After a run of poor results, Tottenham Hotspur has sacked Nuno Espirito Santo following an inconsistent run of results in the Premier League. Spurs currently sit in eighth place with five wins and five defeats and with United putting three goals past them on Sunday, it was quite clear that Chairman Daniel Levy had simply seen enough.
So who will succeed the 47-year old at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
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The former Inter boss is currently the favorite to take the role as Spurs boss. The 52-year old had a successful spell at Chelsea in 2016/17, guiding them to their sixth Premier League Title. He also won the FA Cup in his second year in charge but failed to finish inside the top four, ending his reign at Stamford Bridge. He was close to getting the job in June this year, however, talks between him and the club broke down during that period as Levy decided to go in the direction of the former Wolves boss.
When the Italian joined Inter in 2019, he led them to second place in Serie A in the first season. They also reached the final of the Europa League in that same season. This was the catalyst for the Italian side to claim their first Serie A title in eleven years, ending Juventus’s impressive run of nine consecutive League Titles.
Conte’s tactics are based on a 3-5-2 formation, with two wing-backs and two strikers. Given the fact that Harry Kane is the number one striker, will he be tempted to pair him up with Son or Moura, who are wingers but can score goals, or will he look to buy another center-forward in January?
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The current Brighton&Hove Albion boss is next in line to take over the Spurs role, however, since has kept the Seagulls in the top flight for two and a half seasons, is he willing to make the move to North London?
Potter also managed the Swedish side Östersund from 2010 to 2017. The 46-year old guided the club to the Svenska Cupen final, where they beat IFK Norrköping 4-1 in the final. He also guided Brighton to an FA Cup semi-final, where they lost 1-0 to eventual champions Manchester City.
Potter is known for his unconventional tactics and likes to experiment with different formations and likes his team to dominate possession. This may suit the likes of Dele Alli who likes to dribble with the ball. Brighton usually set up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, which allows them to create an overload in midfield and still remain solid at the back. Should Potter decide to leave the Seagulls, will Levy be tempted to go down that path?
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Another option for the North London Club is to bring back one of their former players. Parker, who currently manages AFC Bournemouth has been put on the list for the vacant manager’s chair at White Hart Lane. The former Spurs midfielder took Fulham into the Premier League in 2019/20, but he was unable to keep them in the top flight during 2020-21.
With the Cherries sitting pretty at the top of the Championship and in the form that they are in, it is highly unlikely that they would want him to leave the seaside club and head off to North London.
Whoever Levy decides to bring to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will have a tough start as the team have some tricky-looking fixtures starting with a Europa Conference League game with Vitesse at home, followed by an away trip to Everton and then a home game against Bielsa’s Leeds.
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