Tottenham: Mason coy when quizzed on wanting job full-time
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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has added a new name to his shortlist for the club’s vacant manager’s job as the search continues for Jose Mourinho’s successor. Ryan Mason has taken interim charge since the Portuguese manager’s departure, though has suffered two successive defeats to end Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four.
Several names have been linked with the job, including Julian Nagelsmann, Graham Potter and Erik Ten Hag.
But they have seemingly suffered a number of setbacks in that search, with Nagelsmann opting to join Bayern Munich and Ten Hag signing a new contract at Ajax.
Levy though is not worried, with Spurs insisting that no decision will be made until the end of the season.
And though they may have lost out on Nagelsmann and Ten Hag, other options are becoming available.
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One of those options is Gennaro Gattuso, who is set to leave Napoli at the end of the season despite an impressive spell in charge.
Gattuso led the Naples club to their first Coppa Italia win in six years in his first season in charge and into qualifying for the Europa League.
He has continued to build the club back up this season, with Napoli set to qualify for the Champions League if they match Juventus’ result in the final round of the Serie A campaign.
The Italian also had some success at previous club AC Milan, leading them to the verge of the top four before departing through mutual consent.
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Despite his impressive time in charge though, he is set to depart Napoli at the end of the season, with a new contract unlikely to be agreed.
Much of the reasons for Gattuso departing stems from a frustration that Napoli have failed to reach their full potential this campaign.
That had started the season as contenders to win the league, but the initial run of form dissipated as injuries hampered Gattuso’s squad.
But despite his impending departure, Gattuso’s record in Naples had attracted an admirer in Levy, with Rai Sport reporting that he has been added to the managerial shortlist.
They say that Gattuso will depart Napoli on Monday, to confirm a situation that has been widely known for months.
It is claimed that Serie A sides Lazio and Juventus are also eyeing the Italian boss, but he being seriously considered by Spurs.
Levy is believed to have seen several Napoli matches since Gattuso took charge, with the Spurs chief keeping a close eye on his progress.
The London club have been impressed by his tactical philosophy and the ideas that saw Napoli do the double over Roma and defeat Milan this season.
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