Luis Enrique is no longer one of the top managerial targets for Chelsea as they begin to cut down their shortlist, according to the Telegraph.
The ex-Barcelona manager had been one of the leading candidates for the Chelsea job. But he is no longer top of their list.
The Blues are preparing for a new round of talks with potential managers.
Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann were the favourites, but the former is now an outside candidate.
Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorin is another boss with an outside chance of getting the Chelsea job.
Chelsea will hold further talks with Nagelsmann after meeting the promising manager last week.
The Blues will meet with other managers such as Mauricio Pochettino as they strive to conduct a thorough search.
Chelsea met with Pochettino before they hired Graham Potter following Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal. The Argentinian is still out of a job after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
The London club has reportedly insisted there is no leading or clear first-choice target.
However, talks with Nagelsmann went well, and he impressed the club’s hierarchy during the meeting. The players believe he will be their new manager.
With Enrique no longer be one of the leading contenders for the Chelsea job, that has cleared the way for him to join Tottenham Hotspur.
They are also looking for a new manager after Antonio Conte. Cristian Stellini has been navigating the club, but they are looking for a permanent boss.
With Chelsea out of the race for Enrique, it has given Tottenham a clear run at the Spaniard.
Spurs have already made contact with the former Spain national team coach. He is a highly-recommended candidate for the job.
However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has reservations about Enrique’s lack of Premier League experience.
But Levy will struggle to find a manager with a higher pedigree than Enrique for the club.
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