Tottenham’s summer to-do list: Pick the right manager, resolve Harry Kane’s future and an overdue team rebuild

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After a dismal season for Tottenham, Daniel Levy is facing arguably the biggest summer in his 20 years as Spurs chairman.

Dan Kilpatrick looks at his in-tray...

Pick the right manager

Daniel Levy's gamble to sack Mauricio Pochettino for Jose Mourinho backfired and the chairman can scarcely afford to get his next managerial appointment wrong.

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Levy has promised a coach who will promote "free-flowing, attacking and entertaining" football and Spurs also need a project boss, who will build for the future and be comfortable working in the club's existing structure under the chairman and Steve Hitchen.

Ideally, Spurs also need an attractive enough name to placate and excite senior players, not least unsettled talisman Harry Kane.

In short, it is a big ask.

Spurs are at a crossroads. Get the next manager right, they still have the talent to quickly improve. Get it wrong, and it could be a long way back to the top.

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Resolve Kane's future

Kane wants to leave Spurs and believes he has a gentleman's agreement with Levy to allow him to go this summer.

Whether the chairman sees the situation the same way is doubtful, though, with Spurs reluctant to sell their prized asset.

Resolving Kane's future is perhaps as important as picking the right manager, such is his importance to the team and connection with fans.

If Levy lets Kane leave, selling the decision to supporters would be an enormous ask and Spurs would have to spend the windfall expertly to avoid going backwards.

If Kane is made to stay, Levy will have to sell a compelling vision of club's future to him to ensure he remains committed.

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Continue to rebuild the squad

Whatever happens with Kane, Spurs must refresh the squad with a minimum of four or five new players this summer, including at least two defenders.

They also need to offload a host of Pochettino-era players who have long since passed their sell-by dates.

Serge Aurier, Matt Doherty, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and captain Hugo Lloris are among the players who could move on.

In the current financial climate, Spurs will need to sell before they can buy so, together with Levy and technical director Steve Hitchen, the new manager faces a big ask to reshape the squad in a Covid-depressed market.

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Get the fans back onside

If Spurs get all of the above right, the club will begin to repair the relationship with supporters which has gradually fractured over the past four years.

But football decisions alone will not placate the fanbase, who vented their frustration at Levy and the £60 price of tickets after the final home game of the season against Aston Villa.

Levy has insisted the club's mistakes were never out of a lack of respect for fans but the board needs to back up words with actions. The League-first decision to appoint a fan as a full non-executive director is a good start but more needs to be done to rebuild trust, particularly in the wake of the Super League fiasco.

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