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Alasdair Gold

The chance of Marcelo Gallardo or Brendan Rodgers being next Tottenham manager and the shortlist

Ryangoles: "In the 2021 manager saga we were linked with Gallardo but apparently he didn’t want to leave River at that point, wondering if you’ve heard his name mentioned at all this time round?"

Alasdair says: "I wouldn't rule out Marcelo Gallardo entirely but I think he'd be an outlier in the running. For one reason or another he hasn't been linked with a move to the Premier League too much, or at least he wasn't until there was some suggestions from Brazil about him being a potential Chelsea candidate.

"I think he's one Spurs have definitely looked at but I don't get the impression he's a leading candidate at this stage. As with Nuno in 2021 though, who knows what can happen to the order of candidates as others fall away."

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mattyice1311: "Any update on the top candidates for the managerial search? Also, is Ruben Amorim being considered?"

Alasdair says: "Julian Nagelsmann will remain right up there unless Chelsea make a move or he delivers a firm no. Mauricio Pochettino might not be the board's top choice but the more the fans call for him the more difficult it becomes to ignore the idea of bringing the Argentine back.

"Amorim is definitely a younger manager who has been considered, along with Vincent Kompany, who Spurs' head of coaching methodology Simon Davies knows well and will be pushing the claims of.

"Roberto De Zerbi has been considered, although as I said last week, the noises coming from those around him do not suggest a manager looking to up sticks at this moment from the security of Brighton to the chaos of Tottenham.

"I would be shocked if Graham Potter doesn't come into conversation again as he did in 2021, even after his tough time at Chelsea, while Arne Slot will be a strong candidate despite some claims in the Netherlands that he might be reluctant at this point to take his daughter out of secondary school to come to the UK.

"The arrival of Scott Munn might increase the noise around Celtic boss Ange Postecoglu, who grew up and coached in Australia.

"Luis Enrique is certainly a big favourite of Fabio Paratici, as is Porto boss Sergio Conceicao, but how much say the Italian has will be known after April 19.

"There are plenty of good options out there for Tottenham and they need to pick the right one."

chrism12: "Is there any possibility of Brendan Rodgers being hired? There are rumours that he and his agent do not like Daniel Levy. Is that something you might have heard? I think he would be a great appointment."

Alasdair says: "I don't think he's a top candidate at the moment from what I understand. Again, like I said on Gallardo above, who knows how the search shakes up after those chaotic 76 days of 2021 but for now I don't think he's a name near the top of Tottenham's list."

dangumble: "Is Thomas Frank amongst the list of potential new managers?"

Alasdair says: "Thomas Frank will definitely have been looked at. He's done a great job at Brentford but I wonder whether Spurs see him as enough of a name or trophy winner. They seem to have been drawn to those types in recent years."

wm80: "Will the singing of Poch's name in the stadium resonate with the board at all?"

Alasdair says: "You'd think it has to eventually, the louder and louder it gets."

aubz: "What do you think our must sign positions are to make us watchworthy again?"

Alasdair says: "Personally, I think a top centre-back and a creative midfielder, but I'd be happy with whatever the next manager sees as the priorities for their system."

chrism12: "Is there any update on whether Bissouma or Davies will be back for the Newcastle/Man United/Liverpool games?"

Alasdair says: "Stellini mentioned that Davies was progressing well so you never know. Conte had pretty much ruled Bissouma out for the season but there was always a hope within the club that he might make it back for some of the games so we should find out about him soon."

wilsscham: "Much has been made about the boring style of football being played under Jose, Nuno and Conte. Do you think Spurs can seriously afford to play a more attack-minded style with the inconsistent and blunder-prone defensive players we currently have, namely in centre defence?"

Alasdair says: "I think they have to appoint a more attack-minded coach to appease the fans and the plan pre-Conte exit was to bring in two centre-backs this summer, one for the left and one for the centre/right, so that should fix that issue if they get the right players in."

sean1219: "Do you think Spurs should prioritise picking a manager who is more than happy to be at Spurs, work with young talent and work within our budget? I worry with names like Nagelsmann and Enrique, who seem to prefer Chelsea and their star-studded big budget squad) that they'll feel, like Conte, they are doing us a favour and will ultimately get frustrated and cause disharmony."

Alasdair says: "I 100% agree that the next Spurs manager has to really want to be there and not see his role as doing the club a favour. That's not to say that Nagelsmann or Enrique would be like that. We know how chaotic the club can be but I still think it's a really good opportunity for a young manager to make the job his own and form Tottenham in his own image as Pochettino did."

Burts1: "Do you think Spurs are best to keep the stadium name as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium rather than sell the naming rights as every time there is other events it promotes our name and will extend our fan base in the long run?"

Alasdair says: "I think financially they need to sell those naming rights to help them compete in the long-run. It's just a very, very long time for them to find the deal they want."

TonyBaz: "With Paratici out of the loop for the time being and Scott Munn coming in as a number two to the chairman, do you think Munn may be an insurance if Paratici is banned for 18 months? The eclectic mix of experience that has been brought in could easily fill in the gap that the director of football fills."

Alasdair says: "Munn does not seem to be a sporting director type but you're right, Gretar Steinsson and Andy Scoulding could potentially step up in the short term below him if Paratici's appeal is rejected on April 19."

alan1956: "What is likely to happen for Tanguy Ndombele at the end of his loan agreement? Is there a role for him at Spurs."

Alasdair says: "Much depends on the new manager but despite his talent, the past would suggest it might not work for him under a fourth Tottenham boss. Napoli have a 30m euros (£26.3m) option to buy Ndombele, but there is not believe to be any clause that makes that an obligation when they qualify for Champions League football next season in the coming weeks.

"That means Spurs will likely have to negotiate with the Italian club or any other interested party at a lower price in the summer if the Frenchman is to leave as expected."


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