Ralf Rangnick has urged Julian Nagelsmann to become Tottenham Hotspur manager if given the chance.
The former Bayern Munich manager is one of several names that have been linked with the job.
The 35-year-old is keen having turned down Chelsea, and Rangnick, who worked as head of sport and development for Red Bull during Nagelsmann’s tenure at RB Leipzig, wants him to grab the offer.
However, the former Manchester United interim manager believes Nagelsmann needs a sporting director to get the best out of him.
“I think Tottenham is an exciting club in many ways,” Rangnick told Sky Sport Deutschland.
“They probably have one of the most modern, beautiful stadiums in the world at the moment.
“They have one of the best training centres that is there at the moment and Daniel Levy, who has been running the club for many, many years.
“If Tottenham really want him, then I think it would be important if a sporting director was still there to support him.
“It can be a very, very exciting story. There is room for improvement, a lot of room for improvement and yet this is not a club where the house expects you to be in the top one or two straight away.”
Spurs are currently without a sporting director following Fabio Paratici’s resignation after his appeal against a two-and-a-half-year ban was rejected.
They have appointed Scott Munn as chief football officer, and the next managing director of football will report to him.
Nagelsmann could take Spurs to the next level, but he needs an experienced sporting director.
Whether a reunion with Rangnick would work out remains to be seen.
The 64-year-old joined Austria on a two-year deal last year, and the contract includes an option of a further two years if he leads them to the 2024 European Championship.
Tottenham have put Ryan Mason in interim charge after Cristian Stellini was fired on Monday.
The 31-year-old would love to get the job permanently, and guiding them to a top-four finish could boost his chances.