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    Daniel Levy has been Tottenham chairman since 2001Daniel Levy has been Tottenham chairman since 2001

    With Bayern Munich snapping up the most eligible manager on the market in Julian Nagelsmann, Tottenham have been left with an extensive list of potential candidates to consider as a replacement for Jose Mourinho.

    Ryan Mason has taken temporary charge until the end of the season, but who will chairman Daniel Levy trust to take the job going forward?

    A progressive, young 'project' coach, like Nagelsmann is and former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was in 2014, or an experienced, high-profile name in the vein of Mourinho?

    Tottenham face the prospect of a second successive season without Champions League football and whoever takes the reins in north London will need to ensure a club that was part of the failed breakaway Super League does not spend a third outside Europe's elite competition.

    The contenders

    Levy has been at the helm since 2001 and finally got the man he sought for most of those two decades when Mourinho was appointed Spurs boss in November 2019.

    Now that project has come to an end, the Tottenham chairman must go back to the drawing board.

    Levy's previous appointments have ranged from club legend Glenn Hoddle to the likes of Jacques Santini, Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas, while the only trophy Spurs have won during his tenure was the League Cup under Juande Ramos in 2008.

    Despite the lack of silverware, Pochettino's five-year term was the longest of any manager under Levy as he established Spurs as Champions League regulars and Premier League title challengers.

    The Argentine was 42 when he arrived from Southampton, and Levy may look to candidates of a similar age and profile who have already worked in the English top flight.

    Gareth Southgate, Ralf Rangnick, Erik ten Hag and Scott Parker have all been linked with the jobGareth Southgate, Ralf Rangnick, Erik ten Hag and Scott Parker have all been linked with the job

    At 40, Scott Parker has already overseen Fulham's return to the Premier League via the play-offs last season, but his side are in danger of going straight back down.

    The former England midfielder was a popular figure at the club as a player as well as when he returned as an under-18s coach and has qualities that may appeal to Levy and Spurs fans – a desire to play attractive football and to trust in young players.

    In a similar mould is Brighton boss Graham Potter, 45, who got his break in the Swedish fourth tier, leading Ostersund through the divisions and into the Europa League before arriving at Brighton via Swansea.

    Brendan Rodgers is arguably the best-suited candidate from within the Premier League but has distanced himself from reports and said his focus is on Leicester,external-link so does that mean Levy will have to look abroad?

    German football writer Constantin Eckner told BBC Sport that Nagelsmann was considered the leading contender but had a "desire for championships" – and has chosen Bayern instead.

    Ajax manager Erik ten Hag was the favourite at the time of publishing this article, having led the Dutch giants to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, but he signed a contract extension with the Amsterdam club on Friday that runs until 2023.

    Former RB Leipzig coach and director of football Ralf Rangnick is another name being mooted and is currently out of work.

    Rangnick, 62, who also enjoyed success at Schalke and Hoffenheim, turned down the Chelsea jobexternal-link this season and his methods have influenced a host of coaches including Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp.

    The other option for Levy is to go for an international coach – as he did with the unsuccessful appointment of former France manager Santini – so could Spurs pair England captain Harry Kane with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate?

    "Levy has a problem because he has to think about the direction of the club," former England international Karen Carney told BBC Radio 5 Live's Friday Football Social.

    "Does he go for a young manager and a project or an experienced manager? He has tried both now and neither has worked."

    Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas says Rodgers and Nagelsmann would have been "great options" adding that "I am not sure anyone else could get Tottenham better as quickly" as the Leicester boss.

    But he says it "makes no sense" for Rodgers to leave the Foxes as he "has great owners" and a "better team" at Leicester.

    Analysis – Levy needs to get this one right

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone

    Tottenham's next manager will be the 10th permanent appointment made during Daniel Levy's 20 years as chairman. After the events of the past week, he really needs to get this one right.

    In a way, the timing of Jose Mourinho's dismissal made no sense. Ditching the man whose major currency is silverware less than a week before a major final and replacing him with a rookie yet to reach his 30th birthday is at odds with the clarity Levy has brought to his role.

