Every managerial ‘target’ Tottenham have missed out on as more talks collapse

Tottenham's managerial merry-go-round looks set to continue deep into the summer, as Gennaro Gattuso has become the latest manager to turn down the vacant hot seat.

The North London side have been without a manager since Spurs relieved Jose Mourinho of his duties just one week before the Carabao Cup final in April.

Whilst Ryan Mason has taken over on temporary terms – Daniel Levy has been searching for a permanent replacement.

However, Levy's targets have persistently fallen by the wayside, and after Spurs' talks with Gattuso collapsed, Daily Star Sport is looking at all the targets Levy has let slip through his fingers.

Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino led Spurs – in 2018 – to their first, and only, Champions League final in a losing effort to Liverpool.

It was the culmination of Poch's five-year journey in North London, and following the full-time whistle, a tearful Pochettino spoke about the importance of investment.

He didn't get it, and a couple of months later, he was shown the door.

When news broke that Poch could return to London, Spurs fans were ready to welcome their returning hero, however, the Argentine was now in charge of PSG, and his new employers weren't too keen on letting him leave.

Brendan Rodgers

In May, Rodgers lead Leicester City to their first FA Cup, which they won thanks to a wondergoal from Youri Tielemans.

It was the latest accolade in a Rodgers' glistening career, however, Levy had hoped to offer Rodgers the one accolade that has evaded him: the Premier League trophy.

However, Rodgers loves Leicester, and he told talkSPORT: "Yeah, 200 per cent. I absolutely love it here.

"Tottenham is a club that’s one of the biggest clubs in Europe, it’s a fantastic club, the stadium’s amazing, they’ve got great players and obviously they’ll be looking for a manager in the summer."

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Antonio Conte

Conte is unique on this list; he is the only manager to have stood atop the Premier League before.

The Italian gaffer guided Chelsea to Premier League success during the 16/17 campaign, and he did so with a unique 3-4-3 system.

And after wrestling the scudetto off Juventus with Inter Milan, Conte looked the perfect candidate for the role to finally deliver a trophy to Spurs' storied empty trophy cabinet.

However, Conte was unconvinced Spurs were a team ready to win trophies immediately – and talks collapsed.

Erik ten Hag

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Ten Hag made himself a household name when he led a young-exciting Ajax side to the Champions League semi-final – where they knocked out by Poch's Spurs, largely thanks to ten minutes of genius from Lucas Moura.

And Ten Hag provided the progressive attacking football Levy was looking for in his Spurs side.

However, as soon as Ten Hag emerged as a target for the North London side, the Dutchman put pen-to-paper on a deal in Amsterdam.

The quiet Dutchman currently lives above a supermarket in Amsterdam, and he doesn't look to be changing scenery any time soon.

Massimiliano Allegri

Allegri, like Conte, has swept up a plethora of trophies on the continent.

Serie A became Allegri's playground, and he won five scudetto's in a row whilst at the helm at Juventus for the better part of the 2010s.

The Italian also led the Old Lady into two Champions League's finals, both in losing efforts, and Europe's premier competition proved to be the downfall of Allegri in Turin, and he was let go for falling short in 2019.

Allegri has since returned to Juventus, after he turned down the chance to move to North London.

Paulo Fonseca

Things can change very quickly in football; on Monday the former manager of Roma, Fonseca, looked set to take over at Spurs.

And, now, a couple of days later, talks between the two parties have collapsed, and Fonseca is out of the race.

Spurs, reportedly, got cold feet over the 48-year-old; Fonseca was shocked by the developments, and negotiations were so far that discussions had taken place about signings.

Sky Italia reported that financial reasons were the reason for the collapse, whilst Sky Sports News point the break down towards Spurs.

Gennaro Gattuso

Gattuso had quite the 24-hours on Thursday.

Reports in Italy broke that Gattuso was already looking to leave Fiorentina – just 23 days after taking the role in Tuscany – due to a dispute in transfers.

And, by that afternoon, the former AC Milan midfielder appeared to be the front runner for the Spurs job, hours after talks with Fonseca had broken down.

However, after Spurs fans voiced their displeasure of hiring the Fiorentina gaffer – talks, again, broke down.

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