Julian Nagelsmann has been installed as the new favourite to succeed Antonio Conte after the Italian manager left the North London side by mutual consent on Sunday.
The news comes after a series of talks with the Italian manager broke down and following a recent press conference in which he called the Spurs players “selfish”, criticising the club’s culture, after the side drew 3-3 with Southampton.
The North London club had reportedly already begun to check the market for a new manager amid concerns that many of the players were no longer behind the Italian head coach.
Spurs currently sit fourth in the league but Newcastle are closing the gap and there are just two points between the two sides with two matches in hand for the Magpies. There are now several serious contenders for who is likely to take over Conte’s role and Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini will now step up as head ocach for the rest of the season with former midfielder Ryan Mason as his deputy.
A new name has now been thrown into the mix following Bayern Munich’s surprise decision to sack Julian Nagelsmann and replace him with former Chelsea and Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel.
Here are the latest odds...
Julian Nagelsmann - 1/3
Julian Nagelsman has been installed as the new favourite for the Tottenham Hotspur job after his departure from Bayern Munich.
The German became the youngest coach in Bundesliga history at just 28 years of age when he took on the 1899 Hoffenheim job in February 2016.
Nagelsmann enjoyed a successful three year stint with Hoffenheim and guided the club from a relegation battle to the Champions League places - whilst also becoming the youngest ever head coach in Champions League history at 31 years and 58 days.
The German manager later joined RB Leipzig and continued to impress by guiding the club to the unprecedented position of a Champions League semi-final for the first time in the club’s history.
Nagelsmann joined Bayern Munich in 2021 and won the league title in his first campaign with the club. He leaves Bayern Munich second in the Bundesliga table just one point behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund whilst also reaching the Champions League quarter final after a victory over PSG.
Ryan Mason - 2/1
Former Tottenham Hotspur player Ryan Mason is being tipped to replace Antonio Conte on an interim basis until the end of the season, according to the bookmakers.
Mason came through the Tottenham academy in 2008 and spent eight years with the club before joining Hull City in 2016. The midfielder was forced to retire early due to a serious injury in 2018.
Since retiring from football, Mason has been a part of the coaching team at Tottenham working with the academy under Jose Mourinho and being promoted to head coach by Antono Conte.
Mason became the youngest ever manager of a Premier League team in April 2021 and took on the Tottenham job until the end of the season after Mourinho’s departure - winning four of his seven Premier League games.
Mauricio Pochettino - 8/1
The 51-year-old Argentinian manager could return to North London following his previous stint at the club from 2014-2019. He had a 54.27 win percentage but was sacked with the side placed 14th in the Premier League table in November 2019.
He has since managed Paris Saint-Germain, replacing Thomas Tuchel in January 2021, and won the Trophee des Champions, Coupe de France and Ligue 1 title. The Argentinian parted ways with the club in July 2022 and has since been out of work. He has been described as a ‘world-class’ manager and has reportedly told Tottenham he would be keen to make a return at the start of the season but this could depend on whether the club’s hierarchy are convinced.
Oliver Glasner 20/1
Tottenham havereportedly contacted the Austrian Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner. Frankfurt faced Spurs in the Champions League earlier this season, with Tottenham winning 3-2 and drawing 0-0 with the German club. The Bundesliga side currently sit sixth in the table and are in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal.
Glasner recently guided his side to success in the Europa League with a penalty shootout win over Rangers in the final. The Austrian’s contract expires in 2024, leaving the door open for Spurs to potentially buyout his contract but the North London side could well face competition from European heavyweights Real Madrid as well as fellow Londoners Chelsea who are keeping tabs in case they opt to replace Graham Potter shortly.
The Austrian 48-year-old, who spent all but one year of his playing career at Ried, has managed SV Ried, LASK, VfL Wolfsburg and Frankfurt. He is sitting on an overall win percentage of 49.19 and his Europa League trophy is the only one in his career.
Luis Enrique - 28/1
Luis Enrique is currently another out-of-work manager who previously managed the Spanish national team. During his three years with the national side, he led the club to the Euros 2020 semi-finals as well as the 2022 World Cup round of 16. However, following Spain’s 3-0 shootout defeat to Morocco, he stepped down from his position.
Enrique has been one of the most renowned and successful managers of his generation, known for his incisive and direct football with quick transitions from defence to attack. During his three years at Barcelona, he enjoyed a win percentage of 76.24 and has an overall win percentage of 58.76 from his time at Barcelona B, Roma, Celta, Barcelona and Spain.
Who else is on the list?
While Ryan Mason is bookies’ favourite to take over in the interim, much like he did when Jose Mourinho lost his job at the Lilywhites, here are the other top candidates according toSkyBet who could well replace Antonio Conte:
- Julian Nagelsmann - 1/3
- Ryan Mason - 2/1
- Mauricio Pochettino - 8/1
- Oliver Glasner - 20/1
- Luis Enrique - 28/1
- Arne Slot - 33/1
- Roberto De Zerbi - 33/1
- Ange Postecoglou - 40/1
- Brendan Rodgers - 40/1
- Carlo Ancelotti - 40/1