Will he? Wont he? When will he go? The questions surrounding Harry and England are well worn. But just because we may be tired of hearing it doesn’t mean the situation is going away, and these questions are starting to come to a head.
The issue is certainly weighing heavy on Harry, and he’s becoming more and more stroppy when asked about the issue. However as much as the FAs stalling has made Harry, Spurs, and everyone else question and then re-question their position, the basics still hold true: England still need a manager, they mostly still want an English one, Harry is still the most high-profile English manager available, many big name players have already come out in support, and Harry has still not fully denied his interest in some form of involvement.
So although Spurs hopes for retaining Harry strengthening by the day, Levy and board are being smart. They’re keeping their options open and preparing for the future.
And boy are they doing a good job, as everyone from The Mirror to the 2 guys in front of me on the bus earlier, are reporting that Spurs are set to make an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ offer for the Special One himself, Jose Mourinho.
It’s not as wildly hopeful as it initially may seem: Mourinho is known to be unhappy at Madrid, and despite his success there is looking to leave at the end of the season. He has also let it be known he is pining for the action of the English game. The cheery on top is the fact he’s been seen house shopping in London.
Of course most have, sensibly, assumed this means he’s heading for the vacant seat at Chelsea. But whilst Abramovich’s relationship with Jose has healed, he still must surely be hesitant of diving back into that uncomfortably relationship. Whilst the club and the man circle each other, Spurs are hoping to swoop.
Levy is looking to move Spurs into a new era, with a new stadium on the horizon, money to spend in the summer, and (fingers crossed) Champions League football next year. They need world class manager to guide them on this new road. And equally idea of getting in on the ground level of a rising team is said to appeal to Mourinho. He would have the basis of a great team, but would also have the freedom and money to recreate the team in his image. He could lead a team on the cusp of great things, to realise them. In short it’s a real chance for Jose to become for Spurs, what Sir Alex is for United, or Arsene is for Arsenal.
Hazard, Remy, now Mourinho. It’s enough to leave Spurs fans heads swimming. But calm down, we’re still a long, long way from any movement from Harry, let alone his possible replacement.
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