Julian Nagelsmann and Arne Slot remain the bookies’ favourites to be Tottenham’s next manager despite the Feyenoord boss REJECTING the club… with Ruben Amorin, Julen Lopetegui – and even MARK HUGHES – on their list!
- Tottenham’s managerial search took another hit as Arne Slot rejected the club
- Spurs are still searching for a replacement for Antonio Conte who left in March
- Julian Nagelsmann, Ruben Amorin and Luis Enrique are among the contenders
Arne Slot remains the favourite for the Tottenham manager’s job, despite insisting he wants to stay with Feyenoord.
The Dutchman – who won the Eredivisie this season – had emerged as Spurs’ priority to replace Antonio Conte after the Italian was sacked back in March.
However, on Thursday morning, he revealed he wants to remain with Feyenoord next year after holding crunch talks with his club on Wednesday.
‘I have been hearing a lot of rumours going around about other clubs’ interest in me. Although I am thankful, my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year,’ he said.
‘Yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension. All talks with the club have always been only in that sense. I’m looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.’
Arne Slot remains the bookies’ favourite for the Tottenham job despite rejecting the role
Slot’s decision is a huge setback for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy (right), who had identified him as their No 1 target to replace Antonio Conte this summer
Nevertheless, according to Paddy Power, Slot remains the front-runner to be Spurs’ manager for the first game of the 2023-24 Premier League season.
NEXT TOTTENHAM MANAGER ODDS
Arne Slot – 10/3
Julian Nagelsmann – 10/3
Luis Enrique – 5/1
Brendan Rodgers – 8/1
Graham Potter – 11/1
Luciano Spalletti – 14/1
Ruben Amorim – 16/1
Julen Lopetegui – 40/1
David Moyes – 100/1
Mark Hughes – 100/1
Odds courtesy of Paddy Power and correct as of 9:30AM on May 25
The 44-year-old is valued at 10/3, joint with Julian Nagelsmann – despite the club insisting they have no plans to appoint the ex-Bayern Munich boss.
Mail Sport reported how Spurs have ‘great respect’ for the German coach but they currently have no plans to move forward with their interest, while Nagelsmann was also not completely convinced by the direction of the club this summer.
However, Slot’s rejection of the role could force the club to change their stance on the 35-year-old.
Elsewhere, Luis Enrique – who continues to be linked with a whole host of top jobs after departing Spain following the World Cup – is priced at 5/1 to take over as he looks to return to club football after leaving Barcelona in 2017.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is under increasing pressure from supporters after several botched decisions across this season and Slot’s decision to reject the club has left him short on options.
He would be unlikely to appease fans with the appointment Brendan Rodgers or Graham Potter – who are priced at 8/1 and 11/1 respectively.
Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti seems set to leave Napoli despite winning their first Scudetto in 33 years this season and he is valued at 14/1, while Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim comes in at 16/1.
Julian Nagelsmann (left) and Ruben Amorim (right) are other potential candidates for Spurs
Bradford City boss Mark Hughes is even on their list, with the Welshman priced at 100/1
Julen Lopetegui is also an option after news broke the former Spain and Real Madrid boss could be leaving Wolves amid concerns over their summer transfer plans and is priced at 40/1.
Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho – who was sacked by the club in April 2021 after 17 months at the helm – is 100/1.
He is joined as an extreme long shot by Bradford City boss Mark Hughes who failed to guide the Bantams to promotion out of League Two this season.
Similarly, West Ham’s David Moyes is also penned in at 100/1 with the Scot having navigated the Hammers to the Europa League Conference final and mid-table obscurity after a promising end to the season.
Whatever happens, after being rejected by Slot, Spurs must act fast and turn their focus to a new candidate, with several names still rumoured to be in the running.
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