Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial search since Jose Mourinho was sacked in April has descended into farce.
Spurs have attempted to get a suitable successor to the Portuguese, but talks with all of their candidates have broken down thus far.
A new name has emerged, with Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano reporting late last night that former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has been approached.
Tottenham board back in contact with many candidates after Gattuso talks collapsed. ⚪️ #THFC
Ernesto Valverde new name approached – not advanced yet.
Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag always been appreciated, both are in the list – but ‘complicated’.
Crazy but… race still open.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 18, 2021
According to the Italian, the Tottenham board are back in contact with some of their candidates for the job after talks with Gennaro Gattuso collapsed on Thursday.
While they are negotiating with the Spanish manager, talks have not reached an advanced stage and Spurs still keeping tabs on Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag.
Valverde is currently out of work since leaving Camp Nou in January 2020. The 55-year-old won two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup with Barca, and could bring some of his good luck charm to Tottenham if appointed.
He won the Super Cup with Athletic Bilbao in 2015, emerging as the UEFA La Liga Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 campaign.
Valverde recorded success with Olympiacos earlier in his managerial career, winning three Super League Greece titles and the Greek Cup twice.
He took Espanyol to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006-07, and he knows one or two things about winning silverware.
Spurs need a trophy and could do with a manager that knows how to win one.
Valverde does not have a definite coaching style but is tactically adept at setting up a team defensively to clinch victory, coming very close to leading Barcelona to an unbeaten La Liga campaign in his debut season.
Tottenham could do with someone like that, but chairman Daniel Levy would have to make up his mind very soon if he wants a manager at all this summer.