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Two Premier League managers have distanced themselves from the Spurs job amid growing pressure on current boss Antonio Conte.
The Italian’s future in north London is becoming increasingly uncertain, with Spurs dropping out of two competitions in the space of a week.
The club bundled out of the FA Cup on March 1 with a 1-0 loss at Championship side Sheffield United, before bowing out of the Champions League against Italian outfit AC Milan on Wednesday.
Cooper distances himself from Spurs job
Conte’s time at the club has certainly had its ups and downs, but another year of no silverware means his position in the dugout is under threat.
And speculation surrounding his future has inevitably resulted in other managers being touted for the role, with Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper reportedly on the shortlist.
As reported by LiveScore, Cooper has suggested the links are “irrelevant,” with the Premier League manager only focused on his current club.
Forest currently sit 14th in the Premier League table and ironically take on Spurs in their next game in the competition, travelling to north London on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking of the reports linking him with the post, Cooper said: “The only thing that it is, is irrelevant. The most important thing for me is the game, the guys I am working with every single day and I am trying to be at my best and do a good day’s work and try and get them to do the same. Then we give ourselves a chance of trying to be a better team.
“We are embracing that challenge, we have had a lot of hurdles we have had to overcome this season, I am loving this journey with the players.”
Cooper wants to be ‘all-in’
Cooper and Forest have perhaps been best known in the Premier League this season for their huge incoming of players, with the club spending billions on countless new faces.
And it has been interesting to see how such a strategy has been panning out, with some of those players hitting the ground running and others looking like they are already heading for the exit door.
As mentioned, up next for Forest is a trip to Spurs, with Cooper’s men keen to distance themselves from the Premier League relegation zone as much as possible in the weeks to come.
Cooper added: “The moment I am not thinking about Nottingham Forest or the players or the staff or how I can be at my best is the moment I am not getting it right, that’s not what I want to be, I want to be all-in, that’s what I am and I am not looking further than going to Tottenham on Saturday.”
Frank not interested in Spurs role
Another Premier League manager that has had to answer speculation regarding the Spurs role is Brentford coach Thomas Frank, who has done a superb job with the Bees in recent years.
“First, they have a manager which is a manager I have studied for years and I admire massively,” said Frank. “I think he has achieved some fantastic results so I hope he will do well and I hope Spurs do well.
“Secondly, I am very, very happy here at Brentford.”
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