Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur should have made Graham Potter their new head coach, not Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Lowdown: Two-way battle
Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the decision not to keep Ryan Mason on a permanent basis, Spurs appointed former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo after being linked with the likes of Antonio Conte and Brendan Rodgers.
It was reported that the decision eventually became a two-horse race between Nuno and Brighton & Hove Albion boss Potter, with the latter remaining at Brighton and currently sitting fourth in the Premier League.
The Latest: O’Hara wanted Potter
Speaking on talkSPORT, former Spurs midfielder O’Hara has stated that Potter would have been a better appointment for the N17 club.
He said: “I think it was at the start of the last season, I was a bit like, ‘No, he still needs to do more and show us more what he’s about with his Brighton side.”
O’Hara continued: “When I interviewed him, I completely changed my mind with him.
“You know when someone has an aura when you’re with them and they have that sort of philosophy of how they want to play. When I interviewed him, I was like, ‘Wow, this guy is the real deal’.
“He’s shown that this season and I think Spurs have missed out in not trying to go for him.”
The Verdict: Too early to call
O’Hara’s comments on Potter are truly justified and deserved given how well he has done with Brighton – especially this season with four wins already this campaign.
However, it remains early doors for Nuno at Spurs and whilst they have been disappointing in their two recent games, they did win their first three competitive outings with their new boss.
Time will tell whether O’Hara is right, but Potter is due a move to a top-six side some time in his future after such an impressive rise up the coaching ranks.
In other news, Gary Neville has claimed this Spurs midfielder ‘doesn’t fit’ the Premier League. Find out more here.
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