Who Could Replace Conte at Spurs? A Look at the Top Contenders

    With Antonio Conte expected to leave Tottenham by the end of the week, attention has already been turned to who might be around to try their hand at what still looks like a near-impossible job.

    The Spurs are a big club with an amazing stadium, passionate fans and a talented team.

    Despite the relative success of Harry Redknapp and Mauricio Pochettino over the past two decades, and investment in high-profile bosses José Mourinho and Conte, neither has been able to bring silverware to the north London club.

    The only trophy the Spurs have won since the turn of the century was the EFL Cup in 2007-2008 and any new manager/head coach will be tasked with ending this drought as soon as possible, as well as securing another football season in the League. champions. .

    Stats Perform is looking at some of the early favorites and Conte looks to be on the edge.

    Mauricio Pochettino

    The Argentine was a very popular figure during his time at White Hart Lane and later at Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur.

    Pochettino may not have won a trophy, but he has managed two title competitions and reaching the 2019 Champions League final which saw Liverpool lose 2-0.

    Basically, he got the most out of his players and took many of them to the next level.

    His five-year reign included 113 wins in 202 Premier League games, a points per game (PPG) average of 1.89, slightly higher than Conte’s 1.88 (32 wins in 56 games).

    Ultimately, Pochettino was fired by chairman Daniel Levy after he seemed to take the club as far as he could, so going back to him when he’s still looking for someone to take them to the next level might be a little back.

    However, it will likely be popular with fans and should at least provide some stability. Perhaps crucially, he may also be their best chance of convincing Harry Kane to stay.

    Ryan Mason

    Technically, this would not be Mason’s return as he never left, having taken over the role of first team coach after the end of his temporary tenure at the helm after Mourinho’s sacking in April 2021.

    His second game in charge was a 1–0 loss to Manchester City in the EFL Cup Final, but Mason may have performed well given his lack of experience.

    Considering he only managed six matches, it seems a little pointless to bet on Mason based on his own PPG record (2.0).

    But the former Spurs midfielder is a clear favorite for the job, albeit only on a short-term basis.

    As with Pochettino, this choice was most likely driven by the idea of ​​stability and that decision makers at the club may feel that the players are more likely to react positively to someone they already know. .

    Unless he puts up an impressive performance, Mason’s appointment is likely to be followed by a full-time hiring at the end of the season.

    Thomas Tuchel

    While Tuchel will be yet another former Chelsea boss to take over the reins, following in the footsteps of Glenn Hoddle, André Villas-Boas, Mourinho and Conte, it’s hard to argue with his reputation.

    The German has won 35 of 63 Premier League games with the Blues with an average of 1.94 points per game and also won the Champions League in 2021.

    With Spurs looking to win their first trophy since 2008, the fact that Tuchel led Chelsea to five finals, including the 2021 Club World Cup, in less than two years will no doubt be attractive, even if he lost three. of them.

    Tuchel reportedly left Stamford Bridge in part over a transfer dispute with owner Todd Boli, which may not bode well given Conte’s constant complaints about how Spurs are performing in the market.

    In any case, the man who shook hands furiously with Conte earlier this season could very well be the same man who will replace the Italian in Spurs’ dugout.

    Luis Enrique

    The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player most recently won 27 of 48 games as head coach of Spain, but international football can be different from top-level club play.

    Luis Enrique was very successful in his last club job at Barça, although he was admittedly helped by the presence of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar at their peak.

    He has won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey crowns, a Spanish Super Cup, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup, as well as the 2014-15 Champions League in a historic treble.

    Overall, Luis Enrique has won 87 of his 114 La Liga games (2.4 points per game), but he’s hard to compare to rivals from Spurs given Barça’s relative dominance in Spain.

    His record at Roma early in his career could be the best barometer: he won 16 of 38 Serie A matches for the Giallorossi (1.5 points per game), and then won 14 of 38 La Liga matches as a manager Celta coach (1.3 points per game). heading to the Camp Nou. But how relevant are these spells now, given that he left Balaidos nine years ago?

    Likewise, the fact that he has not been with the club since 2017 may be seen as a problem by some fans, while it can also be argued that he has not been successful in Spain.

    Roberto De Zerbi

    De Zerby made his mark in the Premier League very quickly after replacing Graham Potter at Brighton & Hove Albion in September.

    Brighton are thriving and in real competition for Europe and a top four finish is possible at this stage as they are seven points behind fourth-placed Spurs with three games to go.

    De Zerby has won eight of his 19 Premier League games and the Seagulls are second in the Premier League in passing accuracy (86.9%), average possession (62.1%) and assists per series (4 ,5). They also rank third in goals (35) and fifth in passes into the opponent’s box since his first game, highlighting an attacking approach that would certainly be appreciated by disappointed Spurs fans.

    Getting him away from Brighton will be easier said than done, however he has already lost one head coach this season, not to mention they are famous for a good deal – Potter reportedly cost Chelsea £21.5m .

    The Spurs will almost certainly have to pay big bucks or look elsewhere.

    Oliver Glasner

    An unexpected name that has emerged in recent days is that of Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner, who impressed many by leading the Bundesliga club to success in the Europa League last season.

    Glasner got off to a promising start in his coaching career in his native Austria with Ried and LASK before leading Wolfsburg to seventh and fourth place in the German top flight.

    He then moved to Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of the 2021/22 season. He could only lead them to 11th place in the Bundesliga, winning just three of 17 games in the second half of the campaign, but that came against the backdrop of Europa League glory, knocking out Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham before beat the Rangers in the championship. penalty final.

    Some reports suggest that Levy has already contacted Glasner, whose contract expires in 2024.

    Eintracht Frankfurt are sixth in the league this season and were recently knocked out of the Champions League round of 16 by Napoli.

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