According to an update by Sport Italia TV journalist Gianluigi Longari, Tottenham Hotspur have now had ‘positive first contacts’ with Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter.
The Lowdown: Spurs still searching…
It’s been over two months now since Spurs opted to sack former boss Jose Mourinho and the club are still yet to announce a replacement despite numerous talks.
The Lilywhites have seen discussions with a plethora of managerial candidates, including the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso, fall flat in the last few weeks alone (BBC).
Non-international Spurs players return for pre-season training on July 5 and time is running out for chairman Daniel Levy to find his new man for the helm.
The Latest: Tottenham have now made Potter contact…
As per Italian reporter Longari, Spurs have now made ‘positive first contacts’ with Brighton boss Potter as Levy whittles down his shortlist of managers for the job.
The 46-year-old had been mentioned as a possible target previously but talks for Pochettino and Conte appeared to overshadow his links to the job.
Fabio Paratici’s arrival also saw Tottenham turn to Serie A-experienced coaches Fonseca and Gattuso, but Longari believes Potter is back on the radar and contact has now been made.
As well as the Englishman, it is believed that former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo remains a ‘valid‘ candidate.
The Verdict: Solid option…
A swoop for Potter after just holding discussions with the likes of Pochettino and Conte could look tame by comparison, but he actually ticks plenty of boxes for Tottenham.
In line with Levy’s originally sought-after profile of manager, as detailed in his end of season letter to supporters, the Seagulls head coach encourages an open, attacking brand of football whilst being adept at operating with limited resources.
He has garnered no shortage of praise for his job on the south coast, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in particular having been blown away by Potter.
The Spaniard called Tottenham’s managerial candidate the ‘best English manager’ and even went as far as to say he would have loved to play under Potter as a player (Brighton & Hove Independent).
Speaking to Sky Sports, via Tribal Football, Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana also heaped praise on his boss – lauding Potter as a ‘world class manager’.
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