Brendan Rodgers endorsed for Tottenham managerial role by Teddy Sheringham who says he would ‘go and break the bank’ for Leicester City boss – with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag emerging in pole position for the job
- Tottenham are looking for a new boss after sacking Jose Mourinho this month
- Brendan Rodgers is among Spurs’ candidates to replace the departed Mourinho
- However, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag is the leading candidate to become their new boss
Tottenham legend Teddy Sheringham says he would ‘break the bank’ to appoint Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers as their next manager following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was sacked by Spurs earlier this month, with Ryan Mason taking charge as caretaker until the end of the season.
Julian Nagelsmann was the club’s first choice to succeed Mourinho but it was confirmed on Tuesday that he will leave RB Leipzig this summer to join Bayern Munich.
Teddy Sheringham wants Brendan Rodgers (pictured) to become Tottenham’s new manager
Sheringham says he would ‘break the bank’ to bring the Leicester manager to north London
Rodgers is on the Spurs shortlist along with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag – who is the frontrunner – but Sheringham has urged his former side to go all out for the former.
‘If I had the pick of the bunch and Tottenham were ready to go out and spend big money, which I presume they will, then I would go and break the bank for Brendan Rodgers,’ Sheringham, who scored 98 goals in 197 appearances for the club, told Gambling.com.
‘I think he’s done an outstanding job at the different clubs he’s been at. He knows the Premier League very well, he knows his system and how he wants the game to be played. He takes the game to the opposition, he doesn’t wait to capitalise on other peoples’ mistakes and he likes to control the game a bit like how Pep Guardiola does.
‘Given the funds that were available for Jose Mourinho, if Rodgers was backed with the same sort of money then I think he would do a fantastic job.’
Despite Sheringham’s desire as reported by Sportsmail, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not allow his search for a new manager to drag long into the summer with Ten Hag leading his list of candidates.
Levy wants to appoint a manager with a clear attacking direction amid concerns from within the club about Mourinho’s more pragmatic approach during his reign.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag (right) is on Tottenham’s radar as they target an attack-minded manager
Jose Mourinho was sacked six days before Spurs took on Man City in the Carabao Cup final
Ajax boss Ten Hag’s current deal expires at the end of next season, meaning he is likely to be relatively cheap to release from his existing contract which will suit Tottenham who are working within a tight financial framework due to the impact of Covid.
Ten Hag’s side will win the Dutch title this season, Ajax’s second under the 51-year-old, and he could be tempted by a fresh challenge.
Rodgers is viewed by many at Spurs as the ideal option – but he is understood to have reservations about the role.
The Foxes are also on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League, a prospect Rodgers will find it difficult to walk away from.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is determined to get a replacement in before Euro 2020
Sources claim Roberto Martinez would be interested in the vacancy at Tottenham after the European Championship with Belgium, while England boss Gareth Southgate’s work with the national team has not gone unnoticed at Tottenham.
Ralf Rangnick, who is out of work and available for free, is also emerging as a potential candidate.
Mason is currently in interim charge but is not expected to be in the running for the job on a permanent basis.
However, if the 29-year-old manages to steer Tottenham back into the Champions League with a top-four finish then there could be a groundswell of support for Mason to be given the reins full time.
Ryan Mason (right) is in caretaker charge but he is not thought to be in the running full-time
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