Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho after just 17 months in charge, and are still on the search for his replacement but who is favourite to be the next permanent man in charge?
The Premier League is a very tough place for managers and no one is ever safe. Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochetinno back in November 2019 but was unable to guide them back into the Champions League. His second season didn’t go much better and with just 14 wins in 32 games and being knocked out of the Europa League, Levy decided Mourinho’s short stay was up.
This was a very surprising sacking, not in terms of results but the timing. Mourinho was sacked the week of the League Cup final. They haven’t won a trophy for over ten years and Mourinho has won something at every club he’s been at. He had already beaten Pep once last season and is fantastic at setting up to win in a single game situation.
Ex-Spurs midfielder and now coach at the club Ryan Mason took charge of the first team until June. Spurs were beaten in the final and have been linked with several managers since. Antonio Conte was in talks but they broke down and the search continues to find the right man to bring success and trophies back to Spurs.
Next Spurs Manager Odds
Erik ten Hag (17/10)
Right after Mourinho was sacked, ten Hag was the favourite for the job. He is currently in charge of Ajax and has won the Eredivisie in both seasons he has completed at the club. Ten Hag became more of a household name in the 2018/19 Champions League season. His Ajax side got all the way to the semi-finals, only to be knocked out by Spurs in the very last minute of the game. No one expected Ajax to get this far and even beat Real Madrid in the round before.
Ajax play a very attacking style of football, scoring 102 goals last season, 27 more than the second-highest in the Eredivisie. On top of this though, his side also conceded the least amount of goals in the league too. This is something that Spurs need help with and as a centre half in his playing days, ten Hag will know a bit about defending. He is contracted at Ajax until the end of the 2022/23 season, but Spurs should be able to get him if they want him.
Mauricio Pochettino (7/2)
The former Spur manager is now one of the favourites to make a remarkable return. He was sacked by Spurs back in November 2019, just five months after guiding them to their first-ever Champions League final. This was met with mixed reaction by the Spurs fans as he was a big hit with all of them but with Mourinho, they thought it would bring at least one trophy.
Pochettino has since taken over at PSG but was unable to win the league which is seen as a given for them each season. PSG want to keep him but apparently, he is interested in a move back to the Premier League. He would be a good appointment because he knows the players and how the club runs. Kane looks set to be leaving the club but Pochettino could be the man to keep him there!
Roberto Martinez (6/1)
Another surprise appointment would be Roberto Martinez, who is currently in charge of Belgium. He has done well with the national team, who are now ranked number one in the world. Martinez learnt his trade as a manager at Swansea taking them into the Championship from League One. This got him a move to Premier League side Wigan before eventually spending three years in charge of Everton.
Having spent nearly five years in charge at Belgium, leaving after Euro 2020 could be a good time to go back to club football. He is only 47 years of age so has many years in management and would probably want to return to day to day managing at a club side.