The Lowdown: Spurs manager hunt continues, still…
It’s been two months since Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho as head coach in late April, and many can be forgiven for thinking the Lilywhites would have their new man by now.
Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers were thought to be top contenders for the role early on, but after those moves became unlikely, Spurs turned their attention to other names.
More recently, Spurs have turned to Italy in chases for experienced Serie A bosses and at one point looked very likely to appoint former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as Mourinho’s heir.
Alas, that also didn’t materialise, with Pitt-Brooke now relaying another twist in the Spurs manager chase.
The Latest: Pitt-Brooke relays Spurs manager twist…
Tottenham turned their attention to ex-AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso as another candidate out of Italy.
However, as backed by Pitt-Brooke and Ornstein, Spurs have pulled out of those discussions as well.
Sharing a piece in The Athletic by his colleague, which detailed Spurs’ decision to halt talks with the Italian, Pitt-Brooke explained on social media: “Here we go again! Tottenham pulled out of Gattuso move last night. Another dramatic twist in the head coach search saga.”
As written by Ornstein in the piece, conversations took place between Spurs and the 43-year-old, but he will not be getting the job.
There was huge backlash from Spurs supporters with ‘#NoToGattuso’ even trending on Twitter in the United Kingdom at one point.
Those fans also shared alleged comments once made by Gattuso in regards to women in football, same-sex marriage and racism.
The Verdict: Dodged a bullet…
We believe that Spurs pulling out of talks with Gattuso should come as a sigh of relief to many supporters.
As a player, the once tenacious midfielder was revered in Italy and a member of their 2006 World Cup-winning squad, but it’s safe to say he hasn’t replicated those heroics as a coach.
Despite winning the Coppa Italia with Napoli in 2019/2020, his only trophy to date, Gattuso’s managerial experience is limited to that and two brief seasons at Milan – where he couldn’t win anything.
His fiery nature and the fact he left the post at Fiorentina after just 23 days over a disagreement on transfer strategy point towards a match made in hell for Daniel Levy.
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