Tottenham should hire Thomas Frank as their new manager, Deeney says

Tottenham should hire ‘outstanding’ Thomas Frank as their new manager, says Troy Deeney, as impressive Brentford boss is hailed as ‘ambitious and hungry’… with the job ‘too big’ for rookie Ryan Mason

  • Tottenham’s manager search has narrowed down to Luis Enrique and Arne Slot 
  • However, Troy Deeney believes the club should instead turn to Thomas Frank 
  • Frank has caught the eye since taking charge at Brentford and lifting their levels 

Troy Deeney believes Tottenham should turn to Brentford boss Thomas Frank this summer in their bid to bounce back from a nightmare season, despite Luis Enrique and Arne Slot emerging as the frontrunners in recent days.

The impressive Frank has successfully fended off concerns his side would plummet down the Premier League in their second season, having led them to ninth place.

At the end of their first campaign in the top-flight, the west Londoners again comfortably avoided relegation after finishing 13th, and Frank’s work on a modest budget has not gone unnoticed with a host of clubs said to be keen on him.

Spurs may well be one of the sides as they search for a permanent replacement for Antonio Conte, and Deeney, now on the books at Birmingham, believes they would do well to look no further than the ‘ambitious and hungry’ Dane.   

‘It’s a mess or, if you look at it another way, it’s a perfect storm – a very rare opportunity to totally blow things up and start with a clean slate under the right manager and director of football, with a long-term plan,’ he wrote in The Sun.

Troy Deeney says Tottenham should hire Brentford boss Thomas Frank as their new manager

Deeney, writing in his column in The Sun, hailed Frank as an ‘ambitious and hungry’ coach

Rookie Ryan Mason steadied the ship after Antonio Conte’s exit but is set to miss out on the job

‘Saturday is Tottenham’s final home match of the season and the visitors are Brentford.

‘And I can’t think of many better managers than Brentford’s Thomas Frank to oversee a proper rebuild at Spurs.’

Deeney then added: ‘Frank is an outstanding, ambitious and hungry manager.

‘I know some will say that his Brentford side play a lot of route one football but when they were promoted from the Championship under the Dane they were an excellent footballing side.

‘He is an adaptable coach and, under him, I think Spurs would play in a more attractive style than they did when Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho were in charge.’

Mason has steadied the ship somewhat after the turbulent final months of Conte’s tenure but his long-term future at the club remains mired in uncertainty.

He has, however, delivered his pitch for the job, pointing to his ‘good job’ so far. 

Former Spain boss Luis Enrique has emerged as one of the frontrunners in the managerial race

Feyenoord’s Arne Slot, fresh from winning the Eredivisie, is another of Daniel Levy’s favourites

Regardless, as reported by Mail Sport, Daniel Levy is understood to have narrowed down his search to former Spain coach Enrique and Feyenoord’s Slot.

And while Deeney’s choice of candidate may differ from Spurs’ chairman, he is also of the opinion that Mason should not be handed the reins full-time.

‘I’ve got a lot of time for Ryan Mason, who is a great bloke and a bright coach, but he shouldn’t be given the job on a permanent basis,’ he said.

‘It’s too big a job for a rookie.

‘If Ryan wants to be a No 1, and I think he does, he will need to learn that trade elsewhere.’

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