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Alasdair Gold

Tottenham striker suffers season-ending injury and the hunt for Fabio Paratici's replacement

chrism12L "Is there any truth to the rumours of Naglesmann to Spurs getting hot?"

Alasdair says: "The suggestions from German certainly seem to be that he's more open to Spurs now after dropping out of the running for the Chelsea job as well as Carlo Ancelotti looking like remaining at Real Madrid for another year.

"Spurs were never keen on being a fall-back option but when it comes to Nagelsmann, his ability to be both their glamour appointment and project manager might just override that if they were to undertake and hold positive talks.

"Tottenham have considered him twice before and the response from his camp on both occasions was positive. The first time Spurs went for Jose Mourinho instead and the second time Bayern came in and grabbed the young coach.

"If Nagelsmann shows any indication to Tottenham that he wants to make it third time lucky, Levy should leap at the opportunity."

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AlexStylianou: "Just how long do you think they're willing to wait for Nagelsmann? Are they prepared to wait until the summer and risk not getting him and potentially set them back with other potential targets? With Poch going to Chelsea the mood will continue getting worse the longer they leave it."

Alasdair says: "With the Nagelsmann situation, the word from those around Bayern is that anyone trying to take him before the season ends will have to pay a hefty compensation fee as he's on gardening leave. I'm not sure whether the summer will see him available for free or for a reduced price, but that would seem to prevent his appointment until then unless there's a way of announcing him with a later start date without Bayern legally having some kind of case for the original compensation.

"I think at this point leaving it until the end of the season does also open up the room to speak to more candidates in jobs, in order for Levy to do his due diligence.

"However, the pressure on the Spurs chairman is going to be immense in the weeks ahead, not least when Pochettino heads to Chelsea, so his hand might be forced into pushing through something."

johnnh: "Is it true that Gianni Vio is staying?"

Alasdair says: "That's true. It appears not all of Spurs' Italian coaching staff have left. The belief yesterday was originally that all of them had gone as per the statement, but today it seems that Gianni Vio has remained in his role of attacking set piece coach to assist Ryan Mason. That's a help for him.

"I guess as Vio came in as a later part of the coaching unit and wasn't someone identified with the Conte/Stellini established set-up, he's technically his own man. He'll be one experienced person for Mason to call upon."

TheRealMrFantastic: "If you made the decisions at Tottenham would you prioritise a project manager which you believe Spurs require and risk Kane being unimpressed, or go for a bigger name that will keep him more intrigued but may have a similar ending to Conte and Mourinho?"

Alasdair says: "I think Julian Nagelsmann ticks both boxes. I'd go for him in that scenario."

Suffolk Spur: "Don't you think some of the Spurs hierarchy will be worried about Nagelsmann potentially being another egotistical manager who thinks he's doing us a favour by coming as he's been used to a higher level of player and success?"

Alasdair says: "He only had a brief period at Bayern, which would have been a learning experience, while previously he was at clubs like Leipzig and Hoffenheim where he was taking on the big boys through his coaching and developing the players so I wouldn't worry about him being arrogant after his last experience."

avaaaa: "Is it true that Jude Soonsup-Bell is out of the season?"

Alasdair says: "Unfortunately so, the 19-year-old striker suffered a hamstring injury which ended his campaign. His recovery is going well and he should be back and fully fit for pre-season. Spurs have not had much luck with Soonsup-Bell or Will Lankshear on the injury front since they arrived this season as their newly-recruited academy forwards from Chelsea and Sheffield United respectively."

lucasfilm: "A challenge - can you please try and put a positive spin on things with the way things currently going?"

Alasdair says: "There are plenty of good managerial options out there to improve Spurs and take them forward if the club backs them properly and everyone shows patience."

johnnh: "Is there any progress you know of about for a Fabio Paratici replacement? Will Scott Munn be sorting that when they start?"

Alasdair says: "You would think the pressure is on to sort the manager first and then perhaps you look for a director of football that complements them and the style of football you want for the long term. I know it's meant to go the other way around but Spurs can't hang around when it comes to the next head coach.

