Julian Nagelsmann is open to talks with Tottenham to become their next manager – but he may want a short cooling-off period before his next role.
Spurs are interested in Nagelsmann following his dismissal by Bayern Munich and amid uncertainty over Antonio Conte’s future both in this international break and in view of his contract expiring this summer.
Naglesmann’s replacement with Thomas Tuchel at Bayern paved the way for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to try and woo a manager he’s admired for some time.
Nagelsmann was on Levy’s radar when they sacked Mauricio Pochettino and replaced him with Jose Mourinho in 2019. They also tried unsuccessfully to replace Mourinho with the German in 2021, shortly before he joined Bayern.
Nagelsmann, who could ask for time after his sacking, has long kept tabs on what’s going on at Tottenham.
In a 2019 interview, he admitted to having watched Tottenham games “since Mauricio Pochettino was there. He’s a very good manager and his team were great to watch as a spectator.”
Nagelsmann also regularly followed Mourinho’s press briefings at the club. “I love Jose’s press conferences,” he said.
Spurs carried out due diligence on a number of potential managers over several weeks due to uncertainty over Conte’s future beyond the end of his contract in June.
But they could accelerate plans to replace him after his fierce outburst about his players last weekend – if the right person signals they want the job.
Other names Levy has admired for some time include Marco Silva, Roberto De Zerbi, Sergio Conceicao and Thomas Frank, while Vincent Kompany has become a credible name after his one-season impact at Burnley.
Conte seeing his contract and trying to continue leading the team to fourth place has still not been ruled out as the manager remains in Italy with his family following Southampton heartache.
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