Tottenham fell to a humiliating 7-2 Champions League defeat at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, and as a result, the pressure is seriously starting to mount on Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has been present in North London for five years, but with Spurs’ poor recent form, he could be in line for the sack in the coming weeks. Four defeats from eight games in all competitions, one of which came against League Two Colchester United on penalties, doesn’t make good reading for Pochettino. So, with his job seemingly at risk, we’ve decided to take a look at 20 managers who could potentially replace the 47-year-old in the Tottenham dugout.
Jose Mourinho has been out of work for almost 10 months now after leaving Manchester United and would surely be on Spurs’ radar if Pochettino departs.
Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has already been linked with the position at Tottenham and has reportedly been learning English as he looks to test himself in the Premier League. He’d be another who Spurs would more than likely be interested in.
Brendan Rodgers has made quite the impact at Leicester City since arriving at the King Power in April. The former Celtic boss would be a solid target. However, Spurs could find it difficult to lure the Northern Irishman to London.
Eddie Howe is approaching his seventh anniversary in charge of AFC Bournemouth, and with the Englishman highly thought of across the country, he could be another on Spurs’ radar.
Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag worked wonders with a brilliant young Ajax side last season. However, with a number of his star assets sold over the summer, he could be interested in making the move England to test himself in the Premier League.
Rafael Benitez recently left the Premier League with Newcastle United to take up the managerial post with Chinese side Dalian Yifang. However, if Spurs made contact with the Spaniard, he could find it difficult to turn them down.
Nuno Espirito Santo
Despite enduring a shaky start to the current campaign, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has worked wonders in the Midlands. He’s been tipped to take over at one of the Premier League giants in the future, and if Spurs part ways with Pochettino, the former goalkeeper could be the perfect replacement.
Luis Enrique has been out of work since July after he stepped down from the Spain post due to personal reasons. The 49-year-old could be open to a return to the dugout in the future, especially if Tottenham come calling.
One of the youngest managers in Europe, Julian Nagelsmann has recently taken over at RB Leipzig. The 32-year-old is highly thought of in Germany, and his approach is similar to Pochettino’s. So, the German could be another Spurs wish to speak with.
Thomas Tuchel always seems to be under pressure at Paris Saint-Germain. The former Borussia Dortmund boss has proven his managerial quality in recent years and could be a realistic target for Tottenham.
Another manager who has been tipped to receive the sack is Zinedine Zidane. Currently in his second stint with Real Madrid, the Frenchman could be keen on a shock move to England to try his luck in the Premier League with Tottenham.
Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti knows exactly what it takes to succeed in the Premier League. The experienced Italian is currently in charge of Napoli, but if a return to England with Spurs is offered to him, he may see it as an opportunity he can’t refuse.
Another boss with previous Premier League success is Antonio Conte. The no-nonsense Italian recently took the job at Inter Milan, but he could be tempted by a return to London.
Diego Simeone would more than likely be on Tottenham’s radar. However, they could find it extremely difficult to persuade the Argentine to part ways with Atletico Madrid. The 49-year-old is approaching eight years with the La Liga giants and has been tipped to make the move to England on multiple occasions.
Pochettino’s mentor from a young age, Marcelo Bielsa is currently leading Leeds United in their quest to return to the Premier League. However, despite being adored at Elland Road, the Argentine is known for his shock departures, so if the role at Tottenham was offered to him, he may well decide to jump at the chance to move to London.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is under major pressure at the Nou Camp after a shaky start to the campaign. The 55-year-old has never really been popular with the ruthless Barcelona fans, so he could decide to jump before he is pushed and move to London with Spurs.
Valencia recently sacked Marcelino prior to their Champions League clash with Chelsea. The 54-year-old led his former side to Copa del Rey glory last season and has been relatively successful during his 22-year managerial career. He could be another candidate Spurs look at if they part ways with Pochettino.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will more than likely end up managing Liverpool at some point during his career, but if Spurs made a surprise approach for the former England midfielder, he could be tempted to test himself in the Premier League.
Leonardo Jardim began his managerial career at the age of 27. Now 45, the AS Monaco boss has enjoyed great success in recent years, most notably during the 2016/17 season. He helped the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva shine in France, so he could be another candidate for the role.
The final man on our list is Graham Potter. The former Ostersund and Swansea boss is now with Brighton and is highly thought of. It would be a surprise move, but with his impressive record at his previous sides, Spurs could be tempted to move for the 44-year-old.