Daniel Levy is said to have decided to go back to Tottenham Hotspur’s original criteria as he looks to find a new manager for the club, by the Athletic.
It is now over two months since Tottenham had a manager in place, and they are now officially back at square one according to the latest update.
Levy initially promised Tottenham that they would look to appoint a manager who promoted attacking football and would bring through young players.
However, since then they have been linked with both Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso, who don’t exactly fit that description.
Talks have now fallen through for both the Italian managers though, with Levy now deciding that Tottenham need to go back to his original shortlist.
The Athletic speculate that the initial candidates for the Spurs job could now come back into contention, with both Erik ten Hag and Graham Potter said to be back in the frame.
A positive update?
That news may appeal to Spurs fans, given some of the recent managers they have been linked with.
However, it is difficult to understand why Tottenham have lurched from one plan to another as they appoint a new boss.
There appears to have been no long-term strategy from Tottenham’s board since the moment that Jose Mourinho departed.
If Spurs had pushed strongly for Ten Hag and Potter at the start of their managerial hunt their chances of landing either may have been increased too.
But now Tottenham face the possibility of approaching either of them, and both managers knowing that they were far from first choice.
Ten Hag is currently under contract at Ajax, while Potter is in charge of Brighton, meaning Spurs would have to pay compensation to land either of them.