Tottenham, when it comes to replacing Jose Mourinho, reportedly have Brendan Rodgers and Julian Nagelsmann under consideration. The former has worked wonders at Leicester, while the German has steered RB Leipzig to second in the Bundesliga table. But Rafa Benitez should also be thought of, with the Spaniard currently out of work.
At the start of the season, Tottenham were flying.
Mourinho steered the club to the top of the Premier League table with his side playing some enterprising and entertaining football along the way.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min were particularly brilliant, while new signings Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon also settled in well.
In recent times, however, Tottenham have fallen apart.
They’ve won just three Premier League matches in 2021, against Leeds, Sheffield United and West Brom.
And, on Sunday, they were outplayed as West Ham took all three points in their Premier League clash at the London Stadium.
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With Mourinho now under strong pressure in the capital, talk of him being sacked has grown louder and louder with each passing day.
Rodgers is one contender to take over, with the Northern Irishman steering Leicester to third in the table behind only Manchester City and Manchester United.
And Nagelsmann is another, with the German helping RB Leipzig challenge Bayern Munich for a first-ever Bundesliga title.
But while that’s the case, Benitez should also be under consideration.
He isn’t a glamorous name like the other two but his CV speaks for itself. Everywhere he’s gone, barring Real Madrid, he’s been a major success.
Benitez guided Liverpool to two Champions League finals during his time at Anfield, winning one and losing the other, while also helping them win the FA Cup in 2006.
When he was appointed interim boss of Chelsea, many fans took issue with that decision.
But Benitez went about his job professionally and, at the end of the season, got his reward when the Blues won the Europa League – beating Benfica in the final.
At Newcastle, he won them the Championship and also helped them stay in the Premier League. When you look at their current form under Steve Bruce, that’s impressive.
And though Benitez didn’t last overly long in China, he will be fondly remembered after leaving a successful legacy behind – one that has seen the club improve across all levels.
The Spaniard is currently available and is definitely worthy of consideration behind the scenes at Tottenham.
He’s lifted crisis clubs in the past and deserves another chance at the highest level.
Real Madrid is the only blotch on his record but that’s not the end of the world. Plenty of managers have given that job a go – and many have also failed.
For now, Tottenham are sticking with Mourinho.
They don’t want the axe the 58-year-old just yet, especially with a Carabao Cup showdown with Manchester City on the horizon.
It would also cost them £30million to part ways, a fee that would be huge enough without the coronavirus crisis continuing to swirl.
But, soon enough, they may have no other choice.
Meanwhile, Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle has defended Mourinho and thinks any potential sacking would be ‘ridiculous’ despite their recent issues.
“No I don’t, not at the moment,” he said.
“He has been brought in to bring silverware, he is in a cup final.
“How can you sack somebody who has got a cup final in April? It is ridiculous. That is the reason why he has been brought in.”