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Tottenham technical performance director Steve Hitchen has recommended the appointment of Brighton boss Graham Potter to Daniel Levy, according to reports. Spurs are on the lookout for a new manager in the wake of their decision to sack Jose Mourinho. Though Ryan Mason has won two of his first three games in charge, he’s still deemed too young and inexperienced for the role.

Tottenham decided to sack Mourinho just days before the Carabao Cup final, depriving him of the chance to go up against long-term rival Pep Guardiola.

Mason has guided them to two victories from his first three matches in the short time since, leading to some calls he should get the Spurs job on a permanent basis.

However, behind the scenes, Tottenham are looking for a more experienced candidate.

Spurs know they need to get this appointment right, with their Mourinho gamble backfiring over the course of the last 18 months.

And the Daily Mail say that technical performance director Hitchen has recommended the appointment of Potter to Levy behind the scenes in north London.

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It’s claimed that there are others at Tottenham who admire the Englishman, whose side are 10 points above the relegation zone with just four matches to go.

Yet Hitchen’s voice is particularly loud within the corridors of power, with his list going straight to Levy himself.

And he reportedly thinks Tottenham should go for a young, forward-thinking coach at the current moment in time.

Levy, for his part, is said to believe Spurs are capable of getting the very best in the game.

But Potter could be an intriguing appointment and is arguably deserving of a bigger job following his fine exploits over at the Amex Stadium.


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The Brighton boss isn’t the only person being linked with the vacant role at Tottenham, either.

Talk of Brendan Rodgers arriving continues to gather momentum, though he does appear to be committed to Leicester for the time being.

Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri are both available following their departures from Juventus in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

And some like Steven Gerrard and Diego Simeone have also been linked amid their impressive work at Rangers and Atletico Madrid.

Teddy Sheringham was recently asked about who he’d like to see arrive at Tottenham.

And he feels Rodgers is the standout candidate, though did acknowledge how difficult appointing the Northern-Irishman would be.

“If I had the pick of the bunch and Tottenham were ready to go out and spend big money, which I presume they will, then I would go and break the bank for Brendan Rodgers,” he told

“I think he’s done an outstanding job at the different clubs he’s been at.

“He knows the Premier League very well, he knows his system and how he wants the game to be played.

“He takes the game to the opposition, he doesn’t wait to capitalise on other peoples’ mistakes and he likes to control the game a bit like how Pep Guardiola does.

“Given the funds that were available for Jose Mourinho, if Rodgers was backed with the same sort of money then I think he would do a fantastic job.”

Sheringham does think, however, that appointing a manager with the ‘full package’ could be a tall order.

“It’s a tricky situation, because the Tottenham fans have a good idea of how they want their team to play,” he said.

“They’ve always had fantastic players on show, they’ve never been the type of club to grind out matches and win games 1-0, that’s not the Tottenham way.

“Maybe they’ll have to change that if they want to win something – everyone laughs at ‘The Tottenham Way’ which hasn’t won anything in however many years – but you’ve got to find a way of performing, exciting the fans, taking the game to the opposition and hopefully winning trophies in that mould.

“It’s very hard to get that whole package. Many managers have tried along the way. Pochettino was very close but it wasn’t enough. It’s all well and good having flair but you’ve got to win games and trophies as well.”

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