    Uncertainty surrounds the future of Harry Kane, although whether anyone has the funds to buy him is another matter given the England skipper's contract runs to 2024.

    The feelgood factor that existed around the club as it approached its first Champions League final has been lost. The absence of fans – and enormous financial hole created by the pandemic – gives Tottenham the impression of a club searching for its direction again.

    Ajax's Erik ten Hag would, stylistically, have seemed a good fit. The same is true of the Maurizio Sarri who did so well at Napoli, though the Sarri from Chelsea and Juventus less so.

    Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo gives the impression of someone reaching the end of the line in his current job but, at their most effective, his team at Molineux is based on counter-attacks.

    Parker knows Tottenham, but the leap from Fulham is a big one and after that we are into the likes of Rafael Benitez, Massimiliano Allegri and Marcelo Bielsa, who would all be imaginative choices without being long term.

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    What makes the Tottenham job attractive?

    Tottenham's new ground was voted Venue of the Year at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in 2020Tottenham's new ground was voted Venue of the Year at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in 2020

    Spurs can boast an impressive new stadium, for which the club are still to sell the naming rights, and a state-of-the-art training ground to rival any club in Europe.

    The 62,850-seat Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which can also host NFL matches and concerts, cost an estimated £1bn to build and is a venue worthy of hosting Champions League football.

    Despite Mourinho suggesting towards the end of his tenure that the Tottenham squad was not good enough, the club have invested a relatively significant amount during the past couple of seasons after going more than a year without making a transfer.

    Spurs spent almost £100m last summer to bring in eight players, including a loan deal for Gareth Bale, making Giovani lo Celso's loan deal permanent and signing Joe Hart on a free transfer.

    Tanguy Ndombele, the club-record signing, arrived from Lyon the previous summer for £54m as part of a £130m outlay for the 2019-20 campaign that also saw Ryan Sessegnon join from Fulham and Steven Bergwijn sign from PSV Eindhoven in the January.

    There is also a feeling the club have talented young players coming through the academy, where Mason is head of player development, and Mourinho handed senior debuts to the likes of Dane Scarlett, Alfie Devine, Nile John, Marcel Lavinier and Harvey White during his time in charge.

    What about Kane and Son?

    Harry Kane is the Premier League's top scorer this season with 21 goals and has also made a league-high 13 assistsHarry Kane is the Premier League's top scorer this season with 21 goals and has also made a league-high 13 assists

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    Of course, whether Kane, and also Son Heung-min, stay at the club beyond this summer will have a huge impact on what the future manager has at their disposal.

    Kane has been in remarkable form this season, leading both the goals and assists charts in the Premier League, and it was his prolific partnership with Son that led Spurs to a brief stint at the top of the table before Christmas.

    However, reports have emergedexternal-link that Kane is considering his future at the club and will make a decision after the European Championship this summer.

    Kane is yet to win a trophy with the club and potentially faces a second successive season without Champions League football, but still has three years remaining on his contract and Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator, is unlikely to let his star striker leave for a reduced price.

    The forward also turns 28 in July and, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland, 20, and Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, 22, also on their shortlists, will the few clubs capable of affording Kane want to pay big money for him or go for a younger option?

    Son is a year older than Kane but is said to be considering a new contract at the club, with his current deal set to expire in 2023.

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    • S

      Comment posted by StellaArtois Sr, today at 08:00

      Sam Allardyce will be free once West Brom get relegated.
      The ideal match. Big Sam has never won anything so will fit in perfectly.19929

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        Reply posted by jonathan, today at 09:28

        "Sam Allardyce will be free once West Brom get relegated.The ideal match. Big Sam has never won anything so will fit in perfectly."jonathan replied: Incorrect. He once won a 1 legged arse kicking contest3612

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      Comment posted by ancelotti_s left eyebrow is sentient, today at 07:54

      Should never have sacked Pochettino. I mean he got them to a CL Final !
      they had – no HAVE – the most potent front two in the PL. they really ought to be pushing the likes of Man City for the title. Yet they aren’t.
      They had their man (Poch) and decided to let him go.
      Crazy decision.18425

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        Reply posted by Archie Pooch, today at 08:39

