Tottenham are snubbed by ANOTHER manager! Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui rejected a ‘dizzying’ offer to take over in north London, reveals the Spanish club’s president as Daniel Levy’s nightmare search for Jose Mourinho’s replacement rumbles on
- Tottenham made a ‘dizzying’ offer to Julen Lopetegui to take over as manager
- Spurs are desperately trying to find a successor for sacked boss Jose Mourinho
- They have held talks with Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso
- Mauricio Pochettino was also considered while Brendan Rodgers snubbed them
- Tottenham’s players not involved in Euro 2020 will begin pre-season on July 5
Sevilla president Jose Castro says Tottenham made a ‘dizzying’ offer to Julen Lopetegui to become their new head coach, but he is happy at the Spanish club.
Spurs’ managerial search is now in a third month as they try and find a successor for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on April 19 following a poor run of form.
They have flip-flopped between candidates over a chaotic process, holding talks with Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso, but have been unable to secure an appointment.
Seville boss Julen Lopetegui rejected a ‘dizzying’ offer to take over as the Tottenham manager
Daniel Levy’s search for Jose Mourinho’s replacement has been ongoing for three months now
New managing director of football Fabio Paratici is now leading the search for a new manager
Incoming football managing director Fabio Paratici, who has already started work, is understood to have contacted Lopetegui about moving to north London after he guided Sevilla to Champions League qualification next season with a fourth-placed finish in La Liga.
But the Spaniard would prefer to stay in Andalusia.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, which was published on Sevilla’s official website, Castro said: ‘Julen rang me and told me. He said he’d received offers he’d not listened to in addition to a dizzying one from Tottenham.
‘But he said he doesn’t forget things and that he is very motivated here.
‘We believed and believe in him, giving him a two-year contract extension, and I’m sure he will bring much more to the club.
‘You see his ability and leadership every day. Some coaches are more driven by economic factors but Julen is very clear that he is happy here and he even said it would be very difficult to find a better place to work than here.’
Tottenham’s players who are not involved in Euro 2020 are set to report back for pre-season training on July 5, with backroom staff due to take fitness sessions if a new manager is not appointed.
Lopetegui guided Sevilla to the Champions League next season, finishing fourth in LaLiga
Gattuso was the most recent candidate in the frame to take over but their interest in him was abandoned last week after holding initial talks.
The hunt took a surprise twist when they aborted their attempts to appoint former Roma boss Fonseca at the last minute and opened talks with Gattuso, who had just quit Fiorentina after just 23 days in charge.
Fonseca had agreed to join Spurs and begun discussions with Paratici about their plans for the squad and the makeup of his coaching staff.
However, with the confirmation of Fonseca’s appointment seemingly imminent, Spurs chose to walk away.
Spurs insisted financial issues were not behind their change of heart and it was simply a call to go in a different direction made by the club’s hierarchy.
Paulo Fonseca had been favourite to take charge but talks broke down between both parties
Brendan Rodgers (left) and Antonio Conte (right) are just two of the club’s targets who have rejected overtures this summer; both enjoyed trophy success last season, unlike Spurs
Paratici had previously been interested in Gattuso while he was managing director at Juventus and was keen to appoint him had they been unable to lure Massimiliano Allegri back to the club this summer.
Bayern Munich-bound Julian Nagelsmann, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag have all proven to be out of reach.
They also held talks with Pochettino, who was keen on a return to Spurs, but Paris Saint-Germain activated a one-year extension to his contract.
Conte then appeared set for the Spurs job following his departure from Inter Milan before talks with the former Chelsea manager also broke down.
A shadow is also hanging over the club after star striker Harry Kane made clear his intentions to move elsewhere this summer, having failed to win a single trophy there despite his own magnificent goalscoring record.