Tottenham boss Antonio Conte could reportedly leave north London for a return to Juventus at the end of the campaign. The Italian’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and, as of yet, no renewal has been signed. And losing the 53-year-old would certainly be a hammer blow to Daniel Levy and the rest of the Spurs hierarchy…
Tottenham hired Conte as a replacement for Nuno Espirito Santo last November, with the former Wolves boss axed following a turbulent start to the season.
And the Italian then proceeded to work wonders, guiding them to Champions League qualification at the expense of fierce rivals Arsenal.
Tottenham have started the season well under Conte, picking up 14 points from their opening six Premier League matches to sit third in the Premier League table.
However, Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia has claimed the 53-year-old won’t renew his contract in north London – and may seal a shock return to Juventus if they end up ageing Massimiliano Allegri.
“If the management @juventusfc manages to resist the temptation to kick Allegri out by keeping him until the end of the season, then he can go straight to Conte who can’t wait to return and for this reason he is not renewing with the British,” he said.
So, with Conte’s long-term future up in the air, Express Sport will now take a look at four options who could replace him as manager.
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Starting with the obvious, Mauricio Pochettino would likely be a temptation for Levy and other members of the Tottenham hierarchy.
The Argentine previously did well in the capital, making Spurs a force to be reckoned with and guiding them to the Champions League final in 2019.
Tottenham then chose to axe Pochettino mere months after that achievement, with Jose Mourinho installed as a successor.
The 50-year-old won the Ligue 1 title at Paris Saint-Germain last term, yet it wasn’t enough to save his job with Nasser Al-Khelaifi relieving him of his duties.
Pochettino would have to be considered as the frontrunner to take over from Conte, especially given his availability.
Julian Nagelsmann was of interest to Tottenham when they sacked Pochettino in 2019, only for Mourinho to get the job instead.
The German is currently in charge of Bayern Munich, where he won the Bundesliga title last term – ensuring their dominance of the competition continued in the process.
Not everything is rosy for Nagelsmann over at the Allianz Arena, however.
There have been murmurings the 35-year-old doesn’t have the backing of the entire Bayern dressing room, while a failure to win the Champions League this term would also put his job in danger.
Therefore, Nagelsmann is another candidate Tottenham would likely eye if they received any encouragement.
Thomas Tuchel is a serial winner, achieving success at Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Chelsea over the years.
And the German is currently on the market after the Blues ruthlessly sacked him earlier this month, less than 24 hours after a chastening 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
Tuchel would be a divisive option given his safety-first approach.
Yet his record speaks for itself and there’s no denying he’s more than capable of achieving success at the very highest level.
Whether he’d go to another English team, however, after his turbulent Chelsea spell is currently unclear.
Brendan Rodgers has long had admirers at Tottenham.
And there’s a sense the current Leicester boss won’t be at the King Power Stadium for much longer, given their awful start to the current campaign.
Rodgers, like Nagelsmann, was one contender for the Spurs job when Pochettino was relieved of his duties just under three years ago.
He’d play attractive football and would also have a point to prove, too.
Much will depend on whether Rodgers is still Leicester boss come the end of the season, however, with the Foxes notoriously difficult to deal with in negotiations.