        "Should never have sacked Pochettino. I mean he got them to a CL Final !they had – no HAVE – the most potent front two in the PL. they really ought to be pushing the likes of Man City for the title. Yet they aren’t.They had their man (Poch) and decided to let him go. Crazy decision."Archie Pooch replied: Pochettino set things in motion when he said he would leave if Spurs won the Champions League. When he left Spurs had endured almost a year of dreadful league form. Additionally some of his signings have just not worked, such as Aurier and Ndombele. He was though great for Spurs though and may return one day.5721

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      Comment posted by PC Stelios Manolas, today at 09:50

      Mourinho’s last 6 Manager appointments

      C helsea
      I nter
      R eal Madrid
      C helsea
      U nited
      S purs

      Sum up football.1488

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        Reply posted by McMurphy1, today at 09:51

        "Mourinho’s last 6 Manager appointmentsC helseaI nter R eal Madrid C helsea U nited S purs Sum up football."McMurphy1 replied: That’s actually brilliant653

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      Comment posted by BBC123, today at 08:47

      Tottenham’s crest is of a chicken trying to balance on a beach ball.

      Which quite perfectly sums up their club at the moment.13322

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        Reply posted by stevel, today at 08:58

        "Tottenham’s crest is of a chicken trying to balance on a beach ball.Which quite perfectly sums up their club at the moment."stevel replied: Spurs fan, but can’t help laughing at that image!576

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      Comment posted by Jayron, today at 09:43

      It seams to me that Tottenham suffer from the same disease as my club Newcastle had in 2000’s.

      They don’t have the leadership or culture in the club to win trophies even when their team is good enough.

      Do you think Man Utd, Liverpool or Arsenal would have sacked Poch at the time they did or sacked his replacement 1 game before a cup final?741

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        Reply posted by stevef, today at 11:21

        "It seams to me that Tottenham suffer from the same disease as my club Newcastle had in 2000’s. They don’t have the leadership or culture in the club to win trophies even when their team is good enough. Do you think Man Utd, Liverpool or Arsenal would have sacked Poch at the time they did or sacked his replacement 1 game before a cup final?"stevef replied: Sorry, is Newcastle fixed now then ?
        Hilarious comments. Look in the mirror mate.1143

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      Comment posted by okokok, today at 08:02

      I wonder if there’s a link between the successful Premier League clubs having a Director of Football and Spurs who don’t. It seems that the Chairman is the person who appoints / sacks Coaches but who’s expertise is finance. Who is the person who understands about football / players ?711

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        Reply posted by Lupa, today at 09:16

        "I wonder if there’s a link between the successful Premier League clubs having a Director of Football and Spurs who don’t. It seems that the Chairman is the person who appoints / sacks Coaches but who’s expertise is finance. Who is the person who understands about football / players ?"Lupa replied: It wouldn’t surprise me one bit with Levy to sabotage any Spurs potential victories to save money on win bonuses!407

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      Comment posted by blue, today at 07:28

      Please Please Please Danial Levy take that muppet southgate5917

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        Reply posted by TheoUTD, today at 08:36

        "Please Please Please Danial Levy take that muppet southgate"TheoUTD replied: i voted for Southgate haha4312

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      Comment posted by delboy, today at 07:31

      Beggars are not choosers so Levy will have to scrape the barrel.No good or ambitious coach will want to join a sinking ship, where he gets little backing from the board,faces the sack in 12/18 months if he doesn’t deliver an impossible project and doesn’t get the players he wants.And I am talking a Spurs side with Kane.The prospects don’t look too promising.509

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        Reply posted by SteH11, today at 08:13

        "Beggars are not choosers so Levy will have to scrape the barrel.No good or ambitious coach will want to join a sinking ship, where he gets little backing from the board,faces the sack in 12/18 months if he doesn’t deliver an impossible project and doesn’t get the players he wants.And I am talking a Spurs side with Kane.The prospects don’t look too promising."SteH11 replied: Kane will be off in the summer. Bale will be back at Madrid.

        Alli and Son have both been heavily linked with moves away.

        This was the best Spurs team in 60 years. But it won NOTHING!!

