Tottenham could turn to Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi ahead of Fulham coach Scott Parker as they look to rebuild following the departure of Jose Mourinho and Carabao Cup final heartbreak.
Spurs look set to miss out on Champions League qualification following an inconsistent Premier League season during which they sat top after 12 matches with seven victories and four draws.
While Ajax opted to extend the contract of Erik ten Hag amid his links to north London, both Parker and Brendan Rodgers have been linked to the hot-seat with experience of the English top-flight.
However, Inzaghi has now jumped to the top of the linked targets, with chairman Daniel Levy said to have been keen on the 45-year-old before Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino.
Inzaghi has impressed during his five-year tenure at the Stadio Olimpico, and Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito said last year that Spurs made a ‘desperate attempt’ to bring him to the club.
“There was a desperate attempt by Tottenham before taking Mourinho,” he told Italian radio.
Inzaghi is considered as one of the coaches that brought the 3-5-2 formation back into Italian football, one other being Premier League and Serie A winning boss Antonio Conte.
Having won 133 of his 247 games as Lazio boss, he oversaw Coppa Italia victory in 2019 as well as two Supercoppa Italiana triumphs and a fourth-place league finish last season.
While Inzaghi is now the favourite to get the job with Ladbrokes at 3/1, Parker comes in at 5/1, Rodgers at 6/1 alongside Graham Potter – Conte makes up the top five at 8/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking increasingly likely Mourinho's eventual Spurs replacement will have been far from Daniel Levy's first choice, and as things stand it's now Simone Inzaghi who leads the way in the betting."
While Ryan Mason has overseen two wins from his four matches in charge, he has insisted that he is not thinking about getting the role on a permanent basis.
He said: “I’m not silly enough to start thinking ahead to certain situations.”
Before adding of his relationship with Levy: “I’ve always had a good relationship with the chairman.
“He’s given me an opportunity to lead this football club. He’s a good man and he cares about this football club.”
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