Spurs manager latest: ‘First choice’ for Paratici shared by journalist
Tottenham Hotspur managerial target Luis Enrique is ‘keen’ on a move to the Premier League and could now be Fabio Paratici’s first choice.
The Lowdown: Conte quitting?
Spurs head coach Antonio Conte is set to dominate the headlines over these next few months with the Italian heavily linked to leaving north London.
Conte’s current deal expires at the end of the 2022/2023 season, and while chairman Daniel Levy can extend his stay by a further 12 months, reports claim this is growing more and more unlikely.
Paratici and co have already drawn a managerial shortlist for if Conte does depart, with former fan favourite Mauricio Pochettino among the prime contenders.
In terms of other targets, Sky share that Roberto De Zerbi, Enrique, Thomas Tuchel, Marco Silva and Thomas Frank are also of interest to Spurs.
Enrique is an interesting and potentially enticing option, especially when taking into account his illustrious CV and status as a free agent.
The Latest: Paratici ‘first choice’ for Spurs…
According to journalist John Cross, writing in a column for The Mirror, the 52-year-old could well’ be Paratici’s ‘first choice’ for the job.
He is apparently ‘keen’ on a move to England and the top flight, but in a twist, Levy may actually disagree with the Italian club chief.
Cross states that Levy wants managers with Premier League experience, something that could count against Enrique in the race to be Spurs’ next boss.
The Verdict: Go for him?
Bar Pochettino, who we believe is the standout candidate to succeed Conte, Enrique could also be a sound option.
The former Spain boss has enjoyed a decorated managerial career, clinching nine pieces of silverware in total, which includes a Champions League at former club Barcelona.
Enrique encourages a more forward-thinking style of football than Conte and could steer Spurs away from their pragmatic style of the last two seasons.
Even though Spain eventually went out in the Last 16 of their World Cup campaign, Enrique attracted praise from some members of the media for his decisions during the tournament.
Juan Ignacio G-Ochoa, via Sam Leveridge, said this about the ex-Catalans head coach:
“He’s not crazy, he’s a genius.
“Luis Enrique was criticised for his squad, for dropping Gayà, for playing a midfielder in defence, for streaming… the World Cup debut, however, has shown the reality: Spain has a great team and his ideas work.”
Able to sign for Spurs at no cost, Enrique is a name who could be linked with the job right until a coach is formally announced.