The managerial search at Tottenham Hotspur has gone quiet for the past few days, which makes sense considering there’s been reporting that the club brass have been upset at the amount of leaks over the past two months.
So we don’t know much about who Spurs are looking at presently, but we can now say that they did at least kick the tires on Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui earlier. The BBC is now reporting that Sevilla’s president, Jose Castro, confirmed a “dizzying” approach from Spurs to Lopetegui, but the Spaniard and former Barcelona manager basically told Tottenham to go pound sand.
Castro was speaking to Cadeno Sur, a Spanish radio station, and said that Lopetegui “had received offers he had not listened to” and that Lopetegui himself told Castro of the approach from Tottenham.
“Some coaches are more driven by economic factors but Julen is very clear that he is happy here and he even said it would be very difficult to find a better place to work than here.
“We believed and believe in him, giving him a two-year contract extension, and I’m sure he will bring much more to the club.”
So is that another one crossed off the list? I guess so. That is, to my count, seven managers Spurs have had at least conversations with that have either not materialized, rejected Spurs, or Tottenham have backed away from. I’m not sure who’s left now. Ernesto Valverde? Graham Potter? Nuno Espirito Santo? Rafa Benitez? Has anyone checked with Bob Bradley?
Wheeee. I just want this over.