Another cup final, another heartbreak for all involved with Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite the narrow 1-0 result, Manchester City comprehensively won the Carabao Cup over the weekend.
City really turned on the style and showed why they’re on the fast track to becoming Premier League champions, once again.
In all honesty, the tight score-line flatters Spurs. If Raheem Sterling didn’t have the shooting ability of a Stormtrooper, City really could have made it embarrassing on the day.
Instead, it was down to defender Aymeric Laporte to pop up with the winning goal, from a corner in the 82nd minute.
Carabao Cup Final Disappointment
Of course, it’s bitterly disappointing for Spurs to lose another cup final.
They’re desperate to get more silverware into the club, something they’ve failed to do since winning this very competition back in 2008.
Look, you can put a positive spin on anything these days.
Having fans in attendance at Wembley Stadium was obviously fantastic. They’re sadly missed the world over, and truly add to any occasion, especially big cup final matches.
It was also a massive learning experience for Tottenham’s interim manager, Ryan Mason. The 29-year-old came in to fill the gap of the departing Jose Mourinho, last week.
Mason has been coaching with the North London side since 2018, shortly after his forced retirement from the game, due to complications of a serious skull fracture, after clashing heads with Chelsea’s defender Gary Cahill in 2017, while playing for Hull City.
The former England international burst through the ranks as a coach with Spurs. Acting as Academy Coach for their Under-19’s UEFA Youth League side, and later would be appointed, Head of Player Development.
There’s no denying the future looks bright for Mason in the managerial game going forward.
He’s incredibly young for somebody in his position, and even if he were only to remain in charge at Spurs until the end of the season, the hands-on experience he will gain from that would be astronomical.
Searching For A New Manager
Realistically, his tenor as interim boss should be cut at that point.
That isn’t a swipe at Mason at either.
He should even remain at the club if that does happen. However, that’s a massive job for anyone to undertake, late alone someone in their managerial infancy.
This is still a Tottenham side, miles off the pace to be consistently battling for Champions League football. Throw in the uncertainty of Harry Kane’s future, and you’ve got some massive decisions to come at Spurs during the summer.
The decision on who will be the next Tottenham manager is arguably the biggest one the hierarchy will make during the off-season.
As you can imagine, heaps of names have been linked with the role, even before Jose was finished chastising Dele Ali on his way out the door…allegedly.
The likes of Brendan Rodgers and Scott Parker are heavily linked, but the more you dig deep, the more you’d imagine they’re unlikely to happen.
Arguably, Tottenham would be a step down for Rodgers and Scott Parker is likely to be unable to save Fulham from another relegation.
So, who else could be in with a shout when it comes to taking the reins at Spurs?
At the time of writing, most leading bookmakers have Maurizio Sarri as the favourite to take over.
The Italian has Premier League experience, managing Chelsea throughout the 2018/19 season, winning the Europa League in the process.
Despite, going unbeaten during his first 12 league games, ironically enough losing to Tottenham to bring that run to an end, things quickly began to fall apart internally for Sarri.
He would return to Italy after just one season in England, and quickly be appointed manager of, Juventus. Again, only spending a sole season at the club, winning the Serie A title during his tenure.
It might not be the name Tottenham fans would want to hear. While he did an adequate job domestically for Chelsea, Sarri is seemingly a hugely outspoken individual.
While on the ball, his sides so tend to play and exciting brand of football. Something that the Spurs faithful will be eager to see return, as soon as possible.
Plus, Sarri could bring a more relaxed approach to the management position. At Chelsea, he wasn’t overly strict on players diets or curfews, which can lead to a more positive environment within the camp.
It will certainly be one of those names that’ll divide the fanbase, real Jose Mourinho 2.0 in certain aspects.
This is the ideal time to open the conversation. Let us know in the comment section below, who you think would be the perfect appointment for Daniel Levy to make?
For our money, fans will be looking for a fresh face to come into their club. Erik ten Hag could be that man to revive Spurs, with his progressive outlook of the game.
It would be a complete contrast from the negative football on display during the reign of Mourinho.
So, bringing in an exciting and attacking based manager, is undoubtedly vital.
The Dutch native sets out with a flexible 4-3-3 system and will remind fans of Pep Guardiola.
His legacy at his current club Ajax is already set in stone. They’ve one hand on another Eredivisie title this season and he has helped develop huge names from the excellent Ajax academy in recent years like Matthijs de Light, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek.
Even for him a new challenge could be in order, and this should be the man most Spurs fans are praying comes into their club.
As you’d expect, a lot of current Premier League managers have been linked with the role.
The likes of Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl and Brighton boss Graham Potter have all been tipped as potential successors. With the latter standing out to us, as the most exciting.
However, if you’re looking for a dark horse, look no further than Massimiliano Allegri.
Unlike the three men mentioned above, Allegri is currently without a club, making him much easier to approach.
The Italian has been highly successful in his home country, winning six Serie A title throughout his career with AC Milan and Juventus, respectively.
Allegri is another coach that really emphasises the need to play a calm and possession-based style of football. He has been praised in the past for adapting to the players in his squad, and his overall level-headedness.
He’s very tactically diverse and isn’t afraid to change his system up on the fly.
Like ten Hag, Allegri would be a complete palate cleanser for Tottenham fans.
His managerial traits, tactical awareness, and track record in terms of silverware, make him an outsider name that Spurs fans should really be hoping comes into the club.
Who Should Get The Job?
So, once again we pass control over to you.
Who do you think should be the next permanent manager at Tottenham Hotspur?
Do you agree with us? Or should somebody we haven’t mentioned be giving the call?
Let us know in the comment section below, you, big legend.