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Tottenham players to refund fans, Nagelsmann wants guarantees from Levy

Following a humiliating 6-1 defeat away to Newcastle United on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur players have agreed to refund match-going fans.

In a humble statement, Spurs’ players have offered to reimburse the cost to travelling supporters who purchased match tickets for their shambolic display at St James’ Park.

“As a squad, we understand your frustration, your anger,” the statement read.

“Sunday wasn’t good enough. We know words aren’t enough in situations like this, but believe us, a defeat like this hurts.

“We appreciate your support, home and away, and with this in mind, we would like to reimburse fans with the cost of their match tickets from St James’ Park.”

Tottenham were 5-0 down after only 21 minutes, forcing the club’s hand as interim boss Christian Stellini was relieved of his duties immediately in the aftermath.

Spurs’ dreadful result at Newcastle left their top-four hopes in tatters as they now lag six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United despite playing two games more than the Red Devils.

After axing Stellini, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy brought Ryan Mason back in interim charge for the rest of the season while trying to convince ex-Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann to take the job.

The north London outfit will have to settle for Mason’s services until the end of the season, as the German tactician has no intention of joining the sinking ship before the campaign ends.

Nagelsmann has already set out a list of demands before he takes the hot seat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, aware of the fates of Spurs’ recent managers, reports the Independent.

Having already pulled away from negotiations with Chelsea over a managerial vacancy at Stamford Bridge, he is now a front-runner to take the post in the other part of London.

But after enjoying a rise to stardom in his homeland, the highly-rated manager is unprepared to dive into a mad house that Tottenham have become in recent years.

It seems he’s all too aware of transfer dealings in north London often carried by Levy and, more recently, Fabio Paratici.

Nagelsmann wants to put a stop to it, as he prefers to have a full pre-season to convey his ideas and have significant input in the club’s recruitment, unlike his predecessors.

Given Levy’s reputation as a stubborn man, the German manager may decline another lucrative offer from the Premier League, which could see Tottenham switch their attention towards Feyenoord’s Arne Slot.

Slot has emerged as Spurs’ first fallback option if talks with Nagelsmann go sideways, with Fulham’s Marco Silva and Brighton & Hove Albion boss Roberto De Zerbi also in the mix.

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