Jose Mourinho’s position as Tottenham manager is now under increasing scrutiny with the feel-good factor surrounding the club’s early season form having been replaced by concern amongst the fanbase.
The north London side were leading the Premier League title race in December but have dropped to ninth following a run of just 12 points from 13 league fixtures, and whilst they remain just six points adrift of the top four their recent results have piled the pressure on Mourinho.
Mourinho’s appointment was designed to end the club’s long wait for silverware and Spurs will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final in April, but would that success be sufficient given the uninspiring performances produced by the north Londoners of late?
So for those of you who like to keep up to date with the latest betting offers on sites like EM 2021, we’ve decided to look at the potential alternatives Spurs could turn to should Mourinho’s reign be brought to an end.
Here are the five favourites to be the club’s next manager:
Scott Parker – 14/1
The former Spurs midfielder is currently in the midst of a relegation battle with Fulham in what is his first senior position in management, though the inexperienced coach has shown signs of managerial potential at Craven Cottage.
Parker was thrust into the role as Fulham neared the drop in 2018/19 and was unable to keep the Cottagers in the top flight, before navigating a gruelling Championship season to earn an instant return to the Premier League through the play-offs.
Handed a modest budget in comparison to some of his predecessors, Parker’s recruitment has been smart and sensible with a number of loan acquisitions at least providing Fulham with a competitive side.
Parker’s appointment would be a huge risk given his lack of experience but the 40-year-old is a model professional and meticulous planner, traits that will leave him in good stead for a managerial career he will hope can reach great heights.
Max Allegri – 8/1
Amongst the most high-profile names available at present, Max Allegri has been routinely linked with Premier League vacancies since stepping down from his position as Juventus manager in 2019.
Allegri guided the Italian side to five consecutive league titles and twice reached the Champions League final, whilst he also led AC Milan to league success during a previous spell at the San Siro.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the 53-year-old in recent times without making an approach and it is somewhat baffling he remains out of work, given his extensive list of honours, proven track-record of rebuilding sides and ability to handle a dressing room packed with leading names.
Eddie Howe – 6/1
Eddie Howe is ranked as the third-favourite to take charge of Spurs with the 43-year-old without a club after leaving Bournemouth last summer, departing the Cherries following a fairytale journey that saw him take the club from the fourth tier to the upper echelons of English football.
Bournemouth’s rise through the divisions during two spells under Howe’s management was nothing short of remarkable but their stagnation towards the end of his reign may count against him when it comes to landing a leading position.
Howe’s brand of football is undoubtedly attractive and given greater resources he could achieve huge success, but the questionable recruitment of his latter tenure at Bournemouth and inability to rectify the club’s long-standing defensive issues will surely concern Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Howe – once touted as the outstanding young English coach – may need to enhance his reputation further before one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs seriously consider him a candidate, his stock not quite as high as in previous years following Bournemouth’s relegation last season.
Julian Nagelsmann – 7/2
Perhaps the managerial prospect at the top of the wish-list for the leading clubs in Europe considering change, Julian Nagelsmann has seen his reputation soar since becoming the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever manager at Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history under Nagelsmann after previously being amongst the relegation candidates in Germany, the young coach spending three seasons with the club before moving to RB Leipzig.
His debut season in charge saw Nagelsmann guide the club into the Champions League’s knockout stages for the first time, reaching the semi-finals before suffering defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 33-year-old is innovative and implements an attractive pressing style, his high-energy sides winning admirers and seeing the young coach courted by the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Brendan Rodgers – 1/1
Brendan Rodgers is regarded as the favourite to become Spurs’ next manager, the Northern Irishman having rebuilt his reputation in style since being sacked at Liverpool in 2015.
Rodgers came close to guiding the Reds to the Premier League title before things began to unravel on Merseyside, the position perhaps coming too soon for a young coach who has underlined his credentials in the seasons since.
The 48-year-old moved to Celtic and won back-to-back domestic trebles with the Scottish side, including completing an entire league season without defeat in 2016/17 to finish on 106 points and 30 clear of runners-up Aberdeen.
Rodgers returned to the Premier League with Leicester in 2019 and has helped establish the Foxes as contenders for the top four, spending much of last season in the Champions League places before finishing a respectable fifth.
This season Leicester are once again in the top four and their performances are unlikely to have gone unnoticed, Rodgers attractive style of football and faith in young players making him a leading contender for any top six job.
Despite his fine work and progress at the King Power Stadium, Rodgers will find a ‘big six’ opportunity difficult to turn down as he seeks a second chance at the highest level.