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IAN LADYMAN: Tottenham turmoil will do nothing to persuade Harry Kane to stay at the club


IAN LADYMAN: Tottenham turmoil will do nothing to persuade Harry Kane to stay at the club – the manager search has been a rollercoaster ride and Paulo Fonseca won’t fill him with confidence

  • Tottenham are still searching for a new manager after several failed attempts 
  • Spurs have failed in moves for Antonio Conte, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers
  • Harry Kane revealed earlier this summer that he wants to leave the club this year
  • The England captain could return to a club in turmoil after England duty 











Harry Kane will doubtless still be a Tottenham Hotspur player by the start of pre-season training. Any transfer away from the club is unlikely to be done quickly.

But what will the England captain return to when the Euros are over and normal football life resumes?

Tottenham’s search for a new manager has been of the rollercoaster variety.

Tottenham are still looking for the manager to convince Harry Kane to stay at the club

Tottenham are still looking for the manager to convince Harry Kane to stay at the club

Spurs have failed to get several targets which leaves them with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca

Spurs have failed to get several targets which leaves them with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca

A move for Brendan Rodgers became a push for Erik Ten Hag of Ajax. That soon morphed into a pursuit of free agent Antonio Conte and now all roads have led to a deal with former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca that we are led to believe is almost done.

None of this will do anything to persuade Kane to stay. Fonseca has done little in his eclectic playing and managerial career to suggest he will pull up trees in the Premier League. It feels a little bit as though he is merely the last available fish in Daniel Levy’s barrel.

Filling vacancies in and around the Premier League is not easy and is increasingly expensive. West Brom — just relegated — are finding it hard and so are Crystal Palace. Everton’s deal to bring in Nuno Espirito Santo is also not yet done.

Daniel Levy is struggling to find a new manager but could find it easier with a long-term option

Daniel Levy is struggling to find a new manager but could find it easier with a long-term option

But when I think of Tottenham and all that they could be under a coach with fresh ideas and a long-term vision, I just wonder why they can’t do better.

What about Eddie Howe? Dean Smith? Graham Potter? What about just being brave for once?

Jose ahead of the punditry curve 

Jose Mourinho may never be a Premier League manager again (where is left for him to go?) but will never be far away it seems.

The recently dismissed Tottenham manager is doing a stint for talkSPORT during the Euros and his hour discussing England on Friday morning was compulsive listening.

Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is enjoying a successful stint at talkSPORT this summer

Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is enjoying a successful stint at talkSPORT this summer

In that short time Mourinho told us things we didn’t know, said other things that made us think and offered some analysis of Gareth Southgate’s squad that could only come from the mind of an experienced coach.

It was proper punditry and we need more of it. The offerings of BBC television and ITV over the weekend — with a couple of exceptions — were largely underwhelming.

Eriksen blessing meant game was fine to go on 

Was it right that the Denmark v Finland game resumed so soon after Christian Eriksen’s collapse on Saturday night?

Yes it was. Once Eriksen gave it his blessing and the players felt able to play, it was the best solution available.

Had everyone been asked to come back and resume the next day it would not necessarily have been any easier.

Denmark returned to the pitch nearly two hours after Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest

Denmark returned to the pitch nearly two hours after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest

Are Wales on the right Page? 

Wales made heavy weather of their opener against Switzerland and at times didn’t look particularly well coached.

Doubtless suffering the absence of manager Ryan Giggs, awaiting trial on assault charges which he denies, passing the mantle to his assistant Robert Page seemed a straightforward choice.

That said, Mark Hughes is in the studio for the BBC and Chris Coleman is working on the tournament for ESPN in America.

Both men have excellent records as Wales manager. Could one of them not have been asked to help out?

Rob Page led Wales to a Euro 2020 draw in their first game but are there better bosses around?

Rob Page led Wales to a Euro 2020 draw in their first game but are there better bosses around?

It’s decision time for Jesse 

Jesse Lingard can feel hard done by not to be in the England squad. Of all the players cut from the initial pool of 33, Lingard probably had the most convincing claim on a place.

What happens to the 28-year-old’s club career will be interesting to see. West Ham want to sign him after his successful loan spell and Aston Villa had a gentle sniff prior to settling on Emiliano Buendia from Norwich. 

Despite all that the feeling is that he will probably sign a new contract at Old Trafford. 

How he gets past Bruno Fernandes and into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team remains to be seen.

Where does Jesse Lingard (left) go if he struggles for game time at Manchester United again?

Where does Jesse Lingard (left) go if he struggles for game time at Manchester United again?



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