Next Tottenham Manager odds: Who could be in line to replace Conte?
Julian Nagelsmann has been installed as the bookies’ favourite to be the next permanent manager at Tottenham with Bayern Munich having replaced him with Thomas Tuchel.
Despite the growing unrest around north east London, Antonio Conte remains as manager of Tottenham Hotspur at time of writing. Rumours are still swirling that the Italian will be relieved of his duties before Spurs’ match against Everton, on Monday 3 April though and with the knowledge that Nagelsmann, as well as a host of other of out-of-work managers, is available, the pressure to replace Conte may be too much for the Tottenham board to resist.
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Things reached boiling point last weekend, with Conte launching a tirade on both the players, and owners, of Spurs following their 3-3 draw with Southampton. In the post-match press conference, Conte blasted his players’ attitude and lack of willingness to fight for each other.
“I think that it’s the right moment to speak because I think that after this performance, for me this is unacceptable,” he said.
“We are winning 3-1, in control of the game and you are able to concede two goals and to risk, because also Fraser made a fantastic save in one situation. I think it’s much better to go into the problem, because the problem is that for another time we showed that we are not a team.”
Following some comments, in recent weeks from Richarlison, that seemed to highlight there was some discontent within the Spurs camp, Conte’s response was emphatic.
“We are 11 players that go into the pitch. I see selfish players, I see players that don’t want to help each other and don’t put their heart.
“About being a team, being a team, being a team, it is the most important thing. To understand that we play for the badge. We have to play to make our fans proud of us. We have to play to show desire. The fire in your eyes to win. If you have this, for sure, you don’t go out in FA Cup. Today you win.
“Maybe previously in the other games something can change. But here we’re used to it for a long time.
“The club has the responsibility for the transfer market, every coach that stayed here has the responsibility. And the players? The players? Where are the players? In my experience, I can tell you that if you want to be competitive, if you want to fight, you have to improve this aspect. And this aspect, I can tell you, in this moment is really, really low. And I see only 11 players that play for themselves.”
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It wasn’t just the on-field members of the club that caught the sharp end of Conte’s tongue, however. When probed further as to the failings, the people who run the club also came under fire, with seemingly no one safe from the ex-Inter MIlan bosses mirth.
“Because they are used to it here, they are used to it. They don’t play for something important yeah. They don’t want to play under pressure, they don’t want to play under stress. It is easy in this way.
“Tottenham’s story is this. 20 years there is the owner and they never won something but why? The fault is only for the club, or for every manager that stay here? I have seen the managers that Tottenham had on the bench. You risk to disrupt the figure of the manager and to protect the other situation in every moment.”
It’s not often a manager delivers such brutal honesty about his current club and, almost immediately, speculation started to grow that it might have been a little too much for the Spurs’ board to let go.
Rumours linking Mauricio Pochettino with a move back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium were instantly heard in footballing circles with reports of senior players contacting their old manager to sound out whether he’d be open to a return. Those reports seem to have died down but, with Pochettino the last Spurs manager to see out a full season at the club in the 2018/19 season, it could be just a matter of time before there is a new man in the dugout at Spurs.
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Bayern Munich decided that being knocked from the top of the Bundesliga was the right time for a change, with news emerging that Nagelsmann was to be replaced by Thomas Tuchel on March 23.
Things hadn’t been going too badly in Munich, the club are just one point behind Borussia Dortmund in their domestic league and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but perfection is a necessity at the Allianz Arena and Nagelsmann looked as though he’d be falling short.
That could be to the benefit of Tottenham Hotspur though, with the bookies immediately offering odds of evens for the German to be the next permanent manager at Spurs. Whilst Nagelsmann leads the way, there are also very short odds on Ryan Mason being the man to lead the club going forward.
Whilst Mason might not be the first name to spring to mind, betting rules dictate that if a temporary, or caretaker, manager takes charge for 10 competitive matches they will be deemed permanent and settled as winning bets. Spurs have 10 matches left this season, so if they opt for Mason to take charge before the Everton game and revisit their options in the summer, he’ll be considered permanent manager.
It remains to be seen if Tottenham decide that moving on from Conte is the best option but the potential arrival of Nagelsmann should give the Spurs fans some solace that the club should be in good hands.