Manchester United’s manager search is ongoing and currently the predominant focus of countless stories, but Tottenham Hotspur could soon join the Red Devils in looking for a new boss. Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte is reportedly in talks with Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Calciomercato, Conte has begun negotiations with PSG over becoming their new manager this summer amid suggestions Mauricio Pochettino could depart. His Tottenham contract will allow him to jump ship at the end of the season if he wants to part ways, opening the path to switch to PSG.
And the Italian coach is thought to be tempted by the prospect of the challenge in Paris and the financial backing he’d receive to turn the Ligue 1 giants into European champions. So Express Sport looks at four managers Daniel Levy could turn to if Conte heads across the Channel later this year.
Let’s start with the obvious. Pochettino’s 2019 sacking was widely unpopular amongst Tottenham fans, and many would welcome his return. Things haven’t gone to plan at PSG, missing out on last season’s Ligue 1 title and dropping out of the Champions League last 16 last week.
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And the collapse in Madrid, in particular, has thrown major doubt over Pochettino’s future at the Parc des Princes. The Argentine is a leading candidate for the United job but could be won over by Tottenham if his former club come calling before it’s too late.
Erik ten Hag
Pochettino’s main rival for the Old Trafford hot seat is Erik ten Hag, strongly linked to the Spurs job before Nuno Espirito Santo’s appointment last summer. Levy could steal a march on United if Conte’s future becomes clear and snatch the Dutchman from their grasp.
Ten Hag looks almost certain to leave Ajax at the end of the season, and reports claim he has been mastering his English. It seems likely he will end up in the Premier League, but could it be in the capital rather than Manchester?
Julen Lopetegui is reportedly on United’s shortlist amid an impressive tenure at Sevilla, and he’d certainly also be an enticing option for Spurs. The Spaniard lifted the 2019/20 Europa League and has guided Sevilla to second in La Liga with 10 games to play this season.
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Lopetegui, a former Spain and Real Madrid manager, boasts an elite CV and could fancy a new challenge after managing in his homeland since leaving Porto in 2016.
Graham Potter could be a wildcard candidate. The Brighton & Hove Albion boss has been linked with a big move in recent years after catching the eye with a no-fear, creative style of play at the Amex Stadium. Spurs could finally grant him that opportunity.
Brighton look primed for another mid-table finish in the Premier League this season, but Potter has largely overachieved with the resources at his disposal. With players like Tariq Lamptey and Yves Bissouma touted for big moves this summer, Potter could follow them out of the door and arrive in north London.
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