The future of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho appears to be in serious doubt ahead of the summer months. The 58-year-old was appointed by Daniel Levy in November 2019 and promptly tasked with achieving Champions League qualification, but the north London outfit currently look set to miss out on Europe’s most prestigious club competition for a second successive campaign.
Spurs occupy seventh place in the Premier League table, five points adrift of West Ham United in fourth with just six matches left to play.
The club’s form since the turn of the year has been well below the standards expected of a side with genuine top-four ambitions.
Meanwhile, an embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb last month did very little to raise Mourinho’s stock among the Spurs hierarchy.
The Portuguese manager’s failure to live up to expectations has sparked a wave of speculation over his immediate future, with recent reports suggesting that he could be given his marching orders at the end of the season.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has long been linked with a potential future vacancy at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after gaining a formidable reputation as one of Europe’s finest young managers.
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However, Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick’s decision to leave his post with the Bavarian giants this summer has threatened to throw Levy’s reported plans to replace Mourinho into disarray.
The German champions have identified Nagelsmann as their primary target to succeed Flick ahead of next season, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
It is claimed that the latter will take over the reins from Joachim Low at Germany after this summer’s European Championships.
Bayern, who are imminently expected to announce Flick’s impending departure, will be in need of a world-class replacement and Nagelsmann appears to fit the bill perfectly.
The 33-year-old is known for his impressive tactical prowess and ability to develop young players, and boasts a vast array of the attributes required to succeed at the highest levels of the game.
He previously hinted at the prospect of managing in the Premier League at some point during his career, but stressed that he would honour his contract with Leipzig, which runs for a further two seasons.
“I have a contract now until 2023, so I think I will stay in Leipzig,” Nagelsmann told The Telegraph in February.
“The Premier League is a very interesting league, and I can imagine it could be a big aim to be a big manager in the Premier League one day, like Jurgen [Klopp] who is very successful.”
If Bayern manage to tempt Leipzig into parting ways with Nagelsmann this summer, it would leave Spurs and Levy with the issue of whether to settle for one of their alternative targets or stick with proven trophy-winner Mourinho for the start of next season at least.
A number of other candidates are reportedly on Tottenham’s radar, including Fulham boss Scott Parker and Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, who has successfully transformed the Foxes into comfortable top-four contenders since his arrival from Celtic, has also been mentioned in connection with Spurs.
However, it would likely take a sizable fee to provide the east Midlands club with the compensation needed to sanction the 48-year-old’s departure.