Next Tottenham manager: The men who could replace Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte's time at Tottenham Hotspur is expected to come to an end later this week.
It confirmed another season without a trophy for the club and with Conte admitting the club “might sack him”.
Here are some of the options Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, might consider.
The quick fix: Thomas Tuchel
Levy has a habit of appointing former Chelsea managers in an attempt to bring an end to his club’s 15-year trophy drought. Tuchel would fit the same mould as Jose Mourinho and Conte, with Levy prioritising silverware from a previously proven manager. Now how did that turn out?
The fans' choice: Mauricio Pochettino
There’s a sense of unfinished business with Pochettino and Tottenham and the sense of optimism around his potential return is something Levy may buy into. Sacked just four months after taking the club to their first Champions League final, the Argentinian would be a romantic choice to lead the rebuild which was taken away from him. But he would have to completely revamp a squad that is arguably worse than the one he left behind four seasons ago.
The long-term project: Roberto De Zerbi
Poaching a manager from an over-achieving Premier League rival has gone either way for Tottenham with Pochettino and the short tenure of Nuno Espírito Santo producing very different results. Roberto De Zerbi would be more Poch than Nuno, but should Levy look at Chelsea as a test case for Brighton managers making the jump to the big time?
The proven track record: Brendan Rodgers
Leicester may be in a slump but, under Rodgers, they have won more trophies in the past 15 years than Tottenham. Rodgers has experience of rebuilding struggling teams and a title challenge with Liverpool, a treble with Celtic and a FA Cup with Leicester show he is quite good at turning things around with limited resources.
The former terrace favourite: Michael Carrick
Clubs have gone down the route of having a former player at the helm with Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta showing differing signs of success.
Michael Carrick has shown his mettle in dragging Middlesbrough back into the promotion picture in the Championship in such a short period of time. Lampard made the jump from Derby to Chelsea but would it be too soon to give Carrick such a big job so early into his career?
Ange Postecoglou – the Scottish choice
Or maybe the Australian one? Postecoglou has brought Celtic back to the top of Scottish football in just over 18 months in charge after being knocked off their perch by Rangers and is already being touted for bigger things.
The Greece-born Australian is respected highly in inner coaching circles and his record is not to go unnoticed but his appointment would be a risk given the huge step up the Premier League would pose for him.
Luis Enrique – the continental approach
Appointing a manager who is yet to manage in the Premier League would signal a change of direction under Levy but Enrique has shown he is a man willing to make big calls.
The club has not had a manager with no prior Premier League experience since Juande Ramos in 2008, but Enrique's time at Barcelona and the Spanish national team proved he may have what it takes to be successful in England.