        And now it’s about to be broken up. And Spurs will return back to a bottom half team once more…..5525

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      Comment posted by McMurphy1, today at 07:28

      Has anyone got the number for Sandra in Sandbanks.

      ‘arry must be bored coining it in talking about jam roly polys393

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        Reply posted by Machiavelli, today at 11:40

        "Has anyone got the number for Sandra in Sandbanks.’arry must be bored coining it in talking about jam roly polys"Machiavelli replied: ‘arry and Sandra put their Sandbanks house on the market. Did they sell it?40

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      Comment posted by Smile and be happy, today at 07:20

      They surely need to address the lack of support from the boardroom before they worry about a manager winning things.

      They have had good management over the years, so the problem lies elsewhere.350

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        Reply posted by return of the jock, today at 09:18

        "They surely need to address the lack of support from the boardroom before they worry about a manager winning things.They have had good management over the years, so the problem lies elsewhere."return of the jock replied: When Spurs sold Bale it looked like they invested most of the money back into the team but bought duds like Soldado and Paulinho. Even Lamela has been okish at best. Whoever comes in now will have to sell Kane and spend the money wisely because some of it will be kept by the club. The Ajax coach will be used to working with a smaller budget and using youth. That’s my guess.221

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      Comment posted by tired_england_fan, today at 07:19

      Is Gareth Southgate a joke? He turned Middlesbrough into a Championship team in 3 seasons. England are hardly punching above there weight.394

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        Reply posted by Doug, today at 07:43

        "Is Gareth Southgate a joke? He turned Middlesbrough into a Championship team in 3 seasons. England are hardly punching above there weight."Doug replied: Shhhh don’t tell Levy that!271

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      Comment posted by Zolathegenius, today at 07:26

      Ron Manager or Mike Bassett. It doesn’t really matter, as spurs will continue to be….Spursey. Kane and Son will be off soon as well. Nice stadium, but nothing else – the football equivalent of a bimbo.4412

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        Reply posted by Bexhillian, today at 11:19

        "Ron Manager or Mike Bassett. It doesn’t really matter, as spurs will continue to be….Spursey. Kane and Son will be off soon as well. Nice stadium, but nothing else – the football equivalent of a bimbo."Bexhillian replied: Ron Knee from Neasden FC is pretty local but would Sid & Doris Bonkers change their loyalties?131

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      Comment posted by Nicholas, today at 09:09

      I am afraid Spurs are now the proverbial poisened chalice. All down to the Chairman I am afraid, Thats what Spurs fans should be seeking to change. How about the first prem club to be 51% owned by the fans?343

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        Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, today at 15:05

        "I am afraid Spurs are now the proverbial poisened chalice. All down to the Chairman I am afraid, Thats what Spurs fans should be seeking to change. How about the first prem club to be 51% owned by the fans?"LondonsFinestClub replied: Rodgers knows The EPL inside out and can deliver the type of football, but he has better players already.51

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      Comment posted by bodisgod, today at 07:27

      Oh god this is depressing. We had one of the top managers in the world and Levy sacked him none of this list are that great so just pick someone whose going to play actual football with this squad not whatever it was Moaninho was doing343

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        Reply posted by Name, today at 09:23

        "Oh god this is depressing. We had one of the top managers in the world and Levy sacked him none of this list are that great so just pick someone whose going to play actual football with this squad not whatever it was Moaninho was doing"Name replied: I really don’t get Levy’s reasoning. He obviously brought in Mourinho over Pochetino because the desperate need to finally win a trophy got too much. The football wasn’t good, but Mourinho gets them to a final and then is sacked days before he has the chance to win it and Spurs put out a pathetic performance. Madness.551

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      Comment posted by Archie Pooch, today at 08:30

      Typical hypocrisy from the BBC. They now say Mourinho should not have been sacked yet for months before that led a concerted campaign against him. Everybody has a go at Spurs and praise up the likes of Everton and West Ham yet I haven’t seen them playing in the Champions League.4213

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        Reply posted by McMurphy1, today at 08:34

        "Typical hypocrisy from the BBC. They now say Mourinho should not have been sacked yet for months before that led a concerted campaign against him. Everybody has a go at Spurs and praise up the likes of Everton and West Ham yet I haven’t seen them playing in the Champions League."McMurphy1 replied: This is the first year in my living memory (46) that I remember there being praise for West Ham.

