A report claims there are now four candidates left in the running to succeed Jose Mourinho at Premier League side Spurs.
Ryan Mason took over from Mourinho on an interim basis towards the end of April after the Portuguese was sacked for a number of poor performances.
Tottenham, who lost 2-1 to Aston Villa on Wednesday, have been linked with numerous managers as chairman Daniel Levy takes his time over appointing a new coach.
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The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Nuno Espirito Santo and Julian Nagelsmann have all been linked with the latter agreeing to take over as Bayern Munich manager.
And now Jack Pitt-Brooke in The Athletic claims that there are now ‘four candidates in the running’ for the job in north London, naming Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, Roberto Martinez and Graham Potter as the contenders.
Pitt-Brooke does admit that ‘other candidates could emerge’ but outlines in the report that these are the four most likely to be tasked with ‘trying to reverse a slow slide’.
Ajax boss Ten Hag is described as a ‘leading contender’ – despite recently renewing his contract in the Netherlands – and ‘he would likely give Tottenham a return to the attacking style of play that they crave’.
The report suggests that former RB Leipzig boss Rangnick ‘might be a better man for a long-term cultural reset rather than for a dressing room that has established players in it’.
Pitt-Brooke reckons Belgium head coach Martinez ‘might be a safer bet than the other names on the list’ but Levy is aware that the appointment could upset the fans.
Finally, Brighton boss Potter is understood to be the ‘outsider’ of the four candidates with his lack of ‘elite-level experience’ potentially costing him.
Meanwhile, another cloud hanging over Spurs at the moment is the future of star striker Harry Kane, with reports earlier in the week claiming the England international had asked to leave the club.
Tottenham are understood to be unhappy with the timing of the leak from Kane’s camp, but Ryan Mason said on Wednesday night that it’s just part of football.
“It is just the reality of football,” Mason said. “We all know that. There’s always speculation and there are always comments. That’s normal.
“As players and coaches we can’t be affected by stuff we read or see because it happens all the time.
“We’re professionals, we’re paid to work, we’re paid to be ready for football matches. That’s what we’ll do. That’s what we are doing.
“No, my focus hasn’t deviated. I’ve been committed. I feel like we have helped the team, helped the group. It’s part of football. I experienced it as player.”
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