Tottenham continue their search for a new manager, with Daniel Levy expected to make a new appointment following the end of this season, with a narrowing list to choose from

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy faces some big decisions this summer ((Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images))

Tottenham’s search for a new manager has been dealt a blow in recent days, with Xabi Alonso withdrawing his name from the race to take over from Antonio Conte.

The Bayer Leverkusen manager has joined Julian Nagelsmann in taking his name out of the running to take over in North London. Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be named as Chelsea’s manager, leaving Daniel Levy having to make a choice with three leading candidates having left the race.

Any manager who arrives will face some tough problems to resolve immediately, with the departure of club captain Hugo Lloris and extensive reports linking Harry Kane with a move away. Meanwhile, there is another key appointment in the offing, with the director of football position vacant following Fabio Paratici’s departure.

Such is the managerial market at present, Spurs may be left with a decision to appoint a less notable name in their quest to finally deliver silverware and retain their star players. However, having failed with their appointments of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, a change of approach could be needed to replicate the kind of success Pochettino brought to the club between 2014 and 2019.

Pochettino was hired with a reputation for playing exciting football, turning Southampton from relegation candidates into a top-half outfit, while simultaneously promoting youth. Spurs could seek to replicate this in their current search, with some notable candidates who could provide a similar approach, to work harmoniously with the famously austere Levy.

The leading contender in this regard would be Graham Potter, with the former Brighton boss having transformed the Seagulls during his three years on the South Coast. His experience with Chelsea is one drawback, but the 47-year-old was presented with a near-impossible situation at Stamford Bridge due to the exorbitant spending of Todd Boehly and the bloated squad he was working with as a result.

One manager who also lost his job this season and is one of the favourites to take over in North London is Brendan Rodgers. Despite his sacking at Leicester, his achievements in the East Midlands were unquestionable, with European qualification and an FA Cup to show for his four years in charge.

It is Rodgers’ record of winning silverware which could tip the balance in his favour, with two domestic trebles in his time with Celtic before his cup win with the Foxes. Winning silverware in any form is a big priority for Spurs, with their 15-year wait for a major honour set to continue for another season following this season’s disappointments.