Tottenham urged to appoint Spain legend as Antonio Conte’s successor as fans would ‘love brand of football’

CHRIS SUTTON believes he knows who should succeed Antonio Conte at Tottenham because of his style of football.

Conte, 53, parted ways with Spurs at the weekend after 16 months in charge.

Antonio Conte departed Tottenham on Sunday eveningCredit: Reuters

His exit came following a startling rant about his players and the club in the wake of their 3-3 draw with Southampton before the international break.

Conte’s failure to deliver Tottenham their first trophy in 15 years was exacerbated by his conservative approach to games.

A number of front-foot managers have been touted with the role in the wake of his departure including ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsmann – recently sacked by Bayern Munich.

A permanent manager is expected to be appointed in the summer as Cristian Stellini leads the club until the end of the season.


Luis Enrique is one naming being touted with the vacant Spurs jobCredit: PA

But Blackburn and Celtic legend Sutton feels former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique would be the perfect antidote to the Conte regime.

Speaking to The Mail, he said: “I think what is really important for Spurs, this was always a criticism of Conte, the brand of football was negative, from the start of the season how many times have you seen Spurs play an exciting brand of football.

“That’s why Luis Enrique ticks that box. I think Mauricio Pochettino is a really interesting one because I suspect a lot of Spurs fans like the idea of him returning and that love story of him having a second opportunity. 

“But I suspect there are Spurs fans who may feel slightly peeved at the way that he left and maybe don’t want to go back there.”

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He then went on to add: “I suspect this appointment will be about brand of football more than anything and what the Spurs fans demand.

“Then if trophies don’t come Daniel Levy can have the out of saying I am giving you what you want in terms of brand of football, this is the identity we have had since the 70s/80s and want to get back to that. 

“In terms of brand of football I think they would love Enrique.”

Enrique won the treble with Barcelona in 2015, leaving the club with two LaLiga titles, three Copa del Reys and the Champions League.

He was sacked by Spain at the end of last year following a semi-final exit to Italy at the Euros and last-16 loss to Morocco at the World Cup.

Nagelsmann is the early favourite with the bookies to assume the vacant Spurs role come the end of the season.

Pochettino and Enrique are other names in the frame, while the other possible contenders Marco Silva, Ange Postecoglou, Ruben Amorim and Roberto De Zerbi are all in jobs elsewhere.

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