Nagelsmann to Spurs: Levy ‘has a chance’ of making ‘fascinating appointment’ after Conte exit

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Julian Nagelsmann before a Champions League match Credit: Alamy
Julian Nagelsmann before a Champions League match Credit: Alamy

There is expected to be “plenty of competition” for the signature of Julian Nagelsmann after he was dismissed by Bayern Munich, says Alasdair Gold.

Nagelsmann officially left the German champions last Friday after the news was reported by several reliable journalists.

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The young manager was not the only high-profile boss to lose their job last week after Tottenham sacked Antonio Conte.

Conte’s time in north London was full of drama and his incredible outburst following Spurs’ 3-3 draw at Southampton was the final straw for chairman Daniel Levy.

The club are now on the lookout for a new manager and will surely try to bring in a more attack-minded coach following the failed stints of Conte and Jose Mourinho.

Spurs’ most successful period this century came under Mauricio Pochettino, whose attacking, high pressing style helped the Londoners reach the Champions League final in 2019.

Nagelsmann is a similar coach to Pochettino and would be an absolutely superb appointment, in my humble opinion. But he can probably do better.

The fact he would be such a stellar and sensible replacement for Conte probably means Levy won’t make it happen. This is Spurs after all.

Saying that, reliable journalist Alasdair Gold has offered the club’s fans a glimmer of hope, insisting Spurs “have a chance” of making the ambitious appointment.

During a Q&A for Football London, Gold was asked about Nagelsmann and issued a lengthy response, revealing that the 35-year-old watched Spurs during Pochettino’s time in charge.

“Nagelsmann is a believer in attacking from the front with a high pressing style,” Gold said.

“And that idea was shared by Pochettino as he transformed Tottenham into a consistent top four side and took them to the Champions League final.

“Nagelsmann saw a kindred spirit in the Argentine and kept a keen eye on how Spurs got on.”

The journalist was keen to note that Nagelsmann will probably need some time to “mentally recover” after his surprise Bayern exit.

Gold continued: “I also think he needs time to mentally recover after what happened at Bayern.

“And there will be plenty of competition for his signature, which is why Bayern did not sack him.

“Instead placing him on gardening leave because they knew they would not need to pay compensation with the interest in him.

“Spurs are playing down any mention of them having a top target right now or contacting anyone.

“Presumably so there’s not a big scene if anybody declines to speak to them or join them after the mess of 2021.

“I think Spurs have a chance with Nagelsmann. Both parties would fit each other really well,” Gold continued.

“However, it’s very much down to making themselves the most attractive option if they decide that he’s the man.

“Nagelsmann will now jump straight on and high up their list of candidates again.

“As for a pre-contract, if Spurs decide he’s the one then doing that would get it all sorted very early.

“But the club seem to like to make us all wait and the German may want to wait to see what his options are anyway.

“I think he would be a fascinating appointment if they went for him.”

Assistant boss Cristian Stellini has stepped up to be interim head coach until the end of the season, with Ryan Mason assisting him.

This has given Levy and co. plenty of time to sort out a new permanent boss, and the fact it won’t be an immediate appointment could suit Nagelsmann, who will have some time to mentally recover.

Gold added that Pochettino remains an option, though he might want to see how the situation of director of football Fabio Paratici develops.

“With Spurs, Nagelsmann will tick a lot of boxes and they seriously considered him twice before so he will be high on their list,” Gold said.

“He will also need time to decompress after the way his Bayern time suddenly ended.

“I wouldn’t rule out Pochettino yet because this extra time may well decide what the inside of the club looks like with Paratici’s future.

“We know the Argentine is not the biggest fan of the sporting director set up. I don’t think it’s as cut and dried as if Tottenham want Pochettino then he returns right now.”

Gold believes Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi will “be more willing to discuss any potential move in the summer”.

Meanwhile, Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane – who are both out of work – may be keen on the job.

Paratici – who might not be at the club in a few months – is apparently a “big fan” of Enrique, who last managed Spain and was dismissed following their quarter-final exit at the 2022 World Cup.

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