Tottenham Hotspur bigwig Daniel Levy has identified two viable candidates to replace under-fire manager Jose Mourinho, per recent reports.
Mourinho has come under heavy scrutiny following Tottenham’s disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
Despite harboring a 1-0 half-time lead, Spurs collapsed after the restart, with Fred, Edinson Cavani, and Mason Greenwood propelling high-flying visitors to a comfortable triumph.
Indeed, Tottenham’s Premier League wobble continues, as they now sit six points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham, with the slimmest of chances of securing Champions League football.
With seven league fixtures left to go, the Londoners will need a miracle to return in contention for a top-four finish.
Given Spurs’ recent form, it will be an uphill task for Mourinho to navigate his side’s way back into the Champions League qualifying territory.
Additionally, the Special One seems to be losing control within the dressing room, having reportedly entered a series of bust-ups with some players.
Another trophyless season for the north London outfit is on the horizon, as Daniel Levy looks to shake things up a bit in the summer.
Desperate not to lose Harry Kane amid rising concerns over Tottenham’s inability to compete for trophies, the 59-year-old is exploring the idea of sacking under-pressure Mourinho.
Tottenham are reportedly keeping tabs on Nuno Espirito Santo as they eye him as a potential replacement for Jose Mourinho.— Talking Wolves (@TalkingWolves) April 13, 2021
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Though the former Chelsea manager can still salvage his future in the capital, it will require something special from Tottenham in the late charge.
Per the Daily Mirror, Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo tops Levy’s shortlist of potential Mourinho’s successors.
Nuno has helped Wolves establish themselves as a force in the Premier League over the past couple of years.
Contracted to Molineux until 2023, the ex-Porto tactician has emerged as a potential target for several top clubs in the Premier League and other Europe’s top-five divisions.
Tottenham will have to fork out around £8million to meet Nuno’s compensation package if they are to lure him away from Wolves.
Another name on Levy’s list is Maurizio Sarri.
Out of work since severing ties with Juventus last summer, the Italian could be a cheaper, albeit a proven solution.
Sarri left the Bianconeri under suspicious circumstances, having guided his side to their ninth successive Serie A title in 2019/20.
The 62-year-old cut ties with Chelsea in a similar fashion the previous year after delivering a Europa League trophy and an automatic Champions League group stage berth back in 2018/19.
However, Napoli are also interested in bringing Sarri back to base, as Gennaro Gattuso’s future at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona hangs in the balance.