"They got the DoF first last time in Paratici and he ended up ripping up their managerial shortlist, interviewed a number of candidates who did not play the football the club had promised and then ended up with Nuno. After that experience, perhaps it's better to start the other way round even it's not the way the system is meant to work."

sdfghjk00:"Can you tell us how many centre-backs are we going to sign this summer?"

Alasdair says: "The plan was to sign two - a new left-sided and right-sided one. Now we'll have to see whether the next manager wants more (or less). For me, they need new recruits in defence whoever comes in"

James147: "Could you explain the difference between a normal director of football, a managing director of football, as Paratici was, and the role Scott Munn will take in the summer?"

Alasdair says: "So an example really of a director of football is what Steve Hitchen had become eventually at Spurs although his title was technical performance director. He would head up the recruitment department but also have a role across the club overseeing everything to keep the first team and academy moving together in the same direction.

"Fabio Paratici came in above him as the managing director of football which was a higher level role and he sat with the board and had more influence over decisions whereas Hitchen could only present his recommendations and seek approval. Hitchen, before he left, was reporting to Paratici.

"Scott Munn will come in as a chief football officer and Paratici would have reported to him had he been around. Munn will essentially become a number two to Daniel Levy, running all the football aspects of the club and he will hire a director of football or perhaps someone with a blend of both Hitchen and Paratici's remits to fill the gap required with top level football expertise."

haythem: "Is it possible for Giovani Lo Celso to continue next season with Tottenham?"

Alasdair says: "It depends who the next manager is and which loan players they believe they can use. For me, Lo Celso is proving on loan that he is a very good player and the right head coach might still be able to utilise him at Tottenham. The other side to that though is the Argentine's value has not dropped too much and interest in him has risen so Spurs could perhaps get some of that hefty transfer fee for him back."

bm123: "Do you think Pochettino going to Chelsea is in a way a good thing for the fans, in that it piles even more pressure on Levy to get the next appointment right? For example, whilst Slot may have got the job before, do you think someone like him will simply not be enough to appease the fans given they have seen their favourite choice go to Chelsea?"

Alasdair says: "I think it certainly piles the pressure on Levy and increases the scrutiny on why he didn't make any attempt to bring Pochettino back. I'd hope though that it doesn't prevent Spurs from picking the right candidate - Slot may well be that person - because for me the pressure should be on to pick the right person for the job not the biggest name."

Violet500: "With all the doom and gloom facing the first team at the moment. Could you pick out some players from the academy to keep an eye on for the future? I was very impressed with the U17s win against Forest last week. Mikey Moore looks a real prospect. Also I really like the look of Alfie Dorrington who is already playing for the U21s."

Alasdair says: "Mikey Moore has all the potential in the world if he keeps working hard. We've known about Alfie Devine for a while but I think he'll start to break out next season, probably on loan, and Romaine Mundle, if Spurs can sort out his contract, could really step up. He might benefit from heading off on the pre-season tour if they can tie that up.

"Alfie Dorrington is certainly a very good young defender and I like the look of young Oliver Irow. He's a versatile attacker and he really impressed me in the U17s' cup final win with his movement. He's got eight goals in 16 matches for the U18s this year playing in a variety of positions so he's worth keeping an eye on.

"There's also Jamie Donley, who has been moving around different positions this season to help the team out and develop his game. The forward got himself a new deal recently and he's got a lot of quality up front and impressed in deeper roles."

lukess: "Do you think Ryan Mason will play a back four on Thursday against Manchester United and, if so, do you think the current squad are capable of not being torn apart given the utter shambles against Newcastle?"

Alasdair says: "Much will depend on the fitness of Ben Davies and Clement Lenglet. The Welshman in particular gives him the best chance of switching to a back four that is suitable, perhaps even with Japhet Tanganga on the right if he is concerned about Pedro Porro.

"There will also be the temptation of sticking with the comfort of the back three for just another match or two until Davies is fully fit, but it's not really Mason's system."

BobbeP: "What are your thoughts on Royal's representative (his father) saying that he may be off to a bigger club in the summer?"

Alasdair says: "Emerson has come out since and played that down, saying his father wasn't speaking for him and that he's very happy at Spurs and he and his father had not discussed a move."


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