Highly-rated Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has emerged as a genuine candidate to fill the managerial vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur.
As per ESPN, the 44-year-old is one of only two viable contenders alongside former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann.
Spurs failed to hire the Germain tactician in April despite pitching him with the prospect of assuming managerial reins in the wake of Antonio Conte’s departure by mutual consent.
Tottenham’s pursuit of Nagelsmann’s services has hit a massive stumbling block as Daniel Levy found out he’d have to fork out £10.6 million to meet his annual salary currently paid by Bayern.
Given the high cost of the operation, the struggling Premier League heavyweights have explored alternate avenues, with one leading to the name of Slot.
Last season, Slot was on the cusp of making Feyenoord the maiden Europa Conference League winners, but Jose Mourinho’s Roma side stopped him in his tracks in the grand final.
It’s also worth noting that the Italian outfit condemned the Dutch powerhouse to a devastating Europa League quarter-final exit this term courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate triumph.
On a more positive note, the Dutchman is on the verge of helping Feyenoord break a six-year title drought in the Eredivisie after only losing once in 30 league matches this season.
With only four games left, Slot’s men boast a significant eight-point lead on second-placed PSV Eindhoven and should have the crown all but wrapped up next weekend.
Leading Feyenoord to domestic glory could be Slot’s parting gift, with Tottenham courting him to lead the team’s resurgence next season.
His contract at De Kuip runs out in 2025. But there’s a clause allowing him to join a Premier League club in 2024, meaning the Dutch side will likely demand a compensation fee to sanction his departure this summer.
Whether Slot joins Tottenham or not, interim boss Ryan Mason has four matches to make sure whoever replaces him will coach a team competing in European competition.
Following a stomach-wrenching 4-3 defeat at Liverpool last Sunday, Spurs are at risk of missing out on Europa League qualification, with seventh-placed Aston Villa level on points going into the run-in.
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