Tottenham closing in on new low after Arne Slot rejects job
Tottenham fans could barely hide their disbelief after managerial target Arne Slot confirmed he would remain at Feyenoord next season despite links to north London. The club’s managerial search has now been ongoing for 60 days with no real end yet in sight meaning it could surpass the 72 days taken to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo in 2021.
Tottenham have been on the lookout for a new permanent manager since the end of March after parting ways with Antonio Conte. The Italian’s No 2 Cristian Stellini initially took on the role on an interim basis but he too lost his job after the embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Newcastle with Ryan Mason now taking the reins until the end of the campaign.
A number of names have been linked with the vacancy however the search has been fraught with issues. Julian Nagelsmann was the initial front-runner but was taken out of consideration earlier this month while Xabi Alonso confirmed he would be remaining with Bayer Leverkusen for another season.
Slot had appeared to have become the favoured candidate in recent days but it appears he is no longer in the running too. The Dutchman has confirmed he will look to stay at Feyenoord next season after winning the Eredivisie title this season and Fabrizio Romano suggests he could extend his stay even longer with a new contract mooted.
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The development leaves Tottenham back at square one again as they look to fulfil their managerial role. The club search for a new boss has now taken 60 days and is just 13 days away from eclipsing the record they previously set in 2021, when Daniel Levy and co. took 72 days just to appoint Nuno after sacking Jose Mourinho.
Spurs supporters could barely hide their anger taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure at their club’s lack of action.
@Mattlaaa wrote: “Good grief, we’re genuinely beyond a joke club now.” While @thespursweb said: “Antonio Conte was sacked in March, we’ve spent all this time doing our ‘due diligence’, only to find our leading candidate doesn’t actually want to leave his job. This is Tottenham all over.”
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@james112634 called for the board to be held accountable, writing: “Hold them accountable, don’t forget this once the next manager cycle starts.” While @Bailey02Josh summed up the misery many fans were feeling by simply stating: “Tottenham are a joke.”
It remains to be seen who Tottenham will eventually end up appointing as their new manager but Levy will be desperate to have someone in place by the start of pre-season.
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