Tottenham are still searching for a new manager, over three weeks after Jose Mourinho was given his marching orders. Chairman Daniel Levy is leading the pursuit of a new boss while Ryan Mason takes charge of the side on the pitch until the end of the season.
Levy reportedly pulled the plug on Mourinho in the week leading up to the Carabao Cup final in order to give himself plenty of time to appoint a new manager before the start of next season.
The search has so far proved difficult, however, with several possible candidates appearing to be dead ends.
Erik ten Hag emerged as a frontrunner before signing a new contract with Ajax, while both Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Brighton’s Graham Potter have publicly brushed off rumours connecting them with the role.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has been linked with the job, while former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s name has also cropped up after he won the Serie A title with Inter Milan.
According to football.london, Spurs have now whittled down the names to a shortlist and are moving forward with the process, with the report stating that Rodgers ‘has admirers at Tottenham’.
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Rodgers is concentrating on the business end of the season at Leicester, with the Foxes looking forward to the FA Cup final against Chelsea and trying to secure a top-four finish.
Leicester are currently fourth, five points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham, with three matches remaining following their disappointing 4-2 defeat by Newcastle over the weekend.
Rodgers stressed last month that he is “in a really, really happy place in my life” at Leicester, but former Foxes midfielder Robbie Savage believes he could still have his head turned by Spurs, especially if the club miss out on the Champions League.
“I’ve had the argument with a few people who have asked me why you would leave Leicester City to manage Spurs, but I can see why Brendan would do that,” Savage told TEAMtalk.
“If Leicester don’t qualify for the Champions League and win the FA Cup, Brendan might think it’s the right time to move on. Could he do any better than that next season? I’m not so sure.
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“Liverpool will improve, Manchester United and Manchester City will strengthen again, you would expect to see Chelsea sign big players this summer and Leicester can’t compete with them financially.
“Tottenham have to get better next season and the same goes for Arsenal, but this might be as good as it gets for Leicester.
“I know they won the title in 2016, but that was a one-off freak story that will never happen again, so it’s not inconceivable that Brendan would look at the Tottenham job and think it could be the next step for him.
“I’m sure he will stay at Leicester if they are in the Champions League, but what big job will come up in the next year that Rodgers might get?
“He won’t get Liverpool again, the Manchester clubs are out, Thomas Tuchel is doing well at Chelsea, so you are looking at Spurs and Arsenal.
“I also think he could be a future England manager and in my eyes, he could also go abroad and manage a top team. Brendan Rodgers is good enough to manage any club in world football. He is that good.”