West Ham United striker Michail Antonio has delivered his verdict on Tottenham Hotspur’s next managerial appointment.
The north Londoners are scouring the market for Antonio Conte’s permanent successor and have several candidates on their shortlist, including Julian Nagelsmann.
The former Bayern Munich manager is a free agent, having been dismissed by the German champions. But Spurs are behind local rivals Chelsea in the race for the 35-year-old who would prefer a move to west London.
Tottenham also have former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Oliver Glasner, and VfL Wolfsburg’s Niko Kovac on their radar, although the latter has turned down their approach.
However, Antonio believes former Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers would be an ‘unbelievable’ acquisition and has urged Tottenham to snap him up.
The Foxes parted company with Rodgers following a below-par campaign that has left them scrambling to retain top-flight status.
His work at King Power Stadium over his four-year stay cannot be swept under the rug, having led Leicester to consecutive fifth-place finishes in his first two full seasons.
He also guided the club to their first-ever FA Cup triumph, beating Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea to lift the trophy in the 2020/21 campaign.
“I think that would be unbelievable,” Antonio said (via the Evening Standard).
“Spurs like to play football – they like to play tight-knit football. They’ve got Harry Kane who drops in, they’ve got Son [Heung-min] to hit edges. I swear to you – it would work. It would definitely work.”
Conte’s former assistant Cristian Stellini has been appointed caretaker manager in collaboration with former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason.
However, the duo did not enjoy the best start to their temporary reign as they were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-battling Everton at Goodison Park.
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