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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has made Julian Nagelsmann his top choice to replace Antonio Conte as head coach of the club’s first team and is awaiting the German’s decision.
Nagelsmann was fired in a shock move from Bayern Munich last week, yet he is one of the most sought-after managers in Europe, with both Real Madrid and Chelsea keen.
Spurs Linked to Move for Nagelsmann
According to reports, Spurs want to move fast to secure his services and fill the vacancy ahead of the return to Premier League action this weekend.
His immediate availability and the fact that he may be appointed without having to pay compensation make him a very enticing candidate.
Yet, Levy is well aware of how tough it will be to entice the 35-year-old to join Spurs, considering that he is likely to have other options elsewhere in Europe.
Spurs have reached out to Nagelsmann, but Levy wants to assess his possibilities before considering other contenders to succeed Conte, who resigned on Sunday evening.
Real Madrid are also reported to be interested in the young manager. The club has a squad already set up for immediate success and could be a good fit for Nagelsmann.
Chelsea would be interested in him too if they opted to replace Graham Potter ahead of this summer.
After a largely dismal first season however, new Blues manager Graham Potter is now under less pressure, but a decline in form before the end of the season could force Chelsea’s owners to make a choice.
No Certainty on Nagelsmann Despite Interest
Luis Enrique, Roberto De Zerbi, Marco Silva, Steve Cooper, Thomas Frank, Sergio Conceicao, Oliver Glasner, and Ange Postecoglou are among the alternative alternatives provided by Spurs.
The return of Mauricio Pochettino would please a portion of the fanbase, but his reappointment is uncertain.
Spurs have placed former assistants Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason in temporary command at the club, but their reign has already suffered its first setback with the news that right wing-back Emerson Royal requires knee surgery after sustaining an injury while playing for Brazil in the international break.
Conte’s Departure by Mutual Consent
Conte and Spurs parted ways by mutual consent following the former’s criticism of his players after the side’s last Premier League fixture, which ended in a tie with relegation favorites Southampton.
The Italian coach posted on Instagram following his exit from North-London.
“I would like to deeply thank everyone at Spurs who appreciated and shared my passion and intense way of living football as a coach,” Conte stated.
“A special thought to the fans who always showed me support, it’s been unforgettable to hear them singing my name,” he added, “Our journey together has ended, I wish you all the best for the future.”
Next, Spurs face a trip to Goodison Park where they will take on Everton on Monday.
The Premier League tie will be a vital one for both sides, as Everton look to push further away from relegation while Tottenham will be desperate to secure points in order to secure their fourth place positioning in the division and secure Champions League football ahead of next season.