Ralf Rangnick and Rafa Benitez emerge as contenders for Tottenham Hotseat with Spurs chief Daniel Levy prioritizing experience over youth after disapproving comments from Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag
- Ralf Rangnick and Rafa Benitez have emerged as candidates for Tottenham
- Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is looking for a successor to Jose Mourinho
- Spurs have been linked with Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag
- Levy is seen as prioritizing experience over youthful potential
Ralf Rangnick, 62, and Rafa Benitez, 61, are being considered by Tottenham after a succession of managers barred themselves from taking over Jose Mourinho – and the certainty of experience is starting to seem more appealing than youthful potential.
Max Allegri, 53, will also be shortlisted, but the odds of Brighton’s Graham Potter, 45, and Eddie Howe, 43, are diminishing due to their inexperience at a major club.
Chairman Daniel Levy saw his initial shortlist fall apart when Julian Nagelsmann, 33, confirmed he would be moving to Bayern Munich, Erik ten Hag, 51, signed a new contract with Ajax and Brendan Rodgers, 48, indicated he would stay with Leicester .
Rafa Benitez (L) and Ralf Rangnick (R) have emerged as contenders for Tottenham’s Hotseat
Daniel Levy is looking for a new manager, but is hit by numerous rejections
Tottenham is unlikely to make a move before the end of the season and hope that Rodgers can still be persuaded if Leicester fails to make it to the Champions League next season.
Spurs insist that there have been no disapproved or missed opportunities because they have not approached anyone yet. The club is still completing the recruitment process before it can identify its preferred candidate.
Benitez and Allegri are the most decorated managers in the running, the former won the Champions League, the World Club Cup, the Europa League, UEFA Cup, La Liga twice, the FA Cup, Coppa Italia and the Championship, while the latter won the Series won. Six times with AC Milan and Juventus and four times with Coppa Italia.
Rangnick is better known for his control of clubs like Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, who helped them both rise through the German pyramid to higher echelons of the Bundesliga, and his ability to buy low and sell high is envied across Europe. His playing style influenced Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and he was at the forefront of the school of attacking German coaches in Stuttgart.
Brendan Rodgers (L) and Julian Nagelsmann (R) have both rejected Levy’s advances
Levy is said to prioritize experience over youthful potential in his quest, while Spurs are desperate to stop waiting for silverware.
However, Benitez immediately brings credibility and security given his Premier League experience.
“We are part of a very, very big club at Tottenham, so have high expectations,” said midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. “Those expectations are that we will get into the Champions League.”
But who will take them there?