Tottenham told to only consider Julian Nagelsmann and Mauricio Pochettino as next manager: ‘No one else’
After Antonio Conte left the club by mutual agreement earlier in the international break, it has been confirmed that Cristian Stellini will take charge of Spurs for the final 10 Premier League games of the season, assisted by Ryan Mason.
The decision was made to wait until the summer to make a permanent appointment, despite the fact that Naglesmann, Pochettino and Luis Enrique are all currently unemployed. Spurs are also set to face competition at the end of the season, with Real Madrid potentially looking to replace Carlo Ancelotti who has been linked with the Brazil job.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes only two names should be on the club’s shortlist, with Nagelsmann the main target.
“I would love for Spurs to have Julian Nagelsmann, it would be an incredible appointment,” O’Hara told Grosvenor Sport.
“He’s a top, top manager. Bayern Munich were crazy to fire him. He was only one point behind Borussia Dortmund, he had a 70% win rate, he won every game of the Champions League and was in the quarter-finals. I think it was a crazy decision to get rid of him. He is the best young manager in the world and I would like him to go to Spurs.
“Tottenham have to go for a Nagelsmann or Mauricio Pochettino. That’s it, no one else. Nagelsmann, for me, because he became available, he must be the number one target. A nanny like him doesn’t come around very often, so Spurs should do everything they can to try and get him.
Nagelsmann is unlikely to run out of options, having been sacked by Bayern Munich in a slightly surprising move from the Bundesliga club. Thomas Tuchel has been signed and he will be in charge of the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City next month.
If Spurs can’t persuade Nagelsmann to move to north London, O’Hara wants his former club to push for a familiar figure.
O’Hara added: “If it’s not (Nagelsmann), they have to bring Pochettino in, because he knows the club, he knows what it’s all about, he still has the love of the fans, the fans l still love him and I think his return would bring that feel-good factor.