History repeated itself after Arne Slot snubbed Tottenham job

So, does ANYONE want to manage Spurs? Part II: History repeats itself as Arne Slot becomes the latest target to snub crisis club… returning for Julian Nagelsmann would need both sides to swallow some pride

  • Arne Slot announced on Thursday he wouldn’t be joining Tottenham this summer
  • History has repeated itself as Spurs’ managerial search was the same in 2021
  • Spurs could return for Julian Nagelsmann after the pursuit of Slot came to an end

All of a sudden, Tottenham’s managerial search feels a lot like summer 2021. Remember?

Lurching between managerial candidates, stumbling on every hazard along the way only to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo — a good coach but one Tottenham had distanced themselves from at the start of the process.

And here we are again, two years on. Another managerial search being executed rather suspectly.

‘History is repeating itself,’ said an insider on Thursday. ‘But this time without someone for him to blame.’

‘Him’ is Daniel Levy, the divisive chairman who has taken over Spurs’ manager hunt in the absence of a sporting director, after Fabio Paratici’s exit.

Arne Slot revealed he is staying at Feyenoord this summer in a major blow for Tottenham

Tottenham were faced with paying as much as £15million to get Arne Slot out of Feyenoord 

Levy has had to change his email address because his inbox was inundated with complaints from disgruntled fans. He may have to change it again at this rate. He will not be the only one, because this is not going well. At all. First came the news two weeks ago that the club did not intend to appoint Julian Nagelsmann as Antonio Conte’s replacement.

That is right, Tottenham were not interested in a coach widely recognised as one of the most intelligent and innovative in European football.

It was said that Spurs were fed up of the leaks they assumed were coming from Nagelsmann’s camp, but indications from Germany were different. The sense from Nagelsmann’s homeland was that he wanted an idea of who the club’s next sporting director was.

The other narrative was about cold, hard cash. Even though Nagelsmann, 35, was sacked by Bayern Munich, any club wanting to appoint him this summer must pay Bayern at least £10million in compensation, as he is still on gardening leave.

It has also been indicated that Nagelsmann has deeper concerns about working with Levy, fearing that he would not be given the conditions to succeed. He is not the only coach to hold that view. Ask Conte. Or Jose Mourinho. Or Mauricio Pochettino.

Daniel Levy may have to change his email again at this rate if the process continues as it is

Tottenham hired Nuno Espirito Santo  despite distancing themselves away months earlier

The end on Thursday to Spurs’ pursuit of Feyenoord head coach Arne Slot could mean they return to Nagelsmann. Doing so would need both sides to swallow some pride. Money talks, however, as Slot and his agent Rafaela Pimenta found to their detriment.

The expectation on Wednesday was that Slot and Pimenta would enter talks with Feyenoord to inform them of the coach’s intention to leave Rotterdam for north London. Instead, Slot on Thursday released a bombshell statement that confirmed he wants a new contract in the Netherlands.

Despite his claims that he never intended to leave Feyenoord, Slot wanted the Spurs job and is said to be disappointed that his dream move collapsed. Tottenham denied assertions on Thursday that they refused to pay a compensation fee for Slot which is understood to be as high as £15m.

But in a few days Spurs went from believing that they could get Slot for around £6m to the price more than doubling, which they are said to be furious about. There were also claims that Levy, again, was unwilling to give Slot the level of control that he wanted.

Spurs could return for former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann after the pursuit of Slot 

It is widely accepted in football that, like the best players, premium managers come with a premium price tag. When will the penny drop for Levy?

One free-agent option is Luis Enrique, who has already spoken to Tottenham. The ex-Spain head coach’s experience and profile would certainly have its benefits given the huge task ahead of trying to revive a club that has hit new depths of mediocrity.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglu and Nottingham Forest coach Steve Cooper have admirers, and what about Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim? Or Graham Potter?

Much like the summer of 2021, it’s anyone’s guess right now.

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