Tottenham make ex-Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde latest manager target as chaotic search for new coach continues

ERNESTO VALVERDE is the latest manager eyed by Tottenham in their chaotic search for a new boss, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho departed on April 19 with Ryan Mason taking interim charge until the end of the season.

Ernesto Valverde is in talks with Tottenham about becoming their new managerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But four weeks on, Daniel Levy has still not appointed the Special One’s successor.

However, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Valverde has been approached.

It is thought discussions are in their early stages at the moment.

Valverde’s last managerial job was at Barcelona where he won two LaLiga titles and the Copa del Rey during his two-and-half year reign between 2017 and 2020.

Prior to the Nou Camp gig, he enjoyed two spells with Athletic Bilbao and Olympiacos and also took charge at Espanyol, Villarrel and Valencia.

Mauricio Pochettino was the initial favourite for the Spurs job but he stayed put at Paris Saint-Germain.

Then talks broke down with Antonio Conte over cash and ambition issues.

Paulo Fonseca’s name was next but negotiations crumbled before Spurs turned to Gennaro Gattuso.

Tottenham board back in contact with many candidates after Gattuso talks collapsed. ⚪️ #THFC

Ernesto Valverde new name approached – not advanced yet.
Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag always been appreciated, both are in the list – but ‘complicated’.

Crazy but… race still open.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 18, 2021

However, those plans were quickly aborted amid a furious fan backlash which led to the hashtag #NoToGattuso trending on Twitter in the UK as the shambolic hunt continued.

Romano’s report adds Erik ten Hag of Ajax and ex-RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick remain possible candidates but landing either would be ‘complicated’.

Gennaro Gattuso and Paulo Fonseca were both spoken to about taking charge at White Hart Lane

Gennaro Gattuso and Paulo Fonseca were both spoken to about taking charge at White Hart Lane

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