        Spurs fans like to belittle West Ham, usually, to make their own lack of success seem better.

        You are Mondeo man, thinking the car in your driveway is a Mercedes.329

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      Comment posted by Pierres28, today at 08:45

      Doesnt matter who anyone votes for whoever they approach would anyone really want to work with Levy? career suicide.270

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        Reply posted by SammyValenteno, today at 15:50

        "Doesnt matter who anyone votes for whoever they approach would anyone really want to work with Levy? career suicide."SammyValenteno replied: Daniel Levy has overseen failure with 13 or 14 previous managers, all of whom were considered good enough to manage Tottenham.
        Is it not time to be considering if Daniel Levy is the problem? He is the one who appointed the.
        DANIEL LEVY OUT !!!151

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      Comment posted by DJHammer, today at 07:33

      Eddie Howe would be a good fit, play’s fluid attacking football, improves players and is good with youth development, Spurs have quite a few hidden gems currently not getting a look in.317

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        Reply posted by Frankie Magners, today at 08:06

        "Eddie Howe would be a good fit, play’s fluid attacking football, improves players and is good with youth development, Spurs have quite a few hidden gems currently not getting a look in."Frankie Magners replied: Eddie Howe spent £90 million on players at Bournemouth yet everyone thinks he done a great job on a shoestring! His teams regularly conceded 3 or 4 goals and none of the players could be sold for what he paid for them.
        He’s also fallen out with players who have no track record of being difficult such as Defoe and Begovic.
        Nowhere near good enough for the Spurs job!3319

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      Comment posted by SeeOnlyShed, today at 09:35

      The Manager is not the problem.

      Those players do not have a trophy in them….Simple as!

      This is just another example of a club that isn’t anything like as good as they think they are blaming the manager for not being anything like as good as they think they are.

      Their inclusion in this PL “Big 6” nonsense clearly has nothing to do with success on the field and makes a mockery of this division.254

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        Reply posted by Regina , today at 19:54

        "The Manager is not the problem.Those players do not have a trophy in them….Simple as!This is just another example of a club that isn’t anything like as good as they think they are blaming the manager for not being anything like as good as they think they are.Their inclusion in this PL “Big 6” nonsense clearly has nothing to do with success on the field and makes a mockery of this division."Regina replied: Excellent comment00

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      Comment posted by Mannie Power, today at 10:29

      Jose Mourinho would be my choice.

      Always wins trophies. Apparently his last club sacked him a week before a cup final. Dozy clowns.180

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        Reply posted by auntagonist, today at 10:45

        "Jose Mourinho would be my choice. Always wins trophies. Apparently his last club sacked him a week before a cup final. Dozy clowns."auntagonist replied: Spot on who in there right mind would want to manage Spurs.
        Porch dragged them from mediocrity to a reasonable team and was not backed. Sorry Spurs fan but under Levi (666) you are going no where but down50

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      Comment posted by DaveG_, today at 09:26

      It’s not about the manager. It’s not about the fans. It’s about getting the richest owner you possibly can. It’s about spending £250m every transfer window. It’s about having the best lawyers in the world so you can ignore FFP. It’s about football tourism.
      Go find a local club that needs your support and will respect you.202

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        Reply posted by OldBlue, today at 09:54

        "It’s not about the manager. It’s not about the fans. It’s about getting the richest owner you possibly can. It’s about spending £250m every transfer window. It’s about having the best lawyers in the world so you can ignore FFP. It’s about football tourism.Go find a local club that needs your support and will respect you."OldBlue replied: Think you will find Spurs do have one of the richest owners you can find. Trouble is, he sits in the Bahamas counting his money and is not in the slightest bit interested in what happens on the pitch, unless it makes more money. That is unlike the owners of MCFC, CFC and Leicester which is why Harry Kane will be off to a side that wants to win things and Spurs will be screwed.112

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