Why Levy shouldn't lose all hope of Nagelsmann managing Tottenham one day

Sam Preston April 27, 2021
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Tottenham Hotspur target Julian Nagelsmann has been named the new manager of Bayern Munich. But his move from RB Leipzig shouldn’t mean Levy has lost all hope of Nagelsmann managing Tottenham one day.

The German will replace Hansi Flick at Bayern, who is set to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season.

It was recently reported that Daniel Levy had made Nagelsmann his top choice to succeed Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.

That won’t be happening this summer but there’s a reason why Levy shouldn’t give up on getting his man one day.

Why Nagelsmann managing Tottenham is no pipe dream

Bayern are a well-run club but no longer build managerial dynasties. Pep Guardiola has been their only manager since 2004 to pass 1,000 days in charge of Germany’s most famous club.

Most managers seem to get in the region of two to three seasons in charge at Bayern because of the club’s huge demands.

Of course Levy can’t place Spurs in a holding pattern in the interim, waiting for the talented young manager to become available.

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However, the nature of Bayern means a move for the man Levy admires so much isn’t completely off the table.

 

If Levy really rates Nagelsmann, he could do what Manchester City did with Pep Guardiola and lay the groundwork for the German to take over and lure him to the club when he was ready.

Holding role

In that instance, Levy may need a figure to do what Manuel Pellegrini did at the Etihad – unite the dressing room, play decent football and not rock the boat.

City’s budget made that easier and, of course, it helped that the manager they were trying to lure was the world’s best.

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Of course, when Nagelsmann is back on the market, Spurs won’t be the only team interested.

City themselves may be looking to move on from Guardiola, who has already stayed at the Etihad longer than he has at any other club.

Manchester United and Real Madrid may be sniffing around too, so Levy won’t find it easy even if Nagelsmann is available in two years’ time.

But there’s also no reason for Spurs’ chairman to give up on a man who could go on to become one of the best managers in world football.

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.