Ray Wilkins explains why Gianluca Vialli turned down Tottenham managerial job

Ray Wilkins was discussing Jose Mourinho taking over Manchester United.

Former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins revealed on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 2 on Saturday morning (February 20, broadcast from 10am) that Gianluca Vialli was once approached by Tottenham Hotspur to be their manager.

The former Chelsea and AC Milan midfielder also revealed why Vialli turned down the chance to take charge of Tottenham.

“I once had an experience with Luca (Gianluca Vialli) like that,” said Wilkins on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 2 on Saturday morning (February 20, broadcast from 10am).

“We had just finished playing a game of golf, and he was asked to take Tottenham the week before they played Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, but he wouldn’t take the job halfway through the season.”

Wilkins made the revelation while discussing the prospect of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho taking charge of Manchester United now.

According to The Manchester Evening News, Mourinho will replace Louis van Gaal as the United manager.

Van Gaal has come under pressure due to the Red Devils’ disappointing performances and poor results this season.

It remains to be seen when United make the managerial change, if they make it at all, and whether Mourinho is offered the job.

As for Vialli, the former Chelsea striker is not in club football management at the moment and has not been for a while.

The former Italy international managed Chelsea from 1998 to 2000 before taking charge of Watford in 2001. Vialli was sacked by the Hornets in June 2002, and he has not managed a club since.

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