Arne Sloth won the Dutch championship this season. Credit: Getty Images/Maurice van Steen
Daniel Levy will turn to alternatives after Dutch manager Arne Sloot turned down a job at Tottenham in a harrowing process that risks eclipsing their search for a manager two years ago.Spurs chairman Levy, who took 72 days to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo in 2021, took a hit when Slot revealed he would stay at Feyenoord next season to defend the Eredivisie title in the Netherlands. His decision could catch the attention of the likes of Ange Postecoglu or Luis Enrique as Levy contemplates his next move.
The Spurs considered Slot after his excellent season at De Kuip, where he won the first title for his club in six years. He held talks this week but insisted it was a contract extension, not a move to the Premier League.
“I've heard a lot of rumors about other clubs.” interest in me,” Slot said on Thursday. “Although I am grateful that I want to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year.
“There is no – and there was no – talk about a transfer, and yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension. . All negotiations with the club have always been only in this sense: I look forward to the next season with Feyenoord.
It's been 60 days since Antonio Conte left the Spurs, with Christian Stellini and then Ryan Mason in control of the rest of their season before being sacked. This weekend they could qualify for the third tier of Europe if they win at Leeds and Aston Villa.
Talks with Julian Nagelsmann stalled due to uncertainty surrounding the sporting director, according to Telegraph Sport. role in the club. The slot now ruled itself out, and the twists and turns showed signs of looking for a successor to José Mourinho, with candidates falling out before Nuno was appointed.
Levy is also looking for a football director after the departure of Fabio Paratici. The Italian's recommendation list included Enrique, a former Barcelona and Spain coach, and the 53-year-old was also considered by Chelsea before they moved on to Mauricio Pochettino. Brighton's Roberto De Zerbi was also liked by Paratici, but it would have been a very expensive assignment and he was also sacked from the technical field when he faced Spurs last month.
Celtic manager Postekoglou has fans in the Premier League after winning the Scottish title in two seasons at the club and cementing his reputation as a manager with Premier League potential. Scott Manns, his compatriot from Australia, was recently named chief operating officer of Tottenham Hotspur.
Sporting Lisbon manager Rubén Amorim, 38, is another manager who has caught the attention of England after three seasons at the Portuguese club where he won the title. Amorim was an outsider to work at Chelsea before their roster was narrowed down.