After talks with Gennaro Gattuso over the managerial vacancy in north London, Tottenham have decided to look elsewhere.
Tottenham’s search for a permanent replacement to Jose Mourinho continues after reportedly ending talks with Gennaro Gattuso.
Spurs entered discussions with Gattuso and his agent, Jorge Mendes, on Thursday after the Italian ended a 23-day spell in charge of Fiorentina, having disagreed with the Serie A club’s transfer policy.
A swift agreement appeared imminent. Talks with former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca collapsed at the last minute due to tax-related issues, and Spurs were keen to put an end to their long-running managerial saga. Online fan backlash to Gattuso’s possible appointment, however, proved key.
🚨 EXCL: Tottenham have decided against appointing Gennaro Gattuso to their vacant managerial position. Conversations were held with the 43yo after his surprise Fiorentina exit but he will not be getting the Spurs job. Search continues @TheAthleticUK #THFC https://t.co/Gcl6D2PrW4
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 18, 2021
According to The Athletic, the club’s chairman Daniel Levy has opted to continue his search. It’s understood a deal wasn’t on offer. Gattuso simply attended an interview for the Spurs job like any other candidate.
Spurs also called off talks with Antonio Conte recently. Interest in a reunion with former coach Mauricio Pochettino, who is now with Paris Saint-Germain, and new Germany manager Hansi Flick came to nothing either. Reports have also linked Julian Nagelsmann, who has replaced Flick at Bayern Munich, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers to north London.