Spurs appointing Pep Guardiola-inspired Arne Slot could tempt Kane to stay

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Tottenham are in danger of finishing outside the European places after another capitulation, this time at the hands of Brentford with a 3-1 home defeat on Saturday. But appointing Arne Slot, a manager who has been likened to Pep Guardiola, would go some way to convincing Harry Kane to stay as Daniel Levy faces another difficult summer of holding onto the club’s talisman.

Only a day after Spurs fans walked out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their droves, seemingly boycotting the team’s lap of honour to applaud their supporters, Slot was celebrating a magnificent triumph in the Netherlands with Feyenoord as the fans bowed in adoration for their miracle worker.

The Dutchman guided the Rotterdam club to the title ahead of PSV Eindhoven and Ajax for the first time since 2016-17. Impressively, Slot’s side have only lost once in 33 games this season and scored 81 goals – a rate of 2.4 goals a game – on their way to sealing the title.

It is understood that Slot has agreed to replace Antonio Conte after the Italian was sacked in March, and it is an appointment Levy simply must get right after a series of failures in the dugout, not least with three different bosses taking charge this season alone.

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In order to keep Kane, Levy has to show there is light at the end of the tunnel. The striker already has claimed the club’s all-time goalscoring record but wants to win trophies. Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move this summer and Erik ten Hag has already guided United to silverware in his first season by winning the Carabao Cup, with the FA Cup next on their list.

Kane only has a year left to run on his current deal and it may be the last chance for Levy to prove his future belongs with Spurs. Appointing a manager of Slot’s managerial style – a coach who teaches a progressive, possession-based, attractive style of football – would go some way to convincing him.

It is not to say Slot is already the ‘new Guardiola’ by any means, but there are some likenesses. His impressive record as a boss speaks for itself at AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord with a 60 per cent career win percentage. Not only that, but his teams appear to enjoy their energetic, fast-paced football rather than tolerate it for the sake of results.

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As described by Martijn Krabbendam, a journalist for Voetbal International, Spurs fans can expect a complete overhaul in how their team plays if Slot is hired due to his fascination with Guardiola’s priniciples.

“He always wants to play attacking football, he always wants possession, he always wants a good set-up from the goalkeeper to find free space and free players in the midfield,” he told The Athletic. “It’s no secret he is crazy about Guardiola — he’s an example.”

The report adds that Slot has a preference to work with ‘younger players who are keen to learn’ and that ‘passing and transitions’ are central pillars to his management style. With a number of young players in need of guidance towards fulfilling their potential, there is no denying he looks to be an ideal fit for Spurs going forward. 

Like any top coach, he would be keen to test himself at a big club and the challenge of winning silverware at Spurs – where Conte, Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino have all failed – would surely appeal.

And what could prove to be pivotal is keeping their best players. Kane would no doubt command the same talismanic role as he does now under Ryan Mason but with the promise of being able to express himself more freely, rather than play to Conte’s pragmatic tune.

The only issue for Levy is he may choose to play for another Dutchman some 200 miles away in Manchester instead, with the promise of Champions League football on offer if United take a point from their final two matches.

Spurs’ first priority must be securing some form of European football for next season, with seventh spot and a Europa League place still possible as Aston Villa are only a point ahead. But for next term, Levy will be desperate to secure combination of Kane up front and Slot in the dugout to lift the north London club out from its current state of misery.

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