Gennaro Gattuso is the latest manager to land on Tottenham’s wheel of fortune in the search for Jose Mourinho’s successor as talks with Paulo Fonseca broke down. And the former Napoli boss may well be the man to help steer Spurs in a new direction altogether.
Daniel Levy has come under fire from Tottenham supporters in the past few months at failing to bring in a permanent manager to the club.
Time is running out for a manager to be in place by the time pre-season training starts.
But there is also a need for whoever comes in to resolve a number of transfer issues at the club.
The longer time goes by with no manager being appointed, the worse it could get for Spurs in the transfer market.
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After missing out on Antonio Conte, Fonseca appeared to be the man Spurs had settled on.
But after Gattuso sensationally left Fiorentina after just 23 days in charge, Tottenham immediately switched their attention to the former.
Now reports suggest that a deal is close for Gattuso to agree a two-year deal as Tottenham’s next manager.
Spurs fans have been here before though and will unlikely take stock of Gattuso’s impending appointment until it is confirmed by the club and he’s standing with a shirt in his hands in the stadium.
If Gattuso is announced as Tottenham’s next manager though, he may well have the perfect characteristics Spurs need to turn things around.
Tottenham were often toothless under Mourinho but Gattuso brings with him a reputation of being ruthless and tough dating back to his playing days.
Gattuso has made it clear that he wants to move on from the combative and at times dirty label in his progression into management.
But that reputation can also be used to his advantage in demanding the respect of the dressing room.
And the 43-year-old could use his position to stamp his authority in the transfer market.
First on his to-do list will be to resolve Harry Kane’s future at the club and that may well become clear soon after the European Championships.
Levy has made it clear that it would take a bid in the region of £150million for Tottenham to even consider selling their star striker.
But Gattuso may well be tasked in trying to convince Kane that his future lies in north London.
There are also question marks over Tottenham’s centre-back options heading into next seaosn and Gattuso may well look to bring in his own transfer targets.
Kalidou Koulibaly has a strong relationship with Gattuso from their time together at Napoli and the 29-year-old is said to be available to leave this summer.
And there will also be questions on whether to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid after the Wales international began to show his best form in the latter stages of the past campaign.
Bale’s high wages would eat into any budget Gattuso may have for the transfer window and his injury record will also have to come into consideration.
However, the 31-year-old has proven time and time again that he’s a player to be trusted on the big occasions.
If Gattuso is the man Tottenham eventually bring in to take charge, he won’t be short of tasks to get to grips with straight away.