Levy offers resolution hint over Tottenham manager hunt with official statement
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says that the search to find the club’s new manager is ongoing, while naming three traits Jose Mourinho’s successor must have.
Spurs sacked Mourinho in April after a downturn in form including a shock Europa League exit. Since then, Ryan Mason has taken the reins but he will not stay in the job next season. Tottenham instead want an experienced head to lead them back into the Champions League and towards trophies.
However, the search has proved tough in recent weeks; Ajax’s Erik ten Hag has signed a new deal, while RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is moving to Bayern Munich.
Rangers’ Steven Gerrard and Lazio’s Simeone Inzaghi reportedly remain on Tottenham‘s radar.
Levy offered an update (via the club’s official website) on the hunt in his message to supporters ahead of their return for Wednesday’s clash with Villa.
While promising to make decisions in the “long-term interests” of the club, he told the matchday programme: “We shall focus on the recruitment of a new Head Coach.
“We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great Club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our Academy alongside experienced talent.”
Levy also referenced Spurs’ new Club Advisory Panel, introduced following the European Super League fiasco.
The chairman went on to thank Mason and his fellow coaches for their contributions.
The interim boss has won three of his five games in charge, losing to Leeds after the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
Levy thanks Mason for Tottenham work
“I want to give my thanks to Ryan Mason and the coaches, Chris Powell, Nigel Gibbs, Ledley King, Michel Vorm and Perry Suckling who have stepped in to lead the team through to the end of the season – and to our players – they have had to continue to perform and be professional during times when they and their families have also been affected by the pandemic,” he said.
On the club’s disappointing campaign, Levy added: “This season, for many reasons, we have not met our raised expectations on the pitch. Since we lost the Champions League Final in June, 2019, we have invested in excess of £250m in new players.
“Everyone had high hopes with the squad we had assembled. Unfortunately, despite sitting top of the Premier League in December, we have not been able to sustain this position.
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“We reached the Carabao Cup Final, however we had a disappointing exit from the Europa League and now find ourselves fighting to qualify for Europe, having competed in European competition for 14 of the last 15 seasons.
“We are absolutely clear that central to our ambitions is a successful football team – it is what we all crave. We have come close over the last seven seasons and everyone’s focus is on a return to regular Champions League participation and competing for honours.”
Tottenham finish the season by playing Leicester on Sunday after their clash with Villa.
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