Tottenham have ‘four-man shortlist’ in case Arne Slot swoop collapses

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly identified four potential back-up managerial candidates to pursue in case his pursuit of Feyenoord boss Arne Slot falls flat over the coming weeks, according to reports. The north Londoners are still on the lookout for a new permanent manager in advance of next season, with Julian Nagelsmann having emerged as an early target before ruling himself out of the running last month.

Slot has since been widely reported as the new frontrunner in the race to become Tottenham’s next boss, with the Dutchman having recently helped Feyenoord to win the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2017. However, it has been claimed by Sky Sports that Spurs are yet to settle on Slot as their preferred choice, with several other high-profile candidates still in the running to replace Antonio Conte on a permanent basis.

Feyenoord are reportedly becoming increasingly resigned to losing Slot ahead of the new campaign but there is still every chance that he ends up staying in the Netherlands if Tottenham decide to pursue one of their other targets instead. Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is also thought to be keenly admired by those in power in north London, while Thomas Frank of Brentford has emerged as another option after excelling with the Bees during their time in the Premier League.

Fulham manager Marco Silva has also been identified as a possible target after leading the Cottagers to a top-half finish in their first season back in England’s top flight, although he previously distanced himself from the Tottenham job when quizzed on the speculation prior to Conte’s dismissal earlier this year.

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“I will not make any comments on that,” said Silva. “Managers, players, we can’t control what people write. I won’t comment. You know my contract, I have this season and another year on my contract at this club. I’m really happy here. I won’t make any comments on that.”

Meanwhile, it is said that Celtic boss Ange Postecoglu is also on Tottenham’s list of names after guiding the Bhoys to their second Scottish Premiership title in as many years earlier this month. The 57-year-old has already been linked with a host of Premier League jobs over the course of this season, including the likes of Brighton and Everton, and former Hibernian striker Tam McManus recently insisted that Postecoglu would stand a good chance of succeeding in English football if he ends up joining Spurs this summer.

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“Postecoglou wasn’t tempted by other offers from the likes of Crystal Palace, Brighton and Everton,” he told Football Insider. “I don’t think he’s going to leave them [Celtic] for a team not in Europe, but Spurs will be extremely tempting and they have a lot of appeal as a club.

“They have a fantastic stadium and world-class players and I think he would leave Glasgow if Tottenham came calling, but he is doing very well at Celtic and building a long-term project there. It would be a huge decision to make.”

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