Tottenham ‘receive no’ as Levy’s managerial shortlist is cut down

Tottenham are set to be forced to rethink their managerial situation after reportedly receiving a ‘firm no’ from Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti. Spurs are still aimlessly looking for a successor for Antonio Conte following his sacking in March, with Ryan Mason recently throwing his hat into the ring.

Tottenham have endured a rollercoaster of a campaign, making a strong start before gradually fading away with disappointing performances lacking any true desire or fight. The north London outfit currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League, and poor form could see them drop out of the European places entirely.

Spurs are a point behind sixth-placed Brighton – who have two games in hand – and are only ahead of eight-placed Aston Villa on goal difference. Mason has somewhat managed to lift spirits within the squad, though poor performances have been a weekly mood dampener.

Tottenham appear to be in desperate need of a strong figure in the dugout to rid the squad of fringe players and orchestrate a major overhaul so that the club can end their trophy drought. Reports speculated that Spalletti was a consideration given his impressive Serie A success with Napoli.

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However, journalist Ciro Venerato has written a piece labelled ‘No to Tottenham’ and has revealed that Spalletti intends on remaining at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. The 64-year-old was reportedly unhappy that his contract had been extended by the higher powers at Napoli by activating a clause rather than official talks, though the situation has now been resolved and a two-year extension is said to have been agreed upon.

Daniel Levy will be forced to turn his attention to alternative targets, with the likelihood of prising Xabi Alonso away from Bayer Leverkusen decreasing too given that the Spaniard has already been well-backed ahead of the summer transfer window. Levy is running out of options with Julian Nagelsmann, Roberto De Zerbi, Steve Cooper and Thomas Frank also ruling themselves out of the running. Other options said to still on the table for Spurs are Brendan Rodgers and Arne Slot of Feyenoord.

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes that Levy should now turn his attention to Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou for the position following his Scottish Premiership success this season. He told Grosvenor Sport: “Tottenham should go after Postecoglou in the summer. He’s brilliant and Tottenham are a huge football club. If he got offered the job, there is no way he is turning it down – how could you?

“If he had the opportunity to manage Tottenham in the Europa League or Europa Conference League, or manage Celtic in the Champions League, you’re taking Tottenham. Celtic will get pumped in the Champions League and will be out in the group stages, then they’ll walk the league. Celtic are a huge football club but for Postecoglou’s career, there is no way in a million years he would turn Spurs down.”

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