LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur are confident they will have the right manager in place for the start of next season, says the Premier League club’s chairman Daniel Levy.
“I can tell you that some of the highest-calibre coaches across Europe have said they would like to come and we are certain we will have the right person in place at the start of next season,” Levy said on the club’s website on Saturday.
Spurs lost 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and have picked up only one point from their last six matches. They are 14th in the league, six points above the relegation places.
Some fans have turned on acting manager David Pleat, who replaced former Tottenham idol Glenn Hoddle after he was sacked last September following a disappointing start to the season.
Once one of England’s biggest clubs, Spurs have been linked with a host of replacements, including Italy manager Giovanni Trapattoni, Porto boss Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona and Celta Vigo coach Radomir Antic.
“A significant number of individuals have indicated their willingness to come to Tottenham,” Levy said. “We have been sensible and covered our options, so it would be foolish to assume we have only spoken in depth to one person. Sometimes, though, circumstances beyond anyone’s control affect negotiations. Once again I would ask fans to be patient.”
Spurs have won only one trophy in the last 13 years, the League Cup in 1999. They also reached the 2002 League Cup final.
Asked why he had decided to wait so long before appointing a permanent replacement for Hoddle, Levy said: “... I wanted to take time to examine what would be the most appropriate management structure to put in place at Tottenham Hotspur and also the fact that all the top managers are in jobs.
“So, even if I announce the new manager today the fact remains that he wouldn’t join us until the summer.”
However, Levy rejected the notion that the club were having problems finding a suitable manager because of the role that Pleat plays both as acting manager and director of football.
“I can categorically state that with all the people who have indicated they are willing to come to the club, there has never been an issue whatsoever in relation to David Pleat.”
Levy hinted that new players would be arriving in the close season to strengthen the squad after shareholders earlier this year approved a plan to raise £15mil (US$26.78mil) through a discounted share scheme. – Reuters