Spurs to target Erik Ten Hag as Bayern close in on Nagelsmann

Tottenham Hotspur may be forced to wait in their quest to replace Jose Mourinho as their prime target Julian Nagelsmann is very close to completing a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Well, I’m one of those who didn’t see Nagelsmann’s move to Spurs happening especially after Hansi Flick’s expected departure from the Allianz Arena.

This will put more pressure on Spurs chairman Daniel Levy who has already received calls to quit from supporters who were disappointed and angered by the club’s involvement in the European Super League plan.

Therefore, this recent development will likely see Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag move up the list of potential candidates for the Spurs job, including the likes of Ralf Rangnick and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

Nagelsmann was the preferred choice before news broke that the RB Leipzig manager has agreed to succeed Hansi Flick at Bayern. Nagelsmann’s brand of exciting and progressive football was what stood him out although Erik Ten Hag also promises this.

READ: Juventus close in on a free transfer for Donnarumma

Ajax reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League two years ago under Ten Hag before losing to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs. Presently, the Eredivisie giants comfortably top their domestic league with the manager having just one year left on his contract.

Ralf Rangnick is another name on the list and has been credited with influencing the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel, and Ralph Hasenhuttl. He has garnered vast experience over the years by also working as a director of football.

Gareth Southgate is also being considered but his job with the Three Lions means that any move for him would be complicated ahead of the European Championships. Also, it is believed that he wants to remain in the role for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Other likely candidates are Belgium’s Roberto Martinez and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers. The latter is leading the Foxes in the right direction for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

I don’t believe he would leave the Foxes if they eventually make it to Europe’s elite club competition. More so, with Spurs also looking likely to miss out on the top four yet again.