'Spurs have a chance': Alasdair Gold says Tottenham could make truly 'fascinating' appointment
Tottenham Hotspur are currently on the lookout for a new manager after parting company with Antonio Conte.
The Italian left Spurs by mutual consent last week, in wake of his spectacular post-Southampton press conference.
Plenty of coaches have been linked with the Tottenham reins, including Mauricio Pochettino.
Lately, Julian Nagelsmann’s name has been doing the rounds with regards to the vacant Spurs post.
And with good reason, too.
Nagelsmann is an outstanding young manager whose Bayern Munich departure has raised many an eyebrow.
That said, Alasdair Gold has reported that the 35-year-old hasn’t actually been sacked, but appears to be on gardening leave.
On Tuesday, the esteemed journalist held a Q&A on football.london, and unsurprisingly, questions about the manager cropped up often.
One fan asked Gold whether Nagelsmann is actually open to joining Spurs, and whether the club has a chance of getting him on a pre-contract.
The football.london reporter provided an in-depth answer, saying Tottenham certainly have a chance of landing the “fascinating” manager.
Even better, Gold spoke of how Nagelsmann is a huge fan of Mauricio Pochettino, saying he saw a “kindred spirit” in the Argentine.
“Nagelsmann is a believer in attacking from the front with a high pressing style,” he said.
“And that idea was shared by Pochettino as he transformed Tottenham into a consistent top four side and took them to the Champions League final.
“Nagelsmann saw a kindred spirit in the Argentine and kept a keen eye on how Spurs got on.”
Gold did, however, stress that the 35-year-old may need some time to recover from the shock of the Bayern decision.
“I also think he needs time to mentally recover after what happened at Bayern,” he continued.
“And there will be plenty of competition for his signature, which is why Bayern did not sack him.
“Instead placing him on gardening leave because they knew they would not need to pay compensation with the interest in him.
“Spurs are playing down any mention of them having a top target right now or contacting anyone.
“Presumably so there’s not a big scene if anybody declines to speak to them or join them after the mess of 2021.”
‘A fascinating appointment’
Gold continued: “I think Spurs have a chance with Nagelsmann. Both parties would fit each other really well.
“However, it’s very much down to making themselves the most attractive option if they decide that he’s the man.
“Nagelsmann will now jump straight on and high up their list of candidates again.
“As for a pre-contract, if Spurs decide he’s the one then doing that would get it all sorted very early.
“But the club seem to like to make us all wait and the German may want to wait to see what his options are anyway.
“I think he would be a fascinating appointment if they went for him.”
The best candidate for Spurs – our view
Out of all the candidates, Nagelsmann is arguably the best for Tottenham at this moment in time.
He’s a young, talented and smart manager who likes a project and looks like he’d like to grow alongside a club.
That was very much the case when Spurs snapped Mauricio Pochettino up from Southampton back in 2014.
At the time, he was a promising manager doing well in his first Premier League job at a modest club.
Meanwhile, Nagelsmann is a promising manager who was doing well with Bayern, who in turn have jettisoned him.
Let’s see how things progress, but Spurs should really go all out to bring him to N17.
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