.
Regardless of the case, Spurs’s state of affairs is beginning to bear alarming similarities to their shambolic summer season of 2021, once they limped to the top of a dispiriting season beneath interim head coach Ryan Mason earlier than a summer season of lurching from one managerial goal to the following.
They finally settled on Nuno Espirito Santo on the finish of a chaotic 72-day course of — and everybody is aware of how that labored out.
It’s now 60 days since Antonio Conte left the membership by mutual settlement on March 27 (if Spurs are nonetheless with no boss on June 7, they are going to have surpassed the 2021 version), and it was blindingly clearly for weeks earlier than then that the Italian had checked out and would wish changing sooner relatively than later.
On the time of Conte’s departure, Spurs have been in a relative place of power, nonetheless with a top-four end inside their grasp, a bunch of thrilling and progressive coaches within the working and, crucially, the higher hand over Chelsea and any main European golf equipment planning a change in the summertime.
Previously two months, they’ve frittered away their head-start and, because the season attracts to an in depth, they’re working out of targets who would actually energise and excite the fanbase — and ease the strain on Levy.
Spurs are working out of targets who would actually energise and excite the fanbase — and ease the strain on Levy
The chairman can be looking for a brand new director of soccer after the resignation of Fabio Paratici and, similar to summer season 2021 when the Italian arrived at Spurs together with his personal concepts, there may be nonetheless an opportunity that this yr’s supervisor search might veer off in an entire new path if Levy names Paratici’s successor first.
Including to the strain on Levy, Mauricio Pochettino has been missed, leaving him free to hitch rivals Chelsea, and Spurs have mentioned they don’t intend to talk to Julian Nagelsmann, though why they’d genuinely go up the possibility to interview one in every of Europe’s most enjoyable younger coaches, who’s at present out of labor, isn’t clear.
Spurs have, in equity, insisted all alongside that there is no such thing as a front-runner for the job and there are nonetheless thrilling candidates on the market, however supporters understandably are shedding religion within the membership’s potential to make a high appointment.
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